And I have mixed feelings about bike riding: Cycling is fun, fast, and satisfying. I love the sound of the wind blowing past my helmet-clad head. I like thinking that I may be able to out-ride even the meanest rabid dog, should one choose to try to take a chunk out of my leg. I enjoy being able to go relatively far distances on my bike. Mostly, I love the speed I can get while going down a steep hill.
So, why do I get on my bike somewhat begrudgingly? Because it's not running. The thing is, I love to run. I only like to bike.
I like the solitude I get from running. I love the control running gives me. I can control my speed (as long as it's set on slow). When I run, I can see cars coming toward me because I can run facing on-coming traffic. I like knowing that I won't get a flat shoe when I run. I feel secure in knowing that if I fall while running, I probably don't have to worry about getting a brain injury.
Don't get me wrong, I totally "get" why people why people love to cycle! If I weren't a runner, I'd be a cyclist. Maybe. Or a couch potato.
The other day, I received an email from a company that makes cycling jerseys. They wanted me to check out their website and mention it on my blog if I liked what I saw. At first I laughed that they had obviously mistaken me for a cycling enthusiast. Then I reminded myself that cycling often ends up being an important part of a runner's training. Especially when that runner is trying to recover from a running related injury, such as myself. At the very least, cycling can be a great cross-training activity... and we've all read of the importance of cross-training.
I checked out their website. And I liked what I saw! The website is Share the Damn Road. If you are a runner who cycles because of injury... or a tri-athlete... or a good little cross-trainer... check out this site! These jerseys make a statement. And they are sort of funny, without taking away from the seriousness of the message.
This one makes me laugh because it's so simple... but it says it all:
I love understated remarks!
Notice that the "Thanks" is backwards so drivers can view it in their mirrors.
Then there's this one:
I could have used this one several times on my last bike ride.
Hmmm... I wonder if they have the arrow going the other direction in Europe.
I'm not so sure about this one:
This one is just asking for some smart a$$ teenager to honk.
I really like this one but I'm not sure if I want to be seen riding up to my church-based preschool in it:
Hmmm... maybe if I still worked in public school...
There are other jerseys available on the site... all of them have the dry humor seen on these examples. Um, at least I assume the makers of these jerseys mean them to be funny. Serious, but funny*.
*I apologize to Share the Damn Road if they aren't meant to be funny. It's possible that I have a warped sense of humor.
In any case, there are times when I am scared of the drivers that share (or don't share) the road with me. There are times when cars whiz by me so close or so fast that I fear for my life for a few seconds. Maybe these jerseys will make drivers more aware. I know I would notice these jerseys if I saw one while driving. I am not a jerk so I would give the cyclist room. I would slow down. I wouldn't honk (not that I do now). I would NOT run the cyclist over (again... not that I do now).
What do you think?