Having suggested 3 achievable cycling related New Years resolutions, I thought it only fair to open up and share my own. My goals are not really fitness related, though many of them will have that as an added benefit. My main driving force is to expand my horizons and to spend more time on the bike, because it makes me happy.
Without further ado, here are the main things I wish to achieve on 2 wheels in 2016, in no particular order.
I got my lovely touring bike 6 months ago. It has served me well as a commuting bike in London, but it is time to set it free and actually do what it was made for, and what I brought it for. I desperately want to go explore the world by bike so 2016 is the year I will start doing it, even if I start small.
I have a tendency to obsess over gear and planning and so I have thought a lot about touring, but not actually committed to it. I let planning something get the better of me to the point where I psych myself out. Therefore, I just need to get on with it and do a short, easy weekend tour to break the ice.
Riding on country roads actually scares me quite a lot and I have never done it. The thought of traffic speeding by me at 60 miles per hour is not an unreasonable thing to be scared of really, but it should not stop me from embracing something that I know I really need – the ability to escape the city and normal life for a few days.
Enter at least one event
I have decided that I need some accountability and way points in my cycling. I will get some of that with touring, but I also need some less time consuming goals. There are tons of events out there that look fun and are easily accessible from London, or in London.
I am not a traditional road cyclist really, nor do I aspire to be one (or own the bike for it). Therefore, I am going to try to go for events that give me something a little different from my normal London cycling experiences. I am not sure I am going to go full cyclo-cross as in the image, but some countryside and off road will be involved.
Master clip-less pedals
This may seem like a silly aim to many of you, but being physically attached to my bike actually really scares me. However, if I wish to tour then life will be more efficient if I conquer my fear. To this end, my only cycling related gifts this festive period were some new pedals and shoes. I went for trekking ones which have a flat side and a clip in side so I can still ride to a cafe in regular shoes.
I am sure I will fall at some point, every one seems to, but ideally it won’t be in to the canal and won’t hurt too much.
Be better at maintenance
Over the past year I have expanded my bike maintenance skills. However, there is a limit to my knowhow and I find it more restrictive than I would like.
I can do most basic maintenance tasks, but I am lacking some of the bigger ones needed in a yearly service. I also need to know more about general bike mechanics so I am able to fix things when out on the road for several days. The end goal of touring is to be able to go into the wilderness, but to do this I need to be able to fix pretty much everything on my bike.
In the past I have set very ambitious goals and failed to keep up with them. Usually they were not bike related so it was harder to motivate myself. Starting something new is surprisingly hard so this year I am sticking to what I know best: Cycling.
With the goals stated above I am simply aiming to develop things I am already doing, but take them a bit more seriously. As cycling is inherently a physical activity, they also handily count as fitness goals and resolutions. Hopefully, putting it out for all you fine people to read will make me even more accountable and likely to do them. I will keep you updated of course!
Have you set yourself some goals for this year and are they based off of previous interests and intents? Or are you someone who can set completely completely new goals and succeed?