another 30 days of biking

Every April people across the world pledge to bike every day of the month. I participated this April and despite kind of hating it a little bit (snow, rain, blah, blah, blah) it was really good for me. I got a lot of exercise and in general felt really really good about myself and what I had accomplished. During that month myself and a group of friends were attacked by a large group of young men. No one was seriously injured and they weren’t able steal anything from us but something felt different after that incident. I managed to make it through the rest of the month but since then have fallen victim to my own anxiety. I’ve barely ridden my bike all summer. I’ve actually spent my summer more cooped up than I’d like to admit.

You know what? I’m sick of it. I am so sick of letting this anxiety control my life. I miss my bike. Riding my bike is when I feel most free. It’s when I feel strongest. It’s when I feel in control. I’m taking it back. I’m taking my summer back.

Every day in the month of September I am going to ride my bike. Rain, or shine ...or anything else wacky Ohio weather might throw my way. I’m not going to let fear control my life. I’m shooting for 125 miles total which should be no sweat considering thats just over 4 miles a day.

I’m posting this a day early so you have time to fix your flats, take care of any maintenance your bike may need and get psyched up because I’d like to encourage you ride with me in spirit this month*. I will forever be trying to convince people get back on bicycles because I promise you it’s more fun than you realize. You don’t have to commit to riding every day of the month if you don’t want, just a ride or two!

 *Or in person! If you’re in Cleveland and would like to ride together sometime
during the month – shoot me an email! I’m always down to ride (and get
ice cream) with new people!

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • Good for you! I'll definitely ride with you in spirit since I bike to work 😉 It's inspiring to see you get out and ride without any sort of reason. I feel like I would never ride my bike if I didn't have to work, haha.

    • Haha! I feel ya, a lot of the time I really have to push myself to get out. It's like "why am I randomly leaving the house in the middle of the day to go on a bike ride?" I get out there and then Im like "Oh, okay, because it feels awesome!"

  • Kaylah, I stumbled upon your blog a few moths ago and I've been hooked ever since! I especially love reading about your adventures, both locally and further afield. I also totally dig your unique take on beauty, both in the natural environment and style-wise. I've been looking for a cycling challenge to take part in to get me back on my bike and to help me incorporate exercise into my daily routine (otherwise it just doesn't happen!); so I'll be joining you from across the pond. I'll follow your progress with interest. Good luck! Steff xx (Isle of Wight, England)

  • I am fully on board with this idea! It sounds so fun! The only downside is that I live in southern Ohio and there are hills basically…um everywhere. I may just have to haul out the bike rack a few more times this month and venture out to the basically flat. Biking is such a release for me…so relaxing.

  • I am hoping to get up to Cuyahoga National Park soon…is there anywhere good to ride around there? I have been lurking on Instagram for months looking at photos of waterfalls and trails. I am hoping to camp up that way once the leaves start to change and it cools down. Fall camping is my favorite.

    • I'm not super super familiar with the park, as in I couldn't tell you exactly where but I do know there are definitely bike paths. You can actually bike one way pretty far and then take the scenic train ride back.

    • You had me at scenic train! I love train travel in a very deep way. That sounds perfect! Especially in the fall with all the leaves changing. Fall camping really is the best. We always do Halloween camping, people decorate their sites and hand out candy and it's totally dorky but I love it anyways. A campfire just seems most appropriate in the fall.

  • I am so inspired by you, you have shown such growth of character over the years I have been following you. I can't imagine the strength it takes to make a comeback after what happened.
    I don't have a bike but I recently took up yoga and some days my social anxiety prevents me from going to class but I am going to commit to do yoga everyday this month. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on anxiety. it is understandable, and it takes a lot to get over something like that. I would love to ride with you, but Denmark is a bit far from Cleveland 🙂 My september mission will be getting in to a car again. I got my licence in the beginning of the year, but the second time I drove our car someone drove into us… it scared me and I couldn't drive without shaking and crying afterwards. Now I have a new work and I need to be able to drive there (public transportation is 1,5 hours….). I normally bike everywhere, but this is too far, so wish me luck getting back in four wheels:-)

  • I have been meaning to dust my bike off ALL YEAR. What is wrong with me?! We moved to a hilly area and its seriously put me off riding. What a dumb excuse. And now its getting dark outside. Boo. I'm going to try super hard to get out this month.