...and beyond that, what to say? Hmmm.
I'm pretty new to spark (signed up last month, just before going on vacation), and I'm really encouraged by the range and variety of information, tools, and support. I was really pleased to see a women's riding team!
My bike story: I got on a bike for the first time in 20 years, 10 years ago - my town had just completed this awesome new commuter trail that practically connects my neighborhood to my office building, so I figured I should give the bike commute a try. I bought a Raleigh "comfort" bike because a friend told me that's what I should buy, threw my stuff on a rack...and rode to work exactly 4 times in 3 years. (sigh) When conversations at home got to the "use the bike, or sell the bike" state, I promised to use it, and the next summer met my goal of riding in once a week for 3 months. (Baby steps, right?) The year after that, the goal was bigger - 6x/month for 3 months. The next year, it was bigger - at least as many rides per month, but also to ride in earlier and later, to spread Summer out more.
Then I bought the road bike. Holy moley, what a difference fast wheels makes in my desire to ride. I hate the wind much less, and I can get up hills I once had to walk. "Summer" riding starts in March, and ends in late September/early October. (My current boundary is not the wind - though I still hate it - but the wind chill. Brrrr!)
I am not at a stage where I'm training to ride a century (kudos to those of you who are working on that - WOW). I like long rides on the weekend - but I'm not a road rider. I like the challenge of trying to commute as much as I can, and to use my bike to get around. It's kinda fun to look at my car and think, "when is the last time I drove somewhere?" I've retooled the comfort bike into being my errand bike and wet-bike...this winter, she's going to be tested as my winter bike. Yup - the new goal is to extend the Fall and Spring commutes to include a few more below 40 rides. We'll see how that goes - any advice on that (or other) fronts is welcome. (And no, I don't think I'll ever be that person who commutes to work by bike in a WI blizzard.)
So that's my story - baby steps. (Or, training wheels?)
We succeed when we create conditions for success - and when we can't do that, we create conditions for succeeding within constraints.
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