“While I have loved the last several months as a Schwinn Ambassador, my bike riding experience recently improved when Trevor received a Schwinn Streamliner of his own. I asked Trevor to take a few moments to reflect on his Schwinn experience so far and this is what he had to say” – Jen Lake
I have found an obsession and it is called bicycle riding.
It was not on purpose. It just happened three weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to have a bicycle sent to me by Schwinn. I started pedaling around my development, weaving in and out of the uneven cement ramps manifested from years of drought and dust erosion that may once have been a flat sidewalk. The memories attached to each pedal rotation grew with the wind rushing around my body. Reminiscences of the times when I was a teenager zipping around the neighborhood with my school buddies without a care in the world . . . we all just enjoyed the moment and that was the wonderful simplicity of the experience.
I suffer from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and whatever else a psychiatrist can tell me I have “symptoms” of. These neurotransmitter ailments have kept me from being able to concentrate on anything without getting lost in the array of thousands of other thoughts that have little to do with any task at hand. The toughest question I have ever been asked is “What do you do to relax?” I have never been able to answer such a seemingly simple question before.
I now have a crystal clear answer to the question of how I relax. I get on my bicycle and begin a 4 to 9 mile journey every day. I am free from negative thoughts, and the anxiety of figuring out what to do with the day, the week, the month. In that moment of speeding through the paved paths and stone roads, I am thoughtless. It is a feeling I do not get with any other activity I have tried. For however long I ride, I am free from mental illness. These peaceful rides of clarity done every day, religiously, is a gift I had no idea that I could open. I am grateful.
Jen is an East Coast transplant living life in the high deserts of New Mexico with her better half, Trevor, and her pack of three very large rescue pups, Miesha, T-Bone and Bumper. By day, Jen is a web designer and photographer, but by night, she is a graduate student working on a dual masters is Business Administration and Information Systems and Assurance. In 2014, Jen underwent brain surgery and a fusion of her cervical spine to address a condition called Chiari Malformation, and then, in 2015, she underwent a second surgery on her back to address a tethered spinal cord. From these experiences, Jen developed a passion for not only wellness but for inspiring others on their own health journeys. Outside of getting well (and wearing a lot of workout gear), Jen likes to spend her free time scrap-booking, baking gluten-free desserts, drinking chai lattes, and Instagramming photos of her feet #fromwherejenstands style.
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