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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      Just Another Fitness Mantra

      Just Another Fitness Mantra

      Today when I was in a lot of pain doing a leg circuit that included heavy Front Squats, Sumo Squats, Step Ups and Wall Sits, I kept on reminding myself that it was suppose to feel like this. My legs were suppose to burn. My muscles were suppose to be tired. I was suppose to be in pain.

      Tell yourself:

      It’s suppose to feel like this!!

      Before you use this mantra, remember that there are different kinds of pain you may experience during exercise:

      1. Pain from effort that’s suppose to happen— when you are just so tired and you aren’t sure if you can push on anymore. This pain can be physical or mental but it’s the good pain that means your body is working hard.
      2. Pain where your body is telling you to stop before you do anymore damage because it maybe associated with an injury. If you are feeling and sharp, intense or chronic pain, stop what you are doing and focus on fixing that problem before continuing your workout.

      Make sure you can tell between these two different kinds of pain or you’ll be forced to suspend training until you can nurse that injury. Mantras work so next time, try using one to push yourself even harder!

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