I am not sure how it has happened, but for the last 4 years my annual miles keep increasing! A the end of 2014 I had 3483 miles. In 2015, I broke 4000 miles for the first time ever, hitting 4209 miles. 2016, I once again set a record, with a surprise 4470 miles. When I saw the final I ALMOST went out for another 30… But decided against it.
This year I blew the doors off the totals. 5077!! Again a new record, and first time over 5000. Y’all here, and my Facebook followers were tracking my quest for 5K these last two months. And I shouted from the rooftops when I made it.
Ladies and gents, I am not like most avid cyclists in a couple of ways. First off, I have only one bike, It is my commuter, long distancer, multi day trekker, errand runner, indoor exerciser and over all work horse. I figure I only have one butt, so I only need one bike.
I also NEVER set a mileage goal for the year. I set out to ride as often and as far as I can, but I truly don’t want to put any stress on myself for riding. It’s supposed to be enjoyable. If I set a goal, I will start berating myself if I don’t get ‘enough’ miles each month.
Michelle shared a news story today on Facebook, No exaggeration, Between October 1st and March 1st the Seattle area received over 36 inches of rain. Now for the math challenged that is over 3 feet of rain. This winter is doing everything it can to make for the last year, which was dry as a tater chip.
As anyone who knows me in real live life will tell you, when it comes to choices of entertainment, I got stuck in the 80s. Music, TV, and movies from that era hold a special place in my heart and my itunes.
I also use some of the classic lines from the best movies. Someone says “May I ask you a question?” I respond with “Talk to me Goose!” When something works the way I want it to I launch into “I love it when I plan comes together!” Anytime you can use either “If you will not help me, then TA HELL WITH YOU!” or “Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the wimmen!” is a good day! When I am making something work that normally wouldn’t I hear in my head “The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn’t fit, you make alterations.” And when overly stressed, you can always feel better with a boisterous “Yippee Ki Ay…….”
November in the Pacific Northwest is greeted with a bid a trepidation. It is generally our wettest month of the year. It is also, pure and simple, often the wildest weather month of the year. I have seen pounding rain, flooding , major windstorms, and freezing butt cold, ALL in the same month. Wait, that was THIS year! We had all four!
The only thing we didn’t have, much to my wife’s displeasure, is any snow. Though in past years some of the most crippling snows in Seattle have occurred in November.
Thinking back to last year at this time, I remember stressing some about the miles I was getting. To clarify a bit, I am not one of those who sets a goal for a year of a number of miles to hit, then come hell or high water I make it. To me, miles mean exercise, and exercise means staying in shape.
Last year, as the fall hit, I was spending entirely too much time in Spokane training new hires. Since I was in a hotel, I was eating out, and when I eat out I enjoy my food and when I enjoy my food I don’t work out as much (especially when I don’t have a bike) and ,,,,
It’s funny how different types of workouts affect the mind differently. When cycling, I think about the path in front of me, the wind blowing past my head, how the bike and legs are performing and just enjoy the ride. When I hike, it’s all about the scenery, the smells, the sounds and being one with nature, but with things like this, who can blame me
But when I do stairs, like I did tonight, sometimes I actually think about stuff. (I guess the stairs just don’t have the mental stimulation to keep me occupied). Tonight I started thinking about the me I was before I became Mountainstroh. Continue reading “Before there was a Mountainstroh”→
Today was a an extremely rare day. Michelle had errands to run with her brother. He is hosting Christmas morning at his house and needed the stuff that Michelle is going to make for breakfast, Yep, we will be at his house, but if we want a yummy breakfast, it better be Michelle cooking.
Afterwards she went to mom’s to help with the wrapping of presents. Then she got to have some fun, and spend the afternoon with one of her best friends having a snack, drinking good wine and just chatting.