Happy New Year From Recycled Cycles
We hope you all had a Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Now that we’re back into the routine, it’s resolution time. At our house, we’ll be cutting back on the bad stuff (beer, wine, ice cream) and increasing the good stuff (exercise, regular sleep, veggies). And of course, we hope to spend a few more hours in the saddle this year than we did last year. To that end, here are some tips to help with cycling-related resolutions.
- Be specific. Set intentions that you can quantify. Instead of the vague “I want to ride my bike more in 2012,” resolve to ride three times a week or 50 miles on the weekends – or whatever amount appeals to you.
- Set goals. It always helps to have something to work for. If you race, take a look at last year’s times and figure out what you can aim for. If you’re a recreational cyclist, sign up for a group ride like the STP (registration opens Jan. 10 for Cascade members) or BikeMS. If you keep your eye on the prize it will be easier to get out and ride week in and week out.
- Grab a friend. Or several friends! In many ways, cycling is a social activity. Find friends with similar goals and keep each other accountable. It’s more fun, and you’ll be more successful.
- Plan for success. Let’s face it, we’ve got a few more months of rain to look forward to around here. If you let a little wet weather keep you indoors, it will be a long winter. Prepare to deal with the weather so that it’s a non-issue: fenders and rain gear are your friends!
Here’s to all of us rolling through 2012 healthy and happy!