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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      Fall In Love With the Process

      Fall In Love With the Process

      I love moving. I love sweating. I love riding my bike. I love gym-ratting. I love feeling the pain during a working out and knowing that I can push through it because I’ve done it before. I love jumping out of bed at 5am for a workout, able to wake up because I remember I have never regretted a morning workout. I look forward to the grueling hike up the Grouse Grind at the crack of dawn with my headphones on so I can tune out the world and work on myself. I love the feeling of pushing my body to the limits because it’s a great way to take myself out of my comfort zone and allow for growth. I love riding my bike to work knowing that I’m saving money and the environment (and passing the cars stuck in rush hour traffic!). I love cycling up mountains because it makes me feel invincible. I love long bike rides because it allows me time to reflect on a lot of things, whether if the thoughts are useful or useless, it has a great psychological effect. I really really fucking love fitness. Can you tell?

      Fitness is my life.

      I Fucking Love & Bikes  My confession: I do not have any fitness goals. I move, workout, sweat, lift and cycle because I genuinely enjoy it. I do it for fun, it makes me look and feel good and it’s been working for me for almost 5 years so I have no complaints! People preach about having goals all the time but I disagree, because I have an amazing way of life. While many try and fail, my fitness journey worked for me because I thoroughly enjoy the process. I don’t look at end results since I don’t think I will ever have the perfect body— no matter what, I will always want more but fitness gives me the satisfaction of knowing I’m constantly taking good care of myself. There are days when I think I look good (which makes me feel good) but I do have days when I’m feeling tired, fat and bloated but isn’t that just a part of being human? I have come to accept that.

      The best way to approach fitness is to view it as a life-long habit that will improve your quality of life and in order to do so, you need to find joy and gratification in the process.

      Most people don’t understand that there is really no “right way” when it comes to fitness. Everyone has an activity they find the most happiness with and whether it is cycling, running, yoga, weightlifting or even just walking— it doesn’t matter. Fitness is a way of life and something that should be practiced throughout your entire lifetime.

      Remember:

      • Just because you are not “dying” after a workout, doesn’t mean you didn’t do it right.
      • Instant-gratification and fast results are overrated.
      • Most diets and training programs don’t work because they make false promises and don’t actually advertise how much hard work it actually takes to achieve a certain fitness level (or those six-pack abs).
      • One size does not fit all. Just because it worked for your best friend doesn’t mean it will work for you.
      • If you hate running or if you hate going to the gym, find something active that you will enjoy doing instead, so that way, it maybe sustainable.
      • Think about what makes you happy and healthy now instead of in the future. This will also help you find something sustainable.
      • Find your intrinsic motivation— your drive to achieve without external rewards. That’s the only way to make life-changing improvements in your lifestyle.
      • Start small and work your way up. Short walks, short runs, lighter weights— again, there is no wrong way. Just move.
      • The best way is the way you can stick with.
      • It’s natural to have bad days. Shit happens. Forget about it and start over the next day.
      • Nothing is impossible. The only thing holding yourself back is your mindset.

      Have you found your way?

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