Just Get Up and GO: Try Something New

On so many occasions I have gotten in my car, hopped on the freeway and driven to the beach.  Living in Los Angeles for the past 20 years, I have become less bothered by the traffic, limited parking and unreasonable parking rates.  You get to a point where you just accept it.  But today, I had a very different experience.

I woke up this morning, not feeling 100%.  Still, I got out of bed and convinced myself that today I would ride my bike. I hadn’t thought about how far or what I would do when I got to my destination, but I was determined to go somewhere.  I filled up my GYSB water bottle, grabbed some cash and placed my Ipod and mini GYSB logo speaker in my backpack. When I got to my garage, I had a decision to make: I could hook up the bike rack, drive halfway to a destination and ride my bike the rest of the distance OR, I could jump on my bike from my house and just RIDE with the wind.  If you know even a little bit about me you know I chose the latter (like any other GYSBer would—right?).  I decided immediately that I would ride toward the beach and if I got too tired on my way there, I’d pick a closer destination.

It was a lovely day, absolutely perfect weather (not too hot, not too windy/cool—just right).  So, with the help of Raphael Saadiq, Cold Play, Anthony Hamilton, Adele, John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Mali Music, Marsha Ambrosius, Stephen Marley—-you get my point—I was ROLLIN!!!  I rode from my house to Venice Beach, to Santa Monica, and back. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I even stopped and treated myself to brunch at a beachfront hotel (Shutters).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my ride back I got an awesome surprise. Let me set this up for you: on April 8th, my brothers and sister and a couple of friends went out salsa dancing.  The live band (OPA OPA) was FANTASTIC!  At the end of the night, we spoke to some of the band members and they said they’d be back to perform on April 30th.  The club owner gave us free passes to come back.  So, last night (4/30) we headed back to hear to band and got caught in traffic for nearly 2 hours. By the time we arrived the band was packing up and heading out.  To say we were bummed is an understatement.  But we got more passes from the owner to return some other time.  Today, on my ride back from the beach and brunch, I passed a little farmers market and decided to walk my bike through to see what goodies I might be able to fit into my little back pack…..as I was walking through, I heard a live band….it sounded awesome AND the lead voice was very familiar….so, I skipped to the back of the market to see more.  What do you know—OPA OPA’s entire band was performing.  I was elated. What an unexpected treat.  This made my day 10 times better.  Had I been in my car, I would have missed this for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After my musical treat, decide to roll through Culver City to stop at a little quite café for a latte and a delicious chewy oatmeal, chopped walnuts and cranberries cookie….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I headed back home…my high lasted long after I’d locked my bike back up in the garage.  I’m actually STILL on cloud 9.

It would have been comfortable and normal for me to drive to my destination. But I would not have had the same experience. I would have spent more money, been more frustrated and missed out on the little things I stumbled upon or decided to do on a whim.

Whenever you have time, step out of your car and hop on your bike and if you don’t yet have a bike—GET ONE!  Not only will you be doing something good for yourself/your body, you will be doing something good for the environment and other people.  Biking is not expensive, all you need is a decent bike, a helmet, appropriate shoes and an open mind.  You don’t have to be a seasoned athlete, or anything close to it. If you know how to ride a bike and know the basic safety rules on the road—YOU’RE READY TO GO.  Today I rode over 25 miles. I enjoyed myself so much I didn’t even realize I was tired or that my booty hurt a little.  But what I DID realize, is that I had a glorious day that I will remember for a long long time.  ~GYSB

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