Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ride as often as possible.

Ride as often as possible.

Post XWA I formulated a question dictating whether I should ride or not, basically it goes like this: "Is this a condition I could possibly encounter bikepacking?" It's been very freeing in the sense that this philosophy has pushed me out the door in the extreme early morning, or pushed my rides later into the night. The realization is if I'm too tired before or after work to bike/run then I don't really have a hope of being competitive at this sport or as effective as I want to be anywhere else in my life. If the weather is bad, ride anyway! I can't even remember a time I've saddled up and got home and said "I regret doing that." Never, that's some of the huge beauty behind a bike ride.

I've spent many years on bikes, but only in the last ~6 months have I wanted to be fast on a bike. Prior to that I mainly used my bike as a recreational vehicle to get out there with my camera. Never really had the desire to go fast. I spent a lot of time in my granniest of gears plodding up long hills and it lured me into this false sense of accomplishment. Could crank out the distance, and the elevation, but never very swiftly. While I lost the weight I never really developed monster quads or calves. My rides/runs now are more focused on intensity rather than length and my musculature has followed suit.

I am running an incredibly clean ship these days, no meat, no caffeine, no booze, etc. It feels fantastic, like I've regained a few years of my life. My energy levels are stable throughout the morning well into the night. Individually none of my lifestyle changes would have really made an impact, but together they all work very synergistically. I feel very at peace with my mind/body/soul and a huge part of that is all the physicality.

Anyway, behind in blogging my adventures lately, but there's more to come!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Unedited morning beach ride footage

Raw handheld footage from my DSLR
Beach riding is a great workout!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bunch of adventures etcetera!

A few weeks ago Alexis and I walked around Fort Townsend
Make sure you chew flax seeds well, other wise you don't get the nutrition

Eating your vegetables will change your life.

This Volvo has traversed the Rockies, the Arizona deserts, San Francisco etc!
Still kicking! It's been a great car, we've put 100,000mi+ on her together.

Last Sunday got the 6:30am boat to Whidbey to ride to Everett
Had to pack boots, electronics, and clothes.
Looks haphazard, but it was pretty solid for a day trip!

Early morning ferries are a treat, bike ticket was $3.85

Handheld shot of Mars

Caught blue hour!

Beautiful beach trail once on Whidbey

A glorious crescendo of color and light through the fog

fog cleared a little later

backlit Blue Heron

What a great state to reside in

Didn't take too many photos once on the highway
wanted to get done with that section expediently!

Waved at everyone I saw, only people in nice cars/teslas didn't wave back.

Some gorgeous farm land out there

Horn I made mating my bike pump to an air horn
120 decibels of traffic blasting safety!

A gorgeous Juvenile Common Loon

Another boat ride! This one was free!


Start your engines!

The Mukilteo waterfront
I have forged so many memories here, from childhood and beyond.

Convex mirror selfie

Forest Park

Total cost to get to Everett from Port Townsend: 3.85
nutrition was a leftover grilled cheese, a lot of nuts, and some gatorade

Spent a week in PDX for some Job training
can't share the details online, it was intense however!
Used my travel bike as a form of stress relief and worked wonders.
No matter how spun out I get, a bike ride is the quickest path to normalcy.

Once back in Port Townsend Bob, Tim and did some route scouting

My other bike was still in Everett so I borrowed Bob's beautiful 1983 GT
8 dollars at a garage sale, and it's a totally capable machine!

This country was settled on hardtack and guts
you don't always need the fanciest equipment to have an adventure.

We're working on a 100 mile Jefferson County off-road loop
Some places are impossible to tell on a map, so you just have to go out and see.
Sometimes you win, and sometimes you're just hiking your bike over stuff.
Either way you win really!

Next day Alexis and I did the 6 mile loop to Glass Beach

It was beautiful out!

Mt. Baker

Deer out here really pose for you.

Got up at 3:30am for some early morning training today.

Venus at the base of the Haller Steps
After this photo I lifted my bike over my head and walked up the stairs.

vintage pump in this window
want it, but wouldn't have a use for it.

When the sun came out, I had no words.
Well I did have words, and you can see that on the previous blog post.

No enhancement, the colors were mind blowing


Better picture of my horn with the handle fully extended.

Later in the day Bob and I finished the final touches on the loop.
This young Opossum was hiding in the bushes.

We're hitting this as a bikepacking trip next week with Shawn!
I imagine it will be quite the journey, looking forward to sharing it.

Glorious sunrise this morning!

little video

Juvenile Bald Eagle is featured.