“THE _____ GUY.”
When I tell people that, since my latest crash, I may not ride a bike anymore, they don’t believe me.
That’s very telling.
Shows that I’ve been through this before and come back.
Shows that it’s really obvious to all around me how much I’ve loved bikes.
It shows how much cycling was a part of my identity.
I’ve been “the bike guy” at every job I’ve held for the last 15 - 20 years.
I’m guessing a fair number of you hold the same title amongst your peers.
But I’ve been other stuff.
Before that I was “the triathlete guy.”
Before that, through high school and college I was “the swimmer / water polo guy.”
Before that I was the “surfer / skater / BMX rider” kid.
And I wore those titles proudly because I loved all those things.
Some of them I’d love to do again but lately I was focused on cycling.
Perhaps it’s time I got back in touch with them.
Perhaps it’s time for some new things.
Things that get me out into the outdoors (like cycling), that test my fitness and endurance (like cycling) but won’t make my wife and kids scared every time I leave the house (like cycling).
So who knows, I may be back on the bike again. For sure, to ride with the kids to school and back. And on Sundays to Blinkie’s Doughnuts. And maybe to a pub or three.
But I’m eager and excited to try other outdoorsy things. And I’m eager to share the same kinds of honest insights and wisdoms.
If you’ll have me.
Then maybe I’ll hold a new title.
“The outdoors guy.”
“The trail runner guy.”
Or maybe I can move beyond those titles.
Maybe just “Brian” is good enough.
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