Secrets of a Cyclist

I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.

NEVER touch a cyclist’s gloves.

One day I went out without my gloves and went back to get them because I realized even though I don’t need them, I wear them anyway. Because it really helps when you have snot flying out of your nose and a runny nose is my biggest arch nemesis. Every. Single. Ride. Sigh.

Never ask to borrow another cyclist’s gear.

Especially helmets. Last year, I washed my helmet for the first time in months because the thought of washing it never crossed my mind. Hey, I wash my hair after EVERY ride okay.

Cyclists are usually commando under their padded cycling shorts.

Yes really— and it took me over 2 years to discover this amazing secret!! Where have I been?! You want the ultimate comfort to your private regions when riding and going commando totally works.

Cyclists love pain.

A bicycle is 100% powered by human strength and performance which means it’s a continuous battle physically and mentally but it is the combination of pain and pleasure, achievement and freedom that always lures us back for more. I can’t get enough of it!! It’s hard for non-cyclists to understand… but exactly like how I don’t understand the running thing.

Cyclists are a passionate bunch.

I’ve met a lot of new people on group rides and it is amazing to be part of a group where everyone is just SOOOOO passionate about something (in this case, cycling). Everyone is always upbeat, friendly and positive and I think that is because they are all fit and healthy …because they are cyclists afterall.

Do you have any secrets?


    Friday Notes

    Happy August! Where has July gone? I know I had one hell of a month but honestly, all I remember was cycling and looking forward to my bike rides. Harharhar. It rained in Vancouver today too— our first rain fall in a month and I totally felt at home. My morning walk to my girlfriend’s apartment on the other side of downtown with the gloomy skies looming over me and the rain drizzling around me felt so nice compared to walking to her place in the blistering heat we had in July.  The sun is nice, the heat is not but rain is comforting and feels like Vancouver. Hate me all you want but I don’t like summer because of the heat and the tan lines I get from cycling!

    Bikes are A Girl's Best Friend

    • It’s ironic because I biked to work a lot in the winter but not so much in the summer. Cycling in the summer is messy and sweaty. In the winter, I can cycle to work layered up in warm gear and not break a sweat because it’s so cold out. All I need is my skull cap and a good pair of gloves and I’m all set to go. The good thing about summer is that you don’t have to worry about layering and how to carry things!
    • I really really wanted to do the Grind. I finally finished my work, got in bed and set my alarm to 5am then realized it was already 4am so definitely no Grind for me this morning. Last year, I would’ve been able to pull this off but I’m getting old because my body can’t handle these late nights like it use to.
    • We rented a house and are going on an  impromptu getaway to Portland this long weekend and I’ve been counting down the days this week which is something I rarely do. I’ve been working so hard the last couple of weeks and pulling all-nighters so I cannot wait to get away! Even though I found out yesterday that I will probably be working most of the weekend but whatever. Mind will still be in vacation mode.
    • I am quite sad because we are going to Portland— the #1 bike city in America and we are not bringing our bikes. BOO.
    • My life is in perfect harmony. Plenty of guilt-free and earned indulgences and also plenty of clean meals in July.
      July Eats.
    • I’ve been totally slacking off at the gym ever since summer started. I’m getting PLENTY of exercise but not enough weight-training and metabolic conditioning as usual because I am in my annual summer Cardio Queen mode. I lost strength and am not lifting as heavy as I use to (or it just seems A LOT harder) but I need to get my dose of cycling and Grinding outside in the beautiful weather!
    • And no surprise, I gained some body-fat because that’s what doing too much cardio does to you! With the amount that I eat, it’s pretty crucial I have lean mass or it’s totally unstainable! I don’t mind too much though because I’ll get back to gym-ratting when the weather gets cold.
    • I did take a break from cycling this week because I recently started SUPER intense leg days again and I find that they’ve been taking too long to recover. It is really hard trying to find a balance between all these physical activities and recovery. Since cycling is more important to me, I am going to tone down my leg day the next few weeks or just stick to full-body workouts.
    Gran Fondo Goodies

    I got my Gran Fondo kit! I love the sleek black and minimal design of the Gran Fondo Canada kits. Now, I’m just contemplating whether to cut off the sleeves or not…. but the kit is really nice and I don’t want to ruin it. Harharhar.


