Activities to Preserve Sanity When You Can’t Ride
Dear Uncle Dave,
There exist many tragedies in the world: famine, war, cancer, not being able to ride bikes; and there are probably some other ones too. Time off the bike due to injury is one thing, but I’m thinking more benign, albeit constant complications: getting out of work too late for an after-work ride, snowfall, or trails being too far away to ride on a weekday.
My wife has compared me to our dog in the sense that I need some sort of activity every day or I get all fidgety (at least I hope that’s what she meant) I simply need something to do when I can’t go biking. So far I’ve gotten into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which has been great. The classes are kinda expensive, but it is still cheaper than therapy, and when you’re standards for expensive come from mountain biking, everything short of starting a formula 1 team seems affordable. Also, learning how to break-fall has definitely helped me after getting all amped up watching the World Cup races and trying to Gwin a little too hard. But, I need some diversity.
So, what are the Uncle Dave approved non-riding activities? Bonus points if they somehow complement MTB skills.
Antsy After Work
So. Donald Trump won. I feel like I was more right last week than I hoped to be. Nobody has any interest in listening to people casting down judgment from up on their high horse. Especially when the alternative is yelling at Mexicans while wearing a cool hat. Think of your childhood. What would you rather have been doing, at any given moment? Listening to your Dad lecture you on getting a good job and making the world a better place? Or lighting shit on fire in the back yard? Fire wins. Every time.
The problem here is that this basically destroys my entire Modus Operandi. What’s left if I can’t resort to complaining about the inadequacies of other people? I really have no idea. Instead of solving that problem, here is a list containing a number of things that make me happy outside of mountain biking. I know this isn’t what you asked for. But this is what you get.
A T&T Supermarket just opened up near my work. When I’m bored at lunch, I like to saunter over and wander around. The ramen aisle is a consistent draw. I used to just grab any packet that had no English writing on it, but I’ve settled in on the fine products from Nongshim. Start with the Shin Black, which obtained the coveted 5 Star rating from theramenrater.com. Three separate packets of seasonings and dried vegetables make the difference. Brick and mortar ramen shops are so last month. The new thing is instant noodles.
Let the yuppies have their hundred dollar lift tickets and hour long line-ups. Nothing beats Baker on a mid-week snow day. Nothing. Save a bit of money, enjoy better food and worse chairlifts. Bring a buddy and your avalanche gear if you’re going to duck ropes. And go sooner, rather than later because global warming and a Trump presidency mean this place isn’t long for this world.
We’ve finally plunged into Season 3 of Moone Boy and it is probably time that you checked it out as well. Chris O’Dowd plays the earnestly naïve imaginary friend of a perpetually optimistic Irish boy. As well, they set it in the 90’s, for some reason.
If you’re a Flight of the Conchords fan, you’ve probably already tracked this one down. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (the, umm…director of the next Thor movie, somehow) take the mockumentary to insane heights, with vampires and shit. This is a wonderful movie.
This is a perfect book. Hopefully the new Dirk Gently TV series doesn’t ruin it.
Send in some more questions and we can resort to talking about bikes again next week. Maybe.
Uncle Dave’s Music Club
I’ll tie this one into the column. Where’s Me Jumper from The Sultan’s of Ping FC is the opening credits song for Moone Boy and just about the catchiest damn thing. It gives me faith that there is a place for good, strange music, everywhere.
We selling this Instagram thing again? Okay. @davetolnai if you care.
What keeps you sane when you can’t ride?