We all have good intentions. We buy that bicycle or treadmill thinking we are going to commit to a new lifestyle, but instead it sits in the garage and collects dust. We start a new project but get distracted and it sits unfinished in the corner. We all have that household project that we have good intentions of getting started, but years later it still sits there waiting.
Today I thought I would fulfill a good intention. In keeping with my healthy lifestyle, I dusted off the bicycle I bought 5 years ago. I bought it impulsively off of Craigslist thinking I was going to be a great mountain biker. Shortly after I realized I didn’t know anyone else who liked biking so it moved to the garage and was forgotten about.
Tonight my son asked me to ride bikes with him. Within the Adventure Challenge month, I taught him how to ride. I’m now starting to have trouble keeping up with him. I decided it was time to bring the bicycle out of hiberation. I was a little worried I wouldn’t even remember how to ride. I haven’t legitimately ridden a bike in 20 years. Fortunately, true to the saying, it was just like riding a bike. I put air in the tires, jumped on, found my gear, and rode 2 miles with my son. It was great to feel the wind through my hair again. I also felt those muscles in my legs that seem to be required only for bicycling. I may not be a great mountain biker, but I have a real reason to ride that bike now. I’m guessing it won’t get buried in the garage again any time soon.