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An Open Thank You to Leo Babauta

Note to readers:  I wanted to thank Leo Babauta (of Zen Habits) for his inspiration.  I was going to send him an email to that effect.  But then I decided that a public thank you would be a great way to show my appreciation.  Plus, when people search for him, they’ll see that he’s had a positive impact on me.  It’s kind-of like a thank you and a recommendation, all in one.

People have done open letters lots of times, but I usually only see negative ones.  I think an open thank you is a nice positive spin to this trend.

Leo, thank you for inspiring me to ride my bike again.  Your post about bicycling to work has had an incredibly amazing effect on me.

I started off a couple weeks ago, riding 5-7 miles a day on my old girl’s mountain bike.  I enjoyed it so much that I’ve been riding more and more.  Today I did my second 12-mile ride!

Now I’m really getting into cycling, more than I ever was in the past.  I’ve found joy, comfort, and happiness in this awesome activity.  I’ve got a brand new helmet on the way, and I’m shopping for a good used road bike.  I’m even considering writing a bit about cycling.

All this is to say one thing:  your inspiration may have started me onto a great new hobby and life of fitness.  I’m incredibly appreciative of all the writing you do around the blogosphere, and I’m amazed at your personal achievements and stamina.

Thanks Leo!

If you’re not reading Zen Habits, you’re really missing out.  You can also catch Leo’s work as guest posts at other blogs, such as Lifehack.  This guy is amazing!

Finally, I’d love your feedback on this “open thank you” concept.  Is it a good idea or not?[tags]open thank you, leo babauta, zen habits, lifehack, biking, cycling[/tags]

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4 Responses to “An Open Thank You to Leo Babauta”

  1. Leo
    May 7th, 2007

    Wow. I have to say, this is one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me. I’ve gotten some wonderful emails and comments from my blog, but never anything like this open letter.

    Andrew, I’m glad if I was an inspiration. But you deserve most of the credit for your great achievement! Congrats to you, and thank you for further inspiring me.

    Btw, I’d love to see that bike blog. I would also offer to be a regular contributor if you did it.

    Good luck, my friend, and thank you for making my week!

  2. Andrew Flusche
    May 7th, 2007

    Hi Leo,

    Honestly, it’s my pleasure. And I’m definitely glad this provides a highlight for your week – and it’s only Monday!

    I’ll definitely think a bit more seriously about a bike blog. How can I turn down a contribution offer from you? I just don’t know where you find the time to write so much.

    Take care!

  3. Lise
    May 8th, 2007

    What is your budget for a bike? We did a pretty comprehensive survey before we bought ours so I might be able to offer my 2 cents worth on how to get the most bang for your buck.

  4. Andrew Flusche
    May 8th, 2007

    Hi Lise,

    My budget is really small – no more than $200. From my research, I could get a low-end new bike for that. Or I could get a better quality used bike.

    The two big constraints are that I want a road bike and I’m 6’3″. So I need a big road bike.

    If you have any thoughts or resources, I’d love to hear them.


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