It’s 2pm. Mid-meeting, I start to feel an insatiable hunger and I wonder if there are any snacks left in my bag. Shit. There aren’t. It’s a sinking feeling and I’m sure you’ve been there, distracted by the hunger for second lunch. So I turn to foodie teammate Brian Pederson and plead,
Brian, have you seen any carbs?!
With nearly 900 people around, we know that birthday cakes are somewhere in the building. Usually in Merchandising, on their high table. Today I’m in luck, Brian tells me that he has dates in the big fridge around the corner, and in between my next phone call I rush around to the fridge in a very primal manner. As expected from Brian, these dates are of the finest quality.
My Dreamy Active Commute
I did the math in my head today and thanks to my active commute and a growing obsession with lunch yoga and inversions, I spend half of my day in active state. And I have an office job, like some of you.
For a long time, my vision was to frolick on my favourite trails for a good chunk of time every single day. But there was a disconnect; I remember thinking, how do I make this happen? I for sure didn’t want to be a park ranger and I loved my job, which involved inventing as a team everyday. I thought, do I work doing research from a wifi caravan parked woodside? Probably not… It was a lifestyle that I couldn’t quite grasp.
I followed my vision and moved to the North Shore of Vancouver– as high up as I could go on the mountainside while still being on the grid. My street is a trailhead, where real darkness emerges for the stars to play, along with some friendly bears. 😉
When I moved up to here in August from Kitsilano, my new roommates laughed at my idea of biking or running to work back in Kits. But I’m pretty stubborn, and I knew I would make it happen if I could find the trails to do it. I wasn’t about to drive to work, and bussing to work seemed like nothing exciting. For sure it would be a challenge, but that made it all the more appealing. Why do anything normal if you’re going to be awake before 9am?
So for the past four months I’ve been prototyping my active commute through different strategies:
Strategy 1, August … Road-run both ways to work (approx. 10-12 miles each way)
Result: FAIL after 1 day.
Failure report: This commute was hard on the eyes and even more so on the body. Not feeling fun yet!
Strategy 2, September … Road-cycle both ways to work
Result: FAIL after 1.5 months.
Failure report: Cycling every which way was going well, until one day I ran home and my legs got jealous of that experience… for me, running uphill is so much more pleasant than biking up!
Strategy 3, October … Duathlon to/from work
More on this: I set up a duathlon where I left my bike, helmet, and cycling shoes about 5 miles down the hill from my house at Sian and Ross’ place, then I would run down a nice trail, use their house as a transition zone, then ride in, and do the reverse on the way home.
Result: Fun, alas! But I’m slow at transitions, and then I thought of the next idea and couldn’t contain my excitment…
Strategy 4, November & still going! Mountain Running to work / hitchhiking home
More on this: I run my favourite trails to work everyday! I take Baden Powell and Skyline to the Grouse Mountain base, run down Nancy Greene Way then onto Capilano Pacific Trail, over Lionsgate Bridge and then a myriad of Stanley Park trails, before finally hitting a beach run to round out the ~20k. With a heavy pack I take my time and enjoy the scenery. The voyage home at night is all about rest and relaxation, I get to kick back as someone else chauffeurs me (usually the bus). I love it, the way home is optimized for weeknight parties, with no nice bike to worry about getting stolen, and no worries about having a drink or two.
Result: loving it!
Back at the office…
You’ve been eating constantly since I’ve seen you, says Sian.
It’s true. It’s 3pm and when I reflect on the facts, that statement may be true. But if you check out my mileage from November and consider the good times I’m having every day in the forest, you’ll know it’s worth it.