Tuesday, April 13, 2010
This spring we have had a new addition to FatherSonTour or should I say Father and Sons Tour. Aidan, Liam’s younger brother (my middle son) has been accompanying us on rides! Aidan, who is now seven years old, is starting to really do well on the bike, in the pool, and on the track. It seems that overnight Aidan’s athletic ability has markedly improved. On 20 mile rides, at local 5k road races, and during weekend swim meets the Flanagan brothers have become quite a force.
It is great to see the boys encourage and challenge each other. Boys have unique personalities, individual strengths and weaknesses, and likes and dislikes. Raising three boys under 10 is no small feat. The shear amount of energy three little guys can generate is truly amazing. The challenge for a father, or mother, of active children is figuring out how to channel this energy, and, at the same time, making it fun and enjoyable. An active lifestyle of sports and exercise is a method that has worked very well for us. Sports serve a multi-purposed role in our lives. They bring us together with a common shared experience, they channel energy, and they teach very important life lessons about dedication, commitment and goal setting. Am I raising three jocks? Perhaps, but it is my hope that they will turn out to be well-rounded gentlemen who are equally at ease on the bike, in the classroom and in the social and business worlds.
Mountain Biking at Crystal Cove
Family sports activities are a common thread of our weekly routine. Culture and geography and life lessons are incorporated around the experience. Cycling is at the center. It is a sport that fosters natural curiosity about the world and about our inner selves. These life lessons are not necessarily pre-planned, they tend to come naturally out of participation in the sport. At the heart of cycling is a relationship between man and simple machine. The bike, a manpowered simple machine, immediately expands the possibilities and physical range of human effort. With training and practice one’s range now goes from 5 to 10 miles on foot to 20 to 100 miles under one’s own power on a bicycle. It is a simple environmentally friendly activity that has amazing cardiovascular benefits. To be a cyclist is to be empowered. This empowerment and the confidence that comes with it are important for children and adults.
The boys are now taking an active role in the planning as we get ready to head to France this summer. The boys are learning some French, studying the geography of Europe, and, of course, staying in great shape. Is this our answer to the Schleck brothers? It may be too early to tell, but right now there is a lot of passion and fun out on the road during our rides. Who knows what will be in store for the 2022 Tour de France!
Live Strong, Train Safe and Live Well!
Bill, Liam, and Aidan
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
If you live in Southern California it is easy to forget that most of the country is restricted to cycling indoors for most of the winter. In Newport Beach we can ride all winter long. On rare occasions we have rain and temperatures in the 50's and boy do we whine. Let's face it, we are spoiled!
Liam and I put in some good rides this winter (one from November is captured in the "California Dreamin'" Video above), but we also had a lot of down time. Down time is good. This slow time allows you to put a little space between the notes of life. Without pauses, life begins to resemble jumbled static. It is the space between the notes that turns that static into groovy music. Well, we have had our winter break and now the music is starting to play loud and clear once again. It is April -- April already! It is time to shift into high gear.
We are blasting off into the 2010 season with our next blog posts, but before we do here is a quick photo tour of some of our memorable rides of the winter "off" season.
Ryan Wallace and his dad Ken joined us for a fun 20 miles in Newport Beach
Three Generations of Flanagans out on the Road for Winter break
Aidan Flanagan (7) is starting to join us out on the Road!
I have a feeling the Flanagan brothers are going to be quite a force out on the roads in 10 to 12 years! Tour de France 2022???
Live Strong, Live well, and Train Safe!
Bill and Liam