“Dreams without goals remain dreams, just dreams, and they ultimately fuel disappointment.” Denzel Washington
5 Reasons Why People Ride
. . . and there are plenty more! It all started for me after two severe Achilles tendon injuries that effectively stopped me from hill-running and a few other sports I enjoyed. There had to be an alternative and being a positive person, it didn’t take me long to discover mountain biking. It made sense really because as a ten-year-old I used to race my mates around country lanes near my childhood home.
The thrill always made my outlook on life soar.
I couldn’t run so I bought a bike
Perhaps I should say “Bike Shaped Object” (BSO) because while it was sold as a mountain bike, it was heavy and limiting. Still, I developed some skills and created a few trails because there were none where I lived at that time. One of my dreams was to become better on the trails, I took massive action and today I am far better than those early dreams imagined. Simply put, I acted and my physical fitness and strength soared to new heights.
The Great Outdoors
Thanks to riding my bikes, I’ve visited places I didn’t expect and reached a few that many people would be unable or unwilling to try to achieve. Nature is stunning, beautiful, challenging, harsh and sometimes unforgiving to those without respect. Developing the ride skills I needed on challenging terrain helped me to not only enjoy the thrill of the ride but continue my love affair with the natural world. And, I always do what I can to protect that priceless environment.
Fit Body, Super-Fit Mind
Mountain Bike Riding is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle development, although they do help. It improves physical health, physique, keeps weight down, improves sex life, and research even shows that it can add years to your life. But they’re not the only things that motivate me.
I ride five out of every seven days and it brings a huge sense of well-being. I feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep well at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about every aspect of my life and motivated to take on more. Research also shows that it’s also powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and more.
Three out of five rides each week I ride alone. That’s when I focus on achieving specific goals like improved time on certain routes or nailing a challenging hill. Two other rides are enjoyed with my wife and other ride buddies. We share our passion, help with skills development (there’s always more to learn) and we have a lot of laughs while out on the trails. At the beginning of the summer we decided to link a few trails to cover 100 kilometers as quickly as possible. The route was challenging, gnarly and tricky in parts but the sense of achievement was outstanding.
Honesty time; I used to say that I’m not overly competitive where other people are involved because I’m happy to challenge myself without comparing to other people. Something changes on race-days. At the last event there was over 400 riders and from the outset, my inner-demon took over and helped me to ride harder than ever. That many like-minded people at one event is so motivating so long as I remember my personal mantra, Just Ride Hard, Ride Fair, Nobody Hurt.
Those are just five of my reasons for riding Mountain Bikes. What are yours? Why not leave your inspiring thoughts in the comments below, they may well help other people who are considering taking up this wonderful sport.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Motivation Through Video
Made three years ago, the following video is highly motivational. I urge you to watch it. Who knows what heights you might achieve?
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