Why biking has made me better at life
Once stuck in the mountain bike bubble, it is hard to leave. I am pretty sure my childhood friends from school think I have – to some degree – lost the plot. I work with bikes, talk about bikes, plan my holidays around bikes, have a boyfriend who rides bikes and even do the house layout after how and where to store the two-wheeled things. And sometimes, in a moment of clarity, I ask myself “what is it about bikes that lures me in to this extent?”. Of course there is the adrenaline, the excitement and the simple fact that exercising makes me happy, but when it comes to biking there is more to it than just spinning pedals and shredding singletrack. It’s the constant challenge of becoming stronger, improving and learning new skills in life. It is about knowing how and when to trust myself, how to grow as a person and when to switch off and just enjoy the moment. Things I learn on the bike, I take with me to all other aspects of life and I think that is why, as crazy as the bike bubble can be, it has taught me some of the most valuable lessons in my life. Let me explain what I mean.
Facing fears and learning to trust myself
Biking has taught me that when you get knocked off, you assess the damage and learn how to get back up again. Fear can be overcome and once you actually face up to it, you’ll more than often come out stronger on the other side. Learning the importance of facing fears, how to overcome hurdles and putting trust in my own abilities on the bike has made me realise the importance of doing the same in every aspect of daily life.
As scary and intimidating as a situation might seem, I know that fear can be conquered with the help of some self-confidence and self-trust. Just because someone is speaking the loudest, acting up the most or giving me the “I know better than you”-talk doesn’t mean that they are right. Just like I’ve learnt to evaluate a scary line according to my own abilities, I’ve learned to evaluate certain more intimidating situations in life the same way. I wouldn’t send a 10-meter gap jump, so of course I wouldn’t take on a similar situation in life thinking I’m not in over my depth. But I would take on a 5-meter jump even if some dude kept telling me I couldn’t do it. Because even though it’s scary, I know that I can do it as long as I trust myself and put in an extra pedal stroke or two.