Cycling is a practice. Like true martial arts, traditional yoga cycling, when accepted properly, becomes a process we can use when seeking to live our lives in the best possible way. Study, train, and a participate with gratitude for having found something so special that it positively impacts every other aspect of our lives.
Start where you start and move forward from there. This principle is never-ending, we do this on a daily basis. Accept your staring point each day and simply do your best. Keep in mind that you can always do a little bit more than you think you can; don’t believe everything you think.
Craving more doesn’t help anyone. Bigger, better, faster; the cycle of never-ending unhappiness with our current status – in our capabilities, our possessions, our abilities – leads to frustration on a daily basis. The better way is to simply put in the work – the practice is what matters, results come from the practice and participation and remember this: there are absolutely no shortcuts. None. To anything or anywhere. Shortcuts cause us to miss the process, and one way streets lead to dead ends.
Natural ability and predisposition to something that you live to do is one of the greatest gifts; it is so sad to see people waster their gifts and talents because they get caught up in the story and forget that they have to practice. Such a waste. The conversation about how fast the last group ride was, which new trinket to buy today, not knowing which bike to ride today – and for what? The never ending search for happiness when in fact we already have everything we need to be happy. Seek knowledge rather than things; the intangible is always more valuable than the tangible because the intangible cannot be easily replicated. A bike is a bike, a saddle is a saddle and a pair of shoes is a pair of shoes; what differentiates one from another is the heart and soul of the creator.
Quiet your mind, sit with your thoughts and feelings, accept your challenges as growth experiences; if you are reading this then no matter how difficult you might think things are for you, you are more than likely better off than 90% of the world’s population – take a minute and consider how good we all have it.
Then start your day with an attitude of gratitude and see what kind of day you have.
Practice patience with yourself and others, don’t be so quick to judge yourself or others. Trust yourself, don’t let fear and ego dictate the quality and direction of your life – or your cycling practice.