Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Dreaded Post

I don't usually apologize for not blogging, but in this case I will. I haven't blogged lately because I've been pouting and feeling sorry myself. Sometimes when you put pressure on yourself and you fall short, it hits you especially hard.

Most of you know that I was shooting for 10,000 miles this year. Cutting to the chase, it isn't going to happen. As a matter of fact, I'm shutting down rather drastically for a bit. I've been struggling for a while now with my back/neck issues and I just kept fighting (stubbornly) through chasing THE goal. Sometimes fighting through can be a good thing, but when it gets to the point where you get blurred vision, lose equilibrium, and can't sleep, it just might be a sign that you need to step back, heal, and go after it again. As a matter of fact, as I write this I'm hooked up to a TENS unit (electrical stimulation) trying to relieve some pain so I can function at work. I'm sitting at my desk, too pained to want to leave for lunch. I really screwed up by not listening to my body closer. Now I have to heal.

No more pity stories. After all, 9,000+ miles is still a pretty darn good consolation prize. On to the future. Next year resolutions will be:

* no logging miles (oh, I'm sure I'll have a *general* idea of my mileage)
* more time on the tandem with my wife and kids in an attempt to both spend more time with them and stimulate their interest in riding
* more time with wife and kids in general
* less worry about riding EVERY night and more focus on longer rides when I do ride
* more century-plus rides
* Gut Check 2008 (?) *Question Mark removed by gentle suggestion of Mr. Bite
* more bicycle advocacy
* more focus on our local bike club growth and structure
* using cycling for charitable purposes (MS Society, Big Friend/Little Friends, Ulcerative Colitis, etc)

See, I'm done pouting and now I'm looking forward to next year. There is therapy in blogging!

Ride on!


barry said...

there are lots of people who don't even bike 9000 miles in their life.

congrats on putting in a lot more miles than i ever could!

thE_kErnEl said...

sounds as if you're keep those priorities straight. mileage is over rated anyhow.

SD_pedalpower said...

Make it fun 1st. You are heading in the right direction. Great job on the miles you put in and very few can say they put in that many miles. Now heal up and go ride for fun.

Snakebite said...

OK, some asshole hacked into your blog and put a question mark in parentheses behind Gut Check 2008. We all know you'll be doing the Gut Check in 2008, right?!?

bikingbrady said...

Who in the hell did that? The only question is SAG. I'm not sure my wife has necessarily forgotten this year yet.

Doug said...

9,000 miles logged is more miles in one year than 99% of the serious cyclists out there. I have also gotten overly obsessed with my mileage the past 5 years or so. I'm seriously thinking of taking the computers off my bikes for 2008...okay maybe I won't go that far. But I have thought about all the time I'd have to do other things if I only did 5,000 miles instead of 8,000. Hope you heal fast!