We’ve been together for a while now, you and I. We’ve had our ups and downs. We’ve climbed bridges and coasted down hills. But only recently have I started taking you more seriously on your own instead of just considering you a part of triathlon I have to deal with. I’ve upgraded to cycling shoes and cleats and new pedals, and I’ve even taken you out on the road. Still, I’m torn on exactly how I feel about you, which is why it’s time for she loves me, she loves me not.
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not: Cycling
She loves me: I love the experience of being outside and getting in some mileage, seeing animals and rivers and who knows what else on the ride.
She loves me not: I hate the way riding on the road terrifies me.
She loves me: I love watching the miles tick off, one by one, and feeling strong even after 20 miles!
She loves me not: I hate the way you make my lady parts feel. I mean, come on.
She loves me: I love the way I can ride for hours without completely killing my legs.
She loves me not: I hate when we hit some hills at the end of a long ride, and I have to use everything I’ve got to get to the top.
She loves me: I love coasting down those same hills, whipping around turns with ease.
She loves me not: I hate the way I have to relearn to walk every time I get off of you. (That sounds kind of dirty, huh?)
She loves me: I love how you’ve hung in there with me as my confidence (and ability) grows.
She loves me not: I hate how much time I have to put in to get a long ride in. That’s my whole morning!
She loves me: I love how convenient it is to put you on a trainer and get in a workout right there on my back porch.
She loves me not: I hate (hate, HATE) riding on the trainer. It is so freaking boring.
She loves me: I love the fact that I have a huge amount of room to improve with you, and mark my words—I’m going to do it.
Fine, Bike. You’re a keeper, even if you sometimes have to deal with a few four-letter words flung your way. You’re cool with that, right?
Are you a cyclist? Is there anything you would add (or take away) from my list? —Kristen