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  • Writer's pictureAnne Hartley

Knees in the Breeze

Hello everyone, hope 2023 is being kind to you. February is almost over and we are 30 days away from Spring. Our riding season is almost here. Please get your bikes in the shop for oil changes, tires, etc.… so you will be ready to hit the open road and put your knees in the breeze. An expression sometimes used by military airborne personnel to describe the act of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. The jumpmaster stood up, looked at the wide-eyed group of new recruits and hollered "Come on LADIES...it's time to put your KNEES IN THE BREEZE! Today bikers use the term when they are riding their motorcycles. They are putting their knees in the breeze and leaving all their worries behind them. Its wind therapy. They call it "wind therapy," a special kind of solace that, for military veterans struggling with everyday life or the scenes they saw overseas, comes with riding motorcycles and the inherent freedom and friendship that follows. Wind Therapy, whether your using natures best "the Wind" or you’re creating your "own Wind" by cruising down the open road. Wind Therapy is a state of being "your focused, your relaxed, you have the confidence and skill to perform the task at hand and nothing is more important than enjoying the present moment! Bikers put their knees in the breeze to get wind therapy. A bike ride can decrease biomarkers of stress by 28%, while riding a motorcycle for 20 minutes can increased your heart rate by 11% and adrenaline levels by 27%, which is similar to light exercise. Equally, changes in the riders’ brain activity suggested an increase in alertness similar to drinking a cup of coffee, while sensory focus was enhanced meaning that riders were more alert. “Wind Therapy” is a term created by 22KILL as another non-traditional form of therapy. By getting Vets out on the road, they are in control: Get on your bike, leave the B.S. behind, it’s just you, the bike and the wind. Combine this with the large community of like-minded individuals that ride, and you now have a new community, a new tribe.

Here are some safety tips to help you when you are ready to put your knees in the breeze and get the much-needed wind therapy you have longed for all winter long. Be safe and embrace the ride.

1. Gear up 2. Stay in the comfort zone 3. Inspect your ride 4. Use your head 5. Watch the road 6. Find your happy place 7. Know the forecast 8. Make sure two isn’t a crowd


Useless Facts:

1. Donkey Kong got his name because his creator believed “donkey” meant “stupid” in English and wanted to convey the impression that the character was a “Stupid Ape.”

2. More than 1/5 of all the calories consumed by humans worldwide is provided by rice alone.

3. People can have a psychological disorder called Boanthropy that makes them believe that they are a cow. They try to live their life as a cow.

4. The name for the shape of Pringles is called a “Hyperbolic Paraboloid.”

5. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on TV.

6. A duel between three people is actually called a truel.

7. The stage before frostbite is called “frostnip.”

8. The two tiny holes in every BIC pen ensure that the air pressure is the same both inside and outside the pen, which helps the ink flow to the tip.

9. The process by which bread toasts is called the “Maillard Reaction.”

10. “Weird Al” Yankovic wrote “Albuquerque” to be as a joke specifically to “annoy people for 12 minutes.” It ended up becoming one of his most popular songs.

Local Events:

1. 1st Annual St, Patty’s Day Party 2pm March 18th True Sons MC

Rallies:

1. Daytona Bike Week March 3rd – March 12th

2. Cave Creek Bike Rally March 24th – April 2nd Cave Creek AZ





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