Wow… this whole comeback thing is great. A couple weeks ago, I did say I was gonna bring back a lot of my old routines (including blogging, thanks to the reminders of some very persuasive friends and their wonderfully knowing cynical smiles…)
Well, anyway I ended up psyching myself up for a ride on Sunday! It helped a bit that I was back on this exercise and diet routine that I started since the beginning of the month.
I was actually suppose to ride on Saturday with Team IR on a newbie ride, but unfortunately, woke up late. (I know ‘no excuses’, but give me a bit of time while I strengthen my ‘will-power’!)… lol. Nevertheless, the Sunday ride was on!
I got out of bed promptly got my bike into the car and met up with Francis in Taman Tun… we started our ride at 6:15am… and made our way to the Curve where we were suppose to rendezvous with a few more friends… but lo and behold, I was surprised when it was actually the special appearance by team captain, Ewan… oops… I haven’t been riding for a while so I expected a good talking-to. lol… But, there was none of that and it was actually just like old times.
and I felt good! great even! We rode via Sg Buloh up to the Guthrie Highway and took a ride on the motorcycle lane (a famous starting route for weekend riders). We knew other riders would be around, ie. BJCC as well as the PCC group along this route and 3 of us proceeded to ride to the Ijok exit and there we grouped up with several other riders.
It was wonderful to meet familiar faces… perhaps the surprise was more on their end as they saw a person who has been missing for quite a while now. Midpoint through the ride, I felt really good.. all the fears about not being able to keep up was unfounded.
We rode up to the petronas station of Ijok where about 20 over cyclist was gathered as well. A brief 20 mins stop at the station allowed us to catch up and me to rekindle with old friends about what I how I was doing.
But you’d be surprised at how that small moment just gave me enough spark to light me up inside, getting my motivation back. A lot of encouraging words was exchanged between fellow cyclists and even just for the fact that they still remembered me and asked about my activities, gave me some really serious motivation.
The ride back to where we started was filled with lots of happy thoughts and excitement that I was coming back to something i really loved. And at the end of the ride as I was packing my bike up, thoughts of many more exciting and fun rides to come, filled my head and I was already planning for future longer rides! Won’t be missing a weekend if I can help it.
Sunday’s ride : Taman Tun – Ijok – Taman Tun
Distance : 92.5km