The Cyclist’s Wife
So what makes a great cyclist? Is it the training, equipment, passion, focus? All of these things, and more. But for me, there is one vital component that has made me the cyclist I am today….My Wife.
Okay just to clarify here, I’m not currently in the doghouse or trying to suck up in any way, shape, or form. I’m writing this because it’s the truth. And you know what?….I’ve never actually told her this. So, Sweetie, this one is for you.
When we were fresh newlyweds you gave me the thumbs up and were the driving force behind me purchasing my first road bike. At the time, we were living in the Caribbean and money was not flowing all that freely…but even so, you encouraged me to go for it. There were definitely so many other things that you would have preferred we spend the money on, but you did this for me and I am so thankful. Your love and support then, is the reason I’m loving the bike right now.
Last spring when we were out bike shopping together, I knew my budget and what I could realistically spend on my new upgrade. There you were, trying to convince me to blow the budget and get one of the nicest bikes in the store. Wow. I ended up sticking to my budget, but man, it sure felt great knowing that you were wanting the best for me.
Since then, I’ve picked up a few little cycling toys here and there, and each time it’s been received from you with nothing but positive remarks and support. Have I told you how amazing you are lately?
More important than supporting me in the equipment that I’ve picked up, is the time you’ve allowed me to have on the bike. As a family man with three young kids at home, you’ve given me the freedom to get out there for as long as I want and need. I appreciate this more than you know.
You’ve never questioned it or commented on something else that should be done…but instead you’ve always sent me off with a smile and “have a great ride”. And although you’d rather not hear the details of how close a car came to me or how fast I descended down a hill, you’re the first to ask me how it was with genuine interest and care.
I Love You, Amanda. You really have made me the luckiest cyclist out there, and although I’ve never said it…..I’ve felt that way on each and every ride.