Being in the Moment

“Being in the moment” this is a phrase that came from a conversation my father inlaw and wife and I were all having. It was the perfect phrase that had been missing from how I described this new, okay not so new phenomenon of everyone always being “plugged in.”

Amanda and I are amazed by the number of people apparently running errands around town with the DVD player fired up and keeping the kids entertained while mom is busy chatting on her iphone or texting at each and every stop light.

The other day on the way to work I saw an SUV all loaded up with the Dad driving, Mom working her Blackberry, in the back seat there were two kids, one tuned into a DVD and the other focused on the Gameboy.

Growing up these times were always great family time, the radio was hardly on. We talked, we talked about what we were going to be doing or had done. What was going on with each other etc.

It isn’t limited to the car either we see it all the time when families are out and about shopping.

While technology is great how has it become that we now let technology control our life? I know you have seen it. You are in the middle of conversation with someone and their phone rings. What happens next? They stop the conversation to see who is on the phone. I guess they need to know if there is someone more important they should be talking to instead of you. (With today’s technology you should have a ringtone for the critical calls, your spouse, children, parents etc.) In many ways it seems that we are now controlled by the technology around us instead of us using the technology to better ourselves.  Okay so maybe controlled is a strong term but dictated to more by technology. It is like we are always connected twenty four hours a day and it can’t be healthy.

Technology is here to stay and in many ways enhances our lives but I really encourage you to have situations that you are truly in the moment. Carve some time out for yourself and your family and your friends where you are just all together. You won’t regret it, I bet you even work harder at making more times for “being in the moment.” A family bike ride is a great way to do this.

I had one of the “being in the moment” times the other day and it was great, I wasn’t feeling all that well and really wanted to get a ride in. So off I went to see how I felt. I felt pretty good so I took my longer route choice for the day, which I knew was going to be about 40 miles. At the half way point I stopped by the shop and thought about getting a gel or something to get more calories, but I didn’t. Big mistake not listening to my head and heading my own advice that I always share.

Back on the bike I realized I was really beginning to suffer. I originally thought it was from not feeling well but then realized it was from a lack of food. What I found is that I was really focused on my riding and the way I felt, it was amazing and I felt completely alive! During this time I didn’t think of anything else. All I focused on was making sure I was pedaling efficiently, drink enough fluids (I had plenty thankfully) that I was using the best gear etc. During this time I was completely in the moment.

I didn’t really realize how much I was hurting until I got home and got of the bike and my legs started screaming at me “what the heck do you think you are doing Mr. Freeland?”

“Well trying to walk of course.” my brain replied to my quads.

I guess that is yet another reason I like to ride, because on most of my rides I am “in the moment” with myself, my bike and with whom ever I am riding with at the time.

Ernest Freeland

Crofton Bike Doctor

About Ernest

Ernest is the owner of the Crofton Bike Doctor located in the Village of Waugh Chapel Shopping Center. Ernest has been in the industry since 1989 when he first started to work at the Bike Doctor of Arnold. During that time I developed a love for cycling and retail. I graduated from the University of Maryland and live and ride locally.

I enjoy riding off road and on the road as well as doing a little bike touring. As a teenager I did a trip in Maine and then over to Novia Scotia which helped cement my love for riding. Since then I have done tours in the Canyons of Utah as well as several trips along the C&O Canal. Today I have both mountain bikes and road bikes that I enjoy riding. One of the most exciting things now is my wife is beginning to develop a passion for riding and we have begun mountain bike together as well as some light road riding.

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