Summer is quickly coming to close with cool temps and shorter days. Rock MTB is about to publish the fall riding schedule, so I hope you’ve been able to spend some time in the saddle this summer.
A tight schedule limits me to weeknight rides and dawn patrol on weekends, but despite the odd hours I’m fortunate to have a regular routine after a year long hiatus from riding. With heavy legs and weak lungs my passion for riding is renewed!
Night rides provide the opportunity to see nocturnal wildlife including owls and kangaroo rats, and arriving first on Saturdays often means undisturbed deer, coyote and raccoon tracks and frequent encounters with the animals themselves (not to mention clearing the trail’s spider webs with my face).
My unusual schedule means I typically ride solo, so I’m not forced to ride at someone else’s pace or vice versa. Yet, much like the Christian faith it seems that riding is most satisfying when engaged with fellow enthusiasts. To flow through a rock garden or rail through a bermed corner without a friend whooping it up limits the experience to your memory. The nuance of a particular line, or a wash out you narrowly avoided is just a grin that satisfies, but not a story to share on the tailgate.
There are certainly times when I crave the escape of a solo ride to pray, think and appreciate the glory of God’s creation, but the shared experience of riding with a friend makes the satisfaction of a ride that much richer.
Similarly, following Christ outside of the church body not only can be lonely, but it rejects the example set by Christ Himself. Accompanied by an inner circle of followers, Jesus started his ministry with the support of a trusted group of disciples.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12. Since high school I have met regularly with accountability partners. We confess sin to one another, confront one another, pray for each other and spur each other on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). Much of my life and many decisions have been influenced by the wisdom and integrity of these Christian brothers. Their faithfulness to God, their wives and to me has provided motivation to glorify God in all things and maintain high standards for myself.
Rather than doing the solo thing I hope that you are enduring the ups and downs with trusted followers of Christ. If you haven’t ridden with the core group this summer hopefully this fall we’ll see you out on the Rock MTB rides as we enjoy the dirt together.