Slugging Pedals

A day starts grand riding together

Till the sluggish push of a pedal

Ticks off the urge to just pull away.

Now alone you pause

What a day is in your mind

Then woosh the pack is past

Back alone, a struggle

The pedals heavy and you will say

Must be the breaks are slowing me,

The bike is old, and heavy.

Not the steep climb or lack of food

Nor weeks of watching the tube

Unsettled because you have not mastered

The ease of spinning your cranks faster

On your own bike your own way,

Till you care less how fast or slow

The pack or others go.

What is the need to break the speed

Other than the to be a breathless fool


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