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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      Bike Commuting Tips

      Bike Commuting Tips

      Think about it: Would you rather be sitting in your car in traffic or packed in a crowded bus— especially up in someone’s armpit on a hot summer day?! If you have a bike and want to stay fit, wouldn’t you consider riding your bike to work instead? I find a lot of drivers are always angry while stuck in their metal boxes but I truly believe that cyclists are some of the happiest people in the world. We are breathing in fresh air, the wind is in our hair and we are just reaping the health benefits of being on our bicycles.

      When you are commuting by bike, you are using your time and not wasting your time.

      I admit I like taking public transit to work because I get to relax, not have to focus on anything, listen to my music or read a book but when I ride my bike to work, I feel MUCH happier and it sets the precedence for the rest of the day. I seriously wake up every single morning looking forward to my commute to work, rain or shine.

      Here are my updated bike commuting tips:

      Commuting Essentials

      Aside from the contents of my saddle bag, my phone, keys, cash, cards, bus fare (for emergencies) and the Garmin are the ONLY things I bring to work. I don’t even bring a wallet— I cram everything into a ziplock bag which is SUPER classy! On days where I’m doing a long ride before commuting to work, I may also bring snacks and a hand-pump (can’t always trust those CO2 cannisters!). Fortunately, I’m able to keep a “closet” and toiletries at work but the more you ride, the more minimal you will become as you learn what you really need.

      Figure out your logistics.

      Getting yourself to work, safely storing your bike, cleaning yourself off, carrying all your belongings such as clean clothes to work. You may screw up, forget things or not be as efficient as you want but the key is to not over-think because this is a learning process which only gets easier with experience.

      Carry tools in a saddle bag and learn basic bike maintenance.

      Some don’t ride because of the terror of broken-bike troubles! Understanding your bike, knowing how to change a flat tire, and checking your tire pressure at least once a week will relieve anxiety and make you ride more.

      Prepare as much the night before but not too much.

      I lay out the basic objects in the photo on my counter but I choose my clothing in the morning depending on the weather. I use to lay everything out obsessively but now I really enjoy my relaxed mornings which consists of waking up early, turning on some music, having a coffee while foam-rolling, throwing on my gear and then I’m out the door. When I get to work, I will go to the gym, lift weights, stretch and roll if I didn’t do a long, hard ride before arriving at the office.

      Don’t check the weather the night before!!

      Wake up in the morning, look out the window and dress accordingly. Trust me, this will save you from a ton of anxiety! I use to be obsessed with the weather and now I don’t even care anymore; I ride my bike rain or shine, hot or cold… it doesn’t matter because I know I never regret a bike ride. Some days I’ll forget to even look out the window, dress for sun and remember to check the weather right as I was about to leave… only to see gray skies and pouring rain but I just shrug it off, change and off I still go.

      Ride as fast or as slow as you like.

      We sometimes joke about “racing” commuters on the bike paths but honestly, no one gives a shit about what you are doing. Sometimes I’ll be on a bike path all geared up on Wilier after a long and hilly morning ride… but every single person is passing me because I’m dead tired and doing my “recovery ride” to work. Do I care? Nope. As an experienced cyclist, you will learn that just because you pass someone does NOT mean you are more fit. People ride for many different reasons such as leisure, happiness, fitness, commuting, etc.

      Stop over-thinking!

      Don’t be consumed about the little things like forgetting your rain jacket for the commute home (“just in case”)? If it rains, it rains. When I’m in my cycling gear, I figure I was going to break a sweat anyway which is the same as being soaked by the rain. Plus have you ever really ridden in the rain? It’s so refreshing and so bad-ass. Live in the moment!

      Have you started bike commuting yet?

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