I ride my bike a lot. Not ‘pro-level-a-lot’, but 300 kilometres a week I think is a fair bit for a bloke with a full-time job, and a family with 2 small kids under 5. It takes a shed-tonne of planning, and a solid association with the discipline fairy to make that volume work.
But if my wife didn’t support what I did, then I wouldn’t be doing it. I get stacks of comments about how others are jealous that I get to ride so much, and how tolerant my wife must be. To an extent, she is, but that understanding has been built over a long time. I didn’t just start riding lots, and magically my wife was sprinkling happy dust around the house… Looking back, there are a few areas that allowed us to reach this point.
For the largest part, my wife gives zero f…s in any discussion about bikes. All she hears is “Derailleur, Shimano, Carbon blah blah…” But what I do try to do is discuss with her about upcoming goals I’d like to have, and which periods I will need to be more focused in my preparation.
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