I promise this will be my last looking back at 2013 post. After a day or two, I agree they get old. I mean come on, it is the January second already. Shouldn’t I be on to inspiring people to get off their butts, get into the saddle and ride!
Or listing my resolutions for the year, and setting the example for people to follow. How I will remake my this, and ride this many times and do this many miles and…. Oh, wait, I forgot, LONG ago, I resolved NOT to make any resolutions any more, and I have stuck to it!
Plus I have a cold, (even though I did ride home tonight) and I am sitting sipping tea and thinking about the last year as far as my bike and I were concerned.
It really was a good year!
I completed a number of organized rides, ranging from a 33 mile Chilly Hilly to the hardest of them all, the Crater Lake Century
I have a great time with organized rides, some of them are a lot of fun. But I have to say, some of the things I enjoyed the most were NOT part of these rides.
I overcame the only climb I’d ever given up on. Climbing up to Chinook pass on Highway 410. 2 or 3 years ago I started up that hill, and 4 miles from the top talked myself into being done… A thing like that can vex a man something fierce over the years.
So one of my last rides on my bike before it was stolen found me sitting on top of pass, looking forward to a long down hill ahead of me.
I also finally took the time to figure out the Lake Washington loop. 55 miles around the lake, a great training ride with hills, views and a lot of roads set up for bikes. I was also able to cross the I-90 bridge. These were tow things I’ve thought about doing quite often but just never made it till this year.
I also had fun with Michelle and our neighborhood rides
And finally, I started bike commuting. It began in April as part of Cascade Bike Clubs bike to work month. With Michelle and I working together, it is easy to put the bike on back of the car. Drive in with here and then bike home…
I have continued to do this ever since. One great side effect is that I have had to ride in the shed VERY seldom this year. I simply jump on the bike, and head home. 1.5 hours later, my workout is done and I am settled in the house for the evening.
The only downside? In February I will have to make some time to watch the 3rd season of Game of Thrones when I get the DVDs! I watched 1 and 2 on the bike!
So all in all it was a great year. But I have come the realize, that as much as I enjoyed the big events, and I will do more, I was happiest with those things I did just for fun.
OK I am DONE with 13, bring on 14!
Ride it like you stole it folks!