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America, Lets Get On Our Bikes III

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
- Sherlock Holmes

Let’s think about something else, not only are there tremendous physical benefits to riding a bike to work or to run some errands but have you ever thought about what the mental benefits might be??  Think about how we have evolved as human beings…Stop and have a think on this…are we really meant to be sitting eight hours a day doing busy work?  Look I get it, that’s what we have become, I’m not saying everyone should be doing physical labor as a means of providing for themselves but what I am saying is we have to now adjust to this new lifestyle we live.  We are endurance machines and built to move…sooner or later the objects at rest, us humans, are going to stay at rest!

Think about how many people in society are on anti-depression medications, why?  Its no secret America, we have an obesity and depression problem in our society!  Walking or for half of us, waddling around like zombies.  We are slowing way down, and we are doing it to ourselves.  I am willing to bet if you did a case study comparing those depressed individuals on drugs with another group that opted for exercise as their medication, you would have much higher success rates or should I say a higher quality of life with the exercise group vs. the druggies.  Yup that’s right I called them druggies, it’s no different than someone who smokes pot to ease the pain and that’s what we call them isn’t it?  It’s just the government controls the drugs they want you to take so that makes it o.k.

Don’t believe me, read this article I came across this past week.


Think about this…is the 9-5 what’s causing us to become depressed?  Or is it the rush hour traffic or the price of gas, or a combination of them?  If so, maybe we should try and do something about it because what we’re doing isn’t working!  We’re getting slower, fatter, and angrier as we evolve…

In part I of this 3 part blog I mentioned my childhood and how riding a bike around town made me feel like a kid again, really put a smile on my face!  Close your eyes for a minute and think about that first sense of freedom you felt when you learned how to balance on two wheels, the possibilities were endless in where this machine could take you, or so you thought anyway.  Think about how happy you were.  Look to the children for the answers!  Next time you are driving down the street and you see a child on a bike, take a look at their face, and notice their smile.  Or the next time you see a couple cruising down the strip on their beach cruisers, notice how happy they seem.  Don’t believe me?  Try it yourself.  Have an errand to run? Try riding a bike!  Or if you can wrap your head around riding to work, next sunny day, opt for pushing the pedals, not the pedal!  Give it a go, just once, and observe how much more productive your work will be that day and how much more energy you will have.  Your wallet, your heart, and your mind will thank you!!

Thanks for reading my blog!  I am off to Thailand for the next two months for training  camp so check back for some entertaining stories!

America, Lets Get On Our Bikes Part II

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created: Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon.
- Bill Strickland

At a time when gas prices are creeping up over $4 a barrel and they are predicted to go even higher, maybe its time for those of us that have the means to ride a bike to work,  to take action?  Let’s take one of my best friends and  roommate over the past 2 months, Chase, he works roughly 18 miles from his home and there is a bike path right out the back door that takes him nearly to the steps of his office.  He is a graphic designer so he sits all day and stares at a screen, but he is a creator so his work fulfills him, its gratifying!! But Chase is now 31 and he loves to surf but as physics goes, “An object in motion stays in motion, an object at rest stays at rest” Better get moving or those surfing days may be coming to an end…

Now I’m not picking on Chase as he does try and get out for a workout at lunch but I am guessing he is the exception and not the norm, I am simply pointing out that here is a guy living in CA, where the weather is perfect 300 days a year, and he has access to bike trails all the way to his office.  Dude, quit complaining about the price of gas and how you’re getting fat and get on a bike.  Who knows, it might even get your creative juices flowing on your way to work so you can get right into it when you arrive at the office…

How many of you are out there just like Chase that drive every day out Interstate 405 to the office parks and notice the bike path that runs parallel to the freeway, but never even considered using it as a means of commuting?  Image if just 10% of the population did this?

I know but you have happy hour after work…. But have you ever ridden a bike after a few beers?  Its way fun, go on try it some time!!  How much fun would it be riding a bike home from happy hour rather than driving a car, and way safer too!

These people have tried it..

Beer Break

What comes after beer break? Pee break

Isn’t riding a bike starting to become more and more appealing?  Part III tomorrow!

America, Lets Get Back On Our Bikes: Part 1

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Hi! So I have been asked to write for a webpage called Cure Talk and my hopes are to post my blogs for Team TBB on that sight and some of if not all my blogs for Cure Talk on here for you all to read as they will be mostly about living a fit and healthy life. Below is my first piece, right up our alley here, “Making Life Better, Two Wheels at a time”


When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.
- H.G. Wells

So… for the past 8 weeks I have been surviving in American Society, living in a suburb of Southern California without a car…For some, the thought of not having a vehicle might raise the hair on their neck, but for me it was quite liberating!  Sure there were times when a car would have been nice or more convenient but I survived.

Now, before I go on I must preface that I am a professional triathlete as well as a coach of age group triathletes, so I am fortunate enough to work out of the house.  However, every morning I did have to get to the pool where I would begin the days training regime.   Fifteen or so minutes each way provided lots of time to observe how my small little 5km area of Costa Mesa moves each morning.  This is different to my normal twenty minute drive I have when back in N.J., where I am usually distracted by morning sports talk radio.

Most days the sun was shining on my face, which helped make it easier to get out the door rather than get in the car. A few mornings it was quite cool and it even rained on me couple of times but the cool water on my face actually felt soothing and quite peaceful! It took me back to when I was a kid and wasn’t old enough to drive.  With my heart pumping as I raced to get home and into dry clothes, a smile came over my face.  Do you remember what that felt like when you were a child? Exercise…ah it felt so good but you didn’t realize how happy it made you.

Now, the neighborhood I was calling home is primarily a Mexican American neighborhood so many of the locals also road their bikes as a means of transportation.  California is a very cycling friendly state with a bike lane on almost every street.  But not only did I see my neighbors riding around town on their mountain bikes, the streets were also covered with cyclist on their fancy commuter bikes.  As the weeks went by I would start to recognize the same people coming and going, me on my way to the pool in the morning while they were off to their place of employment…  Then again in the afternoon when I would be coming home from my training ride, I would see my fellow riders on their way home after a day at the office.  There was a certain glow on their faces, or twinkle in their eye!  Much different from the look of frustration and or misery you see in the driver next to you on the freeway as you both sit in traffic.  I couldn’t help but think, why aren’t most people commuting by bike??

Which looks like more fun to you?

Now I realize this just isn’t possible in certain parts of the country as the roads may not be as bicycle friendly as they are in California or many people live too far from their place of work to ride their bikes.  But how about for short trips, like to the gym, grocery store, or hell even the liquor store??  Grab a backpack and go!

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.
- Ernest Hemingway

Check back tomorrow for PartII