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Jim Harris  Paralyzed 3yrs ago and I've had an unlikely recovery • @adidasterrex • @yeticycles • @hi5sfoundation •

When I turned 3, my parents convinced me to trade in my pacifier for a bike. I handed it to the bike shop guy who was confused and disgusted. My dad was already an avid cyclist, competing in triathlons and Ironmans when the sport was just a few years old. I remember being taken to crit races and that one time he swallowed a bee in a triathlon, got stung in the throat and then still finished
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Because of my dad, I grew up around bikes. They weren’t just a toy for kids; the race bike got stored in the house. When I was 13, my parents bought me a Specialized Hard Rock. I started riding it on the trails in the city park nearby and was hooked on mountain biking. A couple decades later, it’s still one of my favorite things to do
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Somehow, I never quite took to road biking; working as a bike courier was as close as I got. My dad never quite took to mountain biking, though there were some attempts to convert him on those steep and rooty Ohio Valley hiking trails
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The week before last we convened in Fruita and had a blast rolling around in the desert. Thanks for making the trip out and congratulations on the new bike, Dad!
Okay, time for a Friday evening ride!

Story time: When my brother turned me on to @thenational a decade ago he mentioned that the lead singer had gone to our high school, @stxbombers. Last week @juliejp surprised me with tickets to hear the band. She'd registered for "mobility impaired" seats and, when other ticketholders didnt show, the ushers moved the rest of us to the center of the front row
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So there we are, like ten feet from the stage, when lead singer @greengloves777 hops over the rail to show a woman we were seated next to something he was holding. We spoke with her later and it turned out that she'd been paralyzed while serving and had given Matt an Air Force coin at a concert a while back. He'd spotted her and jumped over the rail to give her a hug and pulled the coin out of his pocket. It reminded me of our high school's motto "men for others.” It was a kind gesture and the woman was both delighted and surprised that he carried her gift
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#thenational

Hey, who keeps touching the thermostat?
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Photo @michaelcbstevens
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#morethanmyth | #yeticycles | @yeticycles
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#adidasTERREX | @adidasterrex | #createdwithadidas

Our magnocelluar nerve pathway is our high-bandwidth mode of seeing and it’s most active with the soft gaze we use for driving, scanning for objects, or slaloming through snowy trees. It’s a panoramic way of taking in visual information and it’s the look I see in the droopy lids of Buddha Eyes
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There’s a growing body of evidence that we use horizon lines to regulate our nervous systems. If that sounds a little woo-woo, just imagine spending a few days inside a small windowless room or consider how much we love a good overlook spot. Is there a connection between seeing horizons, activating our magnocelluar pathways, and feelings of wellbeing?
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Photo: @michaelcbstevens
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#createdwithadidas ||#adidasTERREX || @adidasterrex
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#morethanmyth || #yetitribe || @yeticycles .
#neuroscience #mtb

Are the high country trails done for the year? Or will they melt out and dry this week? What’s the season forecast from your Farmer’s Almanac, Ouija board, woolly worm, and/or old knee injury? What’s your prediction?
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Photo: @michaelcbstevens
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My old back injury says I’m going to Texas for eight weeks with @adaptivetrainingfoundation. Surely winter will be slower to arrive there?
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#createdwithadidas #addiasTERREX @adidasterrex

Checking out #taradonovan exhibit at @mca_denver with @juliejp

@liveyourdance_ @mollyking “NEW PODCAST EPISODE ALERT

Training for Life - How to Navigate Life After a Major Setback with Jim Harris
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I’m so excited to share this episode with Jim Harris with you. In 2014, after making the leap from ski bum to adventure photographer, and while in Chile on an expedition with a travel partner, Jim broke his back while snow kiting and was soon paralyzed from the sternum down. Life as a photographer and athlete, as he knew it, was about to be drastically changed.
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In this episode, I ask Jim more about his “mental” journey during the physical seeming-set backs. How has he reconciled planning with going with the flow? Why do goals even matter? How can we redefine success in a more healthy way? How can we navigate the aftermath of unexpected life-altering events? How can we avoid getting “stuck” when we have big goals (like learning to walk again, or writing a book)?
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I hope you find our conversation insightful, with a few takeaways to integrate into your day. :)
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Listen in for more of his story here: bit.ly/LiveYourDance-mk
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@LiveYourDance_

This cold front cloud wall pushed across western Colorado last Thursday and the temps dropped 20f as it passed overhead. Our 23.5 degrees of planetary tilt sure do lead to wild weather as one season wrestles out the last
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@adidasterrex #createdwithadidas
#storm #weather #weatherporn #coldfront #fropa #colorado #fruita #18road

I started an art account @gorgeous_storm

I don’t want to be someone with a rinstagram vs finsagram accounts, one so curated its just a fictional stream of waterfall yoga, staged precious moments or Bilzerian bullshit. And then a second account that’s more sincere but must be kept secret from all but my inner circle. Gross 🤮
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My first alliance should be to the listener, both here and in most communication in life. If its not relevant to you, maybe I dont need to share it. If it does feel entertaining or informative, then it passes my first criteria
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Sincerity and communicating in good faith are also important. I hold the stance that my social media contributions can be honest reflections of my life. So I want stuff I post to feel relevant to you and also be congruent with who I am

Which is a roundabout way of explaining that, since most people following perpetualweekend aren’t here for the art stuff, I’ll put that stuff on @gorgeous_storm. If you’re interested, give me a follow

Back when wheels were 26”, the bike weighed 35, and sometimes jibs made the chain skip between chainrings. 2010ish sunrise ride on Snowtop / Two fingers
📸: @schwamarama .
#mtb #parkcitymtb #utah

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