I keep talking about bicycle riding in Pilate’s class and we have been doing a lot of bicycle leg exercises on the mat. My hubby had brought my bike down from the rafters and I had been procrastinating because I know that the hills wait on 184 no matter which way I go.
So I finally opted one way to go out and found that my gears were in a need of repair; 1st a bit cranky 2nd fussy and 3rd gear no way! So I rode it twice to makes sure it was not just the rider who was being incompetent having not ridden in 2 years. I chose the easy route down Rocky Hollow and back; other than the glitches’ on the gear the ride was rather nice I realize how much I missed riding.
My next trip was up to Jeremy hill to complete some landscape work so I took the bike riding up the hill and that’s where all those bicycles from Pilate’s class kicked in! As I biked to the top and then sailed own the hill I felt joyful in making it up and the gift of the downhill with the winds keeping me cool and free.
On my way down to Mystic to swim with a friend I took my bike to Mystic Cycle Center who fixed my bike in 20 minutes complete with a new mirror.
I rode it today and the gears shifted nicely heading up the hill on a new route to realize we can always be challenged! Particularly by this small but rather steep hill which tested my knees an my lungs as I used mouth breathing on the exhale which got me up the hill and then release with shorter out breath at the top to cool down. I realized that I had learned these breathing techniques from Yoga.
Yoga is part of our lives that keeps us connected to our mind body and spirit. We know what we are made of and we use our energy wisely. As I sailed down the hill I felt happy to be alive, and as I turned onto 184 grateful of my mirror purchase!
I plan to continue to ride this summer and will be heading to Weekpaug for evening rides. The view is beautiful and warm seas for a swim. Enjoy your ride! Namaste Anne
The picture above was taken at Kripalu on the lake.