Saturday started out with suffering. Now this wasn’t as bad as that sounds. A few days ago I went for a bike ride and at the beginning I either wasn’t there mentally, or my legs were failing. Whatever the reason was; I was having a hard time riding at my normal pace. It was a struggle that had me beginning to think it was going to be a short and wasted morning on the bike.
Thanks to a song playing on my phone I was able to focus on something else. I was reminded about my time spent at The Bike Pedlar, specifically the people there. During the next two hours of my ride all I could do was think about the people that changed me while I worked at the shop. I believe I have talked about how important riding is to me, but I have never went into how important the people that caused that are.They were and continue to be the foundation for why cycling is such a big part of my life.
These people impacted my life in a way that I probably will never be able to comprehend. Yes they prevented me from being fat, lazy, and probably unhappy, but they also opened my eyes to a world I was not seeing.
It is probably ridiculous to quote the Captain from the movie Wall-e, but I think it best explains what these people did for me. In that movie the Captain of the ship says “I don’t want to survive, I want to live”. And I think that is exactly what these people have given me the opportunity to do. The bike has given me the ability to experience the world, ok maybe not the world, but greater Nashville area haha. I have had so many lasting memories on the bike,and many of them are with my old co-workers at the shop. I will never forget the Friday night group rides by Ride615, or the bike rides into work during the snowstorms.
I am sure it sounds depressing in me saying that many of these people are not in my life anymore. As with all things, life moves on and we all have to start new chapters. With that being said, these people may not physically be in my life, but they will always hold a place in my heart. They truly changed me in a way they might not even realize. Some of them I wasn’t even that close to, but that didn’t diminish the impact they had on me.
My old office will always hold a special place in my heart.I learned how to work on bikes, how to be a better rider, but even more I was able to spend it with a great group of people.