I thought my goals were pretty modest, but it seems like I only accomplished half of them.
My goals for 2012 were:
1. Continue to bike through the winter until the first snowfall sticks.
I’ve now established that I can successfully bike in cold weather in this area, and I will continue to ride year-round. It hardly snowed at all this year, and I’ll continue to take advantage of that if I can in the coming year.
2. Work on building up speed.
This was a fail. I didn’t do any dedicated work on this at all. This is partly because my schedule was really crazy (I did more work-related traveling this year than usual and I went back to school in the fall), and partly because– I admit it– I’m not motivated to train like this. I know you all have great suggestions on how to train for speed, but I need to rethink this to see whether this should even be a goal for me.
2a. Don’t burn out. Do something other than biking, like getting back to yoga. It’s also all right to take a break from riding once in a while.
I did yoga for the first half of the year, which felt really good. I did Japanese taiko drumming for the rest of the year, and although J made fun of me for calling this a workout, it really is. (Don’t believe me? Try taking an introductory class! It’s really fun.) I need to keep stretching and weight-bearing exercises in my routine to keep fit.
3. Find a group to consistently train with.
This is also something I haven’t yet figured out. I thought I found a good bike shop group to ride with, but they stopped offering rides in October, and won’t resume again until the spring. I need a group I can ride with all year long. Or maybe I should just train by myself.
Next up: goals for 2013.