Truth be told, this journey in Colorado started 5 years ago, when I arrived in Denver with my bike, 2 children, a husband and 3 cats. Having my bike with me gives me identity, makes me feel happy and promote feelings of contentment. Of course my husband, kids and cats (now dogs and a horse too) makes me content and happy too. but freedom to cycle and explore, that just brings a different kind of happiness and contentment. Maybe I should not go into that. I am not comparing my love for my family and furry friends to my love for cycling, exploring and drinking coffee… it is after all very different categories of love and should never be compared or even remotely put in the same sentence.
I love my bike(s). I’ve been cycling for years and years. At some stage it was all about speed and naturally that ended in a bad, actually very bad crash. After 7 surgeries and some miserable recovery time… well, I got back on my bike. It just did not sit right with me to quite the thing I love most (after my family). But the love of speed and need for speed was replaced with endurance rides. Most of us can gain speed by training for it, and I guess it is true about endurance too, but endurance is just different. I actually think it is addictive. I for one do not much like the first couple of miles. I just love the suffering after many miles, knowing many more is to come! The mind over the body part, that is what I love. Where my body says no more please, and my brain says, you will because you can. And that is when the fun starts and pure enjoyment sets in…. and that is normally where my husband will comment: I own a pickup….
And so I will share my bike journey around Denver and Colorado as I continue to explore. I will share some routes I did last year on the Ride the Rockies too… time permitting though! I do tend to be so consumed with my bike, I may not always share my exploring!