Cadence: the beat, time or measure of rhythmical motion or activity.
In voice or music, cadence might refer to the familiar way in which someone speaks, the rhythms of a classical guitarist, or the rising and falling notes of a loon's call.
In cycling, cadence is the speed at which a rider spins their pedals, measured in the number of revolutions of the crank per minute. For me, cadence builds on that dictionary definition. Imagine riding down a remote country road on a cool autumn morning. Spin the pedals and see the road, the pavement leading you to the next hill or curve. Spin and see the yellow, red and orange leaves on tress. Spin and hear the song of your tires, carrying you forward. Spin and hear all the birds, the wind in the trees, the rushing water of streams crossed. Spin and smell the pine forests and the las night's rain. Spin and taste the sweat from the exertion of muscle. Spin and feel the wind against your face. Feel the rhythm as your body and bike become as one.
This is my cadence. What's yours?