Nov 25, 2010 | Fitness & Nutrition, Lifestyle & Inspiration

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! whether you celebrate this day in a traditional manner with friends + family or in a less traditional way (for me, on the bike), I hope you’ll each take some time to reflect on the blessings we have and the opportunities we’ve been given. since this is technically a bicycle-related blog, I’ll share some of my bicycle-related thanks.

I’m thankful that I ride a bicycle. yeah, that pretty much sums up my life, so if you have a short attention span, you can stop reading now.

I’m thankful for all the amazing places throughout the world I’ve visited while riding my bicycle. I’ve been fortunate to ride in New Zealand, Australia, and Spain, but even more fortunate to explore every nook + cranny of the amazing state of California, as well as Colorado, Oregon, Washington, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Alaska. there’s no better way to really experience the country than on the seat of a bicycle.

I’m thankful for all the really cool people I’ve met while riding my bicycle. my life has been filled with folks who’ve shared a few miles or many years with me.

I’m thankful for the personal challenges I’ve experienced while riding my bicycle. I’ve ridden up mountains, in the dark, snow, cold, and rain. I’ve ridden on the dirt and on highways. I’ve done things I never would have thought possible — all on a bicycle.

I’m thankful for all the extra yummy + delicious guilt-free calories I’ve been able to consume while riding my bicycle.

I’m thankful that I’ve been able to build a career riding my bicycle, and that in doing so, I’ve enabled lots of other folks to share in the benefits of riding a bicycle.

I’m thankful (and hopeful) that I love a sport that I can continue to participate in long after most folks have resigned themselves to the couch. I plan to be that little old lady you see with the long silver ponytail under her helmet.

yes, I’m thankful for riding a bicycle!