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Coffee and the Cycle Kid


It’s wonderful to watch the sun come up from the seat of a bicycle. It’s a lot better than watching sunrise from a curbside drunk. Skip the crap about the crisp air and the fantastic colors. It just seems your body tunes in to the earth’s rhythms and wakes up with it.

I had finished my 25-mile morning ride and my second breakfast before showering and pedaling to work. I was on a 4,000 calorie diet and still had trouble maintaining my weight. My morning ride was the early part of a 50-mile day. I’d get in my other 25 miles on my commute to Macy’s, where I worked a s a sales person, by doing a couple extra laps in Central Park.  I had 50-mile days several times a week. Most days I was invigorated, but there were other when my ass dragged.

It was probably from the late night road work on the Grand Concourse. We’d meet at the Gray’s Papaya about 11pm, eat hot dogs and go like crazy since there wasn’t much traffic that late. Sooner or later, someone would crack and we’d all go home. Some nights, no one broke. Last night, no one broke, not even the Concourse Kid.

As I walked past his office, Tony said, “you look like you could use a cup of “coffee”. I was up for it. I heard coffee had “powers”. I needed “powers”. Baby literally needed shoes so I was working two jobs while wifey was home caring for the 5-year and 5-month olds. And I thought I could continue my bicycle racing. I was getting the training in but some days . . .

I had grown up in a “tea” household and had never had a cup of coffee. Mom drank tea with a splash of milk. AT 94, she still does. So, I headed down the hall to our taco stand and poured myself a cup of coffee.

Getting past the first burst was a challenge but you begin to enjoy the bitter chocolate taste and coffee becomes your friend. But the bet is by the time you finish the cup you’ve got the buzz. It sneaks up but it gets there. I didn’t even notice as Tony and I chatted. He was a tea drinker. He didn’t join me. That’s another story. Coffee pusher.

I knew I was more tickety but I thought that was my usual me just early. I flipped through my morning in a flash. Yee Ha. What wonderful stuff! I’ve had 2 cups of coffee every morning ever since. I glad most reports suggest there is a benefit to this kind of lifestyle. Ride em cowboy!


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