Newton’s Laws of Motion

by Old Bone Machine

(Sir Isaac Newton, photo credit: GETTY)

Laws of Motion, I – Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.

Laws of Motion, III – To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction; or, the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts.

Cycling is a balancing act. It is governed by the physical laws of motion and the metaphysical vagaries of emotion. To begin and continue, inertia must be overcome and is overcome by the nature of ones spirit and the strength of ones will. The rider imparts a force that tames steel. Cogs and cranks are worn as we propel ourselves across miles and over mountains. The forces that oppose, I know, fatigue and age us. Our bodies are diminished. Cycling then too is a means to suffering, yet the same road brings us joy. And sometimes the body is transcended and our spirit then is recognised.