Written by: FOLLY

Big PR Week

This past weeks weather was great! I got to ride a good bit and had Friday off due to Veterans Day (which I just so happen to be one). I really wanted to get a good amount of miles in this week. Friday was the most I could ride in one day. I made a couple fun stops along the way that took up a decent amount of time or else I think I would grabbed over 40 miles!! Right now my short term goal is to ride 40 miles straight. I believe it will be reality soon enough. I also got my Thomson stem put on this week that makes my Surly Cross Check look even sweeter thanks to Blevins Bicycle Co.

Miles rode/Calories burned:
Miles: 86.55
Calories Burned: 4,974


Lighter, Stronger, Faster

As I continue to learn more about cycling I’m realizing how in-depth this sport is. Knowledge, nutrition and patience is what it’s going to take me to excel. Most of the time a cyclist looks like your everyday joe shmoe until they get on a bike and ride for 4+ hours averaging 20+ mph!! It baffles me how they have gotten to this point and make it look effortless. It’s very inspiring! Through the knowledge and experience of some local cyclists I will start setting and breaking goals. For the time being I’m putting in hours whenever I can throughout the week.

Miles/Calories for last week:
Miles: 62.54
Calories: 3,141


Weather Change

After last week I got pretty sick with what everybody’s been getting. My face won’t quit leaking. I had a pretty low mileage week because of it. I’m gaining my strength back now and ready to ride in this beautiful weather. I’ve been working part time at Blevin’s Bicycle Company helping get his business up and running. I live about 14 miles from his location so it proves to be a good commute on the Surly during the week. As I become a stronger rider I’m sure this will feel like chump change.

I’m now starting I focus on diet to drop weight while retaining strength and recovery. Each sport is a little bit different than the other to achieve this. Luckily I have some really good riders that come into the shop to help me with this. As it gets colder I’ll start to use a roller trainer to keep in shape to prepare for the spring. I still have not picked a race I want to attend. I’m sure I need to do this sooner than later. If you have any suggestions for the South East area let me know.

Miles: 53.16
Calories: 2681



Got my Surly Cross Check this week in Robins Egg Blue. I ended up decking it out in primarily SRAM Red components with Paul Cantilever brakes. My good friend Matt Blevins built up a sweet 1250g all alloy wheelset consisting of Stan’s rims, White Industries Hubs, and Sapim Cx-Rays spokes. They are a thing of beauty.

I took the bike out this week for a lot more riding than I’m used too. It was a blast. I’ve yet to get fit on it, this will happen soon. It looks like I’m almost 2x faster than on the rigid single speed 29er. I know…. It’s pretty obvious why, but I didn’t think I would be that much faster. The bike weighs in at around the 19lbs range with a steel frame and fork. Very impressive build performed at BlevinsBicycleCo..

I would like to compete this spring in a very low level race. I’ll do light strength training this winter and utilize a trainer.

Total for last week:
Miles: 76.6
Calories Burned: 3817



List of activities pursued: Skateboarding, running, mountain biking, cycling, rock climbing, CrossFit, Powerlifting, snowboarding, body building, soccer, baseball, golf, etc.  The point is, I’ve pursued a lot of stuff.    I’ve think of why i’ve pursued them.  I can’t count how many times I’ve change mind sets and been very obsessed with it.  The only think I can think of is that I’m very motivated to follow what my heart is set on to the upmost!! It is a motivation that comes from within.  I may not be the best at the end of the day but I strive to become very knowledgeable in what I am pursuing.

The last transition I went through was from a 220 lbs. amateur Powerlifter to a 180 lbs. cyclist in about 4 months.  There are a lot of things in life that I do half ass but when it comes to my intrinsic active passion there is no stopping me.  This has positive and negative effects attached to it.  I’ve been married for 5 years to a very beautiful women by the name of Tiffany.  She is my balance… along with the Holy Spirit Jesus died to provide me/the world. Tiffany constantly tells me “I’m like Madonna, you constantly reinvent yourself.”  I always smile when she says that.  I find the beauty in change.  I believe that too many people get locked into their way of existence and ride out life knowing nothing more.  This scares me.

Intrinsic motivation is by far the most inspired and deeply committed motivation a human can have.  It makes the unthinkable/”impossible” the thinkable/POSSIBLE.  The cool/frustrating part is that no one can teach you this motivation.  It is something that YOU develop all in yourself.  It is a driving force that will NOT be stopped.  Sure, there might be some delays in the process, but it will NOT be stopped.  Art, Music, Strength, Education, Business, Reading, Running, Cooking, Knowledge, Creativity, Health, etc…. YOUR PASSION IS YOUR PASSION.  You do it because you love it and it is done because YOU have developed a love for it through life experiences/the purpose God created you for.