i try not to call me riding my bike as ‘practice‘ because it sounds like i have a very specific target in mind. it just doesn’t sound right to my ears. i think the word ‘riding‘ is more appropriate for my goals and covers more ground. and it sounds more fun.
i ride to better my skills at handling a bike. i ride to lose weight and keep myself in good shape. thankfully, riding also keeps me from going back to smoking. i ride to keep my mental health intact although some of you might quip that i never had it together in the first place.
a couple of days ago i went out for an errand ride to buy a few things from the corner store. i mistimed a stop and i almost fell. almost. i had to suddenly lean on a nearby car which surprised the driver enough to roll down his windows and, with eyebrows almost meeting, asked what happened. i told him what happened and i apologized and he nodded in acknowledgement. i have to note that at some point i can’t help feeling that he was more concerned about his car than my well being.
this led me to the conclusion that i need more riding time to sharpen my balance and my bike-handling skills even more especially at very low speeds. so i ride when i can whenever there’s an opportunity.