“SERENITY NOW, SERENITY NOW!!” STRESS GOTCHA DOWN

NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, CLOSE TO HOME OR SOMEWHERE FAR, GOING FOR A RIDE IS THE BEST MEDICINE.
NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, CLOSE TO HOME OR SOMEWHERE FAR, GOING FOR A RIDE IS THE BEST MEDICINE.

A RIDE TO MAKE THE MIND RIGHT

It’s been that long work week or a long day of work and the pressures of that boss, your bills, family matters, whatever it may be that’s weighing down on your shoulders to the point that you feel like you will never get that monkey off your back.
What do you do to get rid of that stress, drink? Eat? Maybe a little of both, but that may help for a minute (NOT) and it won’t give you clarity of the mind and body. What about getting on the bike you have in the garage or on the other side of your bed? That is if you sleep with her /him (“wink”).
Getting out on your bike and going on a long, heck even a short ride will do wonders for getting your prospective back. It makes you feel good about yourself, plus you know you’re getting some benefit from it too.
I myself like to go on a ride just by myself, no chit chat with others, just you, your bike, and the outdoors. Don’t get me wrong riding with a buddy or two is great too, but when you want to just get out and be in your thoughts of the world around you it’s kind of nice to be out there with just you.

WHEN YOU STOP, TAKE IT ALL IN, DON'T PASS WHAT'S ALL AROUND YOU BY.
WHEN YOU STOP, TAKE IT ALL IN, DON’T PASS WHAT’S ALL AROUND YOU BY.

THERAPY FOR THE MIND AND BODY

I will typically take my XC bike or my Enduro if I want to have a little bit of fun on the descents. Going on your DH bike would be a little much unless you like pushing the big beast for your therapy.
When you’re out there, wherever it may be its worth all the time in the world no matter the length of time you’re riding. I have friends that have their little trailer or their campers and they travel from spot to spot. I see their pics on Facebook and you just know it’s a daily dose of prospective and well being for the mind and body.
For most we may not have that luxury to get out like that, but maybe once in a great vacation. Just going to your local hills is always a great thing to do. My training backyard when I raced heavily in the day was Turnbull Canyon, just 10 minutes away (even closer when I lived down the street) was my go to therapy center to ride my problems away or just think things through.

"I CAN FIND ALL MY ANSWERS ON THE TRAIL, THERE THEY WILL ALL BE, ON THE TRAIL."
“I CAN FIND ALL MY ANSWERS ON THE TRAIL, THERE THEY WILL ALL BE, ON THE TRAIL.”

Now one may think, why ride those same old trails I know it like the back of my hand. Not true at all.
When I’m on my rides I will stop and find a place that might connect to me for some reason, something to look at or even feel at the time of the ride. You have to open yourself up to your surroundings and let it all permeate to your soul. Get off your bike and soak it all in to the core. Take off your gloves, helmet, and sunglasses. Quiet your mind and breath in deeply and feel, hear, and see everything around you.
For myself I will close my eyes because I want to feel things without my eyes, heightening my other senses.
Doing these exercises brings calm to my mind and soul. My body feels alive and awake. This will take time to master as we generally tune into only what we see and when we see more with our eyes it send those feeling to the other senses, clouding them. That’s why I say use all the senses you have first to find the calm, as you progress then close your eyes and only use your hearing touch and smell.
The clam you will feel will let you relax and feel better about yourself. You will feel that those pressures you have will feel less stressful and let you deal with them better.
You know like “SERENITY NOW, SERENITY NOW…”
As your riding, look at all your surroundings you will be surprised at what you miss by just riding a trail and not seeing where you ride. From animals, to the sounds around you, smells that carry from a distance that could give you a lunch or dinner idea for the day. You would be surprised.

THE RIDE BACK

Once you have found that center and you feel relaxed there is the ride back to the car or home, don’t start to dwell on the pressures you had going into the ride, stay focused on what you experienced on your ride and keep it close to your thoughts for as long as you can, why because it was what made you feel good about being there, made you realize that yes there are things to deal with on a daily basis.
You have given yourself the time needed to bring “YOU” time to yourself to see mentally you needed that time to refresh your mind and in doing so your body as well. Breathe in deeply and let it flow through you.
One last thing to do to keep the feeling alive in you during this time is to stop at say your favorite spot for a bite and your favorite libation. It’s that last me time as you tackle the next day with a fresh mind.
I love to do this as my last thing to do when I can.

GO AND HAVE A BIT E OR DRINK AT YOU FAVORITE PLACE. THIS JUST PUTS A NICE CAP ON A GREAT RIDE, ESPECIALLY AFTER ALL THE STRESS IS GONE.
GO AND HAVE A BIT E OR DRINK AT YOU FAVORITE PLACE. THIS JUST PUTS A NICE CAP ON A GREAT RIDE, ESPECIALLY AFTER ALL THE STRESS IS GONE.

