Tuesday, 26 July 2016


6am NRR:
Buddha's teachings, specifically the four noble truths, are on happiness. They're a road map to understanding how to achieve happiness, and that it lies through understanding suffering in our lives.

According to the teachings, suffering is a natural state of life, but that it can be overcome. Suffering arises from craving, of wants and needs, and by taking a good hard look at our life, and these wants and supposed needs, we can transcend.

I don't think Siddhārtha was thinking about riding bikes, but I bloody well do, and in the moment we rounded the big left at Elwood, and I rolled to the front to bring the NRR train through to the sprint, I contemplated life and the state of suffering. I chose to accept that what I thought I needed (for the pain to stop) was at best a want, and quite irrelevant. Each time that sense of being overwhelmed by the situation arose, I released the tension in my body and mind.

Once I flicked off at Glen Huntly, I had a deep sense of satisfaction. Maybe buddhism does point the way to happiness on the bike. Maybe it's through the realisation that suffering is life, and the acceptance of that suffering into yourself that true happiness is achieved. Maybe.

Strava link.

D: 51.5km
A: 191m


D:  7.9km
A: 15m

PMPW: 90kg


Unknown said...

You're still quite heavy aren't you?

neil said...

Still not winning roll offs though!