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My misadventures and philosophical pontifications relating to bicycling and Grand Rapids

99 acts of revolution in 2012; number 1 Winter Biking


I am not the type of person who makes New Year’s resolutions. They frequently are meaningless… or selfish… or not sustainable… or just plain stupid.

This year however, I am making a resolution. Or more precisely, 99 resolutions. Events of the past year have inspired me, awakened my conciousness, tuned me in to a few new wavelengths. I have grown, educated myself a little, been inspired by the huge efforts of the little people that I am priviledged to encounter.

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Bicycle Dreams; Analog Mutant Movie Review


Bicycle Dreams is a documentary film that follows a group of hardcore bicycle racers participating in the 2005 RAAM (Race Across America), the most physically punishing and mentally exhausting annual bicycle race in the world.
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Biking, Buddhism, and the Body-Mind Connection; PART 3 Beginner’s Mind and the Mindfulness of Healing the Body


Despite all of our knowledge and expertise and scientific breakthroughs, doctors still make mistakes. Some have only practiced what they’ve learned in books or what the pharmaceutical companies and HMO’s have told them is most profitable. And just like people in every profession, some are just plain educated beyond the limits of their own intelligence.

Also, there are things medical science cannot always explain. Medical miracles of the power of the human body and mind surprise us all of the time.

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Biking, Buddhism, and the Body-Mind Connection; PART 2 Beginner’s Mind and the Physical Body


In embracing my beginner’s mind while educating myself on being a serious bike commuter, one of the most comprehensive areas of focus for me has been in being mindful of my body.

My posture affects my performance, and my recovery afterwards, as well as my overall well-being. Setting up the bike correctly minimized the stress on my back, wrists, thighs, and calf muscles. Being mindful of my breathing is important, just like I learned in Buddhist meditation. Focusing on my breathing, my concentration improves, and I ride more efficiently. I don’t degrade my riding experience by thinking too much about how long the ride is taking, how much my leg muscles are burning, or wishing there weren’t so many steep hills in Grand Rapids.
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Biking – A Playful Approach To Exercise (via Stress-Less: By Any Means Necessary)


Jewly wrote a little blog about our 4th of July bike/photo activities… posted on her blog about wellness, holistic health, and other good stuff… Jewly A. Warren  6/4/11 I used to drag myself to the gym every morning at the … Continue reading

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Biking, Buddhism, and the Body-Mind Connection; PART 1 Beginner’s Mind and Eliminating Obstacles to Success


In my studies of Buddhism I have read many times that “to begin properly, you must first cultivate “beginner’s mind”.

I find this true in all aspects of life. This is true when seeking out enlightenment. It is also true when trying to get enough exercise now while you’re still young so that you won’t be a complete wreck when you’re 90 years old.
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the things you notice when you aren’t driving by at 60mph…


One thing I have noticed about ditching the car and utilizing other methods of transportation…. I am much more engaged in the world around me while travelling.

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