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Damn - I really do like a long ride to unwind.
I am the wrong side of sixty but I still have a lot of days at work where I work at high intensity and people still seem to hunt me down for my particular abilities. I like it but it certainly leaves me a bit flat by weeks end.
I do an all day ride most weekends that spans around six or seven hours with five or six hours being in the saddle. Today I rode one of my regular weekenders - Mandurah/Halls Head an hour south of Perth.
Now, with west coast weather for eight months of the year I finish up at home with a mild case of sunburn - or at the least the skin starts feeling a little sight a few hours after. (Yes, I slip-slop-slap but six or seven hours is a long time.)
Well, I musta got it about right today. Five hours then dropped into the pool and five hours later I feel great. No desire to scratch, No tightening of the brow And three Shiraz later and I still feel great.
(Fellow Sandgropers - In Mandurah the number of properties for sale or with a "Sold" sicker outside is just as it is in Perth inner city - Get some more property in your portfolio.)
Does your weekender work for you too?
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Unchain yourself - Ride a unicycle .
Sometimes a long ride or run on the weekend feels like the only thing that gets me in the right frame of mind for the weekend. It can be tough to separate yourself from work, and family, and all of the other obligations that you have, whether they're work-week-only or all-the-time kinds of things, but getting out into the fresh air and doing something you love for a good chunk of the day really can't be beat! People often talk about the health benefits of cycling—and exercise in general—but the mental health part is often missed.
The day you described (five hours, dip in the pool, then wine) sounds about perfect.
Went for a ride to Kurnell with a buddy last week. I put my head down and took the lead the whole way there, hardly remember it. When we got to the half way and were having a banana break, he says "tough week at work, was it"? Only then did I realise the stress I was still carrying around. Had a relaxed ride home and a chilled-out remainder of the weekend.
"If I can bicycle, I bicycle" ~David Attenborough
Unwinding (not back pedaling ) is one of the reasons I like commuting to and from work on a bike, allows me to mentally prepare in the morning and get caught up in the immediacy of not becoming mince meat on a road, enjoying ride up the coast or a bit of CCR action. Without it I would be on public transport which would just wind me up even more..
I certainly find I am more relaxed on the days I can ride to work. I travel along the river which helps a great deal. Weekends, I try to do a long ride on a Sunday and a long paddle on a Saturday. Between the two of them, I'm pretty chilled
Great post, COC, as we can often forget the great *mental* benefits that cycling brings. I often see you on the Kwinana Fwy heading north to the CBD as I head south to my workplace (Hami Hill).
Whatever hormones cycling releases ... I love 'em.
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Riding is a great way to unwind. I especially love MTB for it, because your entire focus is about the ride and not hitting stuff - very effective at driving other disturbances out of your mind.
Several years ago I suffered a nasty period of depression. Work generally helped give me some sense of focus (fortunately I love what I do), but there would be some times where something just wouldn't go right, and I'd get into a deepening cycle of frustration.... I'd get frustrated that what I was doing wasn't happening, then get frustrated at being frustrated and unable to focus on my work. The only way to break the spiral before I fell into a blubbering heap was to get the hell out & go for a ride.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
Yep, love riding to Unwind. I use to surf to relax & unwind, but a year or two ago became increasingly frustrated in the surf. Usually due to other 'wonderful people' in the surf, and showtime surf.
I was talking to a friend at work the other day about my MAMIL-ing (His term for cycling :p ). He can't believe I go for 4 to 5 hour solo rides, without head phones or anything. No one to talk to. Nothing to listen to. "That's an awful lot of time to yourself Gav! Just you and the MAMIL-ing. That's crazy. What do you think about all that time!?" He said.
When I thought about, I thought yeah, it is a bit weird. Just you, the bike, and bitumen for 5 hours, but there's something about it calms me and clears my mind. I don't really even know what I think about for those 5 hours. Maybe that's the secret. Wouldn't have it any other way at the moment!
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