A Story of me and my Bike, Cannondale CAAD9, SSHM and Badboy

Today is my resting day. Come to think of it, I rode 2000 kilometers (1250 miles) in the month of July (mainly climb. I had at least 1600 meters (1 mile) climbing day a week). Then I went on a trip to DC and NY, and as I wanted my kids to see many parts of it (This time I went there mainly for my kids to see different culture including the way of thinking, different commonsense or cultural value) and the very next day of 16 hours of sleepless flight, I went to work for 12 hours.

Well I have kept riding for seven consecutive days without a break after that and I had only one holiday, so I am pretty worn down, exhausted. I think it is a good opportunity to stay at home doing nothing today.

So, since I have a little time today, I would like to talk about my Cannondale bikes. It was a chance meeting. I weighed, believe or not, 25 kilograms more than I do now. To exercise, I started to ride a mountain bike. Then, I got my bike stolen and basically I went to buy a bicycle and there, I met a road bike. Beautiful CAAD9, the last USA hand-made model, and I fell in love and bought it. Then everything started. I actually had been on a diet and at that time I was able to succeed in losing lots of’em. I weighed almost the same as the average Japanese guys. Then road biking kept me from getting into notorious rebounding cycles.

Then my love of road bikes got stronger and by saving up all the money I could and constantly persuading my wife (this is the hardest part), I bought Super Six Hi-mod, though gears or wheels are all inexpensive ones (I bought a new wheel two years later). So every morning I go training with Super Six Hi-Mod (SSHM), go to my working side with CAAD9 and go for a long ride or training on SSHM. And when I just go shopping or visit nearby places or ride with kids, I use Badboy, which was given to me from my friend living in Tokyo when a big earthquake hit us here (M9, you know! I never experienced anything like that!).

Each bike is great in their own way!!

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About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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