Quiet by Susan Cain
Just Ride by Grant Petersen
If you love quiet, then seek quiet.
If you are nurtured by solitude, then it may be wise to ignore voices which tell you otherwise.
If being alone outside, beneath sunshine and blue sky, pedaling down an empty path with the breezes blowing across your skin takes you to a peaceful place of balance and flow, if feeling your muscles powering circles for miles just feels right, then go for a ride, and feel just right.
I read Quiet, a book about the merits of introversion by Susan Cain, over the holidays, and noted that the words "bicycle" and "bike" never appear it that book. I also recently read Just Ride by Grant Petersen, a sensible book about riding bicycles, and believe that it doesn't focus overmuch on the merits of introversion. Yet, these two books together form some sort of golden duo of perfect personal insight for me to kick off 2013.
This idea came to me while reading Quiet, to put together some detailed synthesis of the two books, built on the flow I feel or achieve while out on my rides of solitude. That, on the one hand, Susan Cain empowers me to fuel up with solo rides in the great outdoors, while Grant Petersen encourages me to ride whatever bike, in whatever way, that makes sense to me personally, on the other. There's a lot to unpack there, maybe a whole blog worth.
But not now. Not here. Two great books married together with a clear and significant impact to my way of looking at 2013 is enough for now, or rather, as far as I can take it right now. The three sentences at the top of this post are as far as I've gotten with it, at this point.
|These go together like chromoly and lugs|
So far, I've ridden every day in 2013. Off to a great, quiet start.