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What Life Insights does cycling present?(9 posts)

What Life Insights does cycling present?guido
Mar 3, 2002 8:13 PM
UCI president Hein Verbruggen, responding to the question of whether drug scandals have caused dissolution amongst the fans: "They (15,000 Europeans polled) told us they love cycling because it's a metaphor for life. Everything that we have to face in life is present in cycling: happiness, difficulty, perseverance, tenacity, the battle of one person against the rest, success after hard work."

Do you see what Verbruggen is talking about? Have you had experiences cycling that might illustrate what he is saying?
yes, its called infantile regressionWoof the dog
Mar 3, 2002 8:50 PM
especially if it is a dog riding a bike


re: What Life Insights does cycling present?memememe
Mar 3, 2002 11:46 PM
cycling for me.. has a lot to do with suffering.. working with and transcending and pushing through ..

and that to me seems very much the stuff of life..
there is no where to hide on a bike..

I have learned tha tby focusing on pain i can transform it into speed and joy... as opposed to constricitng around pain..

the buddhists say samsara is nirvana..
this is cycling...
what???... samosas + cycling = nirvana?? nmSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 4, 2002 5:00 AM
Re: last friday's post, just subtle irony of course128
Mar 4, 2002 9:58 AM
inspired by your earlier Python ("we're all individuals") reference, and that very funny response of yours to that flat witted provoceteur, which I took as squarley tongue in cheek. There was of course nothing 'bait-like' about your post..
No offense!

And no GRZY, I am not an unwitting pimple face MTBer, although I did log a few knarly off road mud-miles on Sat.! (roads still a bit messy)
i think we all had fun playing ;-) nmSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 4, 2002 12:43 PM
Naah...I pretty much just ride the bike, you know? (nm)cory
Mar 4, 2002 8:45 AM
All of the above...DINOSAUR
Mar 4, 2002 9:34 AM
Cycling has many facets, but in the longrun it's you, your bike and fighting the elements. For me it's learning patience and adapting to pain, as you overcome a certain degree of pain until you advance to the next level.

Sometimes you fail and fall flat on your face. It's about picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, getting back on and keep on going. Sort of like life itself. Overcoming failure and preserverance.

Or maybe it's just about solutide, and listening to nothing but the sound of your tires traveling over the asphalt, your own breathing and the wind rustling through the tree tops.

Or maybe it's just about slowing down so you can see things you wouldn't see if you were driving a car, as your in too much of a hurry.

Probably I'd say we need to experience a certain degree of pain in our life's in order to feel the full circle. I'd say the majority of people never feel this, and they probably wonder why some middle aged guy would shave his legs and dress in funny looking cloths. They have no idea of what they are missing. We see the world through different eyes when we are cycling.

I'm sure cycling has a different meaning for all of us..
Don't worry about where you are ...Humma Hah
Mar 4, 2002 6:44 PM
... worry about where you're GOING to be.

I figured that out while riding a bike. If I looked down at the front wheel and didn't like where it was, trying to correct it made for ugly riding. But if I stayed focussed on where I was going to be in 2 seconds and beyond, I rode smoothly and in control.

I later figured out this is a great principle in life. Don't worry about where you are, just concentrate on where you wanna be.