You can often find David Hose in front of his computer, managing a multitude of icon projects. Sometimes project management gets stressful, and the long hours spent sitting in an office chair can be hard on his body.
But David has a secret weapon against stress and fatigue—he gets on his bike, and rides.
Allovus: “How long have you been bicycling?”
David: “I’ve been cycling seriously since 2004. One day, I walked over to the bike shop in Greenlake and bought a Trek 1500, a road bike. That led to club rides out of Marymoor Park, my first century ride called “Flying Wheels,” and the Seattle to Portland (STP) with my youngest bro.”
Allovus: “What got you interested in racing in the first place? How did you get into it?”
David: “My love for biking started when I was in my late high school years while living in New York. I had a friend in New Jersey that I’d visit often and we’d go biking around his neighborhood on our 10-speeds, we loved the freedom and ability to get places without a vehicle. We dreamed of doing some long distance rides but didn’t get the chance as college took precedence. I ended up cycling through college; a great way to get around the large UW campus.”
Allovus: “How many times a week do you ride? How many miles do you average per ride?”
David: “I ride an average of 4 to 5 times per week during the training season, which is from October through March. I average about 100 to 150 miles per week.”
Allovus: “How does it help you to relieve stress?”
David: “When I’m on my bike, I’m in my happy place. My mind is in the zone and worries, fears, etc., just fade away. Some call it a ‘runner’s high.’ It’s liberating, and those happy chemicals the body produces seem to last for several hours following a ride. It’s also a great social activity. I belong to a club that rides two days a week. I also have a team (bikesale.com) that rides on the weekends; people from all walks of life and circumstances that just love to ride.”
Allovus: “What’s your most memorable biking story?”
David: “My first Seattle to Portland with my youngest brother, Taesan, in 2005 stands out as the most memorable. It was the first time I attempted such a long distance (200 miles in two days) and it gave my bro and I some time to connect.”
“Cycling is a metaphor for life,” he says. “There are hills and valleys in both racing and life. You’ve got to get through the good times and bad to be successful.”