Choose to Be Unreasonably Happy When You Ride

Choose to Be Unreasonably Happy When You Ride

Often when mountain biking we set ourselves up for failure and/or unhappiness from the beginning of the ride. We are so focused on one or two goals for that ride that it takes away our enjoyment.
Have you ever thought, I’ll be happy if…? If I clean that climb, if I hit that jump, if I make it through that rock garden, etc. Ever been so focused on making a section of trail that is miles ahead that you messed up on an easier section of trail?
Sometimes it is the last move on the trail that you want to nail (as it was for me yesterday on Porcupine Rim). This keeps you focused on the future, not in the moment. You are thinking about the move coming up instead of enjoying the ride right now! This makes it impossible to be in the moment making it hard to ride at your best. It also minimizes the rest of the ride and experience.
On your next ride choose to be unreasonably happy! Simply choose to happy, today I’m going to happy. It is a choice, you don’t need a reason!

Dante Harmony chooses to be happy!

We become so focused on our goals that we stop enjoying the “work” to reach our goals. I am teaching myself to be happy and enjoy every moment (though I mess it up sometimes and choose to be upset but, I’m getting better with practice). If I don’t make a section, I attempt it again, if I fail three times I move on, I’ll make it on a future ride!
I practice this by starting the day with gratitude practice, I write down what I am grateful for every day before breakfast. Today I wrote that I am stoked and amazed that my body is holding up, I’m regaining lost fitness and regaining lost mobility after decades of losing battles with gravity (at 53 I feel like I am 40 again!). That was the only bike related one today, the rest were family and personal growth related. Once you realize all that you have to be grateful for it is pretty easy to be happy!
If this idea is tough for you, start small. At first, you can use reasons, not goal oriented reasons, use simple “being reasons”, be happy that you are riding a bike! Be happy that you are outside recreating! Be happy that you are fortunate enough to own a bike!
Get out and ride! Be unreasonably happy!

10 replies
  1. Mark Mecikalski M.D.
    Mark Mecikalski M.D. says:

    This is a great philosophy. I’m a 67 y/o physician…I’ve seen decades of suffering people…..I’m still riding a mountain bike, and fabulously grateful. That said, young people, try not to do anything stupid. (Well, not too stupid..we all do stupid stuff..just try not to get permanently disabled)

  2. Peter Cook
    Peter Cook says:

    Nice Post Gene, short and clear and oh so true. Being a 54 year old mountain biker I hear exactly what your saying and I do try to think like this but I will try harder now having read this…

  3. Mark DePonzi
    Mark DePonzi says:

    I read allot of articles on mountain biking I have been riding for many years racing too . At 60 years of age things start to look allot different . Early 50s are still really good years not that early 60s are not the overall picture changes as time goes on . After reading this article and thinking about over the weekend I thought to myself this may have been the best article I have ever read about mountain biking . This applies to all areas of life as well for me . Thanks so much for the reminder Gene !

  4. Cliff
    Cliff says:

    I think you took those words right out of my mouth. At 63 I live to ride. Two years ago I rode my first race, on the Mendocino coast. I missed it last year because I shattered my heal bone but I am back at it and almost ready for the race at the end of August. I don’t expect to win I just want to finish. Love to ride!!


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