Schwinn Onus | In it to Schwinn It, Vol. 2 — BIKE YOUR CITY.

Last Updated: October 14, 2020

“It’s just like riding a bike.”

— unknown source

Once you know how to ride a bike, riding again is easy. The hard part comes when you try to find time to ride it — this adulting business isn’t exactly rife with free time, and unless you’re one of the rare specimens who’ll likely live ’til a rip old age because they commute to work by bike each day, between daycare pickups, drop-offs, extra hours at the 9-5 and a little something called Daylight Savings Time that took all the sunshine with it when it went away, the opportunities to get on your wheels and zip through the city sometimes feel few and far between.

But that’s just it — you can make a whole heap of excuses for why you won’t go biking, but the moment you jump on and get going, the feeling is amazing.

You have to stop stalling, though — there’s no snow on the ground yet, but soon enough, many of us will be hibernating as much as possible, longing for the days where going outside didn’t mean freezing our faces off and biking was a quick way to warm up on even the nippiest of autumn days. You’re going to look back at these days and wonder why you were so hesitant to go out and have a little fun, regretting that you’ll need to wait until spring (or, if you speak Canadian, like, May) to get back on your ride, swearing that you’ll take full advantage of the weather next time and stop leaving for tomorrow the awesome things you could do today!

But why wait until spring — you should hop on that bad boy today while you still can and have some adventures while the weather’s still tolerable!

And with that lesson in mind, that’s exactly what I did — got off of my rear end, made some time to get on my Schwinn, and explored parts of my neighbourhood I’d rarely visit otherwise.

Ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages — I present to you my story of remembering how to bike my city.

Schwinn Onus | In It to Schwinn It — How the Biking Behemoth Got Me Back on Two Wheels!

Last Updated: October 14, 2020

It was the summer of 2000, and I’d enrolled in a Grade 12 Physics class at a nearby summer school to make up for the poor grade I’d gotten in the school year that’d just come crashing down around me. I was turning over a new leaf, but swapping my convenient downtown lifestyle for a more suburban routine — and without a set of wheels to call my own, I took to biking the 20 minutes to school to keep things simple.

I figured I could get used to this — I’d finish my last year of school in The Credit Woodlands, a school where many of my Grade 6 classmates wound up and had the program I was looking for. As I spent my summer days there under the tutelage of Mr. Burnham, I made my peace with its windowless interior and started filling my transfer form to make it all final.

That is, until I walked out from class one day and saw nary but a cut lock where my bike should’ve been.

Subway Canada | Another Shot at Carl’s Crew — Getting My Life in Gear!

If you’ve followed the blog a while, you’ll probably remember Carl’s Crew with Subway Canada, an initiative I ran with last spring that saw me utterly fail at making changes to improve my life, focusing on nutrition, fitness and changing my paradigm to make more time for things that really matter. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do it — I’m just perpetually hopeless at making my health a priority, something I should really consider changing with a son who’ll probably want me around for many years yet, and his little brother who I hope will want the same.

However — though I’d never shortlist for fittest blogger of the year, I’m not shy to recognize my issues for what they are, and Subway Canada’s been generous enough to offer a second chance at introducing some much-needed positive change in my life!

But this time it’ll be a little different.

GIVEAWAY POST: Subway Canada Helps Me #BuildAWinner — the #CarlsCrew Wrap-Up!

So it’s late April and we’re on the other end of the Carl’s Crew challenge sponsored by Subway Canada. Six weeks later, I’ll admit — I’m not much better than when I started. I’m still up at all hours working on the #BloggerLife, trying to turn all these ideas into… something. I still stress eat on the rough days at work, wolfing down Popeye’s three-pieces on the days that particularly suck. Life’s been dizzying lately, and while I’ve got a whole heap of reasons to take better care of myself, I repeatedly fail, continually choosing immediate gratification over long-term benefits.

I want to try, though. I’m a father now, and my son will pattern behaviour from what he sees around him. If he becomes a workaholic, it’ll be my fault. It he eats junk all the time, it’ll be my fault. I need to make better choices now to make the best possible future for him — and to make sure I’m part of it!

So even though I wasn’t being all that I could during the six-week challenge, I know there’re things I can take from the experience, slowly applying them to my life to make the right changes.

GIVEAWAY POST: Learning Healthy Life Lessons with Subway Canada x Carl’s Crew!

I respect my friends who’re all about their workout regimens, dietary plans and paradigm shifts on how they can lead lives that benefit their minds, bodies and souls. It’s almost like a religion for some, their daily exercise like a sanctuary where they’re one with themselves, shedding the woes and frustrations from the rest of their lives away with the sweat equity of their workout routines.

Even well before the #BloggerLife and fatherhood, the only exercise I’d ever get was through competitive sports. Sarah tried to get me jogging, but I’ve never been one for going anywhere without a destination in mind. A number of friends have asked me to try their gyms, but I’ve never seen the appeal of paying money to run in place or lift lots of heavy things ad nauseam when there’re so many other things I could do with my time.

No, my friends, I suck at fitness, and it’s slowly taking its toll on this body that ain’t as young as it used to be.