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.



Finally – Biking!

With very little biking in March, it seemed like an eternity before finally hitting the road last week. Unless I start riding at least 150 miles everyday, I am not sure I will reach my mileage goal this year. Unfortunately, I do not have time to constantly ride. Bob already has a good start from the mileage he logged in Costa Rica.

Lack of riding could not be helped this year. With the trail cleanup and other things going on, Bob and I kept busy that did not allow time for biking. Then, as all over the country, we had some pretty strange weather. Now, we will have time to challenge ourselves to log in as many miles as we can. Our biking drought has finally ended.