Health & Well-Being

The Meaning of Freedom

The Meaning of Freedom

When I was in Europe, I did a few cycling trips, one of them was making the pilgrimage up Mont Ventoux in Southern France. That ride roused me to indulge in a new bike when I came home… well, that is a little white lie because I was already planning to buy a new bike but my adventures inspired me to escalate the urgency to fulfill my needs desires!

So here my new girl! She is a magnificent, lightning fast, carbon dream machine with electronic shifting and matte black finesse. We still need to play dress-up and she is in need of a minor make-over to really make her mine…

…but isn’t she beautiful?

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    Shangri-La is on a Bicycle

    Cycling takes us to places we would never otherwise see.

    There is really no better way to explore the world other than on a simple bicycle. In a car, you move too fast to be able to soak in your surroundings, get a whiff of the fragrant, flowering meadows and feel the connection of being so rooted to the earth, when your sensory is fully brimming from all the elements. On foot, you move too slow, incapable of exploring miles and miles of roads, countrysides and vistas in one go. On a bicycle, you simply are able to cover epic distances, fueled by mental strength and calories and only limited by your fitness ability. But once you’ve been on a bike and have been captivated by the perpetual sensations of freedom, you may just find yourself not being able to stop.

    I just added a new item to my bucket list: cycling in China. I’ve always wanted to go back to the motherland and visit the Chinese countryside and I think the only way to make the most out of that experience is to travel by bicycle. Now all I need to do is befriend a Mandarin-speaking cyclist so he can be my tour guide. Any takers?

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      7 Days Until the Great Escape

      Food

      Delicious, guilt-free … om om om.

      • I’m leaving for Europe in a week. I’m honestly not that excited nor thinking about it which, I assume, is a good thing because I’m living in the moment and I’m sure I’ll have blast once my vacation starts. I may freak out when I board the plane and finally realize what I’m doing but I’m good for now!
      • It’s so like me— I had almost 10 months to plan yet I’m scrambling the last-minute. I just booked my last flight and did a last-minute order for some travel gear on Amazon— hopefully it’ll arrive on time. Oops.
      • I’m also going to be cycling up Mont Ventoux a month into my Europe trip and I’m pretty sure I won’t be doing any training for it either.  Yep, going to wing it.
      • My best friend once forced me to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer (before I got into cycling), and she’s up to her mischief again and somehow talked me into doing Tough Mudder FOUR DAYS after I fly back from Paris. Going to wing that too. She better be ready to carry me through the mud.
      • But honestly, I am going to try get in some dreaded running (important for Tough Mudder) during my vacation (which will most likely turn into short sprints). When I get home, I’ll squeeze in a couple of Grouse Grinds and hope I’ll be ready. I have nothing to lose anyway! Tough Mudder is only has hard as you make it to be.
      • I’ll be doing my last big [local] climb this Saturday followed by a 70km ride. Hopefully I can squeeze in some short rides early next week but I have a feeling I would rather lift weights and do yoga instead… to keep my metabolism up for my trip. Harharhar.
      • My vacation workout plan is filled with 15 minute HIIT workouts, try hit up spin classes whenever I can, the dreaded running and lots of walking. I’ll be bringing my speed rope and golf balls… for massage!
      • That reminds me, I should really go say bye to the RMT, which is also an excuse to get a massage.
      • The last month, I’ve been lifting a lot of weights, doing a lot of cycling, recovering with tons of Bikram’s and eating fairly clean (only on weekdays as usual) to prepare myself for the massive food fest coming up. I’ve been trying to squeeze in as many workouts as I can and trying to use up my Bikram’s classes before I leave.
      • The weather is also getting warmer which means I’m more inclined to wake up earlier to exercise before work. I’m usually up at 5am at least three times a week to either cycle or do hot yoga and that always makes for a great day!
      • I’m also watching my friend’s adorable mini goldendoodle, Toby again until I leave. He makes our lives’ so happy!
      Foods

      All my favorites: Sushi, Bun Bo Hue and Poutine.

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