Mount Baker

Last run of the year on Mount Baker, great way to finish the season. My boy is becoming a mountain man like his dad very quickly!

Make it STOP

In my 18 years living in Van I’ve never been through a worse spring (or winter) for weather.

Need some sun badly.

TBT

My girl and me on our first adventure the month we met, almost 18 years ago. We decided camping on a little sandbar in the middle of the Squamish River sounded like fun.

Once we got all our gear over, it sure was!

Leadership insights from an 8 yr. old

I was pondering leadership, and the role of a CEO a couple days ago.

My son was playing Lego on the floor at the time, deep into an imaginary story, when I asked him the question:

"What do think the main job of a CEO is?"

He paused for a moment, then without even looking up replied:

"To help the people that work for him."

Onward.

A walk with Sorrow

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.

–Robert Browning Hamilton

Another 5200 km. And 2888 bottles of beer.

This week marks the end of my second year of commuting to work on my bicycle.

I’ve clocked another 5000 km through some crazy winter weather, and some spectacularly beautiful days that I wouldn’t have appreciated as much from inside a car.

My calculations show again I’ve burned about 500,000 calories this year, or the equivalent of 2888 bottles of beer. I never feel guilty having an extra one (or two) with that kind of credit in the bank.

Despite having all the beer and desserts I want, (which can be quite a bit at times), I’ve got a resting heart rate of 56 which according to Wikipedia  puts me in the range of an athlete. I know, I know. As life will have it I’ll probably drop dead of a heart attack, but for now, I’ll take it.

This next year will be different, as I’ve moved offices downtown cutting 30% off my ride. Unfortunately, I lost the best 30% of it, through Stanley Park.

Lions Gate cyclingI’ve learned a few things this year, including:

– @Schwalbe_NA tires are kick-ass. Mine have performed flawlessly for over 10,000km so far and looking good.

– getting out the door is the hardest part. I’ve never once been on the bike, and wished I wasn’t.

– there are just as many courteous, aware drivers out there as there are stupid blind ones. But they don’t stand out as much as the idiots do.

– when in doubt, take the lane.

We must continue to make it easier for people to get on a bike instead of getting in a car. Bike racks, dedicated lanes, tax incentives, road laws, you name it. It might cause short term pains, but in the long run, it’s the only way to go in the city.

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