Written by Samantha C. Coleman, M.Ed., M.S.Elm.
My friends and family see the pictures of my bike excursions. They see the aftermath of an epic ride that only showcases the smiles and the thumbs up. I used to think I only ride for the pictures and to catch a good shot of my awesome bike leaning on a nice background to share with the world. That was the number one thing, I had 900 selfie pictures of my bike and I. It’s not why I ride. I don’t ride my bike for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snap-chat.
I have been to many places and I can’t share them all and it’s not what I would like to keep up with. I ride for me and It’s all about “me” when I’m on those endurance rides. I ride because my bike offers self-reflection and inspires my self-motivation. I ride because when it is hard I can I always find something harder to compare it too to get me through a ride. I ride because slowing down doesn’t make the mosquito’s stop biting me any faster. I ride because there are no short cuts that involve not getting eaten by alligators. I ride because life is all about the journey and the destination is temporary. I ride because it is my social and my private time.
I ride because I enjoy the torture, the challenge and the result of hard work. The adrenalin of a drop or the sadness of being dropped and coming back stronger. I ride because I am addicted to endurance challenges. I ride solo, group, MTB, Gravel and Urban style and I do it with a smile unless there is a hill or bridge to climb.
I ride because I ENJOY it. Why do you ride?
Samantha L. Cooper, M.Ed., M.S.Ed.