on the road to mastery.


i asked two of the grandies

to go bike riding with me

but to have mercy

go easy on me

i haven’t been on a bike in two years

they are great riders

mountain bikers, road bikers, hill jumpers

all i wanted was to get my bike legs back

by starting on a flat surface

they were patient

told me some roads looked tricky

but i’d be okay

along the way they challenged me

and asked me if i could ride

using just 3 limbs, 2 limbs, 1 limb, no limbs?

(no to all)

with 4 limbs, a few minor crashes, tight turns,

near misses, and less than perfect balance

i survived the ride

and rode the next couple of days with them

each day i got a little sorer

but the ride got a little easier

they figured i’d get better by the end of the month

when i asked how they’d rate me as a rider

they told me that i began on the ‘terrible’ level

and had moved up to the ‘almost moderate’ level.

Β i took that to mean

‘almost mastery’ level.

“she who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.”

-susan b. anthony


73 responses »

  1. Such fun. I’ve often thought I’d like to begin bicycling again, but there’s no way I’d do it in my neighborhood because of heavy, fast traffic, and hauling a bike to “somewhere else” seems more trouble than its worth. So, hiking it is –but I’ll be happy to watch you attain the level of Grand Bike Master!

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  2. Reminds me of challenging myself in later years, to see if I could ride as well as when I was young. One of my faves had been to ride with no hands – no feet is hardly a challenge, imho. The caveat is a paved road in good condition. If one has to contend with a gravel or dirt road, much less any traffic the terms totally change. In those cases one has to keep their “hands on the wheel”.

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  3. It’s good on a bike, I love it and ride lots. I just got myself a new one, more like a Dutch bike to sit high and enjoy the ride. I don’t race anymore I do it get from A to B and to enjoy the ride! Well done you Master!

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  4. Well done! πŸ™‚ I haven’t been on a bike for years. Your very well written post has inspired me to give it a try again, Beth. Recently I took up running again with the 5K App. As I have no grandchildren to give me a push, small helpers like this can be very motivating. πŸ˜‰
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday,
    Dina & co.

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