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.
In the past, I used to do a blog post at the end of each month called Racking up the miles. In it, I would recap the month of riding, the amount of miles I accomplished, the high and low points during the month, and share my favorite photos. Somewhere along the way I stopped doing this. Maybe one of these days I will start again.
I have come to the conclusion that 2015 was a fluke of a year. We never had a real winter, the cycling season was amazing and I was selected after 3 years of trying for a bucket list ride. In essence the cycling gods smiled and this resulted in a crazy amount of miles early in the year.
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.
I was riding along on Saturday, enjoying the day, the views, the lack of people, and glanced at the odometer to calculate where I was for total miles in July. At the end of each month, I log the odometer, and then do a Racking Up post to recap the month.
I do this to help me remember the highlights, lowlights and any other lights that may be out there while in the saddle. As I was doing this, trying to remember when I ended in June, it hit me….