(Goodbye, Bike Tyson)
It’s 9 weeks until our roster expands, and it’s time for the last of my bikes, aside from the essentials, to find a new home. If you, or someone you trust, is looking for a badass beach cruiser please get in touch.
Bike Tyson (aforementioned badass beach cruiser) and I have ridden—nay, chilltastically hung out—in the urban tundra that is the Inner Richmond for the last 4 years. And while we need to part, I want to see him go to another happy home. If you’re reading this Bike Tyson is yours for free if you’ll pick him up and promise to ride hard.
Essential reading on not quitting: The Pursuit of Power (disclaimer: not affiliated, just a fan of the message)
Some offseason rest day randomness. Make it a great week, peeps.
Motivation from Ben Saunders (Currently (re)attempting the the Scott Expedition in Antarctica—a four month, 1,800 mile two-man unsupported polar trek on foot.):
"In my experience, we all have far more in us than we think we do, and that even the most audacious plans can come to fruition given enough determination and self-belief, and a willingness to focus and to sacrifice."
Wine of the Week under $15: 2011 Mencos, Rioja DOC Spain. Amazing value for old school Rioja.
Fun wine tech article: Bacchus to the future. Cool article about leading edge wine tech from mechanically harvesting non-plonk vino to grape genome sequencing where scientists may “begin to unmask the relationships between terroir, vine, wine and perception in the coming years.” Can you tell it’s the offseason?
Baby update: 10 weeks to go. Yikes.
It’s great to be in MA hanging w/ friends and family. But this is happening.
Saw this shirt and my first thought was of making pizza. Likely not the designer$ intent, but it makes me happy to think this is about pizza.
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(Nov Goal: Drink green tea daily)
Workouts this week:
(“Oh, good. For a moment there I thought we were in trouble.”)
There are times in this life when the answer is apparent and you’re offered an opportunity you can’t refuse. Buy the ticket and take the ride.
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Double brackets are never a good sign
How to Be Happy by Gustavo Vieira Dias
"There are franchises and there are gyms. Westside Barbell is definitely a gym. What’s the difference? A franchise is a place where they sell baggy pants, T- shirts, protein powder, and a whole bunch of junk you don’t need. You can’t make noise (don’t even think about cursing), and chalk is forbidden. They have lots of mirrors (all you weirdo’s who look in them for hours, you know who you are) and bodybuilding magazines featuring lots of girls and lots of bull.
So what does a gym have that’s so important? First is attitude. Everyone must have the same goal, which is to get stronger. We don’t care if you are trying a 300 bench press for a PR or a 600 PR.”
—Louie Simmons (from the blog post “What A Gym Really Needs”)
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(Ferry Building Saturday Night)
Running in SF during rush hour when it’s dark is not my favorite activity. To get motivated this evening I needed to employ the old “put your running gear on because you’ll feel ridiculous if you don’t run” trick. To paraphrase the best thing I’ve read recently, “Powerful experiences are just a single decision away. But you must be willing to choose.”
Also, I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to contextualize the new Lilly Allen video (NSFW). Love the message. Huge fan.