Make it Happen Monday: Definition of Success


Do you have a personal definition for success? You know, a way of measuring if you’re achieving all you strive to be in life or if you’re making the kind of impact you want to leave on our World.

There are countless definitions for success out there, but my favorite has always been this one by Bob Dylan.  I’m not some sort of Dylan music fanatic, but I sure do love what he has to say about this:

If I can get up, spend quality time with my Family, get out for a great ride on my bike, laugh, and do all the other things I enjoy before jumping back in bed for the night…..then it’s been a totally successful day to me.

When it comes to cycling or other sports, I would define success as performing at a level that I expect myself to achieve….or higher.  It’s been years since I have went out golfing, but whenever I get out for a game, I call it a success as long as my strokes feel good and I’m enjoying myself.  Of course when it comes to cycling, I’m always Loving the Bike….but my ride is a true success if I pushed myself to a level that I feel proud of and I get back home feeling a strong sense of accomplishment.

What is your definition of success….for Life, Cycling, or anything else?  Have a Make it Happen Day.




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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.


Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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