She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not: Kristen vs. Cycling

Just like we did last year, each FBG is sharing what she loves and doesn’t love so much in this special “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not” series as part of Love Yo’Self Week. Feel the love!


Dear Bicycle,

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

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  1. Jess says:

    I can 100% relate to ALL of these! Love this post! Here’s one more: I hate how you seem to hold onto my feet when I’m tying to unclip… especially at a red light or a busy intersection. But I love how fast I can pedal knowing that my clips are locked in place. 🙂