2016 wasn’t my best year on the bike. My mileage was down. My plan NOT to ride some of the events I normally ride in order ride some new stuff, led to pretty close to no event riding at all. For the first time in a long time, I pursued my fitness in some other ways, and that was good. I’m stronger in a lot of ways than I have ever been in years where I focussed mainly on riding. 2016 wasn’t bad, just not on the bike.
So for 2017, I’m getting proactive. I’ve already registered for a hard ride early in the season and made a list of some ambitious projects to take on with friends. I understand now that things that don’t make it on the calendar (an actual calendar) early, don’t happen.
These aren’t resolutions. They’re plans.
Here are some reasons NOT to not ride: One of my friends can’t make it. I have somewhere to be later. I’m not sure what the weather is going to do. I might smell bad. I don’t feel like locking my bike up. I rode yesterday. I don’t have time to bank a lot of miles. I need to change tires. I need to tune a derailleur. It’s dark. It’s cold. It’s hot. No one else is riding. Too many people are showing up. I don’t know the ride leader. I don’t feel like planning a route. I haven’t been riding, so I’m not fit enough. The lawn isn’t mowed. I think I might rather sleep in. It’s too late in the day. I bet the traffic is heavy. It’s a holiday. I feel slow.
This week’s Friday Group Ride asks, how was your 2016 on the bike, and what does 2017 look like? What are you taking on for the first time this year? Do you think you’ll ride more, or less?