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Raymond Marr in Salinas is doing 24 things including…

ride my bike more

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Raymond Marr has written 14 entries about this goal

Thoughts on Mindfullness through Bicycling

In my Dance 82 class today we talked about mindfulness and experiencing the action as more then just an action instead a willful act of rotation turning the cranks and moving forward. Even with the large hill right before I would get to the Horticulture Building, and the Botanical Garden where my class was taking place. I realized that by my willful rotation I was moving forward as a choice and I was concentrating on only each process of turning the cranks.



A Quote To Remember
When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else’s heart. ~Diane Ackerman

When riding a bike there is always those visuals, the simple challenges, this quote speaks to one of the most remarkable of ideas, that it is possible to overcome, to transcend as she so adequately put it, and to keep the rotations going and the progress happening. So very clear and very simple to recognize that to Ride a bike More is to deal with all the variables the good and the bad of it.

The first day of February, and 26 Days to make it a habit to ride my bike more. To Do it is the objective, to follow through must be the directive.



The Weekend - So Far No Ride

I often wonder sometimes why I do not ride, perhaps it was that I got lost in the world of the sims, lost in that virtual verse. Or was it simply because it is easier to not do then to actually do. Both valid questions that I need to answer for myself, or perhaps you can offer your insight, in the challenges you faced and how you overcame them for whatever goal, but preferably specific to Riding my Bike More.

With any change certainly there will be challenges, through those challenges I know I need to grow, and so I constantly set up one more entry, one more view, for the good and the bad of it. I will ride my bike more.



After the Initial Inspiration I went out and rode
To put action to the words, is the only way sometimes to overcome and change …

Even if it was only a short ride to the local library to pick up Nineteen minutes by Jodi Picoult as I had read some reviews of it on Heliumand decided to go and get a copy fortunately there was one on hand at a library near here.

There was also a book that was Overdue The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho that had been recommended to me, and I had read it and enjoyed it thoroughly. Yet I had fallen behind whether because I was in a habit of not getting out and riding or simply procrastination but I knew I had to do it and after seeing another cyclist still riding in the pouring rain I went for it.

Since it was raining though I put the Book in my Pannier(Click to Define what Pannier is) which I have found indispensable in riding my bike more. Not to mention it is great for bicycle commuting to boot. Put a plastic bag over the book to be sure none of the water would find it’s pages and opened the garage and was on my way.

As I am an advocate of bicycling as a vehicle, I followed the roads out and stayed on the roads from my house to the library and back using turn signals and keeping pace while getting soaked. I can honestly say though it felt good to be out there by Human Power traveling with traffic and even when I got home I may of been soaked but was glad I got out there and put action to the words, thanks to the anonymous cyclist who was doing just that. Putting action to the words rain or shine.



Rain Falling and a Man Still Riding

While I was out today, I saw something that reminded me of the fact that really there is no excuse, rain or shine, you can always ride a bike. As I was sitting in the car, near the Salvation Army I see a cyclist fly by, wearing reflective clothes and cruising at an amazing speed soaked to a point where his outside slicker was stuck to his skin but he was still riding, not caring that rain was falling or water that may of been flying up into his face.

It reminded me that you can ride no matter the weather it is just a matter of gritting your teeth jumping on the bike and riding rain or shine, I wish I would of got a picture, but it was surely a reminder to me as a visual cue that it can be done, that riding a bike more can and should be done.

To whomever that is, thanks for the reminder, and the reason to make this challenge come about by Februrary 28th 2010.



Set as a Challenge to Do by February 28 2010
When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else’s heart. ~Diane Ackerman

Such great words, to take on the challenge is to keep on task, rain or shine, whether easy or difficult I truly need to take the steps and get back out there and ride, it is sad to say the one account I setup for bicycling related information on twitter has been to long devoid of new thoughts or ideas and stories of rides which previously was what became the tweets from that account.

As Such from this point forward to February 2010, I need to take the steps and ride, as the initial plan before was to travel to Boston and ride come March, but to do that requires some previous conditioning and additional income both of which are on my goals list. So this is the start, the rest of the story can only be seen as the action is taken and I get out and ride again.



The Day Just Finished | Sunday Has Begun | 00:02:02 Hours

Well I did get out and ride, not for very much in the end, but at least I rode just a bit, come Sunday my objectives is to cover additional miles as I am keeping a going Tally on Riding My Bike 10,000 Miles By Year End which is in line with this objective.

It was certainly a short ride for a Saturday, but there is a whole week ahead and an entire day to ride through when the sun is shining tomorrow, so bit by bit it always goes.



Today Is The Day | Short Ride Possibly | To Ride My Bike More

There is other things planned today, but I figured I could still get out and ride, even for a moment or three, to meet up with a friend of mine and then to travel with him into Pebble Beach, a ride to the house and a ride back from the house, not a lot of mileage but just as with everything, each little bit counts towards the bigger goal.

The 10,000 Miles Bicycling by Year End, and the action taken to ride my bike more.



Easier Said Then Done

Yet i know in my heart the necessity of health, of getting out and getting exercise, yet on this day today I rather put focus on hiking barefoot, and did not get out and ride, partly because there were many things happening with my Grandfather being sick, that I was more concerned about him and how he was doing that I resided in the home just in case there was bad news.

There are stories here that rain will be forthcoming on Monday, and even if it does, I still need to get out there and ride, should probably get a trainer to get a ride in even if inside.

Yet here I think about Sunday, and recognize that is another opportunity to ride, as the day is full tomorrow, yet I know I need to put the action behind the words to get where I need to be, and to establish a habit it will take 21 Days at least of consistent effort.

Often the challenge seems to be that the first step is often the most difficult to do is what needs to be the objective, even if it is a short ride, it is a necessity of the times to get out there and ride a bit each day.

Like a waterfall flows a drop at a time so must I take the steps one at a time to change ingrained habits, to reform the ones I knew before and to put the miles in everyday on my bike.



Two Days Past - A Hard Drive Fails

And a ride was the furthest thing from my mind, as such I know that I need to try harder to get out everyday but as with any habit that needs to be changed it is far easier said then done.

At this point I resolve to make sure I get out there and ride everyday, rain or shine, simply because I know my health is important and as the years past to live to 2076 and beyond requires some habits being changed so in that I am doing all I can day by day. Need to find the routes and ride them to make sure I keep the mileage moving.

As another objective is to cover 10,000 miles before the year is over I need to plan those approaches and proceed beyond that, by making that consistent effort.



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