YOU!! YOU!! YOU!!

Remember to go out and get that me time for yourself, this is what its all about when things might hit the wall for you. You’re not only exercising your senses, but freeing your minds soul and in the process not only exercising the body, but bringing in all that’s around you to help relax you in a whole.

Well if you try this I hope you feel better the next time you go out and need that prospective and relief from the everyday things that may weigh on our shoulders. Breath, feel, and open up you to the world around and relax.

“Time to ride!”

ITS A GREAT FEELING TO KNOW THAT AT THE END OF A RIDE YOU FEEL LESS STRESSFUL.
ITS A GREAT FEELING TO KNOW THAT AT THE END OF A RIDE YOU FEEL LESS STRESSFUL.

Post Ride Chit Chattin’ Session

After a ride many of us are rushing home to get on with our lives. For me, weekday morning rides means rushing back to the house to shower and get ready for work. Night rides means getting back to the family. For many people that’s just life: carve out a couple of hours to ride, then off to ferrying around your kids to soccer games.

Well, this past week I’ve been able to move away from the fast paced life of finish riding then rush back home. Why? Because this week my wife has taken the kids to visit her family 6 hours away. And you know what they say: When the cat’s away the mice will play!

Just kidding about that, but I have taken advantage of the fact that the rest of the family is out of town by not only riding more often but also relaxing after group rides and chit chattin’ with my fellow riders. Because of this, I have developed a helpful guide for the post ride chit chattin’ session for those who get this great opportunity and don’t want to look/sound/act/be deemed as foolish.

Do’s:
Name dropping: In many facets of life name dropping is extremely discouraged. In fact many people see name droppers in the same light as cow droppings: ugly, stinky and not something you want to be around. But in the post ride chit chattin’ sessions name dropping is very fashionable, especially if you do it loudly and in opportune times. This works perfectly when you want to bring the conversation back to yourself, as we all like to do.

Know your local bike shops (LBS): And when I mean “local? I mean all stores within a 200 mile range of the current ride location. Know all the store’s name, all the store’s address and location, all the bikes lines the store carries, all the store’s mechanics, the weekly group rides the store leads and – most importantly – the price of a water bottle with the store’s name emblazoned on it. These life essential facts should be easily recalled from memory and you should be able to quickly interject this information into conversations. If you are unable to do this practice before embarking on the post ride chit chattin’ session.

Stand with your arms crossed or if you’re sitting around a table for a post ride beer, still keep your arms crossed. Only move said arms when reaching for your beer or your neighbor’s beer… but be careful when doing the latter. Sure science has scientifically proven that listeners who cross their arms during a conversation are being closed off and are in general showing hostility to the speaker but in the post ride chit chattin’ session crossing your arms is socially acceptable and even encouraged. In fact if you see a rider not crossing their arms, look out – they may be listening or even genuinely caring about what you have to say!

Plus or minus 2 to your current bike stable. The question always arises in post ride chit chattin’ sessions: How many bikes do you have in your stable? The correct answer is equal to the number of bikes you actually have plus two. If you have more than 10 bikes you minus 2 from your total. This is to keep you from looking like a bike hog which is not appreciated by those who are poor or rich, or anybody else in between. If you originally have less than 10 but when you add 2 to your actual bike total, this exceeds 10, then divide your actual number by 3 and add 6. Don’t forget to round up.

Don’ts:
Don’t mention the spouse or kids. If your spouse is a rider like you, do not mention that you left your toddlers at home alone with the TV on as entertainment. Even in the post ride chit chattin’ session leaving minor minors unattended is frowned upon. Leaving minor minors unattended with the TV on AND with lunchables on the counter is, surprisingly, acceptable. WAIT, no it isn’t… let’s just skip this one, okay?

Don’t mention how great that ride was. At most you can say that the ride you all went on was “pretty good? but always point out that the ride at blah, blah, blah was better. Wherein blah, blah, blah is the gnarliest singletrack you’ve never ridden but want others to believe you have. To make this work you must have intimate knowledge of blah, blah, blah. Make sure to google blah, blah, blah before talking about blah, blah, blah. If you don’t google blah, blah, blah you will sound like blah, blah, blah. This is bad, bad, bad.

Don’t feel bad about cutting people off mid-sentence. After all, how else will you be able to interject loudly the name of the mechanic from that boutique bike shop 17 cities over from where you live? Feel free to always interrupt people especially if they’re detailing how to fix a mechanical to a newbie. This is the best time to interject “Brian at The Path!? at full volume.

Follow this helpful guide diligently and you too will soon be accepted into your post ride chit chattin’ sessions with gleeful aplomb. If not, just buy everyone a round of beer. You can always buy my acceptance.