A little tradition I tried to start when I was 20, was somewhat abandoned until this year. The goal was to cover 280 miles, self supported, from Shreveport to Dallas. Turns out the bikes were less than optimal, I packed more than needed, and the cold and rain have a big impact on the sleep and training deprived body. But nonetheless, this year's trip was a painfully good break from reality and certainly goes down as one of the most challenging adventures I've ever done. Thanks to my equally crazy friend Curtis for keeping me company. Here's to next year's ride - sunny, downhill and with the wind at our backs! The picture above shoes the route with some commentary and the there are some pictures below as well.
A good friend of mine, of nearly 10 years, since the days of books, dorms, and band practice at TJC decided to get married in Estes Park, CO. I didn't know that flights could be so cheap! About $100 get you to Denver and back to DFW, wow! Being the thrifty person I am (and being accustomed to my company picking up the tab for my travels) I decided to pack camping gear (thanks Curtis!), get a Specialized Camber demo from Peloton Cycles in Fort Collins (Thanks Kelly!), and take in the outdoors while in the area. I must admit, the environment on the front range and in The Rockies itself is a bit more impressive than here in DFW! It was interesting to see that Subaru is to Colorado what Chevy is to Texas, that if you are going to hike or run on trails you most likely take your dog with you, and chances are, you own a bicycle. It was also pretty cool to see dozens of people riding about, peddling up the hill to Horsetooth Reservoir from down in Fort Collins on a Tuesday at lunch time... maybe they were trying to make up for the miles they won't be putting in during the winter? Regardless, it was a very nice change of scenery and pace to life compared to DFW. Here's a few cool pics I snapped while there. The biggest experience of the trip was riding up 1,800 ft to pretty close to Horsetooth Rock on Horsetooth Mountain on the morning before the wedding (which was at noon, an hour's drive away) and making it back down to the base just in time to make it to the wedding 5 minutes before it started - I blame a crazy fall I had and a flat tire! Yes, I know it's considered a "small mountain", but for a North Texan... who hasn't covered 1,800ft in elevation in the whole previous year, that's big morning! :-)
I've been commuting to work by bike sporadically for at least 5 years. I would love to make it more consistent (I've been taking it easy during the hottest months), but it's just not high enough on the priority list. With Fall approaching, I'll definitely be doing it more though. Which is good, because I love it.
The usual routine is to throw my bike on my car (on the Carboard, a modular bike rack that I designed with a friend, which we'll someday market under our a Function(d) brand), take son to school, hop on bike and ride to work, about 8 miles. What's nifty is that even by bike, my commute is shorter in time and miles than a majority of the other folks in the office (my advice is to always live near your office!) I take my time to cool off with my desk fan, take a quick bath in a sink, and usually eat lunch at the office. Riding days does one of two things to lunch choices: it justifies eating a greasy burger or some other unwise choice, or, it sets my mind up to think healthy thoughts and have a meal replacement smoothie, which is what I did today (I'm an Advocare distributor you know).
At the end of the day I take a different route home, about 11 miles, making for a 20 mile day. I toss the bike on the car, scoop up the kid and drive the mile or two home. I look forward to sticking a trail-a-bike in mine to pedal him to school, and more so to him riding his own bike to school!
Along with bike commutes, you'll also find me swimming laps at LA Fitness in Grapevine one or two days a week when I'm in town and can get away from my desk with a decently clean conscience.
Being able to blend a bit of my active lifestyle into my work day really impacts my job satisfaction, I suppose I'm pretty lucky in that regard, I feel for those who have miserable jobs/careers- life is to short to hate your job! It's not quite gym-with-locker-room-and-towel-service-on-site like friends at Friyo-Lay and Sabre have, but hey, I'll take what I can get!
Do you get to have a bit of fun during your work day? Or are you chained to your desk all day? I would love to hear from you in the comments!
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