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Patrick Reilly has been "around" in Milwaukee. He was a staple on the East Side bar scene for years, helming and indulging in the wildest party spots on hot blocks like North Avenue.
And then, he decided to get sober.Â
That took him straight across the United States â€“ on his bicycle.
Rewind to about 4 1/2 years ago. Reilly left the bar business and committed to a new lifestyle, replacing alcohol and drugs with a new addiction â€“ triathlons. Training for these super human athletic feats of endurance includes running, swimming and cycling â€“ the last of which became Reillyâ€™s passion.
But, cycling didnâ€™t fully address some of the more mindful aspects of Reillyâ€™s sobriety. He wanted to find some sort of meditation practice to support his new lifestyle and he knew it would need to also have a physical component in order to hold his attention. Enter Ashtanga Yoga.Â
And then Reilly decided he wanted act on a scenario he had marinated on for a while. He wanted to cycle across the United States.Â
Bound by limiting thoughts that his dream was an impossibility given his responsibilities, financial situation and the sheer time it would take to complete, he basically shunned the idea. He credits his dedication to six days a week of physical yoga practice and to his yoga teachers for giving him the impetus to move forward with the adventure, formulated purely for self-benefit and personal growth.
"My Ashtanga practice opened a door to the exploration of the mind-body experience. I wanted a challenge. I wanted to accomplish a goal. I wanted a walkabout. I wanted to travel. I wanted to run away," he says. "My inner â€˜meat …Read more...