What do you do while you ride your bike? I know, you watch traffic and that’s important. You watch the scenery. One of the main reasons why we go on bike rides. You talk to a friend. What a great way to spend a few hours, on your bike talking with friends. You talk to yourself, if alone. Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had have been with me while riding my bike. I know myself so well I almost know what I’m going to say before I say it. What a great way to spend the afternoon, talking with someone you love so much. We’re close.
But what do you do subconsciously while you ride? You know, like when you drum your pencil eraser rapidly on the desk and it drives someone else in the room CRAZY. You don’t even know your doing it until they go CRAZY on you. Or someone that endlessly whistles a tune that no one has ever heard while they work. That drives me CRAZY.
But what do you do while you ride your bike and your convinced there will be no more traffic? You’ve grown board with the scenery. You’ve said everything you have to say to your friends and your discussion with yourself has come to a dead end. Then what do you do for the next 30 miles or so? Huh? What then?
I count. When I take car trips, I count. I count fence post. I’ll be up to 3,338 when what I’m counting in my subconscious floats to my consciousness. Somehow I make it go away by consciously thinking about something else and then next thing you know I’m back up to 3,338 again. I count anything, driveways, telephone poles, on coming cars, cars with their headlights on and cars with their headlights off. Did you know that there are 21 telephone poles per mile on level ground.
I count. While I ride my bike, I count pedal strokes. You know, One . . . , Two . . . , Three . . . , Four . . . , Five . . . , I know you ride faster than that. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. I count consciously when climbing. I guess to divert my attention from the burning in my legs. Anything to make the hill go away, and the pain. I hope someday I improve enough that I can count faster on the hills like you.
I’m not the only one that counts. I recently read the journal of the “Group of Six” that rode their bikes from east to west across the US. The author of the journal counts pedal strokes also. Pedal strokes per mile and then calculates how many strokes on his 4,300 mile trip across the USA. Over 2,000,000 pedal strokes it was. That’s a lot of pedal counting.
What do you do while you ride? You can leave your subconscious or conscious thoughts in the comments section. Maybe they will stay there and not follow you on your next ride. Don’t read the comments of others, you have enough on your subconscious mind now.