Building Better Habits Part 2

Back to the grind of the early morning routine. It is one of the toughest parts of the day. Fighting the warm sheets off your body trying to prep for upcoming work or school projects. It can seem daunting to even consider fitting in an early morning ride with how much you have to accomplish, but jump starting your morning can change the whole viewpoint and outcome of your busy day. I discussed how getting ready for the morning before bed can make your it easier to be stress free but now your dreams are over and the “PM” has turned “AM” time to get the morning started. What better way to start the morning than by discussing the first thing you hear, your alarm.

There are now plenty of apps that allow the morning rooster squawk to be a horrific remnant of the past. An app I personally use is called “Sleepcycle”. The app is able to determine how deep of a sleep you get from the corner of your bed. It utilizes the accelerometer in the phone to detect movement on the bed; it then determines if you are in a deeper sleep or a lighter sleep based off of the movements. As it grows closer to the time to wake up, the app syncs its alarm with your lighter sleep phase in order to allow a smooth transition into waking up. This natural rise into an awakened state helps the body feel well rested and less groggy instigating you to put your feet onto the floor. While the alarm is perfect to slowly awaken you, how can you change the time you wake up to the ungodly hours before the sunrise?

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The key according “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” is to start slow. “Go to bed 15 minutes earlier and wake up fifteen minutes earlier for a few days until this new schedule seems doable” So before you jump the gun and start setting the alarm for 4am start piecing the time together in 15 minute parts. This allows your body to begin adjusting to the earlier and earlier waking period. Once you have begun this part of your morning routine you are able to wake up refreshed and renewed, ready to begin your new mornings. Now all that needs to be determined is what can be accomplished in the morning.

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As I continued reading “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” I began to realize that I have more than enough time in the day I simply have to beat the sunrise. It discusses how this time before the world wakes can be the most potent time in order to grow personally, accomplish long time goals, or even just enjoy the peace and quiet. There is something serene about being up before the sunrise. It adds this ownership to the day. As if you are the only person who is awake. There are no nagging duties or possible interruptions which could derail your focus. This is the time I always strive for during the day but can never find. I personally use the early mornings to fit in a short workout, get some reading done, and catch up on my schedule. This frees up my afternoons for unexpected plans or the possibility of indulging in a beer or two without feeling like crap afterwards. So be sure to find what goals you have always wanted to accomplish in order to make the best use of your new found time.

Don’t let the fear of exhaustion keep you from utilizing your mornings. By simply utilizing “Sleepcycle” or an app similar to it you can wake in a much better mood. Once you have an app that works for you then you begin moving your timetable back earlier and earlier in small chunks. After you have given yourself ample amount of morning time begin set goals and enjoy the personal time you have always wanted. Next time on our “Building Better Habits” we will help sort through some of the crazy eating habits and which ones are best for an active lifestyle. Don’t worry you don’t have to start shopping for Wooly Mammoth Meat.

Speth Family Update!

They have been trekking their way through Portugal into Spain. Finally they have crossed the border and are working their way towards the coast. Once they have reached there, they plan on following it most of the way home. Here is what they had to say about their experience thus far:

“It has been very wet for us and it still is. But better weather will be expected for June :). We are having a great family time, cycling with Ronja and Mateo is quite a challenge though, as they have different needs. We slowed down a bit, so Ronja has enough time for playing and exploring. Mateo as well needs time to explore. He is crawling, so the surface has to be appropriate- and in the cold and wet, this is a challenge.”

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While weather is an inherent riding deterrent it was interesting to think of it’s effect on the children outside of the trailer and how that can impact the trip. It sounds like Lea and Gregor’s desire to be on the move has been carried over into their children, haha. The children’s curiosity to explore the new scenery sounds like a challenge to keep up with but with such beauty surrounding them I am sure the Speth parents are just as excited to park the bikes and take a look around. It is important to not get too distracted so that they can make it to their next refill point, this may not be as easy as hitting up the local 7/11.
In order to stock up on food and supplies the Speth family has to rely on the small sporadic towns throughout their journey but what they are learning is some towns are even smaller than they think.
“What we learned on the road is to be prepared. Prepared for towns without shops for example. This means that we always carry some extra food and water. Spain has a pretty long “siesta” where shops are closed. “

This means that the Speth family don’t have time for a siesta in order to make sure they can make it to the next refuel stop. Timing and preparation are key when taking a long touring trip. Luckily this isn’t the Speth family’s first rodeo so they are well prepared for little surprises such as this. Their experience has allowed that although challenging the trip is filled with smiles every mile. Nothing keeps a family together like an adventure where surprises lie around every turn. I can’t wait to see what they have for us next time.

Their next email should be from the coast where the Bay of Biscay will greet them with beautiful sunrises and the sweet smell of the ocean. Till next time, adios mis amigos!

Introducing the Speth Family

We here at Weehoo are constantly looking for adventure! Whether on our bike or in our life we can’t seem to sit still. This is why we love our product! It helps get the whole family out and moving. Seeing new sights when the pavement ends and the trail begins is what we thrive to do everyday. This excitement and adventure is what makes us so happy to introduce to you the Speth Family: Lea, Gregor, Ronja, and Mateo.

This crew is taking family vacation to a whole other level. The family of four is obsessed with biking and willing to do whatever it takes to put the pedal to the road. In 2012 the Speth family began a journey across the USA. Four years later they are going for a whole new adventure back in their home continent, Europe.

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The speth family began their European journey early this April and have just informed us of their journey earlier this week and it’s quite a grand adventure. They are traveling from Faro, Portugal to Berlin, Germany, where they are from. They have encountered quite the strike of rainy weather so have been trying to tough it out in order to keep on track. They plan on pushing through to the northern coast of Spain into France and following it back home. Although not the exact route I have added a map from Google to show the distance!

They are going to keep us in the loop as they progress so stay tuned and we will give you latest as we know it! Be sure to send encouragement and shout-outs if any of our European riders see them! Below is Lea and their daughter Ronja:

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