On April 21st, 2013, my father and I left with 21 other crazy souls for the bicycle trip of a
lifetime. With support from the capable staff of the America By Bicycle Company (A.B.B.), our cycling group rode an average of 100+ miles each day, traveling the whole country in just 5-weeks. Along the way, we passed through 14 different states and rode our bikes through four different time zones. By the end, our trip had taken us over 3,400 miles from Costa Mesa, CA to Amesbury, MA.
After the ride, I learned that much like life on the road, there is a constant journey towards self-improvement. Although there may be setbacks along the way, as long as you continue learning from the experiences and keep pushing forward, there is no such thing as failure.
And so the journey continues…whether on the bike, on the trail, in the gym, or at the library, I am always looking to push my physical and mental abilities. On April 5th, 2014, I successfully ran my first marathon with my amazing girlfriend/training partner. The next year, I received my MADD Dog Spinning Certification as well as my ACE Personal Training Certification. I’ve also attempted a number of home fitness programs including Insanity, P90X, P90X3, and the 21-Day Fix.
I also plan on releasing my first book on May 15th, 2016. Leaving It On the Road is a memoir that covers my travels across the United States and will be available in both physical and online copies through IUniverse and of course Amazon.
With the help from the talented web designer Zack Ayers, a fellow James Madison Duke (JMU) alumni, we are also planning to give the blog yet another infusion of creativity within the next several months. When conceiving the design, I told Zack that I wanted something which captured the spirit of the ride, my services as a both a personal trainer/spinning instructor, and of course my undying love for all things superhero.
Make sure to keep an eye out for any new changes (big or small).
Interested in learning more? Follow along by simply clicking the Fitness and Wellness archives to catch up on the latest news. Want to see the ride from start to finish? No problem, just locate “The Ride” section on the menu bar above. Get ready to experience the trip as it’s never been seen before, with photos and videos that help capture the journey.
But above all, make sure to keep Leaving It On the Road.
– R.E. Wagner
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” – Ernest Hemingway