It was a good cycling year

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

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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.

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imageI 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.

Happy rider!

Happy rider!

I also had fun with Michelle and our neighborhood rides

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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.

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OK I am DONE with 13, bring on 14!

Ride it like you stole it folks!

 

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3 Responses to It was a good cycling year

  1. Yup, it is going to be an awesome one for sure.

  2. Enjoy Game of Thrones! We bought season one, but never did finish watching it (I bought the Blue-Ray version and the only Blue-Ray player I have is in the wrong room of the house).

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