Posts by Category: Mind

Friday Group Ride #359

Friday Group Ride #359

It’s Padraig here; I’m pulling through for Robot, who is on the rivet with real-world duties. When I was a kid, I had three ways to learn about my hobbies: books, magazines and ...

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On Quality

On Quality

Robert M. Pirsig, the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance passed away Monday at his home in southern Maine, at the age of 88. Pirsig was the author of only two books, Zen and ...

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Friday Group Ride #358

Friday Group Ride #358

In the dream, I was early for the race. I leaned my bike against a wall with the other racers’ bikes and went upstairs, no up the escalator, to registration. I put my gear in a pile in a ...

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Friday Group Ride #357

Friday Group Ride #357

One of my mentors said, “We can talk a lot about why you’re not doing what you should be doing, but in the end, you don’t want to do it, so you won’t.” It hit me ...

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Just One Moment #5

Just One Moment #5

Neil and I ride here as often as we can. It’s the new place, small and tight, but designed and groomed by the local mountain bike group. We’re still learning all the obstacles, daring ...

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Just One Moment #4

Just One Moment #4

Two or three pedal strokes, ass not yet set on saddle. The loud clicking of cleats into pedals. I like my road shoes tight, and the sound of the metal teeth clamping down is satisfying. The sky ...

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A Smarter Man

A Smarter Man

That we reserve math for numbers is a mistake, I say. There are many other kinds of math: educated guesses, emotional calculations, risk assessments made at the tops of trails. These ...

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Friday Group Ride #353

Friday Group Ride #353

There was a time when I could produce a reasonable copy of a famous Van Gogh self-portrait from memory. I was drawing a lot then, and I became preoccupied with the bold lines and wild-staring ...

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Friday Group Ride #352

Friday Group Ride #352

Maybe I’m parsing it too finely, this thing about motivation and habits and how to orient my life toward cycling more. I am not the most clever, and the challenges of holding down a job, ...

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On the Nature of Ambition

On the Nature of Ambition

My car is an explosion of sand-encrusted cycling clothing and wet. The one place devoid of these castoffs is … my gear bag. I could blame it on my fatigue. Or I could blame it on the ...

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