Fitness is why I started riding. It's still a big part of it but I also just like getting outside. I enjoy the speed which is why I can't jog for exercise without going a little crazy. At this point though it's become a lot more than fitness and being outside. Now it's what I do with my friends on the weekends.
I remember the first day I rode a bike by myself. It was a weekday in the summer of '77. I was 5yo. A friend down the street, a year older than me, was riding in his driveway. I watched him and just figured it out. I immediately rode home, with his bike, and showed my mom. The reward of doing something new and figuring it out on my own was so rewarding. My most memorable rides are the ones that bring that feeling back.
I had a couple of them recently and they were sweet.
To have and set goals, to push myself and to compete against other riders and the thrill of being on the edge without falling off. Nah thats not it, the real reason is it gives me a reason to pee in the woods.
Started out as a way to exercise and limit the number of trips to the cardiologist. Two years after I started - my cardiologist told me to stop bothering her and that she is starting to doubt her earlier diagnosis
Quickly found that it is a great way to relieve stress. I can be up against a career breaking deadline or one mortgate payment shy of bankruptcy... but for the 1-2 hours I am on the trail, I don't even remember what it is that I do in real life.
Now isn't that better than any drug mankind can whip up?