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Old 02-23-12, 11:13 AM
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Stuff I think about when I ride

I did a blog post on "Stuff I think about when I ride" and it occurred to me I'll bet a lot of my fellow riders here must also have... interesting... thoughts while cycling. What are yours?

Here are a few of mine at:
https://ccorlew.blogspot.com/2012/02/...en-i-ride.html

I'll copy one for here
• The best thing about drinking wine is not that it tastes so wonderful. It's not even that it's so relaxing. It's that if you wake up not feeling well, a bit sore and grumpy and with an aching body you can think "Hey, I should have skipped that last glass of fine vino." Now that I've cut wine out of my diet (temporally, as a weight loose measure,) when I wake up hurting the only thing I can think of is "Damn, I'm getting old." I miss the wine.

(yep, blog shill, but there aren't ads on my blog, so I'm not trying to trick you for cash)
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I was thinking about a trip to Mallorca later this year. When I got off the bike and told my wife (she was riding with me) about it, she said, great minds think alike. She was thinking about it as well.
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Today, I was thinking about the new bike I'm getting in a couple of weeks, going through the list of accessories I want/need right away, what to make for dinner, and...




SQUIRREL!!!!
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Squirrel sounds good, we have bar-b-cued them many times in season for hunting. No it doesn't taste like chicken so skip that reply ; )

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I ride so I DON'T think about things
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Originally Posted by bigbadwullf
I ride so I DON'T think about things
What he said.
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Originally Posted by bigbadwullf
I ride so I DON'T think about things
But do you think about not thinking about things?
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I really try to focus on the ride. When there's nothing in particular looming in front of me I might think about philosophy. I won't bore anyone with the details.
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In all honesty, I think about lots of things, and sometimes nothing at all. If I'm trying to design a workshop for a client, I can work it out on the bike. If I'm obsessing or angry about some challenge in life, I often become less obsessed after a ride. I write books, and I can do some mental outlining while on the bike. But most of all, I like the way riding a bike has a way of insisting I stay in the moment (or get doored or hit a pothole or something), and that leaves my mind much more refreshed afterwards.
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey
Today, I was thinking about the new bike I'm getting in a couple of weeks, going through the list of accessories I want/need right away, what to make for dinner, and...




SQUIRREL!!!!
I think I am in this category as well... I will be riding along thinking about work or where I am riding or what's up at the light and then all of a sudden I am distracted by something "SHINY.... oooo pretty!" (girl thing) and I forget to turn somewhere or stop at the light.... but i have to say most of the time, my brain is empty (some say on and off the bike!) and I am just waiting for the sights and sounds to amaze me!
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...hmmmm hey... How come no matter which way I turn, I'm still facing a headwind?
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I save the things I really need to contemplate for my rides. I can usually come to some sort of resolution or decision by the end of my ride. I am most clear-headed during a ride.

However, I do find my self distracted by the ever mysterious shoe seen laying on the side or in the middle of the road on almost every ride. Why are they there? How did it get there? Has the owner missed it? Was it pitched at a fellow cyclist? Am I next?
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I guess I ride with too much traffic or rotten roads to think about anything much other than the ride and which way out of the east is the wind blowing today. Or it could be I just don't have anything to think or worry about when I ride. That is sad in some ways and not so much in other ways.
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Back in June of 2011 was this thread on the Fifty Plus Forum:

What were you thinking about on your ride today?

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...our-ride-today

My usual thoughts are pretty similar to back then, actually quoted from a preceding thread, “The Lonely Commuter”:

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
I'm a year-round early morning commuter on very comfortable routes of usually about 14 miles and often longer, when in training. I don't think of my commuting time as lonely, but rather call it "head" time. Probably work items are my most common head threads, and often mentally composing rough drafts of various personal or work-related correspondence. I always have a listening device on, mostly a local radio talk show, and the hosts are in a sense riding companions. I think I only once actually stopped to call in while en route but often I am focused on the discussion…

...I find that commuting early in the morning in particularly wet and/or cold weather really makes me hunker down within my own physical and mental (head) space, and I call this state "cocooning."

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…I find that I can often recall specific thoughts thunk at specific segments of my routes, sometimes even years later.
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Ouch.

Ouch.

F'in ouch.
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I think about how cool it is that I can still ride, and I never get tired of it!
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Old 02-23-12, 11:25 PM
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Sometimes I think... no roadkill to report, no encounters with wildlife, what the heck am I going to blog about?
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Geezzz, there's always so much to think about...

- Hmm, think I dressed right, glad I opted for the coat.

- Are those rain clouds? Are they headed this way?

- Wow, the roads seem extra busy, where's everyone going mid-day?

- I better warm-up first, drop a gear and spin up, 100 rpm's feels right.

- Why am I moving forward on the saddle, think I'll try moving it forward, maybe 1cm.

- Or maybe the stem is to long, no, the reach feels OK.

- Dang, headwind again, good thing I'm heading east soon.

- Wow, lots of ducks on the pond...wonder if those Wigeon are really wild?

- Come on light, stay green..

- Hey, I think that chick was checking me out... Wonder if she can tell how old I am?

- Must really be out of shape, legs already feel a little sore.

- Yah, guess I'll ride the 15 mile loop instead of the 30.

- Those clouds sure are dark....or is that rain over there?

- Good thing I'm riding the short loop.

- Huh? The wind must have shifted, it's now coming out of the east?

- Really need to adjust this saddle....wonder if my knee is over the spindle (stop spinning momentarily), nope, to hard to see.

- OK, right turn, or go straight? Hmm, take the right, less traffic.

- Think I'm feeling warm, maybe to warm? Maybe the jacket was to much.

- But hey, it could rain, those clouds look closer.

- Look at that, more garbage, why can't people dispose of their trash properly? Stupid people...

- What, headwind again? Great, I'm not going south then, better head back east.

And as the miles slowly spin by, the mind is always churning out these wonderful thoughts, it's never boring, but I often have more questions then answers....

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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey
Today, I was thinking about the new bike I'm getting in a couple of weeks, going through the list of accessories I want/need right away, what to make for dinner, and...




SQUIRREL!!!!
I saw what you did there.
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Old 02-24-12, 05:52 AM
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Most of my really deep thinking happens while mowing the lawn. I think less every year.
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I try to think about the ride. What is that car going to do? What is coming up behind me? Why is that crazy old fool riding on the wrong side pf the road? Let's play chicken.
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My first thought is usually "Theres my friend Mr. Wind again". Gotta love the wind!
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I like to push my speed because it forces me to be more "in the moment" (attentiveness to trail conditions, traffic, my own physical limitations), leaving less headspace for random thoughts. Even more the case when mountain biking than road biking. That's it's own kind of meditation, I suppose.
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Old 02-24-12, 07:59 AM
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I do the heavy thinking when driving my tractor. I'm more of the SQUIRREL!!! type when riding.
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Riding the tractor: listen to sports talk radio
Riding the tandem: Less thinking, more paying attention to road debris. Got to keep stoker happy
Riding the single on a solo ride: try not to think about work, contemplate retirement, enjoy the scenery
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