4,000 Miles

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Thank you, little bike!

One year ago today I decided that winter was officially over and I took my bike out for a ride…

I haven’t stopped riding since. In my first year of year-round biking and living car-free I clocked over 3,000 commuting miles and more than 4,000 miles altogether. I have learned and grown so much this year, it has been by far the best year of my life.

So what has 4,000+ miles in the saddle taught me?
Here are just a few things.

-I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength

-I am more powerful and brave than I thought possible

-Living an active lifestyle, aside from its health benefits, is fulfilling and just plain fun

-It is possible to be healthier even without changing how I eat (Not saying that I shouldn’t eat healthier in the future though…)

-Beauty is everywhere

-A slower, simpler life doesn’t mean a less exciting life

-Adventure is out there and riding a bicycle is the perfect way to find it

-The journey is often more exciting than the destination

-To never live a certain way just to satisfy “cultural norms”

-I have so much to learn about cycling

-I have so much to learn about bike mechanics and maintenance

-Skunks rule the night

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One year ago, I appear to be contemplating life and the possibility of eating my own hair. (Sorry, I couldn’t find many pics from this time last year, I avoided cameras like the plague at that point.)

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Today. Truly, this shows the power of an active lifestyle because I sure didn’t change my eating habits! My fitness is still a work in progress, but at least there is progress.

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27 thoughts on “4,000 Miles

  1. That’s terrific. You have a great attitude and are an inspiration for everyone out there looking for a simpler, more satisfying life. I particularly like your photographs. It is nice to see you out of your helmet and goggles. You look happy, healthy and fit. Keep it up.

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  2. Congrats on the miles and the difference they have made in you physically, mentally and spiritually. I will finish my first year of commuting in a couple weeks and hope to be close to that though my climate is a little more hospitable than yours. You should join and log your miles on the National Bike Challenge.

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    • Thank you Mark! I had no idea biking would make such a profound impact on my life, I am excited to continue this journey and see where it leads.
      And congrats to you as well, commuting 15 miles to work takes commitment!

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    • It is funny, “challenge yourself” is one of those things I have read over and over again but until I really started challenging myself I didn’t understand how vital challenges are to my personal growth. I don’t plan to stop anytime soon, thanks for the encouragement πŸ˜‰

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