I think one of the main reasons why I love yoga and cycling is because it forces you to be in your own skin, deal with all of the emotions and struggles that it brings, as well as all of the enjoyment and clarity that is opens up. Falling on your back out of a handstand or arm balance, gripping your hands to the handlebars as you are climbing a hill, sweat dripping down your face , trying to get your mind to shut up as you are sitting still, and the breath that is pushing you through it all. That sense of connection, that sense of being alive, and that sense of being in the present moment. I don’t know what I would do with out it, and I want to explore new ways of experiencing it. I sense a shift happening within myself, and I am really happy to embrace it.
Just like how there is a Victoria Secret for lingerie, there should be a Lycra’s Secret for cycling clothes. Instead of push up bras and see through underwear, it will consist of sexy padded shorts for the derriere, and skin tight jerseys that accentuate the upper body (since many cyclists have a tendency to look like a T-rex with the tiny upper body and massive lower body).
Forget fluffy perfumes and silky pajamas , its all about the carbon sweat spray (to smell like an aero badass) and road rash enhancing lotions to give off the illusion of what a sexy cycling dare devil you truly are.
5 Ways to Prepare a Week of Healthy Meals
By Michelle Alcon
Here’s the deal. When my hunger hits, I have a very small window of time to get something to eat before reaching for the first available crunchy, salty snack. I also have a family to feed. When school is back in session and other activities begin, there is little time each evening to get dinner on the table. One thing I am consistently preaching to my clients is that the two most important actions for healthy eating are PLANNING and PREP. I’ve found that preparation of certain staple foods on the same day that I’ve grocery shopped is key to success. Here are the five ways I prep for a week of healthy meals (in minutes):
1. Wash and chop: I am a whole lot more inspired to make myself a salad for lunch when the leafy greens and toppings are already washed, dried and chopped. When hunger sets in, I can throw together a salad in a snap, leaving no excuse to head to the snack cupboard.
2. Roast or grill some vegetables: I like to have a portion of my vegetables cooked and ready to use in various dishes such as scrambles, quesadillas or to throw on a pizza.
3. Cook whole grains: If you use whole grains, it makes life a whole lot easier when they are already cooked and just need reheating. I tend to use gluten-free whole grains so I’ll cook my brown rice, wild rice or quinoa in a large amount to use for a few meals during the week. (Whole grains can also be soaked between an hour and about 8 hours prior to cooking to make them more digestible and reduce phytic acid.) Use whole grains on a salad or in a stir-fry.
4. Soak some beans: Put the beans in a large bowl and add water to a few inches above the beans. Ideally, they should be soaked overnight to increase digestibility so I do this right after the grocery store and am able to rinse and cook them the following day. Easy uses for beans include in burritos, on a salad or in your rice and bean bowl, of course!
5. Make a healthy dressing or condiment: Having a roasted red pepper dressing or a cashew cream sauce available will assure a more tasty meal in minutes.
I’m excited to try the Mr. Bento Lunch Jar . It carries large amounts of food and it will fit perfectly in my messenger bag! Check it out, and even if you aren’t a cyclist, it still a great way to make your own food and take it to go :]
My yoga mat and my bicycle know me better then anyone or anything. Both have been there through thick and through thin. Nights of laughter, courage, fear, pain, tears, reflection, and self discovery. They are a piece of my journey, a vector in my evolution. Material objects they may be, but a metaphorical stepping stone in reaching my own enlightenment and peace with myself and the world around me.
it feels weird to be riding single speed after riding fixed for over a year. It was a great way to build up strength, and have some really awesome fun, but overall my body is telling me to stop . Knee issues are creeping up again, and its only a matter of time before I fuck it up even more so. So back to square one, and learning to enjoy riding single speed again. Then before I know it, I’ll have my road bike in the fall. Its been crazy how I’ve been so consumed by bicycle culture within the past year and a half, but I wouldn’t have it anyway. I do miss all of my old cycling friends though , and I especially miss going on group rides weekly. I’m hoping all this will change. A lot will be happening with this up coming year, but cycling will always be a part of my life.