Ramblings From the Saddle

Ramblings From the Saddle

Okay, well not literally from the saddle but random things pop into my head during rides:

Invest in what makes you happy.

Buying my new bike was the best decision I’ve ever made. I already loved cycling and didn’t know I could fall in love with it even more so I have come to conclude: how to fall in love with cycling? Buy the lightest, fastest and most expensive bike you can afford. You will get so much satisfaction out of it. Holy shit, so money can buy happiness!!

Is it bad that having fresh legs is such a new concept to me?

Of course, it’s an amazing feeling but I’ve been really holding back on heavy leg days, HIIT circuit training at the gym and even stopped doing my weekly Grouse Grind so I can “save” my legs to cycle and my god, it makes such a huge difference (well no shit, Sherlock). I just stated the total obvious but it was very hard for me to sacrifice my gym workouts. I have no idea how I did it last summer and although I still had a great time, my legs were ALWAYS tired. I love fresh legs.

Carbs do not make you fat as long as you are moving enough.

When I was in Europe, I probably ate more carbs, breads, pastas, pastries and other sugary sweets (such as at least four crepes every day in Paris) than I do in 6 months at home and yet, I did not gain a pound (in fact, I lost weight). Yes, I did walk A LOT, trying to avoid public transportation whenever I could because it was the best way to explore a city and I only worked out 10 times but the saying is true: you need to eat in order to gain muscle.

Article: Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things.

I have to admit, it drives me crazy when I see cyclists run red lights… but I’ve done it before— at 4am when the streets are empty, or in isolated/rural roads where there is no one around to piss off and shine another bad light on cyclists. What about jay-walkers and cars coming to rolling stops at stop signs? It drives me crazy when drivers breaks laws… but I’ve rolled through stop signs before as well. It drives me crazy when people generalize cyclists. Wait… so what doesn’t drive me crazy? But seriously, cyclists are a minority compared to drivers and pedestrians, so it’s only normal that when we break the law, it drives everyone fucking crazy. If only more people would hop on their bikes and educate themselves on road rules and etiquette… then the world would be a much better place.

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    Cycling Ruins Lives

    Cycling Ruins Lives

    As much as I love cycling, I have to admit it has slightly ruined my life. Here are some signs that cycling ruins lives:

    • You’ve lost all appeal in everyone’s favorite summer activities of beach-bumming and boating. WHY would you do that when you can be moving, exploring and burning calories on a bicycle?! So silly.
    • It has ruined hiking for you because hiking is so slow and such a waste of time (when it could be spent riding). The only acceptable hike is the Grouse Grind because it’s quick and intense— and then you can spend the rest of the day on your bike…
    • You get depressed every time you need to drive to Whistler on the Sea to Sky and you pass all these cyclists having the time of their lives riding it.
    • You look like a bum every day at work with your hair tied up in a messy bun because you can’t be bothered to look polished when you have to commute home later in the day anyway.
    • Your entire summer passes by way too quickly because you are always looking forward to long weekend group rides.
    • You never get enough sleep because you’re constantly getting up at 5am to get in a long morning ride before work.
    • You can’t make plans during the day on weekends just in case an impromptu ride happens, if nothing was already planned. You never know when you may feel like going out for a ride… which is pretty much all the time. Especially if the sun is out. No weekend must be wasted.
    • You spend well over $100/month on coffee [breaks]since bikes and coffee goes hand-in-hand.
    • You spend all your free time browsing for new cycling gear and parts to buy.
    • Hungover bike rides. Not avoidable during the summer and you always feel like shit but you NEVER regret it.
    • Permanent sun glass tan.

    How has cycling ruined your life?

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      My Summer Fitness Essentials

      My Summer Fitness Essentials

      This summer for me has all been about cycling because I just can’t get enough of my new love. On my spare time (when I’m not cycling, working, eating or sleeping), all I seem to be doing is browsing for cycling gear on websites like Amazon and finding great deals and discounted gift cards… and this also means a lot of super early morning century rides to Point Roberts before work to pick up all the packages. I swear we don’t actually need all this gear, but we really just need to find any excuse to ride!

      Here are my summer fitness essentials that I actually need:

      1. Sun Screen Stick. The unfortunate thing about cycling are all the tan lines you will acquire and not to mention the permanent sun glass tan I have throughout the summer. I carry this sunscreen stick with me on every ride and although it doesn’t really work because I end up sweating it off after a kilometer of reapplying, it makes me feel just a tiny bit better about myself.
      2. Sunglasses. Unfortunately, I have bad and dry eyes so I always buy prescription sunglasses— in fact, I just bought a pair of sexy Tom Ford‘s last week. I never wear sports-specific sunnies while out cycling so I do get quite a few comments about my sunglasses. Maybe sports sunnies needs to be designed better? But I guess aero-dynamicness could be a problem with fashion sunnies… Harharhar.
      3. Sun Sleeves. As an avid cyclist, sun protection is extremely important in the summer… and so is trying to avoid tan lines. I always wear sun sleeves while cycling to prevent getting any darker than I already am.
      4. Deodorant. I don’t know how many times I’ve said this on my blog but if you don’t think you need deodorant, YOU NEED IT.
      5. Electrolytes. When exercising for long periods of time in the summer heat, make sure your body is fueled with enough electrolytes to keep you from bonking. You can slip some NUUN tablets into your water or make your own sports powder.
      6. My cellphone / alarm clock. To wake me up at 5am for long morning rides before work …because I prefer to ride during the day and not in the evening.
      7. My Bike! The love and highlight of all my summers. ;) And also the reason why I haven’t been blogging … and sleeping lately.

      What are your summer essentials?

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