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Life is One Long Bike Ride

So sorry its been a while since my last post.  As you may know, all my energy in last several months has been laser-tuned to three things:  family, work, and crossing the country by bicycle.  The trip across the USA was amazing.  The route from Santa Barbara to Charleston crossed through desert, forest, mountains, rolling countryside, and thousands of acres of farmland.  The cycling was challenging at times, but typically manageable.  And the friendships were priceless.  I’d highly recommend a trip like this to anyone who rides.  I strongly believe anyone can do it if they are willing to put the time into training (and have a realistic perspective on what that may entail). 

For 40 days, my paradigm for life was quite different than the norm.  I learned (or maybe was reminded) of what life is all about.  Or at least how to maneuver the turns that always await us.  It was enlightening to realize that there are countless analogies between cycling and life itself.  By the time I got back home, I had constructed a list of principles and tactics to achieving any big accomplishment in life and maintaining balance while doing so.

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In case you’re curious, here are some of the more popular questions about the ride:

So how long did it take?  How far was it? It took 40 days to cross 3,280 miles and climb 130,000 feet.  We had four rest days along the way.

Why did you do it?  Because I wanted to see what I was capable of in the cycling world.  I had climbed mountains in Northern Italy and Colorado, but had never ridden day after day in any kind of event.  Plus, some would say, I’m goal-oriented.

What was the calorie consumption and burn?  We typically burned 800-1000 calories per hour.  Every day had five to seven hours of riding.  Not sure of the exact calorie consumption, but let’s just say, we had very large meals, snacks at the end of each ride (and usually again before and/or after dinner).  Probably 5,000 to 6,000 calories.  I was hungry often, but didn’t lose weight (a good sign of a balanced intake/burn).

Any big surprises?  There were always surprises.  I crashed 10 ten days before the ride started and was still in a little discomfort at the start.  We had one serious crash that knocked a few people out of the ride.  I was stronger than I thought I would be when climbing hills/mountains.  I was definitely surprised as to how fast I could get into such a unique routine.

Did your appreciation for America change in any way? I have known about the small towns scattered across our country for a while, but I don’t think I had an appreciation for how much of the USA is populated by small towns.  Our country is very diverse.  And while there are self-sufficient urban areas, there are self-sufficient rural areas, too.  And the small towns love America.  The United States geography is pretty amazing, too.  We have the Grand Canyon, the Rockies, the Mighty Mississippi River, and the Mojave Desert.  And miles of rolling hills and quiet country roads.

Would I do it again?  I have no plans to spend 40 days away from family ever again.

The blog covers the journey day by day if you want to learn more about cross-country cycling.  It was a long and winding road, but fortunately it led me back home.

Cross-Country Here I Come

Well, the training is finally done.  The bike has MANY new components due to wear and tear.  Getting my last haircut today.  Just need to pack the bags and bike case.

And then, the trip begins.  Thanks to all who have supported my training and pledged to Livestrong!  You can follow my adventure on a special blog I have created just for this purpose.  Be sure to leave comments and ask questions.

The Cross-Country Blog

See you on the road.


Training Is A Lot Like Juggling

Sorry for the lack of posts in a while.  As you’re probably aware, I’m training for a big time event….crossing the country by bicycle.  Yes, the time to go is close.  I’ve learned a lot about training throughout the year.  At some point, I’ll share some of the important points.  For now, I think the most critical lesson in training is time management.

When taking on a new goal, be sure to understand how much time will be required to achieve the goal by training properly.  Talk to others who have done it.  Evaluate everything you have going on and make sure you can prioritize (or de-prioritize) your commitments.  I have pedaled over 390 hours in the saddle this year.  A lot more than last year.  You have to be sure you can put in the time.  Not to mention sacrificing family time.  And of course, your company doesn’t stop depending on you just because you have a personal goal.  It is all part of one equation.  Make sure it all adds up right.

Time management also includes timing.  I’ve been getting up at 5:30 AM (not my usual) to get rides done before the day gets rolling.  I pile the miles on during the weekends.  I’ve even taken the bike with us to soccer games and ridden home.  Be creative and you can squeeze the training hours in.  The longer the training period is, the more creative you will have to be.

Training requires flexibility and commitment from not just you, but others in your life.  Make sure “your team” is on board, too.  They might be able to suggest when are optimal times to “disappear for a while,” too.

And once in while, let training take a break.  Let something else get in the way–and enjoy it.  After all, your training schedule will be there waiting for you tomorrow.



I have selected LIVESTRONG as my fundraising cause for my cross-country ride this year. 

I have had close friends and family affected by cancer in many ways.  In many cases, past contributions to cancer research have allowed these people to beat cancer (or knock it down for a while).

Your future contributions will help further the research and continue to win the fight against this deadly disease.

Here is a link to my fundraising page.  A contribution of any size is greatly appreciated.  Rest assured, I am earning your donation as I have been training very hard all year anticipating the difficulty of this endeavor.

Link: LIVESTRONG fundraising page

Thanks for your support!

My Goal for 2010: Cross the U.S. in 40 Days

This year’s goal is really a culmination of many years of smaller goals.  In 2004 or so, a friend of mine crossed the U.S. in an organized tour, and I thought, “Wow, I could never do that.”  Since then, I have unintentionally taken steps towards becoming able to consider it.  Miles, trips, more miles.  So with the right training, I feel this is the year to do it.

I practice what I preach (see The Secret is Setting Goals). So this month, I have put down my deposit and hired a coach.  I will join a small team of avid cyclists and Trek Travel in September to launch into this amazing journey. The “official” training starts Feb 1st.  Yes, it takes that long to be ready for an average of 92 miles a day for 40 days (with 4 rest days).  As my coach has already told me, her goal for me is not just to bike all 3,300 miles, but to feel ready to go every morning.


I’d say wish me luck, but luck has nothing to do with it (except for avoiding flats).  If you’d like to follow the training throughout the year, I’ll be sharing updates through Facebook.

What’s your goal for 2010? 

For some, a century ride is a milestone.  For others, just starting a healthy habit and keeping to it is a big deal.  It’s all relative. 

Just set it, and get it!  If you want to share it, see the Share Your Goal page.

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