The new bike continues to excite me. We begin the planning for the trip by looking at the guidebook: Bicycling the Pacific Coast . Who knew there were drawings that showed the side view of all those hills I will be climbing!? I am newly motivated to get ready! We discover all the cool places you could go, here on the Central Coast, and get in 30 miles. Lunch rides now expand to go to Pete’s Cafe at the end of the Avila Pier with a few side trips. Trips to all the corners of SLO. My cyclo-computer offers feedback; I learn what 30 miles feels like…my jacuzzi helps after the ride.
I am hungry all the time, and the food takes on more of the “fuel” aspect. I think, before I eat, “Will this help me get up a hill?” I am using energy-testing (aka muscle testing) to check all food before it goes in my mouth. I am delighted that some high-calorie foods test “ok”. And I feel more connected to my body.
My mind realizes this is a metaphor for all the times in my life when I am growing, learning, “going uphill” and I don’t even notice the accomplishment!
That day, Bob went on to do the big ride; I did my 30 miles, and felt very happy.