Weather’s Turning

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It was around 59 degrees when I went riding tonight. I had to wear long sleeves for the first time this month. Likely not the last time!

September 15th. Halfway through 30 Days of Biking. In 15 days, the number of people riding bicycles every day is going to dwindle significantly. Once October begins, the number will drop even further.

I’ve never biked beyond October 4th in my adult life. It sounds silly and insignificant, but it’s incredibly important in the grand scheme of things. 30 Days of Biking is kicking off my Reverse Commute. I may not ride every day into the winter, but I will ride every month from here on out.

30 Days of Biking happens in April and September. April kicks the biking season off, basically. September wraps it up. September, to me, is truly kicking off the reverse tend of the shitty things I’ve been doing in life. Food, exercise, attitude, the whole bit.

Tomorrow I’m hoping to do a nice sunrise ride.

We Always

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We always play the newest version of Angry Birds..

We always check when someone posts on our Facebook walls..

We always make time for baseball, football, <insert sporting event>..

We always make time for so many things that make us happy, make us feel good, and not nearly as much time for things that suck.

Well, duh!

Dishes suck.

Vacuuming sucks.

Laundry sucks.

Mopping sucks.

But…there’s a silver lining there, I think, because (for the most part) we clean because a clean house is comfortable. Who enjoys living like a slob?

Making time to work out is kind of like making time to clean the dishes.  Yep, it sucks, but you gotta do it. You’ll thank yourself later.

The Reverse Commute, An Idea

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At my current pace, compared to last year, I will finish the year with fewer miles biked than in 2010. This is partly due to 3 weeks where my bike needed repair, but mostly due to the fact that I have been gainfully employed for much of this year. A lot of my rides in 2010 came during the day, after I had spent a good deal of time applying for jobs.

The trick now is to find ways to add biking to my employed lifestyle.

First, last year I stopped riding on October 4th. Partly due to a busted tire, and partly due to the fact that I was super tired. I also lost 30+ pounds and felt pretty damn good entering the winter months.

By November I noticed the slacking off was ruining everything. I went to the internet to see if others were having similar crashes, and not surprisingly a lot of summer bloggers were missing in action. By early 2011, I knew I had an uphill climb. Every time you gain weight back, it’s harder to lose it again.

I’ve been missing updates here, and it’s mainly because the battle I’m having isn’t physical, but mental. I don’t think I’m alone in that. When the tough times occur in weight loss, it’s almost always when you’re at the cusp of really deciding that your life is going to change forever. I’ve been on that cusp for the better part of five years. I’m so close to the edge, I can smell it.  It’s like sitting in a McDonald’s and thinking, “You know, I won’t miss you, you sumbitch.” It’s like grilling up chicken for the following week’s worth of lunch and thinking, “You know, it takes some time, but this is motherfuckin’ worth it.”

Swearing doesn’t validate these thoughts, but it’s reached the point where it’s hard to not have some anger behind these words. So, I had an idea.

The Reverse Commute, by definition, is “Movement in a direction opposite to the main flow of traffic, such as from the central city to a suburb in the morning rush hour.”

Think of weight loss as traffic, and how many people begin to let up on their work out regiments and backslide when it gets cold out. To be honest, I’m not sure that is true. Plenty of people have success. I’m just not one of them, and I think there are others like me. So, this is basically a plan to buck the trend and become more active through the winter months than I would’ve been previously.  In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever ridden a bicycle in the months of November or December. Not during my adult life, anyway. I plan on biking this winter, as long as I can.

For the last 3-4 months, I’ve contemplated how I need to start doing something with regard to working out. Sit ups, push ups, crunches, etc. I can’t afford a gym membership, so I need to turn my living room floor into that space, at least a few times a week. I’m literally going to start with the basics and go from there.

I will be beginning a second job soon, so I do have a concern about time I’ll have to update the blog…but seriously, if I can find time to work out, I can find time to blog, right?

This idea will be further fleshed out, but this is the general idea. The winter will be my promised land.

The Reverse Commute

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What is The Reverse Commute?

Well, I’m still sorting the details out while I continue biking every day in September. I’ll probably have a better post this weekend.