Cycling Addiction

cycling addiction

Cycling Addiction :

The conventional thinking is that addiction is a negative thing. So many things that aren’t good for us can be addictive yet we continue to do them. Addiction is based on a lack of control, on a strong enough desire or habitual need for something that we cannot do without.

It can be an emotional addiction or a physical/physiological addiction. Perhaps you can proudly say that you do not have any addictions other than some very common mild ones, like watching too much television or consuming too much caffeine. But what about positive addictions?

What habitual or compelling activities do you have that move you in the direction of your goals?

Cycling can easily be one of those positive addictions for many reasons. First, it is extremely good for you. Even if it’s nothing more than a daily ride to work or to the store, it has a positive effect on your heart, your body, and maybe even your pocketbook. But if you are a road cyclist, you know addiction of a much deeper level.

The need to ride, to ride far and fast is very addicting. The feeling of being in the saddle, the freedom of pedaling your own way around, and the feeling of accomplishment of reaching your speed or distance goals can get in your blood. If you ride alone, being able to connect with the road, click off the miles, and find new adventures makes you want to do it as often as possible. There’s something hypnotic about the rhythm of the road and the pavement speeding by under your wheels that makes you want to come back again and again.

If you ride on trails, being able to navigate the terrain and cover technical trails gives you a feeling of power and accomplishment that brings you back every time. And like any addiction, all of these only satisfy you until you need to do a longer, faster, more treacherous ride. And the addiction grows until the adrenaline and endorphins create such a strong link that you are driven to ride every day else you feel like something is missing.

With negative addictions, you must get treatment to leave it behind. The beauty of positive addictions is that the treatment is simple…more of the same. Keep driving yourself to spin, ride, or climb even more. It is physical because the effects on your body are all positive (lower body fat, more flexibility, and power), but it is also emotional as it relieves stress and is a singular activity that brings you face-to-face with your limitations. You then learn to overcome them and that can have a positive impact on all areas of your life.

If you have a cycling addiction, count yourself lucky and feed your addiction. If you don’t or have other negative addictions, let cycling balance your behavior and be your doorway to better and more positive energy in your day.

About the Author Ian

Ian is the Chief Editor here at OnlineBikesShop, a reformed Cycle Traveler... now a dedicated stay-at-home dad of a very active 5 yr old, a keen mountain biker with a passion for all types of bikes, the outdoors, and keeping fit...