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Training ride…Salty’s Brunch

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Well..the training continues. This weekend Jason I completed a little over 50mi on Sunday. The Salty’s brunch ride is a favorite. In the past we have had friends meet us there for brunch, and so that we could get a ride back after eating the Gluttonous meal known as ‘Salty’s brunch’. Known as the best brunch in the Seattle area, the meal is sought after by many. The fresh crab legs, oysters, shrimps, prime rib, crepes,egg benedicts, blackened salmon, chocolate water fall…etc. The meal is awesome. This time we did not have anyone meet up for the meal..because we are supposed to be training? We had to ride back to Jason’s with our bellys bulging. Felt good. Let the training continue…not a day goes without getting on the bike.

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Man Zou is a common phrase in Mandarin. It is more of a philosophy than anything. Man Zou literally translates to "Walk Slow."

"Slow and steady wins the race," they say. This is at the heart of the meaning of Man Zou. Walk slowly and you won't fall. Act carefully and you won't go wrong. A slow walker is faster than someone who walks fast but always has to stop and rest. Persistence is important in learning or doing anything.

To explain a little more in depth, read this quote from The Challenge of Trekking in China by Kyle Acierno:

"I recently underwent the most thorny, intricate, and demanding trek of my life. China is no walk in the park. The county is extremely diverse, and with diversity comes complexity. There is no smooth road laid for backpackers and attempting to do anything or get anywhere can be incredibly arduous...I really needed a break and I didn't know where I would be next. I sat down to a plate of rice noodles and peanuts. A hardy meal for a hardy man. A giant of a woman served me, but with her giant body came a giant heart. With a quick phrase that I have become accustomed to, she filled me with self-assurance that I needed for the rest of my trip. ?Man Zou!? she shouted with a big smile on her face. This literally translates to ?Walk Slow?. To me this means more then just ?be careful.? To me this means take the time to see the wonders of life. The power it gave me changed the rest of my trip. From then on everything went smoothly...I learned a lot from this Trek. I learned the beauty that exists just off the beaten track. I learned that anything amazing takes time. I learned just how much you could learn from people without even using language...By taking the time to notice all the small things in life you can really appreciate who, where, and what you are. Patience, persistence, and practice makes perfect."