Where Did Time Go?

Hi Everyone!

An “off-schedule” day to let you know that I am still here. Life got so busy I didn’t realize how much time went by since I last posted! At least I managed to read a post or two.

Since my days will still crazy-busy, I will schedule in some posts. They will be a variety of things since I have no bicycle articles to post at the present.

Thank you to my followers and regular readers for hanging in there with me.

In the meantime, have a great remaining winter. Or is it spring? With the wide-spread insane winter this year, who knows what season it is anymore?




2019 Resolutions

As the end of 2018 approached, I wondered if I should even make a list of new year resolutions. Somewhere along the way, I fail, then start again, then fail again before the end of the year. This happens even though I made it through the so-called 21 or 28 days it takes to form a new habit or break an old one.

In doing some recent research, I learned that it takes a MINIMUM of 21 days for most people to form or break a habit. According to The Guardian (and other sites), it takes 18 to 66 days and some even take up to 245 days. Whew! I was beginning to think that there was something wrong with me that I could not stick to something new that I started.

I also saw an interview on the subject a couple days ago. The person (I didn’t catch the name) said that motivation is not enough; it is only the surface. A person needs to be dedicated. That means to push yourself to keep going even though you don’t feel motivated anymore. An article on Revolutionary Lifestyle Design basically says the same thing.

Okay – I do that with activities I enjoy. There are times I don’t feel like biking or hiking, but I get out there anyway. With that perspective in mind, this will be the year I finally accomplish my resolutions.

Here’s to 2019 for success to everyone. Cheers!

Bicycle Challenge Unmet

Well, this lack of writing streak came upon me again and I have no reason except for the fact I simply did not take the time to write anything.

In my last post, I mentioned a challenge Bob proposed to me to reach a daily August average to match my age. After the month ended, I pondered whether I should bring it up in this post. Since I did mention the challenge, I decided I should.

Bluntly, I failed. The first half of the month started out great with me reaching or exceeding the mileage. Burnout started to set in mainly because in July, I rode over 1,100 miles. I took a few days off before a century ride that Bob and I registered for. It was fortunate that I did because I felt refreshed for those miles.

After that century ride, I rode when I wanted to; not because I had to. One issue I had was that my attempt to reach my goal interfered with adequately getting things done around home. Some things started to pile up a bit.

Bob said that what I did the first two and a half weeks were impressive. As many miles as Bob has on his back, he never attempted riding that kind of distance everyday from home. Putting on daily miles like that on a bike-pack trip is easier and much more enjoyable. To illustrate my point, two years ago Bob and I bike-packed 1,600 miles in 20 days. We had a great time.

From now on, I ride when I truly have time and want to ride. The main lesson I learned is that my life needs a balance between the responsibility of getting things done and leisure time. Tipped too far one way or the other, life is off kilter.

Biking Rebound

Yeah! Our bicycling drought ended. With one event after another up through June,  it got mighty frustrating to continuously delay our biking life. July gave Bob and me a good boost. I exceeded my minimum mileage goal for the month. That was a challenge I gave to myself.

For this month, Bob challenged me to ride enough to get a minimum daily average that matches my age; in the 50s. Since the weather doesn’t always cooperate, I will have to ride 100 plus miles more often when I can.

I am up for all that. There is a goal to reach by year’s end. With the late biking start, I will need to get several long rides in anyway. It might sound obsessive to some, but it is  something I want to do for myself.



Make Life an Adventure

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”   – William Feather

It is now a bit over two weeks of being held prisoner by poison ivy, Part of the joy of landscape work. Normally I am good about avoiding the toxic plant. This time I found out the owner mowed down and sprayed the stuff, thinking all would be okay. NOT.

I was not much in the mood to even try to write anything so I ended up missing another Wednesday. Before, I was simply too busy, and now this. I want to get back into the once a week posting.

Saturdays are not my usual post days, but decided to put in a little something just to let you know I am here. The past two days I finally got into a streak of writing and have a few articles waiting to be tweaked out and finished. Bob needs to assist me on one since it is about part of his Costa Rica bike-pack trip this past March. I hope to post several stories about his adventure.

If you are in one of the areas with heat wave advisories like we are right now, be careful, hydrate, and try to stay cool.