Despite there being a continued chill in the air, spring riding is here. The holiday weekend offered a good opportunity for a few morning spins that I couldn’t pass up. Everything was going along nicely: the sun was shining; the traffic was light to none. Then, I turned north. And hit a wall of wind.
An old cycling companion used to refer to the wind as your friend – a friend that will make you strong. It is known by many cyclists as the invisible mountain. I always remember this mountain, this “friend” when I’m suffering at a snail’s pace through labored pedal strokes and shortness of breath. I’ve pondered on this as a metaphor for life: we have challenges, hurdles, mountains, and wind-gusts that slow us down, that force us to evolve, that build us into the potential that we are meant to become. If obsessed about however, they can take us away from realizing the beauty of the ride.
I turned south, heading back home. My experience changed entirely. With the wind at my back, I had this wonderful illusion of strength and fitness. Gliding across undulating terrain at high speeds with minimal effort offered a feeling of freedom and openness. All just from turning a corner.
In life, we will be challenged. It is important to embrace the challenges that are here, to grow and develop. But it is also important to know that changing directions and going with the wind for a while is a viable option. Where are you expending your energy? What is the balance between directions that will make you strong while enjoying the ride?
~Gail Sauer ND FABNO
YOU ARE INVITED ON MAY 12TH!
Pop into the clinic on Thursday May 12th from 4pm – 8pm to see our space, reacquaint yourself with our practitioners and get a sense of what is new at Silver Spruce.
SWAG BAGS AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST 25 PEOPLE IN THE DOOR.