Luke Mochizuki is a Business Analyst for Vancity Credit Union, and also a Co-Owner of Catoro Pets, a Cat Cafe and Pet Store.
He started cycling in July 2021 as a way to get out of the house, relieve some stress and get some exercise… And quickly saw just how much of an impact riding could have.
One of our generous sponsors, MBO Cycling, is interviewing members of the TLD tribe. Here's an excerpt from their interview with Luke!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED CYCLING?
Cycling has always been a part of my life. Since as far as I can remember I was on a bike. It was my main mode of transportation as a kid. Always riding bikes with my friends. But as I got older I rode less and of course started obsessing over cars.
I did pick up downhill mountain biking for a while until I had a very horrific accident which required me to undergo spinal cord surgery. But that didn’t stop me, for now I’ve adopted my newfound passion of road cycling.
When I decided to pick up cycling properly, I didn’t have a bike so I ended up calling up a friend and asked him if he wanted to go for a bike ride. He let me borrow one of his bikes and we went out in the middle of the night for my first bike ride.
I try to ride at least 5X a week. If it’s a nice day I’ll ride outdoors, if it’s bad weather I’ll be on the trainer. For the majority of my rides I ride solo as it’s difficult to match up schedules with others or with the club ride. But I’m hoping to have a more steady schedule this season so that I can ride and train more with TLD.
WHY DO YOU RIDE WITH THE LAST DROP?
The sense of “family” is very strong here at TLD. Not only is it an inclusive club, but every member in TLD really breathes cycling and the passion is clear. The club is amazing and it has helped me a lot with my own cycling growth.
TLD has got your back with anything and everything revolving around cycling. But beyond that, it has grown into even more than just cycling but a place where we all can connect, network, and become good friends on and off the saddle. TLD is so inclusive and really does make you feel cared for.
HOW HAS CYCLING IMPACTED YOU?
Cycling is so good for my mental health. It definitely helps me de-stress and compile my thoughts into manageable chunks. It helps me compartmentalize all the things I need to do so that I can be present with my family.
Cycling makes me happy by making me physically healthy, as well as mentally strong and resilient. This in turn allows me to love myself more and in turn, be able to love my family and friends more.
Cycling has made me a better person. It has made me happier. It has made me feel more positive about myself, and my outlook on life is more positive. It has also allowed me to be more present with my family and work.
Basically, it has been a very good thing in my life.