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Old 02-16-08, 07:30 PM
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How cyling cured my heartache

My sister died totally unexpectedly on Monday. She had no real health issues and it was quite a shock to our family. I thought I had been dealing with the situation pretty well, so today I decided to do my favorite 50 mile training loop. The weather started out at 45 degrees F and ended at 64 degrees F. The winds were less that 4 MPH. That's unheard of in February in far north Georgia.

I haven't ridden in over a week and I started out riding like a "dawg". There is a fair amount of climbing at the start of the ride and at mile 6, I had a 12.2 MPH average. Normally it would have been 14. Suddenly I realized that I hadn't met or been passed by a car and began to really enjoy the solitude. The scenery was spectacular. The weather couldn't have been better, so I just kicked back and began to enjoy the ride for the pure pleasure of just being on a bike. At mile 11.3 I got passed by the first car I had seen since beginning my ride!

That's when the traffic jam hit and at my first rest stop at mile 21 I had seen a total of 11 cars and 5 deer. Somewhere in the last 14 miles I had cured a heartache that I really never even knew I had. I guess deep down, we as men are taught to control and suppress our emotions at a very young age. I didn't realize the pain I had hidden inside until it was relieved though the wonderfully theratic bike ride.

I finished with 50.01 mile, 3668 feet of climbing, a 16.06 MPH average and a total release from my heartache. God I love my bike!!!!!
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Old 02-16-08, 07:35 PM
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I'm sorry about your loss, you can never tell when someone is going to be beckoned elsewhere.

But I'm happy for you that you have seen what cycling can do for you during a stressful time. You needed that. You needed to be able to see beauty here when sometimes it seems the world can be so ugly.

Cheers to you and here's a ((hug)).
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Old 02-16-08, 09:44 PM
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Sorry to hear about your sister...there's a lot to be said for a good long ride. Sometimes it's just what you need to clear your mind.

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Old 02-17-08, 10:00 AM
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That's a beautiful writeup. Reminds me of when I got fired from the LBS (well, laid off kinda.. pretty tame compared to what you're going through), I went for a long bike ride of all things, no particular destination.. I hammered for maybe the first 6 miles then sat back and enjoyed it. It was a somewhat crowded route so I listened to music to maintain the peace. That'd probably rank among my top 5 favorite rides.

Definitely therapeutic. Ride some more while you still can!
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Awww man. Thats terrible news.

Good that you're doing well through this tough time...
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