The Quantum of Solace at times can be a very apt description for the space in which we ride.
Quantum can mean the following:
1. quantity or amount: the least quantum of evidence.
2. a particular amount.
3. a share or portion.
Solace can mean the following:
1. comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort.
2. something that gives comfort, consolation, or relief: The minister’s visit was the dying man’s only solace.
So how does that apply to cycling
At times riding is the place where I go sort out my share of trouble. Saturdays ride is when I found myself in that space. I ended up spending more time thinking, alone with my thoughts, and working stuff out.
When the Road was boring it allowed plenty of time to think, and when the route turned to swoopy fun, thinking was switched off and smiles reactivated.
A friend asked me if I’d enjoyed the ride. I honestly didn’t know. The elation that riding over a 100km in a day didn’t come. But the emptiness was a good feeling, removing the crap, allowing me to be filled again, with new positive stuff.
The Sunday ride, and by Saturday’s standards incredibly short, was one just filled with joy and fun. Starting off in an emptied state, all it took was an hour to re-charge the batteries. Riding is good on so many levels that sometimes its only time, suffering and joy can really expose.