Welcome to Leaving It On the Road. Designed to chronicle my 3,400 mile, 5-week, cross-country bicycle ride with my father in the Spring of 2013, the journey continues as I continue to push myself and expand personal limitations, both physically and mentally. After the ride, I decided to give the blog a fresh new look. With the help from the talented web designer Zack Ayers, a fellow James Madison Duke (JMU) alumni, we did just that.
When conceiving the design, I told Zack that I wanted something which captured the spirit of the ride, while also focusing on the goals I’ve set for myself for the year 2014.
But before we dive right into it, let’s pause for half a second and fill in anyone who might never heard of Leaving It On the Road:
On April 21st, 2013, my father and I left with 21 other crazy souls for the cycling trip of a lifetime. With the support from the capable staff from the America By Bicycle Company (A.B.B.), our cycling group rode an average of 100+ miles each day, for 33 days. Along the way, we passed through 14 different states and rode across four different time zones. By the end, our trip had taken us 3,457-miles from Costa Mesa, CA to Amesbury, MA.
Along the way we encountered everything from snow, sleet, rain, mountains, deserts, forests, and almost every other type of conditions imaginable. But, with the endless support from my father and the rest of the cycling team, as well as the incredible services of the A.B.B. staff, we all made it to the end in one piece.
After the ride, I quickly realized how different my life had become. I decided right then that in order to get the most out of life, I needed to continue to push myself towards my passions of fitness and writing. And so the search began for the next big challenge.
Almost a year after the completion of the cross-country ride, I successfully ran my first marathon with my amazing girlfriend/training partner on April 5th, 2104.
The journey continued when I decided to attempt the P90X home fitness program a second time. I had tried the regement once during college but had failed after only the first month. Although I was was unsuccessful in my second attempt as well, I learned a very important lesson during the process.
I learned that like life, my personal fitness was a constant journey towards improvement. There may be setbacks along the way, but as long as I continued to learn from your experiences and keep pushing forward, there was no such thing as failure.
So I did just that. On August 18th, 2014, my girlfriend and I began our insane journey to fitness with Insanity: Extreme Home Fitness Program. For over two months we stayed committed to the demanding regiment, fighting through doubts and personal set backs as we left it all on the mats.
By the time it was all over two months later, when I weighted and measured myself on October 25, 2014 I had lost 7 lbs, and 3 1/2 inches off my waist!
Finishing the Insanity Program left me in the best shape in my life. But with it behind me the journey continues. For our next challenge, my girlfriend and I decided to revisit P90X. Only this time, I’ve added my own little spin to the program to ensure that the third time is the charm.
Interested in learning more? Click on one of my latest posts to read more about the P90X/Survivor Challenge! – (November 3rd, 2014 – February 3rd, 2015)
Follow along on my fitness adventures simply by 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 click here, or 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 triumph.
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