My husband and I hit a milestone a couple days ago.
We crossed the 1,000 mile mark on our tandem bicycle for the summer.
To some, that’s nothing. Some bicyclists completed that well before summer began. Others did that as they trained for RAGBRAI or another bike ride. But for us, or at least to me, this is a big deal.
We have peddled 1,000 miles in three months.
A tandem bike isn’t made to be ridden alone. (That’s an obvious one.)
The way ours is set up, if the captain (the front person) is peddling, so is the stoker (the back person).
It’s crucial for the two riding to continually communicate.
Every move one rider makes affects the other. (Ask my husband about the day I couldn’t help myself dancing to a song that came on our radio. My dancing about put us on the ground.)
Turns are made much wider. (Sometimes I feel we need a “Makes Wide Turns” sign on the back of our bike.)
Hills are climbed a little slower than with most bikes, but downhill, we can pass about anyone. (Yeah, we topped 45 mph down a hill this summer. You can believe I was a freaked-out, back seat driver!)
Working together, and mastering this type of biking wasn’t easy. The first time we were on it, I vowed it wasn’t for me. But by the third or fourth time, it became somewhat enjoyable. And now, I look forward to each time we ride.
The benefits have far outweighed the work.
The breathtaking scenery we’ve beheld. The life-changing conversations we’ve had. The spats we’ve had to work through. (It’s nearly impossible to stay in a “fight” while riding, because we have to constantly communicate!) The laughter. The smiles. The fun of being together.
It’s all been a huge blessing. To our marriage. To our lives.
As we share this milestone in celebration, I ask you today, what’s something in your life that you can celebrate? (Hey, some days getting out of bed is something to celebrate!) Have you accomplished something that maybe only you know about? Maybe it’s a stepping stone to something bigger? Or maybe it’s a monumental feat? Maybe it’s too special to share, or maybe you want to shout it from the rooftops?
Or, it might not have to do with any sort of achievement at all. Maybe you’d like to just celebrate a blessing in your life.
I’d sure like to celebrate with you.
(I took this picture on a–you guessed it–a bike trail!)
I don’t believe we celebrate the blessings in our lives often enough. Today is a great day to do so!
Thank you for being a part of my journey, and for stopping in today. I’m celebrating you!
Tomorrow I’ll share the lessons I’ve learned from riding a tandem this summer.