I have come to love cycling. Really! I am not just saying that because I work at Terry Bicycles. My husband and I have gone out on some really great rides together. It’s something that we can do together on our days off or when we find the time. He is new to cycling as well, so it’s a no-judgement type of thing that we can share while we get better at it and improve our overall health.
Cycling is good for my brain in so many ways. When I was younger I was an Equestrian (Dressage specifically), so I was very fit and active riding every day. Making a large animal do movements that don’t necessarily come easily to them is a challenge, but it’s a challenge that I loved. I really miss riding horses and now that I don’t have much time and have a family it has become more difficult to find time for myself. Cycling has gotten me back into the mindset of achieving personal goals. I really love Dressage because it suits my perfectionist personality. I found while riding yesterday that cycling gives me that same feeling of accomplishment that I got from Dressage. There are certain tweaks I was making while riding and seeing immediate results. My mph speed yesterday was quite good for me and I felt great after the ride. I wasn’t sore and I felt that my position was good. All of your suggestions about sitting back in the saddle when going up hills and staying out of my drops when I get wobbly helped so much. I felt like you all were there in my head while I was riding. It’s great to feel such a connection to the cycling community already! Thank you so much for your support.
I am almost ready to try clipping into some pedals!
Rita Hanson says
I am a cyclist and a dressage rider too. I find them to be sister activities and complement each other well as far as overall physical fitness. Dressage is my “yoga”. Finding the time for both horses and bicycles is hard with a full time job and a family, but I’m not willing to give either up!