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Cycling with a Nonjudgmental Stance

Cycling, as with any other athletic endeavor, encourages judgmental thinking.  Judgments flow forth like water from a spigot and, if allowed to go unchecked, can stay with you long after you’ve gotten off the bike.  Judgments about your performance or your riding partner’s.  Judgments about riders you’ve passed or those who’ve passed you.  Judgments can leave you feeling either deflated or superior. Is this the emotional state we want to train our brains to be in when we are on our bikes?

Feedback is an important ingredient in attaining goals and bike computers are great at giving feedback.  Whether you’re trying to increase speed or distance, computers are a great tool.  But if you find that the computer is taking away from the pleasure and simple joy of riding a bike (as I have) you may try mounting it on your seat post out of view.  I’ve chosen not to ride with a computer at all, and I can honestly say I don’t miss it.  I no longer have a constant reminder of how slow I’m riding or how little ground I’ve covered staring me in the face.  I am where I am and going as fast as I please.

Judgment can creep in when riding with others too, especially when riding with someone traveling much slower.  Learning to appreciate the slower pace and the opportunity to practice patience has increased my enjoyment of cycling tremendously.  When riding multiple days a slow and steady pace is better than hammering all out the first day, then finding yourself exhausted on the third day out.  When I tour with others, I like to let the slowest person set the pace.  After all, what’s the hurry?  It’s not a race, it’s a tour.

Just my opinion, Jack

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  1. August 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Thank you, my wonderful husband, for letting your slowpoke wife set the pace when we tour. I appreciate you putting up with my stopping and sightseeing and never rushing me to our destination. Touring with you is the most pleasurable experience I’ve ever had on a bicycle. The hours we’ve spent exploring are wonderful memories I will treasure forever and I look forward to many more years of touring with you.

    • The Velo Hobo
      August 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Ditto. Without being too mushy in a public place, you’re a great touring partner. We’ve only almost killed each other a couple of timesand considering how many trips we’ve made, that’s pretty good.


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