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Posts tagged “Biking

variations | in a silent way

moving inward
floating forward
> finding the self
through the silent way …

The day continues, not un-like many other days; the miles, attachments, and memories forever with me … I feel the need to search for the path that will only bring the present moment to bare. Thoughts come and go. Emotions rise and fall. Circumstances are unending, but the silent way brings awareness, clarity, stillness and freedom. I find myself traveling without moving, seeing the beauty that surrounds me, and know that I am blessed in this present moment.

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variations | the silent place of no maps or memories

In a silent place
with [no – thing]
> just the present moment
and the awareness of being present.

The day began with many thoughts, and as I rode past farms, creeks, trees, and life itself, the thoughts became less and less. Until I was one with the body. One with its perpetual motion. Forward and away. And the awareness of its progression to stillness. Being present. Being Free.


variations | Kodomo

in another
part of the world
blackness and rivers of color …


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it’s gray now, but spring is on its way

Waiting for that moment to arrive.


Departure Days | Fall In Play

This is a morning workout and practice run on a lake under construction in my home town of Gray Court, SC. This was my first exploration of this terrain. Keeping it simple. A mix of soft and hard ground. Lots of rocks, making for a lot vibration moving through the body (I actually injured my left forearm from a violent vibration sustained while descending one of the slopes). It has taken a few months for it to heal. But I love the locale it looks and feels other-worldly. And being that it is less than 5 minutes away from my home, it provides a nice work out in preparation for the mountain trails. Music by glitch master Alva Noto. The video itself has little processing and no editing.


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a holiday moment | snow and mountain

snow and mountain

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season …
Peace
Love
And Good Will
Namaste


the need to support women in cycling

A very good read for the needed support of women’ cycling and its growth.

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Guest Piece, Written by: Jason

“Women’s sports are so boring!” I have heard this many times throughout my life, mostly stated by men. This is simply idiotic. But, before I begin to explain why, let me first explain what inspired me to write this post.

Lance Armstrong and the Whole Doping Thing

As everyone knows, there has been a lot of question about the future of professional cycling due in large part to the recent Lance Armstrong affair.  After the initial USADA report was released, a slew of other problems have presented themselves to the men’s pro ranks.  Rabobank, a longtime sponsor of cycling, has decided to withdraw their support of all cycling beginning with the coming season.  Some of Rabobank’s pro cyclocross and amateur sponsorship will remain in place, but men’s and women’s pro road and mountain bike teams will cease to exist in the coming seasons.  If that…

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New Landscapes: Fall In Play 05 – Loop

New Landscapes: Fall In Play 05 - Loop

One of the more exciting elements of mountain biking is going around in circles. Yes, the loop. Four miles. Eight miles. Sixteen miles. Ascending then descending. Round and round. Flashing by beautiful vistas; man-made lakes, mountain summits, and ridges. All swirling by your mind’s eye, without pause to the rewind. Let’s play on a Fall day … the loop de loop.


New Landscapes: Fall In Play 04 – Rewind

New Landscapes: Fall In Play - Rewind

turn back the time
and remember when
– or how
you found the meaning
of things … misunderstood

– here
forward in time
in the day’s (f)all
in Autumn’s call
the rewind …
of place … memory
and state of mind


New Landscapes: Fall In Play 03 – Pause

New Landscapes: Fall In Play 03 - Pause

After an hour of exploring the various ups and downs of the terrain, Nancy feels the need for a pause in play. Taking a moment to catch her breath and letting the beauty of the day sink it. Autumn has a way of bringing moments to a standstill. Allowing us to embrace a much-needed connection with ourselves. Its transformational essence can stimulate our senses and bring joy to our lives. Let’s pause in play and fall in love with the day.