Find your balance
Because there’s much more to cycling than racing and Lycra
If you consider yourself more of a walker than a cyclist, try hiring a bike for a morning or dusting off your wheels. You may have forgotten what a liberating and meditative experience it can be. Nick Moore, keen cyclist and author of Mindful Thoughts for Cyclists (Leaping Hare), reminds us all that however frequently we may cycle, two wheels is always a rather magical way to travel.
l On a bike, your approach is silent and you can get much closer to wildlife. Look out for birds of prey, stoats, foxes, hares and, if you’re cycling at dusk, the ultimate prize – the barn owl.
l Take the ups and downs. There’s pleasure to be found in the exertion of an uphill climb, in feeling your muscles working, the air racing in and out of lungs, blood surging. When you reach the top, pause, reflect and take in the view before the glorious descent – the closest feeling you’ll get to flying.
l Focus on quality not quantity. To have nothing to do but ride your bike, and all day to do it, is a pleasure to be savoured. Set yourself no targets, just take in the sounds, smells and sensations, and store them up for shorter, less remarkable days to come.