Frontier Psychiatrist

Frontier Cyclist: Winter’s Remorse

Posted on: February 16, 2011

Janie, baby, I miss you. Little darling, It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter, and I know that I no longer want to be apart. I know I’ve been an ass, but it’s been so hard without you. These few solo months have helped me reassess our relationship, and I just want you to hear me out.

At first, I kind of liked it. The metro was less nerve racking; a bit more stable than your rocket to the crypt approach. I tried to fill the void you left with books, magazines and ipods, and, I admit, it was pretty nice. I felt like a normal person for once; like a person who showed up to work in the clothes they would actually be working in, like a person who finally knocked out that New Yorker he’s been meaning to tackle, like a person who no longer cares to give up their coveted metro seat in the name of chivalry.

Through all this, I told myself that it was better without you, but I never really believed it. Somewhere along the way, the 50 minute commutes became grating and frustrating, no longer new and exciting. I longed for your smooth ride and low maintenance stature; your devilish speed and hipster poise.

When we talked about taking a break back in November, I said that the cold weather had taken too much from me, and it was the truth. You were so unforgiving as the temperature continued to drop. After losing two gloves from separate pairs in December, I was fed up, not just with you, but with myself. I needed a change. I now know that that change should have been a face mask and better gloves, but I was young, angry and cold then. I casted you aside on the rack below my office and tried to forget about you this season, but I couldn’t. We’ve flirted since then, but it just hasn’t been the same.

Remember last summer when I would show up to bars and parties all panting and perspired? Everyone knew exactly what I was doing before and I couldn’t be more proud. What happened to those days, Janie? Can’t we have them again?

Basically, I just want to say how sorry I am. I’m down on my knees, begging for one long Saturday ride. Or a twilight tryst around the deserted monuments. Or a sweaty, frantic, quick morning commute. I promise I’ll get you all the tune-ups you need, refill your tires even before you ask. I hear it’s supposed to be in the 60s this weekend. What do you say?

Peter Lillis is a staff writer for Frontier Psychiatrist. He lives in Washington, D.C. and he really misses his bike, Janie Jones.


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