Bike Diet, Yoga & Dogs

Bike Diet, Yoga & Dogs

I chose October for my annual Bike Diet because I was babysitting my favourite dog in the world and then going on vacation for the lather half of the month. I chose to sacrifice my daily bike commute since I had to bring the dog to work with me so alas, I was commuting via the evil metal box aka driving to work everyday. The month was totally worth the sacrifice so no riding for me.

When cycle commuting is part of your daily life, it really hits you how much of a downgrade to your lifestyle it is to sit in traffic congestion as cyclists zoom by.

Sitting in my car everyday, I found myself constantly wishing I was on my bike— and I’m NOT exaggerating! Every. Single. Day. Even when it was pouring rain, I knew I would rather be out in the elements than sitting in this stuffy little box. It takes less than 5 minutes to ride through downtown but over 10 minutes during rush hour just to get home. That is a significant difference when you compare the speed of a car versus a bicycle.

I am all about time optimization and this I declare, IS A WASTE OF LIFE. I need to be free and outside is free.

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My beloved Mini Golden-Doodle: TOBY!

The upside is that I always make the most out of every situation. For the two weeks, I was settled in a nice routine: waking up at 5am everyday for Bikram’s, go home for a quick shower and to get the dog and then rushing to work. I also started to commit more time in the gym to strength training, which I seriously neglected the last two years.

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Part of our company team for Bike to Work Week May 2015.

I knew this disruption from my routine would happen and was just a tiny bit anxious the month prior but I have a habit of not worrying about things until it actually happens so I just let it go. From past experience, the universe always make things work. I strongly believe in the laws of attraction and when you live with positivity and gratitude, life would always fall in place for you. If you are the type of person who is always negative, complaining or causing drama, then that is all you are going to attract. I know people with both mindsets and I definitely know which one I would rather be around. What about you?

Bike-to-Work Week is once again coming up on October 26th. in Vancouver! I’m out of town but I’ll be resuming my daily cycle commuting in November, rain or shine. A survey by Bike Hub suggests that 75% of those people who try bike commuting during Bike to Work Week continue doing it in the months to follow. Fall is one of the best seasons to ride! Okay, EVERY season is is the best season to ride… are you going to commit?


    An Ode to my 2015 Bike Season

    An Ode to my 2015 Bike Season

    I am officially on my annual bike diet for the month of October. September 28th was the unofficial end to my 2015 bike season and I’m sad to say, it didn’t end with a bang. I was traveling quite a bit this year so I didn’t get to do as many epic rides as I did last summer. When I was home during the week, my schedule was packed with endless catch up dinners and dates with friends, work and sleep (or lack thereof) so I was trying to cram in all my kilometers before and after work. I rode over 8000km so far (hopefully many more in November and December)… much less than the 10,000km I was hoping for but if I was home for all those weekends, I would have definitely made it.

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    My longest ride was only a 218km. I was really hoping to break 300km but it poured on the one weekend I was in town and there was no way I was descending a mountain in the pouring rain… that was also 150km away!  That 218km we did to Bellingham was also much harder than the exact same ride we did the year before. I definitely was NOT at my fittest!

    Rides I wanted to do this year that I didn’t have time for: Vancouver to Seattle (in one day), Whistler and back (times a couple… this is my favorite ride), more jaunts along the Sea to Sky, Vancouver Island …and finally to Mount Baker and back (from my apartment downtown). This was supposed to be my biggest ride this year. More cases of too much to do and too little time! Oh well.

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    This year I finally accepted that it doesn’t matter how fit I was or how long I rode for— all that mattered was the simple act of enjoying the ride. Which I immensely did and I am extremely grateful. There will always be time to ride but traveling is another great experience that is worth the sacrifice. Tomorrow, I’ll be packing my bags and escaping Vancouver for the rest of the month.

    Farewell until November, my dear…

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      On Rain & Bike Shops

      On Rain & Bike Shops

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      I wear sunnies even in the rain.

      You know that feeling when you have to ride in the pouring rain after months of incredibly sunny weather? IT FEELS LIKE SHIT. And it’s because you are totally unprepared when the misery hits you like a ton of bricks after you realized that you’ve been spoiled by the sun for too long.

      It’s cold, it’s windy, water is in your eyes, your socks are soaked even while wearing heavy-duty “waterproof” booties and you are anxious about your skinny tires on the slippery pavement. But you get to your destination feeling like a million dollar bad ass because you did NOT succumb to the weather.

      Or maybe that is just me because I have a tendency to not think too much and “just do it”. AKA not dressing properly for the rain. Over-thinking is a serious issue that holds you back from doing what you really want to do… but in my not doing so that time, it obviously backfired on me. I never learn and I don’t want to learn! Wah, leave me alone.

      The next day when you eagerly get up for your second ride in the rain, it will be much better even if it’s pouring twice as hard. Trust me. You just needed settle in mentally. Get your ass out on your bike even in the rain. Stop being a fair-weather rider!!

      We are supposed to have a very wet winter this year, no thanks to El Nino, and this makes me really want to hit myself for selling my rain bike. I use to hate riding in the rain because I have to clean it after, but I very recently realized what a blessing that is. Not only is it miserably peaceful riding in the rain, but I obsessively clean my bike after every single one of these soggy sessions so that everything looks sparkling and new!

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      Guilt-free treats! After all, we DO run on pure calories.

      During the summer, my bike is usually covered with dirt and in desperate need of new lube because I tend to ride my chains until they are bone dry. I usually can’t be bothered because all that riding makes me lazy (when I’m off the bike) so I’m constantly wearing out my chains and cassettes and neglecting any type of regular maintenance, but bike shops, rejoice! They must enjoy making a killing from me.

      I buy almost everything online; clothing, hair spray, false eyelashes, toothpaste, some groceries… and I only buy cycling clothing online because I am extremely picky about styles. I always buy parts and other trinkets retail because I think it is very important to support your local bike shops.

      Besides, while you are waiting for your bike to be serviced, you can always pop by a yummy cafe near by because us cyclists needs fuel since we run ride on calories! Cakes, cookies, creme brulee. No guilt. Whatsoever. Sorry NOT sorry!

      Okay I admit it… the guilt-free food is the number one reason why I love cycling.

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