My Bike Ride…The Art of Braking

The Art of BikingIt’s been interesting to re-engage the art of the bike ride. The braking techniques have been a killer to put into rhythm. If I brake too quick and fast, I can tumble over the handle bar and if I break extreme, an irritating, loud noise sounds off.  If I hit the front brake instead of the rear, that causes issues as well.

For years, I’ve been biking in ignorance – the get on and go kind of method. “I know how to ride a bike.” I upgraded the bike, but did not upgrade in understanding. My front brakes stop me and my rear breaks slow the speed. Most of my stopping power is in the front. Without using good techniques, I could “fly over the handle.” I hate wearing my bike helmet, but if I had practiced some safety in my personal life, the fall would not have been so painful and hard. I’ve had some hard stops as well and some “bike fall-me fall.” My bike brakes have taught me a lot about my life. It’s all about losing the ignorance, learning technique and putting it into rhythm. Bike better, live better.

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Quiet in the Queue

The summer season affords me the opportunity to dig deep within my soul. In my early 40s, I found myself drifting from television. As I emptied the drama shows, seemingly, the drama was emptied out of my life. Now in my 50s, I spend most of my alone time in the quiet. I have the options of television, media and music; I love the quiet and its gentleness. There is something sacred about the quiet that not only calms, but conditions and nourishes my mind. The absence of abrupt voices remind me that I am exempt from conversation by choice. I’ve learned to put quiet in the queue of life.  In the quiet, my soul is yielded to peace. I have the right to live a quiet life exempt from opinion, criticism, confusion and chaos.

#stayfocused #staytrue #stayyou

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