The Cyclist’s Wife

12
May
2010

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.

Enjoy Your Ride

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  • http://twitter.com/StevieDexter Stevie Dexter

    Dude! Pass me the tissues, I’m wellling up here! We are lucky guys to have such understanding soul mates

  • http://www.arabellachambers.org Alexia Malo

    I am not a cyclist, well at least not anymore.Yet i wanted to share that i feel that your posts/blogs are very inspirational to me on many levels. For me its not about getting back on a bike but on how to reunite with the road of life. Every mile that i ride brings back in me a new discovery about myself and where i want to be. And every time i read one of your articles it makes me want to find back the flame of owning a passion that i can call my own while balancing all the other hats i wear on a daily base.

  • Jon Spangler

    Darryl,

    A nice tribute to someone who is irreplaceable.

    Does she ride, too? (Does she have as nice a bike as you do?)

    Do you ride as a family?

    Linda and I met on a bike ride and cycling has been a cornerstone of our marriage, even though we ride less often and less seriously than we once did. I recommend cycling as a healthy aid to a marriage–especially when done together.

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com Darryl

      Yeah, she rides a Trek Cruiser….not a road bike, but she loves it just the same. We absolutely ride as a family and are moving in the direction of using the bike as our main source of transportation. Hoping we get there soon.

      I agree….cycling and relationships go so very well together.

  • http://suitcaseofcourage.typepad.com Suitcase of Courage

    I can’t really add much to all that’s already been said here, but as someone who also has an amazingly supportive wife, I know important – and wonderful – it is. I just wish I’d written as eloquent a tribute!

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com Darryl

      You still can…..Hope to see one posted on your site one day.

  • VitaminLee

    I think Tim said it best “awwwwwwwww”

    Well said Darryl. Three cheers for Amanda!! Hip Hip…

  • http://massivemtber.blogspot.com/ Clive Chapman

    Nice site, stumbled on you via another Blog. Community is the right word, especially in the “fat bikers” world.

    You can never be too nice about the missus either, let’s be brutally honest here, they are the ones who allow us to go out to play and buy new toys for our bikes.

    My wife loves me, and she loves me cycling, probably because I’m out of her hair when I am pedalling, but mainly because she’s getting the man she married back!

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com Darryl

      Glad to hear it, Clive. Cycling has more benefits than people realize…..it can even improve the shape of your relationship. Cool.

  • http://www.myrnacgmibus.blogspot.com,www.myrnacgmibus.com Myrna CG Mibus

    What a lovely tribute to Amanda. Sounds like you two are a good match :)
    Now if only my husband would write something like this about me…Hmm, maybe I should write something about him since he’s all for me buying bikes and riding them. That would work, too!

  • http://bikingtolive.com Bryan

    Wow, you and Tim have set a good standard. I’m sure each of us has got someone behind the scenes that encourages and pushes us along in our cycling passion. I know I do.

    Darryl, I’m like the new changes to the blog.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Loving the Bike

      Thanks man, good to see you surface again after your move. Glad to see you back in Florida again.

  • Amanda

    I think this is your best post ever….hahaha! Thank you.
    Your dedication and passion for biking really amazes me. I love to see you happy and doing something you love so much. You’re awesome!!
    I Love You.

  • http://www.ThinkOfClouds.com Daniela

    What a beautiful post, Darryl! You are right, feeling the support from the loved ones is one of the most precious things. Thank you for sharing.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Loving the Bike

      Thank you for your comments, Daniela. Very appreciated.

  • http://www.allisonpeacock.com/ Allison Peacock

    Just priceless, Darryl! How blessed the two of you are. Sending hugs from Texas for the whole gang.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Loving the Bike

      Thanks Allison, I appreciate your comments. Hugs right back at you and Texas.

  • http://oldguy2wheels.wordpress.com/ Tim

    awwwwww…..

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