On the joy of biking
by Andrew Taggart
Is there anything more wondrous than biking again after a period of long rest following injury? Nietzsche calls happiness that “feeling that power increases–that a resistance is overcome.”
The return to exercising capacities.
The joy of movement for its own sake.
The sublimation of aggression in the form of purposive movement.
The enjoyment of the here-now, the nuances of pedaling, breaking, sunlight.
The feeling of increased powers.
The aesthetic contemplation of the world.