Heart pounding and heavy breath as my bike rolls to a stop. My feet come off the pedals onto the leaves and dirt of the trail, no one else around me, just the forest and its inhabitants. I wipe the sweat from my forehead as I start taking in the forest that surrounds me.
At first I don’t notice any sounds, just the silence of the forest. As my heart rate and breathing slow down I start to see and hear more and more. The first sound I notice is the birds chirping, then in the distance a woodpecker thumping away on a tree. I look around and see leaves falling slowly to the forest floor, dragon flies flitting from one space to another like they have nowhere to go but need to get there as fast as possible. As I take in my surroundings even more I see a squirrel jumping from one tree to the next, and wonder if they do it for fun, or just to forage for their food?
Sometimes the most amazing things happen when we stop for a moment and take in the beauty of nature that surrounds us. I know on some rides I am so dead set on pushing myself that I forget this but when I do stop for a breather it all comes rushing back.
I am so thankful to have been introduced to this sport and for sticking with it through all these years, it is the silence of the forest that calms me and brings me back to this world and makes the stress of the every day melt away.
So next time you are out trying to beat that Strava time, or just out for a fun ride, take a little break and let nature wash over you and enjoy the little things that make this sport so amazing.
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