Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Armed with my new bicycle complete with seven gears I gave that hill the stare of a gunslinger saying… “look buddy, it’s you or me and I came ready!!!” I’d like to formally introduce you to my new bicycle I have named “Boba” after the bounty hunter Boba Fett in Star Wars… Why? Well firstly it’s a danger to everyone around him, including myself. And I’m gaining gadgets as we speak from racks to water bottle and bell. I even mounted a boba fett bobble head figure on the handlebars.
Back to the hill. This time I came prepared and I meant business. Well, last time I meant business too… but I digress. I approached the hill and downshifted, and then again. As the incline reached to cliff face steep I was determined like Charlie Brown in kicking that football. I went to downshift some more as I gasped for air. Oh no!!! I don’t have any gears left to downshift as I hit 1st and I was tiring at ¾ the way up the hill. I started my little train that could mantra, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!” Then reality hit as those pedals started feeling like I was leg pressing a tyrannosaurus rex. I stopped.
After gathering wind… maybe only 20 minutes or so… I started pedaling again. I made it up the hill the rest of the way. I wasn’t going to walk it out. Just from of sheer gut check arrogance. Next time you evil hill I’ll make it without stopping!!!
There was a wild moment in the bicycle ride though. (not that getting out and riding isn’t an accomplishment in itself) back on level ground coming home I saw two teenagers on BMX style bicycles ahead of me. I hit a higher gear and completely smoked them!!! I just nodded to one as I flew by and I’m almost positive one nodded back in appreciation over the speed I was pulling. They actually disappeared behind me in short order. Oh how I relished in that moment!!!
I wanted to mention reading one of the most moving and powerful posts I have *EVER* read on another persons blog. I seriously encourage you to check this out :
If you want a powerful image, if that won’t stir you… I don’t know what will. I’m haunted by it, chills running up my spine as it hit such a chord of truth in the visualization. Whoa. If you don’t take the time to read that link I think you are missing out on something that might give you new resolve in your fitness journey.
And Remember that at Foolsfitness the Boba Bicycle is a force of chaos not easily ignored!!!- Alan