Have you ever tried to ride your bike from Canada to Mexico?
So how did I end up on trying to climb Big Sur?
A few years ago, Eric and I we’re completing a personal training session. We worked through major back issues. He didn’t have a bulged disk, something far worse: 2 shattered discs. Eric experienced chronic back pain for over 20 years. Fortunately, I had a plan for his back pain.
Three Main Back Issues:
- Little to No Flexibility
- Weak Core
- No Glute Activation
If he stuck with the program, we would see incredible results. The results blew my mind, his back pain became a distant memory.
Eric’s back pain became a distant memory
He felt as strong as a bull. The strongest 57 y/o around. He asked me a question that changed my life.
“Would you ride your bike from San Francisco to Irvine?”
I obviously thought he was joking.
I replied like any normal person. “Sure, no big deal. Let’s keep working, three more reps.” We finished the session and I thought nothing more of the proposal.
Things Got Real Quick
The next session, Eric showed up with a map and possible dates. I pooped my pants. This guy is serious? I didn’t think it was possible, but I reluctantly agreed.
My butt cried. Every hill destroyed us. We found ourselves laying on the side of the road. It took a monumental effort just make it through the scheduled ride. I just didn’t think it was possible. I would have a tough time. And I knew it would be even harder for him. I had doubts, big doubts.
Our Secret Weapon
We had a secret weapon, we each possessed a Bigger Burn. A powerful Bigger Burn. Eric was a cancer survivor. He beat the odds, coming back from near-death made him almost invincible. He wasn’t supposed to do any of this, not anymore. I had a starkly different experience with cancer. My friend Amadu fought bravely against the horrid disease. Sadly, cancer won.
We knew what we needed to do. Make the mission bigger than us. Eliminate failure as an option. We would raise money for the fight against cancer.
Fighting For Cancer
Armed with the motivation, we began our first ride. The target ride from San Francisco to Irvine. 6 days, 500 miles and 45+ hours of cycling (my butt still hurts.) Our navigation was less than stellar. The days were endless.
Eric Was Ready to Quit
On the beginning on Day 3, a ride from to San Luis Obispo, we started the day in horrible pain. We each carried a backpack filled with all our equipment. The backpacks were taking a toll. We took a break so Eric could jump on a conference call. I could see the pain in him. As we sat in the gas station, I calmly took Eric’s backpack and threw it over mine.
Eric said “No” to me with two backpacks. He shook his head. I told him to pedal. He didn’t fight back after that. We biked the next 45 miles through rolling hills, heat and narrow lanes.
I screamed as my front tire punctured. My body flew over the handle bars. I ricocheted off the asphalt. Sprawled on the ground, Eric came to my help. He removed the extra backpack, and we managed to complete the day. I tore up my shoulder and hip, but I could still ride.
Armed with the right motivation, anything is possible.
And Ride We Did
We recently completed our 7th bike trip. The bike trek from Oregon to San Francisco. Eric the machine performed like a beast. He isn’t slowing down one bit. He pushes me to work harder. And honestly, I need to. I need to be ready for whatever loony adventure pops in his head.
NASM Master Trainer
Author, “Get Me Medals”
3 Simple and Quick Tips to Add Free Bike Speed:
We all enjoy the thrill of speed. Speed makes biking fun (and easier.) Whether you’re cruising along the beach or racing up mountain tops. Bicycling is one of the finest ways to enjoy nature’s beauty. So exhilarating, you forget it’s even exercise. Well, until you climb a hill…
Experiencing pain in your knees? Your seat is probably too low. Your knee should be at a slight bend at the bottom of your pedal stroke. You can usually move the seat up, down, forward and back. If you’re serious, get a professional bike fit. If you just want to ride faster today, make sure it’s comfortable and pain free.
And remember the faster you get on your bike, the faster you can use these tips. See you on the road 🙂
Running? Elliptical? Spinning? Or could it be swimming? The debate rages on. Last week, I was having an argument… I mean, conversation with my girlfriend discussing which cardio burns the most calories.
No matter what I said, I was wrong.
That’s normal for our conversations. But I asked her to give me a chance to explain my point. (After all, I do this for a living.) She teaches spin, and group classes, and insists her workouts burn way more calories than my workouts.
Cool story, bro.
That’s what she actually said. The faster our heart can pump this oxygen-rich blood, the more calories we burn. The way to burn the most calories is to increase the intensity of the cardio you choose.
So, I win.
Not so fast, I told her, any cardio.
Burning more calories requires more effort, little effort burns less calories than more effort. Walking burns calories, walking uphill burns more calories, speed-walking uphill carrying 8 grocery bags while chewing gum and texting burns the most calories.You get the point.The harder it feels, the harder you’re working, thus the more calories your burning, regardless of the type. Everyone wins. Score one for the home team.
But, which cardio burns the most calories?
That’s easy, the cardio you actually do, and do hard.
In my experience, people don’t struggle deciding between cardio burning strategies. They usually struggle between the couch and cardio.
Make it easy, pick what you like and do that.
At NASM and TBP we recommend the FITTE Principle
F: Frequency (Times per week)
I: Intensity (Effort level)
T: Time (Duration)
T: Type (Kind)
E: Enjoyment (Do you like it?)
Keep it simple: Harder Cardio = More Calories Burned
She scratched her head. Makes sense. I should’ve kept my mouth shut. But no, I added, I’ve ridden my bike from Canada to Mexico, your spin class would probably be pretty chill for me. She gave me the look, you know the look. It’s about to go down. Next thing I know, I was in her spin class with my legs strapped to propeller. My legs spun ridiculously fast, my body drenched in sweat, my heart screamed, and my mouth gasped for air.She smiled and said, I win!