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【外国語学科】“What I Learned from Cycling to Wesleyan” Part 1: The Lesson

2020年9月07日 (月曜日) 13:54 | 投稿者:【nwuadmin

 Hello, everyone! Since I started cycling as a hobby and make an effort to commute by bicycle whenever possible. I thought this would be fair fodder for a series of blog articles titled “What I Learned from Cycling to Wesleyan”. This is the first entry in what I anticipate to be a three-part series. I will divide the series into the lessons learned while cycling, the commute and then I will write about the bicycle itself. With this introduction, I would like to begin…
 Cycling is meditation. In my hectic schedule between work and responsibilities as a father of three, it is the only time that I can truly call my own. By chasing the endless white line along the margin of the road I have time to reflect. I must wake up early to make the commute from Nagasaki and arrive early enough to get showered and cleaned up for the day. On occasion, I am the first to arrive at Wesleyan. There is something captivating about viewing the empty parking lot with the sun just starting to heat up the earth.
 
 
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 There are multiple “life lessons” to be learned through cycling. All the rubble, trash, broken glass gets pushed to the shoulder of the road. Cyclists are likewise delegated to the shoulder of the road to conform to motorists. Cyclists have to ride over the debris that they are delegated. In life, one often has to accept what cards one has been dealt. Making the most of an undesirable situation is how one survives life. Another life lesson is that the more you work at something the easier it becomes. When cycling the same course, the distance becomes quickly learned. One becomes familiar with the terrain, the capriciousness of the weather, and perhaps most important, one comes to predict motorist intentions. People are the unpredictable element that prevents any system from being absolute. The weather and traffic are the unpredictable element when cycling. Wind can be cumbersome—especially on a light road bicycle. A head-wind can push one to a standstill while a strong side-wind can push you unexpectedly into traffic.
Cycling teaches one to live with disappointment—flat tires are a great example. A cyclist who has not experienced a flat tire at an inconvenient moment has most likely not cycled enough. One is required to make the best of it. Fortunately, the flats that I have had are on the commute home. Playing the odds, I have opted to not take a tire pump in an effort to make the ride as light as possible. In the case of a flat, I wear running shoes, which means I do not opt for special petals and cycling shoes.
 I teach from the first period almost every day, so I make it a point to arrive at Wesleyan as early as possible. I have on occasion met up with teachers cycling from other institutes during my morning commute. If any student or staff would like to join in on the morning ride, just drop me a line. Let’s go cycling!
 
 
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