Before we thought of getting into mountain biking, my husband and I were into extreme sports like rock climbing, snowboarding, and whitewater kayaking. For the longest of time, pedaling a two-wheeled vehicle never crossed our minds, not until one of our closest friends suggested to try this sport. First, we bought our own sturdy bikes and then started our journey.
Taking Our First Bike Ride As a Couple
That first bike outing was not the last for we clearly enjoyed every bit of our adventure. Through the years, we started to get amazed by the wonders of such active sport. It did not only make me healthier, but it also gave an impact to my life as a whole. One of the greatest things that happened in my life was because of mountain biking. Having joined a whole lot of cycling championships and winning them is more than an achievement for me.
Challenges We Hurdled In Biking
However, it was not only rainbows and butterflies. I also experienced sadness when my bikes were stolen twice. Injuring my ankle after a cycling season was also one memorable thing for me. Also, taking the challenges of coaching a high school team had me at some point of disappointment. And lastly, keeping up with the other racers who were really good at biking had me through rough times.
Same as allother sports, biking will get you through happy as well as hard times. However, it is the way you look at things and accept defeat that makes you stronger. To draw a clearer picture of the accomplishments and challenges I had in biking here is a summary of those.
Life Lessons I Realized After Getting Into This Active Sport
- Learn the lessons of failures – Making mistakes is but a normal thing because we are all humans and we are not at all perfect. For me, everytime I fail, I see to it that I ponder on the things that gone wrong. Realizing what went wrong would be the best thing for every failure. I think that delving on the mistakes is not at all helpful. Thus, instead of getting really disappointed, try certain ways to improve on the next rides.
- Do not belittle yourself – You will never know how much you can do if you never try to reach for your highest achievement. This is the main point in cycling especially in the ruggedand challenging terrain. Trying things like pedaling on a very rocky mountain and taking those wheels into a steep road are only a few of the many things that can take adrenaline rush. This realization is also very applicable to living your life. It is never healthy to underestimate your capacities without you trying your best on a particular stance.
- Learn about your limits – Although sometimes you might be too aggressive to do such challenging thing, you must also know when to say “no”. When you have that gut feeling not to do a stunt, then do not do it. It is your safety that is at stake. Instead of pushing through those challenges, you might as well do such the next day when you have all the strength to do it. Also, learn to practice each new stunt so that when there is a need for you to take on that challenge, you will be certain that you can do it because you have been accustomed to doing such.
- You are different from the others – You may be too good at a certain sport or craft, but there will also be that someone who will be better than you. Learn to accept that fact and do not feel bad about it. After all, you are unique from that person. You also have your strengths that put you at par from the others. It is important that you recognize your individuality and that you are awesome in your own way.
- Always help other people when they need it – Because you have that unique talent, you need to always be willing to lend a hand. When you see a biker with a flat tire, take time to help him out. When you see an injured cyclist, then do first aid. In life, it is just about being the good one and your goodness will surely be paid off.
- Ask for help–Do not pretend that you can manage every single obstacle that you are facing. Know that there is someone out there who is willing to help you. Humble yourself and accept help from others. In this way, you allow others to show their talents. When you run out of water, never be ashamed to have some fluids from your co-cyclists. They will certainly feel good after giving their water to someone like you who needs it the most.
- Enjoy life – No matter how tough the competition is remember to always have fun. Do not concentrate more on the contest itself rather, take time to appreciate how fun it is to pedal through terrain. Remember that life is not just about winning but it is also about realizing the importance of enjoying every single thing that you do.
Biking Is not Only A Sport But It Is Also a Life Teacher
Indeed, I learned a whole lot of things in biking. Every single lesson I learned from the sport is something that could guide me through my way of life. I never regret the day that I started enjoying the pedals for this is the only sport that strengthened me as a person.