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What passes through your mind during the Hour(s) on your Bike ride?

Old 01-04-21, 09:16 AM
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If I'm really being honest....

NO!!!! Never!
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I try my best to forget everything in my life & just concentrate on the road or trail in front of me as an escape. Etherial instrumental music helps to keep me focused on the ride. While I sometimes ride with a couple other people, I tune the chatter out or ride far enough ahead where I can't hear them. I'm here to ride, not chit-chat. Never carry a cell phone with me when riding. I know guys who talk on their cell phones their entire ride, why bother riding going.
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surprisingly, very little
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There were five of us on today's ride and we thought and talked about everything 😊. Dreams, current events, movies, and even talked about what passes through your mind when you are riding. It was a 6 hour ride. There were scores of consecutive minutes where I didn't think about anything. Typical.
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The best part is when I zone out. My mind clears of all thought and riding becomes a motor skill. Somehow I'm aware of all obstacles and potential hazards and avoid them, only recalling what might've just happened after the fact. It's a trait I developed riding motorcycles many years ago.

Imagine finding a pace. A speed you're completely comfortable with and your cadence spins the same whether on level round or gently rising. You lean through turns, holding an internal line. Somehow you're not part of yourself. You just ride. Thoughts only drift into your consciousness. Not abruptly as they might if you're thinking while you ride. Jagged and incongruent.

I can't always get into this state of mind. It isn't something I can just turn on at will. (Although coming out of it, so to speak, seems natural and always at the right moment.) More often than not it seems there are no thoughts at all during this part of a ride, but I can't imagine really not thinking. A trick of the mind? I can't say, but I know that afterwards I count those rides where this state of mind occurs to be among the good ones.
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Originally Posted by MNHarv View Post
The best part is when I zone out. My mind clears of all thought and riding becomes a motor skill. Somehow I'm aware of all obstacles and potential hazards and avoid them, only recalling what might've just happened after the fact. It's a trait I developed riding motorcycles many years ago.

Imagine finding a pace. A speed you're completely comfortable with and your cadence spins the same whether on level round or gently rising. You lean through turns, holding an internal line. Somehow you're not part of yourself. You just ride. Thoughts only drift into your consciousness. Not abruptly as they might if you're thinking while you ride. Jagged and incongruent.

I can't always get into this state of mind. It isn't something I can just turn on at will. (Although coming out of it, so to speak, seems natural and always at the right moment.) More often than not it seems there are no thoughts at all during this part of a ride, but I can't imagine really not thinking. A trick of the mind? I can't say, but I know that afterwards I count those rides where this state of mind occurs to be among the good ones.
Many people now refer to this state of mind as Flow state
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Old 01-19-21, 10:29 AM
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My rides aren't that long anymore. Not for any particular reason, except that I'm happy with a nice 1-hour ride or so.

What do I think about? I guess whatever is on my mind. The day's events, upcoming things that I must do. People and conversations. Neighbors and friends. Sometimes my children and their married lives. My wife, and what she needs or expects from me. Often a song running through my head. I try not to think about current events, as I desire that they should not matter to me too much.

If it's a new build, then my focus is on how the bike is doing - any peculiarities, function checks, qualities of the perceived "ride", anything I might change or adjust - those sorts of things.
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Old 01-19-21, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by MNHarv View Post
The best part is when I zone out. My mind clears of all thought and riding becomes a motor skill. Somehow I'm aware of all obstacles and potential hazards and avoid them, only recalling what might've just happened after the fact. It's a trait I developed riding motorcycles many years ago.

Imagine finding a pace. A speed you're completely comfortable with and your cadence spins the same whether on level round or gently rising. You lean through turns, holding an internal line. Somehow you're not part of yourself. You just ride. Thoughts only drift into your consciousness. Not abruptly as they might if you're thinking while you ride. Jagged and incongruent.

I can't always get into this state of mind. It isn't something I can just turn on at will. (Although coming out of it, so to speak, seems natural and always at the right moment.) More often than not it seems there are no thoughts at all during this part of a ride, but I can't imagine really not thinking. A trick of the mind? I can't say, but I know that afterwards I count those rides where this state of mind occurs to be among the good ones.
This is simply the meditative state, being here now. You've stopped becoming and are. Some call it transcendental meditation. One allows rising thoughts to dissipate like clouds. It is easier when a physical skill can take over and allow consciousness to take a back seat. Skiing, running, riding, climbing, all these sorts of sports which require motor skill dominance are helpful. For musicians, it's like a drug, why we play and sing and monks chant. See, there it is, I have to analyze the heck out of everything, just the opposite, the other side.
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