      My Food Confessions

      I read a lot of health and fitness blogs and they make me feel somewhat of an outcast in the world of “healthy blogging” but I guess that’s why I (re-)named my blog I Fucking Love Fitness and not I Fucking Love Health. I live a pretty healthy lifestyle and am a huge follower of the 80/20 rule. I’m not strict with my diet, I eat processed foods, I don’t always buy organic or grass-fed, I don’t agree with the Vegan lifestyle, I use plastic and store-bought deodorant, I don’t like running, yoga, bar method and zumba …but so what? I live in a paradox and I don’t really care because I pay for all my sins with healthy amount of exercise, I feel amazing and my vain-self is very satisfied with the way my body looks.

      I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now and even though I went from a “everything under the sun blogger” to “fashion/beauty blogger” and now to “health and fitness blogger,” I will always be true to myself and write for myself first and foremost. I would never pretend to love chicken breast, kale and yoga just because that’s what everyone else loves. Even though I’m known for things related to health and fitness and I should be showing the world how committed I am to this lifestyle, I am human. I also always tend to blog/tweet/Instagram everything that goes against what this blog is all about— poutine, MSG-filled Chinese dinners, sugar-filled desserts… I do eat salads and oatmeal on my spare time but don’t you think that is a little boring to announce to the world? Who knows, maybe in 5 years I will be a health nazi but now is not the time.

      Here are some more of my food confessions:

      • I’ve never had a day of 100% clean-eating. I indulge everyday!
      • I hate cooking. I secretly wish my boyfriend would cook for me everyday.
      • Almond butter is meh. Please pass the peanut butter!
      • I really can’t get myself to like coconut oil.
      • Greek yogurt is only okay in small quantities.
      • Kale is meh. Kale in my smoothies is even more meh. I prefer parsley.
      • I label apples, oranges, bananas and berries as “boring fruits” because they are available cheap and year-round. These are fruits I often use in smoothies and baking. I adore other fruits such as watermelon, mango, lychee, cherries and nectarines and I prefer to eat them by itself— I think using them in cooking or smoothies is such a waste because you can’t fully taste the flavors!
        Fruit Galore

        I am constantly in fruit coma especially over the summer. Yes I know. Sugar sugar sugar.

      • If I paid for my meal, I would eat every single bite. And I’m not shy about finishing my friends’ food if they don’t finish it!
      • People always tell me they eat a lot but when I see them eat, I’m thinking, really?
      • I think some bloggers have an unhealthy addiction to healthy eating.
      • I usually buy a rotisserie chicken in the beginning of the week, shred it and eat it with salads for lunch during the week. I’m lazy.
      • I keep a lot of food and snacks at work but at least I bring all my food, right? By the end of the week, I usually have a giant bag full of clean Tupperware to bring home— since I randomly bike to work, I bring everything in on Monday and home on Fridays when I usually get a ride.
        Food @ Work

        My daily assembly lines, occasional breakfasts, lunches and snacks at work.

      • I think ordering a salad at a restaurant is the stupid… but I sometimes do depending on the restaurant if I can’t stand anything else on the menu (eg. Boston Pizza). *shakes fist*
      • I like to eat while working, reading, watching tv… or doing something I enjoy. I never just “sit at the table and eat.” Nope.
      • I’m addicted to food. Even though I binge on healthy and clean foods, sometimes I’ll eat even when I’m not hungry and continue eating even when I’m about to burst.
      • Every time I hear about someone I know going on some ridiculous diet or “cleanse,” I just want to shake them and tell them to get their act together, find some motivation and commit to exercise and clean-eating!! Most of the time anyway. Since we all need our cravings once in a while.
      • Even though I live a pretty healthy lifestyle and usually have a clean diet, I still eat junk food …with no guilt.
        His & Her's

        This is not mine but my best friend and her boyfriend’s snack drawer in their kitchen although this is very similar to what mine and my boyfriend’s is. LOL.

      What are some of your food confessions?