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Gotta love this beast! Diamond Back (mid-80’s) no fancy anything. On the road to niece’s birthday party with lots of bratwurst!

Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this.

Wunderkammer: Did You Know

all of this

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Umm, yeah. Whoa. Dare to be different, to be who you truly want to be.


Don’t buy your way into slavery.

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Tour De What?

My personal bicycling challenge and the challenges of bicycling.

by Trainer Steve  July 15, 2014

July is the month for cyclists as the grand tour known as the Tour De France is on.  21 days of racing primarily in France, 22 teams of 9 riders start this ordeal.  It’s been very interesting this year with last years winner and the man considered a top contender both out due to injuries.

The fun is just beginning.  They’re just getting into the real mountains.

The challenge I set for myself was to ride at least 25% of the daily TDF mileage.  We have completed 10 days of the Tour and are on the first of two rest days.  I’ve ridden just 330 miles which has me ahead of goal, and on target for 600 or so miles (25% would be 568) at the end.  

NONE of my commuting mileage is included.

When I was in my twenties I did this kind of riding (and more) and barely noticed.  What thirty years will do…

My Diamond Back Ascent —the daily ride…

Back in the 80’s my cycle was designed for long, fast distance.  Today it’s my 25 year old Diamond Back Ascent - originally a trail or mountain bike with a heavy steel frame on fat tires, or a slightly older Raleigh Tamarack (picked up used for $100)  with a big ole basket up front. Each has it’s virtues.  Neither is a carbon fiber racing rig.  I do love them both.

No fancy spandex - at all.  No clips or straps, just my Keen sandals (I have the tiger stripes to prove it).  

It is funny, I wave to most every cyclist I encounter.  The folks with the $2,500+ bike and fancy, tight, team “kit” (the cute matching spandex outfits) - tend to raise their nose and not acknowledge me.  

There is a snobbery out there.  It’s too bad.  Of course when was the last time you made eye contact and smiled as you walked past somebody else?  We are all in this together.  Try it.

I ride solo.  Nobody breaking the headwind for me (why is it always a headwind?).  I’m not insane enough to plug up my ears or distract myself with music.  This is quality me-me time.  Eyes up, head on a swivel.  One must be looking for the next 3,000 pounds that’s not paying attention.

As I always tell clients, get inside yourself when training - no distractions.  I feel my feet pushing over the pedals, ankles circling, knees extending, glutes pushing and hamstrings pulling.  I keep my core organized and pay close attention to my spine and breathing.

And I talk to myself.  A lot.  The conversations cover many topics, and not all are pleasant.  It is like looking into that harsh mirror sometimes.  Can you look yourself in the eye?

I believe motorists are no longer motorists.  The drivers seem to be passengers.  I find it scary - Terrifying sometimes - that so many motorists are “distracted”.   I’d guess near 75% are busy with a cellular device while operating their tonnage at excessive speeds.  Why?  Is it really important to Twit while running people off the road?

I would speculate that most have never ridden a bicycle nor do they have kids or friends that might venture out on two human powered wheels.

Just yesterday I had strongly tempered words with a mother (kids in tow) that almost clipped me as she raced to cut into a parking lot.  I asked, “do your kids ride bikes?”  She gave me a blank stare.  I then said, “God help them if they do and you’re still on the road!”

Enough of the soap box.  If you drive a motor vehicle, drive it.  Be in control and be aware.  Follow the rules of the road.  Drive like your mother or child is on foot or on a bicycle in the apex of that corner you can’t see.  Peace.

Time for an easy rest day ride.  I’ll update at the next rest day.

On MapMyRide, username is TrainerSteveR - Facebook is trainersteev, hit “like”.

15 More Minutes

If you did all 4 columns it would actually be an hour plus… BUT.  Each column is 15 minutes - Set your GymBoss (or app) for 45 seconds work and 15 seconds “rest” for 15 rounds.  Of course you can alter the work :rest ratio to fit your fitness level…

For more info refer to this post: Shaped by the Bell


Every Plan Has Holes: Connecting the Shoulders, Hips, and Core


Every single training plan has a hole in it, and you will need more than any single tool to fix it.

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Good stuff and easy to incorporate into your training… especially if you use magazines for your training.

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