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October 8, 2015 5 comments
Take A Technological DetoxCorrespondence Friends Bicycles Monthly highlights
I’m terribly easily distracted. Between sitting down to write this piece and actually typing the first words, I found myself tidying the living room, brushing one of my cats, going to the shop to buy coffee, watering my plants, looking at Facebook and Twitter and replying to all my emails, and all this before I’d even changed out of my pajamas. I sometimes kid myself that by doing millions of things all at the same time I’m being super efficient, plowing through stuff on my to-do list at lightning speed. The reality is I’m flitting between so many things that I’m never really concentrating on one or truly immersing myself in anything at all; there are so many distractions when working at home that I’m all over the place yet never really anywhere. Cycling is usually a break from all this faffing – it’s just me and my bike rolling through the countryside; a pure, simple, uncomplicated time to sooth the neural pathways. It’s a time to disconnect from life’s worries, untether from technology and just focus on the here and now, a time to notice the small things. Or at least it used to be. Back at home, I down and uploaded all my data and photos, posted a couple of pictures to my social media accounts, trawled through all the Strava segments on my ride than spent longer than I’d been riding analysing an inordinately large and complex amount of data, such as what angle my left foot had been in. What is this madness? Isn’t cycling meant to spell FREEDOM! It reminded me of the time I was reviewing a bike with electronic Di2 gear shifters and I ran out of power in the middle of Dartmoor and my husband had a real good laugh at me for riding a bike that you have to plug in. I was reading this morning (ironically online, when I was meant to be working) about some apps that you can download to disable the internet on your computer so that you don’t flit between Facebook and emails when you’re meant to be working. Just what is wrong with us humans that we can’t manage to ignore distractions or switch the damn internet off at the plug? So realizing some drastic action is needed to save my tiny mind from dissolving into a mass of blancmange that’s unable to keep track of what it’s doing from one time to the next, I’m ditching technology and going riding the old-fashioned way – just with a bike. For the sake of your health, I’d suggest you do that too. And if you really, really, can’t resist a glance at your stem and need a reminder that your bike will take you anywhere if you’ll let it, check out the No Garmin No Rules stickers from a couple of years back.