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Why I Ride

Why I Ride

Mental Resilience: How to stay mentally strong

by Jeremiah Reider

Jeremiah is an excellent cyclist who rides with Asheville Winter Bike League regularly and battles with seasonal depression. Here he shares a few paragraphs about his struggle and how AVL WBL and the iDream Athletes Foundation have helped him cope. 

Jeremiah has attended ALL of the AVL WBL rides this season so he is on his way to winning the coveted AVL WBL mug! 

I write this the day prior to the Winter Solstice, for I have endured the shallow arc that the sun is taking across our beautiful Western North Carolina sky. The fact that daylight is now scarce comes with a range of emotions. Some happy and elated because of the holiday season. Some dismal and depressed wondering when spring will begin to show its renewal on the land. Like many of you, I choose to keep pedaling through the winter month, often looking out the window and seeing the cold northerly wind dancing in the trees or the barely above freezing rain falling from the sky. Motivation to ride my bike becomes a fleeting thought.

I choose to ride for the child-like freedom and joy that cycling brings. For the challenge, camaraderie, sense of adventure and Strava KOM’s. Just kidding! I haven’t posted a ride to Strava in almost a year and plan to keep my streak alive ;-).

I prefer to ride off of feel, checking in with my mind and body to see the game that I want to play on any given day. Above all, I ride for my mental health. I have been on a 15 year journey of mental health rejuvenation, for I experience crippling depression and anxiety as I’m sure many of you do. Loneliness and despair can rein supreme if I choose to let them. Over the years I learned that I have a choice when these emotions become all consuming. My choice is to keep pedaling, even when my mind is screaming at me to keep curling my body up in a ball at the end of my bed.

I turn to group rides to keep my emotions in check. To motivate me on the days when my mind wants to ruminate and tell my body to simply stay put. The Asheville Winter Bike League rides have become a mainstay for me and another coping skill when my depression and anxiety rear their ugly head. I encourage you all to come out and reach out to one another through our common ground, and I bet that you will discover that you are not alone when it comes to the emotional and mental health challenges that you face.

Ride steady, ride strong, and above all ride for your emotional and mental health.

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The AVL WBL rides are not designed to drop riders, but neither do we coddle the masses. Our goal is to ride at a smooth and steady tempo, not too fast or too slow, avoiding rapid accelerations and decelerations, for the entirety of a ride.

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Lessons learned from the first AVL WBL Ride of the Season

Lessons learned from the first AVL WBL Ride of the Season

.Important Tips to Note for Successful AVL WBL Rides: Please Read

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first AVL WBL ride of the season! It was great to see so many familiar faces — and new ones! What a beautiful day for a ride! We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and will join us for our second ride on Saturday, November 23rd presented by Motion Makers

Here are some things to note based on our first group ride last Saturday.

1. Please arrive EARLIER! All participants of the AVL WBL rides need to go inside to check-in BEFORE every ride. Please check in with us so we have a record of your attendance and for your safety. We suggest that you have checked in no later than 9:30am so that you have time to gather your cycling gear, use the restroom, chat with your friends and then hear the announcements at 9:50am. We start packing up the admin table (so that we can also ride) at 9:50am. We leave promptly to ride at 10am. 

2. Please fund the program! The AVL WBL is funded entirely on your donations. While there is no fee, we ask for a suggested donation of $5 at each ride to help cover the costs of administrating these rides, leadership vests and the AVL WBL swag and Mugs. If you don’t have cash, we can take a credit card or you can write a check for the entire series all in one swoop.

3. Print your own Cue Sheets and/or Download Route onto your GPS Device: The ride leaders are there to help guide the group, not to give directions. It is your responsibility to know the route! 

4. Listen to your Ride Leaders: Your ride leaders are there to help guide you and the group to be the safest possible and to help the group ride the most efficiently. If a leader gives you feedback or asks for you to correct something, it is not personal! It is to help the group to ride more safely or efficiently. The AVL WBL is all about honing in on good group riding skills. Also, at re-group spots, please wait until the ride leader says it is time to go. 

5. Keep the Momentum: There are only 10 more AVL WBL Rides left! When you attend the entire series you get one of the coveted AVL WBL, locally-made pottery mugs. Everything tastes better in this mug! Stick with it and make the AVL WBL a regular routine for yourself. You will get through winter feeling accomplished and stronger than ever. 

6. Two Important Cycling Tips: Please do not cross the yellow line. There should be enough room between the double pace line for cyclists to move off the front and come back to the group after they are done pulling. This means there needs to be at least a bike width space between the group and the yellow line. Don’t hug the yellow line!! This is so dangerous for our cyclists! If your group is riding in a pace line (A, B+, B groups tend to use either a double or single pace line) PLEASE stay directly behind the wheel in front of you. It is more efficient group riding when each cyclist stays directly behind the rider in front of them and so much safer. We don’t want cyclists wheels to get crossed and when you ride beside or in between riders it is more likely to happen!  “Your position on the road is behind the wheel in front of you, NOT in front of the wheel behind you.” quote by a local Master’s Cyclist.

 

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