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!