20-Mile Ride/Parallels btw RiDiNG and WRiTiNG

On Mondays, I expand on recent entries in my Gratitude Journal. (Are you keeping one yet?)

#1370. Goal Realized, Lessons Learned.

Since June, I had it in the back of my mind to ride the length of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway before the end of this year’s cycling season. I hadn’t promised anyone I’d do it. It was a personal goal that floated out on the perimeter of my thoughts.

And this past Saturday I did it, kept afloat a lot of the way by musing the parallels between a RIDING GOAL and a WRITING GOAL. I beg your indulgence on this. I’m half-crazed from overdosing on physical activity. 🙂

Things a Riding Goal have in Common with a Writing Goal

  • intermittent urges to quit
  • headwinds – at times, it’s a real push
  • competitive pressure to do what others are doing- go at a different pace, come at things a different way, think whatever everyone else is doing must be better than what you are doing – bad, this
  • worries about what others might think of the achievement – laugh, think it inconsequential
  • wondering why you got into it in the first place (“What was I thinking?“)
  • fear of acknowledging a need or doing what is necessary to address it – waiting for it just go away or magically be taken care of without the need for some initiative – (bad policy in life, that)
  • self-discovery of both limitations and abilities
  • things not always feeling as anticipated (“I thought riding this bike 20 miles would feel so freeing.”- “I thought writing this book would feel so freeing.”)
  • things you think will help you along may not prove helpful at all, and so . . . the importance of staying flexible, being willing to make a change (I rode for miles and miles listening to a playlist that was turning out to be way too mellow and contemplative before finally switching to more energetic music – what was I waiting for?)
  • finishing may not feel as satisfying as anticipated – (Seriously, after riding 3-5 miles per day for months, the magnitude of Saturday’s ride was lost on me. I had forgotten the days when I didn’t ride at all. Similarly, after working on a writing project for a long time, I tend to forget there was a day when I only thought about it, a time when the idea stood like a mountain in front of me, so many obstacles to scale.) It’ll hit eventually.

I am recuperating and back at the page with renewed perspective, and grateful for it.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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4 Responses to 20-Mile Ride/Parallels btw RiDiNG and WRiTiNG

  1. Fern says:

    Right on, Marilyn! (Or, “Write on!”)


  2. annie says:

    Love your parallel insights Marilyn!
    Do hope the bike ride feels good for many days.


  3. Congratulations on a goal realized. Yay for you!


  4. Liz says:

    I love the way to compare the riding and writing, many parallels to my life as well (I am neither writing, nor riding). Thank you for this post & the beautiful picture!


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