Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It'd Be a Lot Easier to Find Lost Glasses If You Could See Clearly


...it’d be a lot easier to find lost glasses if you could see clearly....that’s gotta be a perfect analogy for something...

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
William Blake

...bought an unlimited pass at a local yoga studio and ended up going to twenty-five classes in a month...concluding this past Saturday...which brought up a number of insights, including: that’s a helluva lotta yoga classes...

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are...
Ernest Hemingway

...Sunday morning biked sixty-five miles...pre-coffee...fifty of them as part of this Bike Philly thing...which I joined in support of some of the women-in-recovery I work with...though they did the more intelligent and mostly flat ten or twenty mile routes instead of the knee-breakingly hilly fifty...plus another fifteen or so getting there and back...which also involved a really big hill...bringing on thoughts like: that’s a helluva lotta biking...

...not that there's anything to complain about in any of this...'cause there really isn't...

14 comments:

This Brazen Teacher said...

Went for a 12 day biking trip in Tuscany last month. When I returned to The States- to my car- to my job... I realized how much walking and biking everywhere for almost 2 weeks helped me.

Merging and signaling, turning and braking. I miss the "contours of the countryside." I miss going slow(er). It seems like my brain doesn't like having to absorb information as rapidly as driving a car requires.

Eco Yogini said...

wow!! so fantastic :) 25 classes in a month. phew.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Heh - excellent effort on all parts and much amusement from your Yoga-trip: is it possible to gross out on Yoga?

And i love the Hemmingway quote - i love cycling and quite like hills: you always appreciate the view you get at the top

Kitty said...

jeez. i don't think i have ridden 65 miles on my bike in the last 25 years put together.

earthtoholly said...

Ah, you can never get too much yoga or cycling, huh drjay?

Congrats on the big ride. My guess is that you felt great afterward, even sans caffeine. And I'm wondering...are you a roadie or a mountain biker?

Was just talking about those contours the other day...the hilly Custis Trail in Rosslyn I'd ride to work and its two killer hills. Thank goodness for granny gears.

I'm sure I've told you that before so feel free to tell me to shut the hell up and get back on the bike already! (I do find your biking posts very inspiring!)

RB said...

That Hemmingway quote could be about mindfulness and meditation, don't you think?

That's kind of how I feel about the month of September--fully living everything that seems wrong or right, and just accept that's how it is.

Nice job on all the biking. I still think you are the doppelganger of my other friend in Philly...

Lydia said...

There sure isn't anything to complain about when your body is in that kind of shape. Of course, it's rewarding you for getting it into that kind of shape. Very inspiring post (and lifestyle).

WR said...

I'm so happy that I put my glasses in the usual place so I could read your blog first thing this morning! what a wonderful post. I always love your quotes followed by your comments about you, about life about....whatever. It was a great way to start the day.

Body memory is a wonder. Biking hills then being able to recall the place and the effort is an amazing thing the brain does. Sometimes for a good memory and sometimes not...thus the struggle what to let go.

Deborah Godin said...

Your post title = story of my life.

Emerging From The Fire said...

"It'd Be a Lot Easier to Find Lost Glasses If You Could See Clearly " -- love it, love it, love it, love it.

So true.

Melinda said...

Wow! Sixty miles pre-coffee? I find that absolutely mind boggling. A "long" bike ride for me is about 10 - 15 miles, although when I was younger, I road my bicycle to West Yellowstone (from Bozeman), which was about 90 miles. It was all uphill going there, so we camped for the night--the next day was wonderful--all downhill!

I have problems with biking in traffic after being hit by a car several years ago. I mostly stick to trails now because automobiles are so clueless when it comes to bike riders!

Melinda

Rhiannon said...

Interesting post...I have no clue how you manage these bike rides. I never could. I commend you.

About looking for our glasses? I know I'm really stressed out when I am looking everywhere for my glasses..... and I look in the mirror and see I have them on!

Yoga Spy said...

The Hemingway quote about seeing the world better from a bike reminded me of Robert Pirsig's iconic philosophical/autobiographical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; the protagonist similarly prefers riding a motorcycle, from which you can feel the wind and wave hello to the locals.

Do you really write your posts in 12 seconds?!

Lana Gramlich said...

Rock on, bro! Hell, I think I've forgotten how to ride a bike at this point!