OK, get your mind out of the gutter, I’m not talking au naturel naked, after all, the thought of dangly bits flapping around in the wind sounds painful, but naked as in stripped of my beloved technology. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a thing for technology. Especially gadgets that record loads of data like speed, distance, cadence, heart rate, elevation, inclination etc. Heck, you see them posted at the end of every blog post. And even though I love the numbers, I periodically make a conscious effort to curb my techie enthusiasm in the pursuit of just having fun. After all, although I’m hooked on the numbers, it’s really all about the ride…especially when ones array of high tech gizmos is out of batteries. Hence why I was naked and loving it today.
I had the perfect cohorts for my dabble in electronic nekkidity today, as they were looking for a nice relaxing ride. All bike rides are a treat, especially those where you can just take in the scenery, truly paying attention to conversation with your friends, not worrying about pulls, speed, pace lines, heart rate zones, and fighting to get those last few pedal strokes in as your thighs scream from the burn of lactic acid. Not a one protested, in fact they seemed to enjoy my naked state almost as much as I did.
Riding naked is not terrifying, in fact, it’s quite liberating. Temporarily taking away the gadgets allows time to enjoy the ride and helps renew our love for the sport of cycling. Although the expression of pure joy provides a non quantifiable reward, old habits are hard to break…my beloved gagets will have fresh batteries tomorrow!
Tuesday, May 14
Route: Miromar-30 + Airport Loop
Ride Time: 2:18:37
Stopped Time: 2:04:08
Distance: 35.14 miles
Average: 15.21 mph
Fastest Speed: 21.78 mph
Cycle This Month: 313.31 miles
Cycle This Year: 2339.06 miles