A short new year’s note from martinsillo:
Happy New Year!
Looking back to my 2010 achievements, I realized that there weren’t too many rides or bike related things I could recall as good or memorable in my cycling sort of life.
The short Tour to Teran, a pair of rides to Rompepicos Dam, one in the Santa Catarina River after hurricane Alex’s rains and the short ride to Garcia’s desert are the ones that I can quickly identify as significant in my 2010. Too few actually.
So I want to achieve serious goals for this 2011… and here they are, explained without any specific order:
1. A perfect year as a Bike Commuter.
Well, this is the main one for 2011, actually. This year I want a flawless commuting year, day that I have to go to work, day that I’m going to be riding it. My commute is only 10.5 miles round trip, so 52.5 miles a week is not that much. It is actually very doable. This will be more a mental challenge than a physical I think, organizing everything to do it will be a tough task. One day at a time will be my way to work this out. Actual fear right know: rainy days.
2. Build my roadie and ride a Century.
The mere fact of putting together a new bike the way I want it will be a financial challenge for me actually, but once I do it, it has to include a riding goal, so this year I have to ride 100 miles on my new roadie!
3. Complete one of the two MTB racing circuits on La Pugsdozer.
In N.L., Promosport organizes two types of racing circuits each year, Cross Country MTB and Marathon MTB. The calendar this year contains seven (7) races for the first, and nine (9) for the second. I’ll ride the first races in each category and will decide on which to focus my energy and time.
4. A Mini Tour.
This year I want to do another Mini-Tour, overnighter or long weekend, I have to think about it, where and when too, but the first experience was very good, and I must repeat an experience like this.
5. Take La Pugsdozer to the beach.
This is not going to be very difficult, only takes a little planning and is going to be too much fun. There is a beach 3 to 4 hours car ride from MTY, but involves crossing the USA-MEX border.
These 5 goals for the year will kept me busy during 2011; I think they are complete in each of their categories, a perfect urban cyclist, my first century roadie ride and complete a full racing circuit of MTB competition. I won’t seek any particular goal in the MTB racing circuit; I’ll race in the beginner’s category and hopefully will see some improvements during the year.
Then I have a triplet of goals that are completely unrelated to cycling, well, one of them is, these are:
6. Read a book monthly.
Yes, 12 books per year at least. Why?… well, I must confess that at least 6 years have passed since I read my last real book. Several times I have tried but in all cases I have not managed to pass from the first chapter. In January I’ll try Gary Jennings´s Azteca, I have heard good things about it, and I hope to be a good start for this goal.
7. Drink 64 oz of water each day.
I was gifted a Nalgene 32 oz Bottle in December and I’m going to use it!. Two servings a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I barely drink water now and that is going to change this year!
8. Blog more often.
My posts here are not being very regular and that is not okay, so, I promise at least two posts per week here. I also promised two posts per week in my Spanish blog pedaleandoando.wordpress.com, so I’m actually posting 4 times a week. I will try to not double post (translated posts from one blog to the other) but it may be difficult to not do it when giving ride reports.
I think this is more than enough for 2011. Popular weight-loss goal should be added to the list, but I believe that the achievement of this will come with the fulfillment of the above goals.
2011 will be fun!