Cycling & Celebration
15“Chasing records doesn’t keep me on my bike. Happiness does.” Lance Armstrong, Street Performer
Fitness makes racing fun, and celebration turns competitive pressure into a pleasure. August is a month to celebrate in cycling. A long period of good weather, great events, and golden moments precede these days – as does hard work. These are times to enjoy rewards of labor like luscious fruits of summer – quartered, savored, and dashed with heavy cream!
Peaches and cream and everything in between are part of a dessert of well-deserved pauses in athletic endeavor. Pause and praise for whatever accomplishments and achievements have come this year! Ponder what you’ve done well, how you’ve improved, what changes could be made, and imagine endless possibilities!
Stoke your happiness through sweet thoughts of self-congratulations for the small moments of success so far this year. Then pass it on and praise your peers and supporters. Be generous and even rally your rivals and enjoy your enemies. Let nothing and no one stop your revelry. You are alive and well!
There is good all around you and gifts have come to you. Think about these things. Let grateful thoughts circulate like a merry-go-round for your cycling mind. Step up to the arcade and try your luck at shooting for some new targets – dream a little about what’s next this season. Mime a story in your heart about upcoming events and make them street performances that stop the crowd in awe and amazement! This midsummer day-dreaming is like a parade that marches into your performances.
My favorite pause was to return home and do a group ride or race that was so familiar and fun I could ride it in my sleep. It gives confidence a boost to ride as if at a summer carnival – for the sheer joy of it!
Prayer for Celebration
“For everyone will talk about your fearsome deeds, and I will tell all nations how great you are. They will celebrate and sing about your matchless mercy and your power to save. You are merciful, LORD! You are kind and patient and always loving.” 16Psalm 145:6-8
We celebrate our love of riding and are grateful for bikes as means of escape and enjoyment. We ask to see blessings of this summer day and for happy riding moments.
Ponder What can I celebrate from this season’s cycling? Affirm I am so glad about – – -. Watch your spirits soar by commemorating special deeds at your cycling party!
15This is one of those internet quotes without a source. One reference stated that Lance said this after his 3rd Tour de France victory. Lance may have never said this. I cannot substantiate it but it does seem like a philosophy he would reinforce.