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One of the goals of meditation is to gain some distance from your thoughts and feelings, to be able to observe them without judgment, without attachment. In this process we may identify automatic behaviors and reactions that aren’t serving us anymore. We may become less reactive and more responsive as a result, or maybe we’ll just do less dumb s#*t.
For example, someone taught me a long time ago to take the valve stem cap that comes with an inner tube and throw it away. This was a common roadie move. “That cap’s not doing anything for you! It’s extra weight!” they might have said. Is it though? Is it really?
I leave the cap on now.
This sort of reconsideration might even affect your judgments and biases. I used to think all full-suspension mountain bikes looked awful, weird, tube shapes, odd stances. I couldn’t appreciate them at all aesthetically, a problem I’ve never had with road or gravel bikes. But then I rode a few, and then a few more, and now my eye easily conforms to their curious mien. I see the aggression. I see the grace.
I used to hang onto wheels for dear life, road, gravel, mountain. It didn’t matter, although the spacing varied a bit. The point is, I never let myself be dropped if I could at all help it. Now, I don’t let it bother me. I drift off the back if I need to. I’m not riding anyone else’s ride but mine. I can sit up, rest a bit, and go again later. Or I can just be the weakest link.
This is much harder, if I’m honest, than just leaving the valve stem cap on, but personal growth is hard, isn’t it?
This week’s TCIF asks, what stuff do you do on or to your bike that you’re not really sure why you do it? Like someone just told you at some point that that’s how it’s done, or you just created a habit willy-nilly, as people do. What can you change? What should you change?
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