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In the last 30 days I’ve cycled over 1,000km on my bicycle pushing over 16,000km in the last two years. Recently I have explored four countries with each leaving me with incredible love, happiness, gratitude and fulfillment in my life. The question I am often asked is why do I ride my bike so damn much. I think the only way to truly understand this answer is to share with you why I even started riding my bicycle in the first place.
During the Spring of 2014 I found myself google searching for happiness and sobriety and came across a lot of results. I researched that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables increases many people’s energy levels. I combined the diet with exercise because I read that some professional athletes would experience whats called “runners high” or “the flow state” while working out.
I ran 160km over the next two months and didn’t even feel a buzz.
On August 3rd 2014 I went for a typical 30 minute run at West Meadow Beach. I started with a cup of water, two medjool dates, took a nice poop and went on my jog. I began with a slow shuffle and listened to an exceptionally inspiring audio book called “Born to Run”.
I was feeling really good after 30 minutes and just arrived at the part in the book when he found the hidden Tarahumara tribe. They were known to be the fastest long distance runners in the world. He started going into detail about a traditional drink called Tesguino. It was a high carbohydrate low alcohol content beverage made from fermented corn. I quickly remembered my months of sadness when I crushed a bottle of Jack Daniels every night in my apartment alone. Before falling asleep I would drive myself to 7-eleven to pick up cookie dough, which I ate raw, and a pack of cigarettes. I used to walk to the park across the street and chain smoke until wanting to pass out.
That’s when I looked at my phone realizing another half hour had past.
Time was actually longer then it seemed. Was it slowing down? Could I control it? Was I distracting myself or training my mind to control my thoughts? I just kept running and the questions slowly started to disappear. The birds sung louder, my steps became softer and there were people around me but I couldn’t hear them. I wasn’t even focused on running anymore it all just came naturally. Negative thoughts about my past had faded and the only thing that mattered was that exact moment.
I finally looked at my phone to find out I ran a better part of a half marathon at an hour and 47 minutes. I wasn’t even tired I just didn’t know what else to do, I never ran that long in my life so I stopped. The next month I did the same thing but two minutes faster. Before I knew it I found myself realizing the flow state was in everything I did. Even though the high was best while exercising it happened when I cooked, wrote poems, danced, listened to music, and even while talking to complete strangers. I thought to myself… can I explore more beyond this amazing beach.
A few weeks later I bought my first Specialized mountain bike at a garage sale. Funny thing is I actually graduated high school with the girl that lived there and I got another bike for $50. I was so excited to explore new things at faster speeds and maybe go a bit further then where my feet could take me.
For the next few months I started to cruise around town on my bike mainly riding to Lake Ronkonkoma. I got to block out all the stress in my life plus I was able to experience and see Long Island in a different light. I could feel the fresh air blowing in my face while watching the leaves separate from trees to softly land on the ground. I dodged tiny insects crawling along the pavement, birds soared across the sky gently and the occasional tortoise would poke it’s head out of the bushes. I basically saw the entire world in a different way and it only made me want to discover more.
I road my bike into December until it started to snow and that’s when I signed up for the LA Fitness Gym in Lake Grove. I primarily did full body workouts focusing on strengthening my legs and played as much basketball as I could. Come March of 2015 I filed for my taxes and used half the money to buy myself a brand new Trek 1.1 road bike. It cost me a little over $700 but I found myself driving my car much less.
I road that bad boy further every day passing through Stony Brook, Lake Grove, Rocky Point, Setauket and Port Jeff. I even hit speeds of 40km per hour going down the big hill near the Port Jeff Harbor. I eventually cracked my first 100km ride after deciding to go to Condzellas Strawberry Farm in Wading River. It took me two and a half hours to get out there and my battery died on the way back so I stopped to grab a charger to finish the last 20km. I road nearly 1,000km that month and felt the best I have ever felt in my entire life.
My Long Island Adventures on the bicycle has taught me so much about who I am. I realized if I can’t find the answers to my life problems after a 4 or 8 hour bike ride, I am never going to solve them. Funny thing is, I always come up with a solution for the darkest demons inside of me. Since traveling internationally this past year I truly believe it is about the journey not the destination. I love cycling, eating delicious food, connecting with people, traveling the world, creating videos, and most importantly I love to inspire others to become the best version of themselves. Now that I found something I would do the rest of my life for free, I have realized my life purpose.
Peace & PMA
With dozens of people interested in this event I want to extend this FREE offer to everyone around the world. Whether you like to ride your bike, eat good food, escape your 9-5 or just want to travel and connect with people this adventure is for you. If you are concerned about your fitness reach out to me and I will take some time to help you prepare. There are many different people from all demographics, age groups, sex and fitness levels attending. We plan to start in February 2017. More details next month. See you there!