I’ve often said that you don’t need to use a Garmin or to Strava your rides. Cycling doesn’t always have to be a race. I was once a racer, and it has left me with a hangup. I can’t ride with a computer or upload data on rides without checking all my numbers.
It gets in the way of enjoyment. I can’t help but compare myself to the old me, and at times it leads to just feeling crap. I would always end up recording rides, convincing myself that I can remember them for posterity by doing this. I would just stare at the numbers. The numbers though don’t let you remember a ride; all you remember is being annoyed when your speed/heartrate/power was not what it should have been.
I started to take photos on rides. Photos really let you remember, and they also give you a chance to stop and just enjoy the world. You also end up riding slower, heaven forbid, so that you can see more and generally just enjoy nature.
I’ve now started taking videos on my rides. It’s fun, and as I mentioned in a previous blog, it gives you an excuse to ride little sections that you really enjoyed. I started to put these videos on Instagram. They aren’t the best, they aren’t the most amazing, but it is the most fun I’ve had in ages. If it upsets folks on the ‘Gram, well no one is making them follow or watch me.
Now, I’m starting to collate them on YouTube. Again, no real reason for doing so, other than it makes my daughter happy, and that, in turn, makes me happy. If you want, feel free to watch.