The Birthday Ride

 Birthday Ride Ritual

Every time I see that it’s someone’s birthday, I’ll usually post my wishes to them on social media and ask if they’re getting out for a birthday ride.  I also asked about this when I hosted #bikeschool a few weeks ago to find out what sort of cycling rituals people had on their big day.

It seemed like the most popular response was for people to ride the amount of miles that equals their age.

Birthday Ride Ritual

Well, today it’s my turn.  Yes, Mr. LovingtheBike turns another year older today, and as always I’ll be getting out for one special birthday ride.  So how old am I, you ask?  Well, I honestly feel like age is just a number and I don’t personally get too tied up with it.  But two years ago I posted about having abs at 42… do the math.  Oh, and thanks to my time on the bike, and decent nutrition……I still have abs at 44.

I don’t have a consistent ritual for my yearly birthday ride, but I tend to do something out of the ordinary so as to make it memorable.  Some years I’ve gone ultra long distance.  When we lived in St. Kitts, I was sure to do an around-the-island ride.  Other times it was a ride that allowed me to clear my head and spend time in nature.

I’m not exactly sure what’s in store for this year, but all I know is that after I’m done putting in some hours at Mocha Spoke this morning….I’m heading off for a sweet journey with just me and my road bike.  After that, the rest of the day will be spent celebrating with my Family.

Okay, so what about you?  What are your birthday riding rituals?  Let’s hear about it.

  • Eric Hutchins

    Darryl, I am so sorry I was not around to celebrate on your site at the right time. Happy Birthday old man.
    Wow I just had a milestone (I hate that word sounds a lot like some other ____stone words. :) made me think a lot about how little I have been riding. Have to find a way to work it back in, just have to. To me a great birthday ride is just the miles and the time. Location not so important, its just the feeling you get after you worked really hard, you shower get something to eat, and then enjoy the rest of the day. Hard to describe, just something about how that feels.

  • gswbike

    Congratualtions and Happy Birthday Darryl !! Bike Fast / Live Slow… Ride On

  • raymond

    Happy Birthday Darryl, enjoy your day and keep on riding:-)

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Raymond…….yes, always riding. I appreciate you coming over to leave your comments.

  • Donald Sorah

    Happy birthday! Hope you had an amazing birthday ride. My first birthday on the bike two years ago (on the hybrid that I got for my birthday and kicked off this live of cycling) I rode a trail and Cyclemeter read off birthday wishes that were posted to Facebook. It was hilarious that I probably received 10 wishes per mile on that trip.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      That’s totally cool. All the best, Donald.

  • AmandaGaleKotyk

    Hope you enjoyed your ride, and quick dip in the ocean today!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yep, the weather was perfect and my family was awesome as usual.

  • jwolach

    Happy Birthday Mr. LovingtheBike!!! Have a great day!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thank you Mr. jwolach…..really appreciate it.