A couple of years ago, I got back into cycling.
In fact, it was the Tour de France that hooked me back (and I wrote a blog post about that).
But this year I have taken my cycling passion to new heights.
My goal for 2012 was to bike 1,000 miles on the open road. As of today, I have 1,049.
Yes, I’ve surpassed my goal — and there are still four months left in this year. It’s time to really crush it.
(Last year, in comparison, I had about 660.)
New top speed
Although I haven’t focused a ton on speed intervals, I have mapped out a few short courses near my home and focused on speed.
One course is just about 9.5 miles long, and I rode it twice last week. Each time I got a new fastest time — 19.2 mph the first time and 19.3 mph the second time.
One more thing that I’d like to accomplish — I’m waiting for the beginning of fall and for slightly cooler temperatures — is a century ride, or 100 miles in a day.
I had planned out a day in early May to do it and, as luck would have it, severe thunderstorms came that day instead. So I’ve rescheduled for the fall sometime.
Cycling in 2013
I want to successfully complete the triple crown and claim my jersey, which means I’ll have to bike 50K-100K-100K at the least. (In miles, that’s about 31-62-62.)
Here’s to achieving my goals!
What goals have you crossed off your list this year?
I love to read, I love libraries and, yes, I love the smell of new books. (Crazy?)
But those reasons are why I was drawn in to the blog post that Gini Dietrich wrote on Spin Sucks about her 10 favorite books of all time. It got me thinking about my list.
(I read a lot of graphic novels and science fiction, so if you’re not familiar with those genres, you might not recognize some of the books on my list.)
In no particular order:
- “Watchmen“. If you’ve seen the movie, it pales in comparison to the graphic novel, which reprints a 12-issue series from the 1980s. There’s not much I can say about it that hasn’t already been said. Go read it.
- “Towing Jehovah” (and the rest of the Godhead trilogy). God is dead, and the characters in this series have to deal with those ramifications. Yes, there’s philosophy addressed, but there’s also great development and characters.
- “Dune” (and the rest of the original series). The spice will flow. Duh.
- “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?“ Ihad a tough time with this one. There’s probably a few other Philip K. Dick titles that could be here, but I want with this iconic novel.
- “Crime and Punishment“. This is on the list for the tone of the novel, which haunts me to this day. There are certainly a lot of great classics that could be included, but this one was my favorite. “Great Expectations” was a close second.
- “Crush It!“ This business/self-help/motivational scribe is the kick in the pants that you didn’t know you needed. Read it, live it.
- “Bone“. A fantastic fantasy comic book series collected in this large paperback. How does a group of strangers in a valley kingdom have ties to that kingdom without knowing so?
- “Cerebus: Church & State.” This series was 300 issues and lasted decades. And there’s some controversy surrounding the creator, Dave Sim, and some of the later volumes. But the Church & State storyline (volumes 3 and 4 of the series) have some of the best characters, humor and story. (The High Society storyline, volume 2, is also excellent, and would be recommended if you decide to read Church & State.)
- “Demo“. A great marriage of moody dialogue and writing and equally as deep art create this short graphic novel, a compilation of 12 issues.
- “Freakonomics“. Using economics to tackle questions that some would think should be tackled with other disciplines. And reaching unexpected conclusions.