Just get out and move!

Just get out and move!

That was my motivation some four and one half years ago when I bought my first adult mountain bike at a Goodwill store for 16 bucks. It was a small frame Specialized brand, obviously built for someone of a much smaller frame than I am, but I was on a budget and made it work.

I still remember the look on my Honey’s face as she was looking through clothes and such when I walked up to her with the bike in tow. She had given me this look many times before. It was one I am familiar with, being the dreamer in the family and all. Plus, being one who has had a higher than average amount of hobbies in our 28 years of marriage, I wasn’t surprised by her reaction.

I had needed to get out, move, and get healthier. I’m not a runner, never have been, so bike riding seemed a great alternative for me to try out. Turns out, I really missed riding a bike. I began riding in the large fields on motorcycle trails between our house and the church building about a mile away. I could ride different routes and get some decent miles in. I even rigged up some lights for heading home in the dark.

After a few months of riding, I downloaded an app to track my progress. I recently received my ‘happy anniversary’ email from them with my lifetime stats. I’ve ridden over 2600 miles and burned over 245 thousand calories since 2012. I’ve not always been faithful and consistent though, with injuries or illness, the occasional vacation, or just life in general getting in the way. Let’s not forget inclement weather too! Riding in the bitter cold or gusty wind is just not fun!

I have switched over to road cycling and now that I live in a more road cycling friendly community with many bike lanes and routes, I am being more determined to get out and put some mileage in. Today is a down day. I’ve put in about 80 miles this week in three rides. That may be a drop in the bucket for some of the extreme cyclists’, but for me, I used to think that a 12-mile ride was a killer. Now I feel like I’m just warming up around 10-12 miles.

On my ride yesterday, I was thinking about why I share my stats on social media. It’s not about, ‘Hey, look what I’m doing and you’re not!’ but rather more for the hope that it motivates others to get out and move. I feel better getting out there. Sure, I hurt and am tired when I get back from a ride – it’s supposed to be that way! The results though are far more beneficial than the temporary discomfort.

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Cycling may not be your choice, I ride by many people who are out there walking around the block, or running/jogging. I saw one older lady out with her walker! Way to go Granny!

Just get out and move, you’ll be glad you did.

Oh, and try it without socks!



Keep on keepin’ on!

I try to get together with a couple friends three days a week to ride our bikes. We started up about a month ago but due to my schedule, I’ve missed a couple days.
Last week I set a new goal for myself to reach a certain point of the road we ride. Well, Friday I was in a very important meeting and couldn’t make it…no worries, I’ll do it Monday.
Monday came and I was scheduled for a ride-a-long with the local sheriff deputy, part of my duties as a volunteer chaplain. I had planned on doing a half day then hitting the rode with my homies.
God had other plans.
I was needed during a call and subsequent investigation to help the deputies further. No worries, that’s why I signed up!
Wednesday comes and my schedule is free to ride! Time to meet the new goal!
Now the road we ride is a gradual uphill, I’m not fond of uphill riding per say, I like a bit of a mix.
You may be thinking, “Hey, that means its downhill all the way back!”
You’ve heard the expression, ‘Uphill both ways’?
This course is not that, but it does have wind. And when I say wind, I’m not talking about a pleasant breeze beeping us cool on the ride. I’m talking about 30-40 mph with gusts above 50!
My wife and I saw a guy one time riding downhill and she asked me why he was pedaling if he was going downhill, why not coast?
Headwind! All I can say is headwind!
On the route my buddies and I roll on, we get a bit of a tailwind when we take off, a lot of crosswind, and then the headwind on the way back.
One stretch the other day where, with little or no headwind I can coast at around 20 mph, I had to gear down at only hit 8 or 9 mph!
Its windy again today, so I’m expecting the same workout.
Oh, and about hitting my goal, I did hit it and went up to the top of the hill past it, partly because one of my friends is old enough to be my dad and he passed me while I waited at my goal spot!
Exercise is good, doing it with friends is better, being passed by an old man…priceless!
I wanna be like Gary when I grow up!
As he said the other day, “What? OLD?”
Yeah, old and passing younger guys on hills, motivating them to do their best!

