Everyone is different, I hear friends say that riding the bike clears their minds when things are weighing them down. I on the other hand, can’t ride if things are not right and my mind is not clear. Major problems and changes at home have kept me off the bike for the majority of this year. I did manage to string a few weeks of riding together and took third in a circuit race, was feeling the strongest I’ve ever felt. Then the personal problems got worse and turned into 5 rides in a month’s span. Hopefully things will settle, this chapter will end and the new one will start, along with a clear mind and some pain, suffering, fun, and jubilation that only a bike ride can bring.