Posts Tagged ‘Practice’


Windy morning on the bike

This morning was brisk, windy, and chilly like some mornings last week on the bike ride to work. The wind knocked me around considerably as I took the path along the waterfront. At some points it slammed against the bike frame and my body sending me into a slow motion pedal. When the wind hit me full force straight on then I was pretty much at a stand still.

Yet when I became aligned with the direction of the wind, it propelled me forward, and then the ride was seamless and flowing and fast.


Today I biked five miles in the rain. I wanted to bike at least 10 miles because I have the goal of reaching 40 miles the last weekend in April before the actual Five Boro bike tour. But the rain and my lack of rain gear kept me at five miles. Once it started to pour, and I felt wet from the tips of my soaked through gloves to the clingy leggings I wore, I knew I had to turn around.

Before it began to pour, when it was just a light drizzle, I stopped to enjoy the haze that had settled over the Hudson River. I took in deep breaths of the smell of rain. I stopped to photograph trees covered in blossoms that seem to have appeared from one day to the next.

I noticed others along the river walkway jogging or just staring out at the NYC skyline. Somehow those people just blended in to the gray as if they had always been there like the tree blossoms.

After suffering through feeling cold and wet I gave in to the rain and felt that I too began to blend in like the others.


To break a cycle you have to be aware that you are caught in a pattern of behavior, that you react the same way every time someone cuts in front of you, for example, or a friend cancels on you last minute. Your mind goes into default and pulls up, “hey, get to the back of the line!” or “that’s the last time I make plans with her.”

There is also the perpetuity of inaction especially when it comes to changing patterns related to exercise or eating habits. We tend to recycle what is comfortable. Perhaps you think, I’d like to start drinking fresh juices every morning but then the sun rises, alarm sounds, cat meows for food, and you roll out of bed and begin a routine that excludes that fresh juice because making it would require a mental shift. Or maybe you do make the fresh juice one or two mornings but then by the third morning you forget that the previous two even existed and you go back to coffee and toast with butter.

We are in constant motion but tend to run on autopilot. Where is the off switch for autopilot?