This is one thing I have to do with socks on though!

Motivation…its contagious, I think! (Or just highlighted a bunch!)

Motivation from the root word Motivate; a verb, To provide with a motive; to induce; to incite. — Motivation.

As I muse and ponder where my new venture (or is that ADventure) in blogging begins to unfold since getting sucked in on March 30th, I have to ask myself, “Self, Where is this thing going to go?” “What is going to be the focus of this blog?” “What will be my motivation to keep at it?”

You see I’m really good at coming up with ideas and dreams, or hair-brained adventures just ask my wife, but sometimes my motivation slows down, my ‘tiger-in-the-tank’ turns into a kitten that just wants to sleep! The idea is still there, it just lacks some extra motivation.

Take for example my desire to exercise and stay fit. About 4-5 years ago I knew I needed to do something, I was not getting enough activity. My one daughter was getting married, and I also found out at Christmas of ’09 that I would be becoming a Grandpa. I set a goal to lose 20 pounds by the wedding, and another 20 by the time the baby came! I had motivation!  I made the first goal, and came close to the second one, but with a new grand-baby living and hour away, visits began to be a HUGE priority, my schedule had to accommodate for visits; my exercise routine began to get shorter and then just fizzled out.

And the weight slowly crept back on!

So about a two years ago I hit an all time high (and low), peaking at the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life. I had enjoyed biking when I was a kid, so I began looking for a mountain bike. We live in a beautiful area that is SO bike friendly, I have trails right across from my office, no excuses. I found a descent stater bike at Goodwill…16 Bucks!!! A couple of tubes, some lube on the gears…I was off. I had motivation! And it began to pay off.

Then along came our bad weather season. No problem, on the bad days I ran on the treadmill. On the days when it wasn’t raining or the wind wasn’t gale force, this worked.

A side note here: The wind ALWAYS blows in our valley except when it gets really stinking hot and we want it to blow. When I ride, the wind is a help and a resistance trainer all in the same ride. Sometimes I even end up riding up hill into the wind…talk about a workout! But it’s motivation to keep at it!

So as things go, the ‘kitten’ came out this past winter season. The winds were horrendously more intense, and the treadmill, well if you own one you know. For me it’s a great back up when I’ve got my motivation, but its not enough for me to just do alone.

My wife and I went on a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary and when we got back we decided to get back into the routine of getting healthier again! We both stared with low carb, I gave up my addiction to mini jaw breakers, and I have stayed with it. Losing close to 16 pounds in two months. But I knew I needed more motivation though! My mountain bike just sat on the front deck pouting. I swear it would whisper to me as I walked by…”Remember me, all the good miles we have covered, the beautiful scenery I carried your fat butt through!” It was mocking me…which really gave me no motivation what so ever!

I had already gotten the bike ready to go a few days ago…it had given up on mocking me…and then we hit 100 degrees! When I rode before this was no problem, I had built up to it, I had a tolerance to it, and I actually enjoyed it. Well, a friend of mine posted this picture today over on FB, and I knew that I had to do something…now!

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Sure, it says determination in the quote, but that was my motivation! I’ve been eating well, I don’t do the gimmick stuff and gadgets, I have running/biking shoes, I’ll never be caught dead or alive in a sports bra, and I now have my motivation to ride back…wind or no wind! Thanks for sharing this today Jen!

So where does this take me and this blog-o-mine?

While I’m out riding I will be musing and thinking about my experiences and some random crap about being a small church pastor. That should keep my motivation up and my thoughts focused…and my weight down too! Win-Win baby!

Thanks for taking your time to come into my musings today! Now go find your motivation for whatever you do!