There is a lot floating around in my mind. I am a notorius over-thinker. Sometimes it gets so jumbled that it is hard to separate thought from thought. It's like rapid fire, one after the other. But when I ride (or run, or swim, or hike, or row...you get the picture) it all stops.
The exertion necessitates that my whole self (mind included- there is no division) becomes devoted to:
muscles under flesh, flexing, rising up, pulling away from bone
lungs and breath
sweat and salt on my skin
cadence, rhythm, pace, and time
pedaling, pounding, pulling, pushing
going further, faster
building strength- inside and out
Exercise: it's just so vital to me. It's more like a rest actually. Everything else just fades away.