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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  • Aw man, I'd totally ride with you if I lived nearer! I churn out about 15-35 miles a day and always manage to get out no matter the weather. It's seriously the best thing ever and I've probably been addicted for a few years now. That photo is so beautiful–you've got a gorgeous bike! Yellow handlebars AND yellow gears? So so pretty. I know you can do it!!

  • That had to be a scary ordeal, but congrats and good for you for getting back on your bike and taking control! Good luck with your 30 Days of Biking for September!

  • You can do it! That would definitely be scary. I can't even imagine. I think of your story a lot when riding my bike (especially by myself.) You are right though! We can't let anxiety control our lives! Go get'em!

    Hmmm. I might take this challenge for September as well. If you can do it in Cleveland, I can do it in Butler, PA! πŸ˜€

    • Oh no! That's actually why I never shared the full version of what happened, I would never want to frighten anyone. Wrong place at the wrong time, I guess. I just always have to remind myself that yes, it did happen to me but look how many people out every single day and nothing happens to them.

      I hope you do! I guarantee you'll feel so good after finishing it. And I'll be blogging about it the whole time to keep ya motivated. πŸ˜€

  • I just got a State Bicycle for my birthday after seeing yours. Let me just say that thing rides like a dream! I cant wait to start riding it more. Im definitely going to try to do everyday in September. Its just been way to hot here in Dallas to even think about going out but Im not letting that stop me anymore!

    • Awesome!!! Which one did you get?

      Ohio hot is nothing compare to Dallas hot, I'm sure, but I was literally just thinking how I made such a bad choice committing to 30 days of biking when it's looking like we're gonna have a real hot week! Hah! I'm so not good in the heat.

    • I got the Floyd. She's a hot pink beauty and looks amazing!!

      Its definetely not the same kind of hot. I used to live in Pittsburgh and would move back in the blink of an eye if I could. I grew up in California and when I made the jump to move across the county I knew I'd be in for a treat with the weather. I love the cold and people think its weird since I lived in California.

    • Ah! Awesome. I loooove that bike (…so much that I might actually be expecting a delivery tomorrow. Eeeep!)

      That's definitely true. I would rather spend a week in Arizona in the heat than one day in Ohio heat. That humidity is just awful. There is nothing worse than feeling sticky.

    • Ooooo I cant wait to see it!! I was stuck on two different ones but thought the floyd one suited me much better. Not gonna lie though, the first time I rode it I had people staring hahah!

  • Good for you! I'll definitely ride with you in spirit since I bike to work πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚ 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.