Maturity = Wisdom (on occasion)BikingBlog July 15, 2023
I’m up at Sugarloaf this weekend watching the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge (HUGE kudos to LACer Susie K. for riding in it, kicking ass, and coming in second in her age group (50+) and ride distance (25K)) and a few people have asked if I were riding today. The answer is a big no. 1) I’m not a mountain biker and 2) races intimidate me and frustrate me. I have an intense perfection streak (that I’m trying to ease up on) and I’m never as fit or as fast as I want to be so the combo is annoying. It was a pleasure walking the course, chatting with friends, finding swimming spots for the dogs and not worrying once about my physical capabilities. As I age, I realize that I’m not excited about competing and that’s okay. I’m finding joy and inspiration in witnessing other’s success; a gift of maturity.
As an aside, here’s an article I thought you’d enjoy. It relates to the earlier post about bodies in sports.
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