Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Commuting is a Joy

It's really been a while, hasn't it. That's apparently going to be standard fare for the next 4.5 weeks.

Recently I've had the opportunity to get to know a neighbor. Tom lives a few houses down and commutes to work everyday by bike. Well, until he crashed in a race and recently had surgery on his leg. We had a nice chat on the bus the other day. At one point I asked him what he does in the rain. He basically said, there's nothing you can do. You will get wet. Just get out and ride.

So I have. Well, twice. Two weeks ago I rode into work, and got a flat two blocks from the office. That put me off until yesterday when I finally changed the tire and cleaned up the drivetrain a bit and rode this morning. What a treat! Beautiful view of house lights on the lake. 52 degrees and no rain. Very few cars on the road. It was great.

I did take a different route this morning which took me up a short but steep hill (not unlike most hills in the area), about 75 feet vertical in one tenth of a mile (~20% grade). Near the top of the hill was a fresh(ish) spattering of vomit. Rough hill, too much breakfast. I hope they're okay.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 goals

It's that time of year! I forget how much I like new years, and the clean slate they provide. 2009 was a great year. I'm in better shape than I've been in over a decade (that feels weird to say given that my 28th birthday is around the corner), and I've accomplished a lot of firsts and milestones in 2009. I completed my first triathlon. I've run and biked farther than ever before (run - 16.3 miles; bike 100 miles).

I've been thinking about some things I want to accomplish in 2010. I've always wanted to do a half IronMan triathlon, but that will need to wait. If 2009 taught me anything, it's that patience is key in endurance sports. So this year I want to spend getting faster at shorter distances and building up a better base. I also want to try out a few cycling races.

Without further adieu, here are my goals for 2010:

  1. Complete 2 sprint triathlons
  2. Complete a sprint in 1h10m (that will be a 10 minute PR)
  3. Race in 2 crits
  4. Workout in some way for 20 minutes each day Mon-Sat for the year. Sunday is my rest day, always, but I should be able to find a way to do something each day.
  5. Go for at least a 50 mile bike ride once a month.
  6. Climb the zoo hill road once a month from April to September
Happy 2010 to you all!