I'm not better than you or anyone else really for that matter. I'm just better than other versions of myself. I'm better when I get time to destress and decompress. I'm better when I ride my bike.
Now that I look back at things a bit. I'm wondering what I did before to give me the same kind of release. I know I spent hours and hours in my garage working on various cars, engines, and other tinkering projects. I think the shift of focus to those projects always helped to relieve some of the day to day tensions, but I don't think it did anything like biking does for me. It's a whole different ball game.
I've got to admit, I think I'm pretty lucky for happening into this lifestyle. While I'm not quite the extreme commuter or daily junkie that a lot of people are, it's definitely a part of my lifestyle now and not just a hobby or sport I choose to participate in. Riding with the guys last night, Pete mentioned how he had bad memories of last winter riding through 13" of snow and ice with Fuller and I. I can't help but think those were some of the fun times and not something that should be dreaded.
I'm excited for the next few months. I've got things wrapping up at work. I've got some time off coming sometime. I've got some chores that have been put off that should be getting completed. I'm just looking forward to being more of a participant in my life again. I can't wait. I hope the rest of you reading this blog get infected with some optimism and enthusiasm today. Enjoy it, revel in it, and feel good about it. We all deserve it!