Friday, November 27, 2009

Bikes and cars great for life balance

By Mike Rothengatter, third-year
Criminology/Sports Science

More than 10 years ago I began riding mountain bikes with my neighbor for fun. At the time, I never knew it would have such a large impact on my life. I continued riding and began racing in the Spoke program. I was asked to join a local racing team when I was 16 and the rest is history.

I went on to become a junior national champion and provincial u23 champion, and compete all over Canada and the US. Sure, it can be tough to balance my training program, working, and courses at school, usually sacrificing sleep to get it all done like everyone else at school. Trying to organize my time is often difficult. I am writing this on my rest day this week.

Some days are pretty crazy, because I am here at the college at 8am and finish by 11:30am, get on my bike at noon and train until 2:30, come home, have a quick shower and eat before working from 3:30 until 10:30pm and doing homework until midnight. Luckily, I don’t have to do this every day.

My side project right now is my 1998 240sx, whether it be working on or modifying the car, or driving with friends. In the time I have spent racing and training, I have learned the need for balance in life – it is too easy to get caught up and overwhelmed. Luckily, I have the outlet of biking, allowing for a mental break and also a way to have fun much like when I first started.