A One-Liner from Mr. Road Racer

My brother likes to text me after a bike ride and share his mileage.

I always say, “That’s nice,” or “Awesome!”

But, really, I’m thinking show-off!

He knows I could never keep up with Mr. Road Racer.

He taunts me with his biking prowess.

In the end, though, I don’t really care.

I prefer non-competition and enjoy bike rides as fast or slow, as long or short as I deem necessary.

I prefer to enjoy the landscape, breathe in the air, and not think too much about miles.

And I don’t like a lot of hills even though I’ve been up and down my share.

My brother knows this.

Yet, he engages in continued smart-aleck taunting.

One fine Saturday, Mr. Road Racer texts me that he completed 21 miles on the bike.

I texted back that I would be going out later and maybe try to match his distance (it was a nice day for a long bike ride).

So, I went on said bike ride via the local Wiouwash trail, took a few photos and then brother and I finished our text.

Hills are fun? No. They may be a test of leg strength and aerobic abilities, but I would not call them fun.

I’ll leave that business up to Mr. Road Racing Hill Climber.


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15 responses to A One-Liner from Mr. Road Racer

  1. I have friends who are long distance bike riders. They go 20-25 miles on a trip and enjoy it. I don’t have a clue if it involves hills or not because neither the 20-25 miles or the hill get my pulse to quicken. I will say they are both in good shape and certainly don’t have to go to a gym for physical exercise. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Don’t mind the distance, Judy, as I’ve ridden 20+ miles often in a day. I am not one to purposefully seek out hills, but I’ll work to get up one if I have to. I truly prefer a peaceful ride on the flat.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I agree, Dan. I’m not training for a race or competition, so what’s the point of a hill? Besides, I did my bike penance for the month on Monday, when I had to ride part of the way home in the rain. Stayed out too long… 😏

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I prefer going down the hills. Generally I only walk. It avoids worrying what to do with the bike if I get off the bike path.

  3. murisopsis says:

    Sibling rivalry never dies. My sister is always in competition with me even though I’m not playing that game. It results in some fairly weird interactions since she wants to out do me and then I congratulate her but don’t try to one up her. Makes her a little crazy! Which makes me chuckle. (Yes I know it is passive aggressive but it is so much fun!)

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lol, I usually don’t try to one-up my brother either. As you can see, I feel totally capable of saying “no” or letting him have his moment in the sun as he rides up another hill.

  4. Ah, see for me, it’s not about the distance, it’s about the ride.

    Sibling rivalry never grows old. My brother was always trying to get one over me, and he succeeded many a time – I just didn’t let him see that I was overly impressed or bothered. He HATED it. He was always after a re-action – but never got one. WIN! lol. ~ Cobs. xxx

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m old and wise enough now to not give a reaction to brotherly competition, especially when I don’t care about his precious hills! 🙂
      PS: I found two of your comments in my spam folder after reading your post about the block editor and not getting responses to your comments. Sorry it took me a while.

  5. JoAnna says:

    It’s funny what some people think of as fun. I might have been more competitive once upon a time, but now life is more about enjoying the scenery.

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