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Bicycle Touring Mexico During Covid

In August of 2020, I decided to go bicycle touring in Mexico during COVID. More specifically, the Yucatán Peninsula.

Before I get into details, I’d like to mention that I myself had contracted COVID a month earlier and had tested negative before leaving, so I was confident I couldn’t spread or get it again. Even so, I exercised every caution. I wore a mask and socially distanced whenever I was in public.

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Advantages of Turning 50

Not only is this experience called life beyond words, now that I’m turning 50, I’m convinced it’s about to get even better. 

Don’t believe me? Pull up a seat, and I’ll explain why.

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Advantages of Turning 50

Not only is this experience called life beyond words, now that I’m turning 50, I’m convinced it’s about to get even better. 

Don’t believe me? Pull up a seat, and I’ll explain why.

Why I’m Super Fit at 50 and You’re Not

First, let’s get past the question of whether or not I am super fit. Like everyone else, I have good days and bad days, but for the most part, I exercise regularly, I maintain a healthy diet, and I feel great. So, for the sake of this article, let’s all agree that I am super fit.

Getting Fit Over 50 and the Recovery Myth

A prevalent aging misconception is that people lose their ability to recover quickly as they age. Whether it’s exercise, injury, hangovers, etc… you will often hear older people whine how they just can’t rebound like they did when they were younger.

There is a biological truth to a diminished ability to recover as you age, but I promise you it’s not nearly as severe as most people think.

I Have the Late Onset Alzheimer’s Gene

A significant motivation that inspired me to get fit was the discovery that I have the late-onset Alzheimer’s gene.

Through genetic testing, I learned I have the Apolipoprotein E gene. Also known as APOE. More specifically, I possess two copies of the E4 variant of the APOE gene.

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Bicycle Touring Mexico

Once back in Playa Del Carmen, I decided to take the ferry to Cozumel and bicycle tour around the island.

I was off to an early start. Even though the ferry was crowded, it was mostly locals. When I arrived in Cozumel, it looked like a ghost town. I later found out; the typically popular tourist destination usually hosts thirty-nine cruise ships a week. Due to COVID, they haven’t had one visit in 5-months.

Shortly after arriving, I started my counter-clockwise circumnavigation of Cozumel, and the small town of tourist shops, bars, and restaurants quickly faded away.

Cycling Iceland’s Ring Road – Part 1

The headwind was relentless. Again we had to push the bikes. I had a profound feeling of hopelessness; completing the Ring Road was starting to seem like an impossible challenge. All I could do was grind forward by putting one foot in front of the other, pushing my bike.

Cycling Iceland’s Ring Road – Part 2

We headed down the valley directly into the rain. It didn’t take long before I was thoroughly soaked. The numbness in my fingers and toes caused me some concern, but I pushed on. I diligently watched for ice forming on the road. I saw none, so assumed I couldn’t be at risk for frostbite. I pushed on ignoring the pain.

Bicycle Touring Morocco – Part 5

I decided to take a break from my Morocco bicycle tour and run a marathon in the exotic city of Marrakech. To get to Marrakech from the coast, I had to cycle 190 miles from the small surf town of Taghazout, traversing the incredible Atlas Mountain range. Unfortunately, I drastically underestimated the amount of recovery time I would need after that ride.