The phrase “back in the saddle” has a few connotations, it could mean back on the bike, a horse, you’re an aspiring Steven Tyler, and due to my geographic proximity to The Greatest Gay Bar In The Universe, it could mean I’m back at the Blazing Saddle. Come to think of it, I have spent more time in the Saddle than in the saddle (bike) over the last 3+ months due to things like working and also work. It’s been one of my lowest mileage years in recent memory, and I’m ok with that.
I’m back in the saddle. Again.
This past year has been a monster, and I’m happy to just have some time to pedal. I’m going back into this whole cycling thing with no goals but to have a good time and ride the bikes that have been collecting dust. They are practically buried alive in dust. I’m not training, not trying in vain to prep for some gargantuan dirtbagging excursion, and not filling my calendar full of epic gravel races. I’m going to ride bikes. I’ll ride trails and gravel and single track and roads, but just for fun. That’s it. Fun.
They say you should go out at the top of your game, so earlier this year, I announced to Twitter my official retirement from “Bike Racing.” I had reached the peak of my DNF/DFL/DNS career, earning more letters than numbers in all disciplines I had participated in. I just couldn’t see myself topping my past accomplishments, so I’M OUT. NBD, and maybe I’ll do some bigger things or races again some day. Maybe.
It should feel good to just ride, the first day was ok. Tomorrow will probably be ok, too. I’ll see you out on the trails again, and we will have some beers and make some new memories while reliving a few old good times. Let’s have fun. Let’s just ride some bikes.