Now that the snow has mostly melted off the trails at 8,500′, I can finally ride my mountain bike again. To say riding a bike is important to me is an understatement. Except for the Colorado winters we moved into 15 years ago, I’ve probably ridden my bike a couple days a week for nearly 50 years now. The last two homes we’ve lived in were chosen due to their proximity to biking trails. It’s that important. When I’m on my bike, I’m five years old again … and I love that!
Yet at the beginning of every bike season, in some ways, I need how to learn how to ride a bike again. Just the other day I was able to get out for the first time since last November. At one point along the trail I found myself veering off the narrow single track and into a dirt berm. As the dirt gripped my tire tread I started to lose my balance. I wasn’t going particularly fast and the trail wasn’t particularly difficult but my balance on a bicycle is something I’m particularly proud of so beginning to lose it was unnerving, to say the least.
But being quarantined for the last however many weeks had given me the ‘opportunity’ to hone my mental balance so I didn’t freak out and fall. I could feel the calmness in my mind as I let go of the thoughts of panic and humiliation that passed before me. As a result, I was able to stay with the moment and just observe as my hands and arms gently moved the handlebars back toward the center of the trail and I rode away with a smile.
It might take me a few more rides (and a few more close escapes) to get my physical balance back up-to-snuff but I love knowing that my mind is well conditioned to keep me in the present moment, free of those dangerous fears of failure, and able to bounce back to our innate sense of calm and clarity where life is lived.
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