Somewhat typical for this time of year, I have found myself not really participating in longer distance rides and instead opting only to really ride for transportation. Although the behavior is quite normal for me as we approach the end of the year, I can't help but feel as though I didn't make the best of the warmer months in regarding to cycling this past summer season.
This, in short, has been the fall I've dreamed of since moving to Colorado over a decade ago. It's perfect for biking as it's never too warm and I don't worry about ice because despite the morning and evening temperatures reaching down below freezing, there hasn't been any significant moisture to cause the ground to have slick spots.
the wait for the new bike, but I also know that normally such a thing wouldn't stop me from getting out and riding.
It's an odd sensation to want to get out and yet consciously be making the choice not to ride. I think my brain and body have just needed a break. As is typical for me as we approach the colder season here, I find myself enjoying the short transportation rides more than the thought of pushing myself into taking on longer rides. I have decided that it's a bit of a cycling pause and it happens at various points throughout the year and for different reasons, but I think in many ways the short breaks help me appreciate the longer distance rides even more, and also increases my awareness of the sensations I have while riding simply to get me where I need to go.
While I understand there is nothing profound about this kind of cyclical occurrence, it always takes me by surprise when I find myself slowly letting go of distance on a bike.
Do you find that you experience changes in your habits with riding a bike throughout the seasons, or perhaps other markers throughout the year? Are you able to keep the same amount of effort or momentum continually, or do you find the need to allow yourself a bit of a break?