On Rain, Waterbottles and Cyclists.

On Rain, Waterbottles and Cyclists.

Spring is finally upon us, which also means grey skies and wet roads in Vancouver. But like I said, the gloomy days only make us appreciate our usual gorgeous sunny days a lot more! I can’t believe our abnormally warm winter passed by so quickly because my favorite thermal jackets are too warm for rides and it is still light out when I’m riding home from work. Oh the joy! Descending mountains are still a chilly problem though.

Do you ride in the rain?

I take the Wilier out for my long morning rides before work but it usually ends up pouring when it comes time to ride home in the evening. I don’t mind getting soaked but knowing I have to clean my bike afterwards is the only reason I despise it… and the feeling of wet socks… yuck!! When I ride my rain bike (the Cannondale), I sometimes never clean or even re-lubricate the chains afterwards. I’m so terrible, I know. But when you want to be lazy, you gotta be lazy.

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You know what else I despise about cycling?

Washing water bottles after a ride! My friend taught me a trick: to put it in the freezer to prevent bacteria growth and take it out when you are ready to wash it.  You can soak it in water + detergent but it’s hard to rinse out completely, and you’ll probably get detergent-flavored water on your next ride. Delicious!

Our rides tend to get extended which usually means getting home and starting a hectic post-ride routine so you won’t lose friends from being constantly late to engagements. My OCD-tendencies doesn’t help either because I need to do as much as I can and as fast as I can — showering, putting everything away (I hate mess), post-ride meal/snack, icing, stretching, foam-rolling, checking out the Strava stats… and then getting ready for whatever I have planned that evening. Washing water bottles is the last thing I need. Ugh.

WIler + Rapha + I Fucking Love FItness

These water bottles are so pretty but a pain in the arse!

I’m all for cycling advocacy but what is wrong with commuting to work in lycra and a carbon road bike?

I usually take my old bike but whenever I get a chance to do a long ride on a sunny morning, I’m going to take my fast bike out! Why would I spend so much money on a machine that gives me so much joy and let it sit around at home? She would get so lonely… poor thing.

Like with everything else, the world generalizes cyclists. And then cyclists generalize cyclists. We have lycra-clad cyclists who tend to race on shared bike/pedestrian paths putting everyone’s lives in danger. Kids (I’m old now, okay) riding their bikes with their giant Beats on and not paying attention to the world around them. Hipsters weaving between cars in rush hour traffic on their fixies and completely disobeying traffic laws. People riding at night with absolutely NO lights and dressed in black… I’m totally not generalizing, I swear!

But seriously, I’ve seen every single type of cyclist run red lights and stop signs, cut people off, scream at drivers… not ONE specific group. It’s just so natural in our human tendencies to make judgements. I admit, I totally judge. I hate entitled cyclists who run lights and have no respect for drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists. No, we are not better because we choose to ride our bikes— remind yourself you may occasionally drive or walk (gasp). However I don’t judge how fast or slow someone is riding, what kind of bike they are riding, what they are wearing or how many rules they are breaking (because I’m pretty sure I break 90% of them).

I love reading articles about cycling (particularly in Vancouver) and I always get a good laugh reading the comments, which is a discussion I refuse to join. Topics including cycling and bike lanes are so controversial and there is no winning from any side because everyone is so passionate in their opinions. Wow, cycling is way up there now along with religion, politics, abortion and global warming. You gotta love it.

But cycling is cycling and it makes me happy when I see others out on a bike— especially on rainy days. Ride bikes, people!! You won’t regret it.

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    Live Unapologetically

    Live Unapologetically

    Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.

    Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. This is a silly quote because it just sounds pretentious but my friends jokingly tell me I’m obsessed with cycling all the time (…I don’t think they are joking) and you know what, I am obsessed! So what? 80% of my cycling friends are also”obsessed” with the sport but you have to ride to understand. It’s a great obsession.

    My weaknesses are shopping and food, and with all that free time I could accumulate from not riding my bike, I would indulge in those all day, everyday and be fat, broke and unhappy. Wouldn’t I rather be outside on my bike? I ride not only to get fit but I genuinely love love LOVE being out on my bike. It’s an indescribable feeling of freedom and complete euphoria— and it may also be the fact that people who spend more time outdoors in natural environments are much happier.

    An hour of running actually feels like an hour (or ten) but I can spend six hours on a bike and it will seem like only an hour has gone by. Time sure flies when you are doing something you love. I’m grateful that I have as much free time to ride as I do but in all honesty, I make the time to ride (it also helps not having obligations such as kids and family, thank god!). If you are passionate about something, you will do whatever it takes and give it your all.

    Despite how much I ride, I still have plenty of time to see my friends, go for dinners, work or just relax and do nothing at all. Balance is so important and I make it possible by choosing to do things that fulfills me in countless ways whenever I have free time.

    This doesn’t just go for cycling, but all aspects of your life whether it is the things you like to do, the words that come out of your mouth, the way you think, your philosophy on life, the people you hang out with, the things you believe in… never apologize for the choices you make if they make you ecstatic and on top of the world… never apologize for being yourself.

    Keep on doing what you love. Don’t let anyone discourage you or bring you down.

    Live unapologetically.

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      Free Yourself

      Free Yourself

      A couple weeks ago as I was riding my bike, I suddenly decided I don’t want to live a normal and stagnant life.

      The past 5 months of my life involved major changes, eye-opening learning experience and lots of new adventures. In the past 3 months alone, I’ve come to so much spiritual and psychological realization and enlightenment— I feel like a completely new person, almost relieved at my new views and insights, which has been making my everyday life more pleasant and fulfilling. I’ve never been so much happier and in control of my destiny. We should all be grateful that we are blessed with something so amazing as being able to LIVE. I know I am… the feeling of gratitude is sometimes overwhelming but in an extremely good way. I feel I have lived more in the past year than I’ve had in the 27 years of my existence!

      It’s impossible to fully live without experiencing and doing as much as you can.

      Which means saying yes to everything, being unafraid, non-judgmental and seeing the beauty in everything. We all need to get out and free ourselves from conventional mindsets— false beliefs and values we absent-mindedly inherit from society that affects the way we think, behave and react. Expand your mind and don’t be afraid to accept things that are unconventional, frowned upon (because it’s not the norm) and just plain different— within law and reason of course. Be a free-thinker!
      Fuck what everyone thinks but at the same time, keep your good friends close and let more positive people into your life despite differences in background and interests. Surround yourself with people who only lift you up and those you look up to. Accept that you will have people around you that won’t agree with your views but don’t be judgmental yourself— rid yourself of all the negative energy, unmotivated and unhappy people who have nothing to do but complain, talk about others and feel bad about themselves. We should be viewing life as living in dimensions where we must accept the fact that it is alright to let go of the past (things, memories, people) and immortalize it as a chapter gone by with no regrets— just a great learning experience.

      Free yourself physically, psychologically and spiritually.

      Never ever settle, always know your worth and most importantly, love yourself and do what makes you happy.

      I’ve been inspired by new philosophies and gifted with unique insights from some amazing souls I’ve been blessed to meet. I have long ways to go but I’ve experienced so much already and can’t wait for all the adventures ahead! The world is my oyster and anything is possible.

      It’s true. If you change your mindset, you can change your life.

      There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela

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