Asking what you think about might seem a daft question but it's been on my mind earlier today as I had a lovely opportunity to clock up a few more miles. Really it's a question I've asked myself as I seem to gain much from cycling, both physically and mentally. So, here goes:
- I look around me and often enjoy the scenery. We're fortunate as it takes hardly any time to be in the country lanes, mostly away from cars. I love the different seasons.
- I marvel at the wonderful world that's been created for us to live in and often reflect on us messing it up.
- If there is a meeting or impending conversation coming up, I often rehearse what I'm going to say. Doing it on two wheels is better than waking up at 3am and doing it! I then think of different responses to the different things that could be said (it can get quite complicated after a while!).
- I think of adventurous things I'd like to do or places I'd like to visit (by bike, of course)
- I reflect on things that have happened recently, as a way of "processing" them in my mind
- I think about my bike and listen to it - the tyres on the road, the chain whizzing around. Am I in the right gear, or maybe twisting the chain too much (large chainring to large sprocket, what horror!)?
- I wonder where that road might go. Have I got time to find out?
I often feel reflective rather than inspired as I do when I run. I don't have particularly imaginative thoughts on two wheels but I do when I run. I do remember things better though. It does depend a bit on other things - the weather, traffic etc.
All in all, cycling is often very therapeutic for me; a nice way to unwind, to relax and reflect. I've cycled quite a bit over the last week and, combined with yesterday's morning run, I'm really benefiting but also feeling a tad addicted.