Saturday, December 30, 2006

Old Year, New Year

I was hoping to get one last bike ride in this year, but this morning is my last chance...and it is kinda foggy out. This matters because I am fairly risk averse when it comes sharing the road with cars that are way, way bigger than my little Trek. With limited visibility out there, I would be a sitting duck (I say as I literally hear some geese squawking as they fly overhead...yes, I have the windows open...the temperature outside is great, for this time of the year..."The hole in the ozone layer is all right by me"...).

So rather than bike this morning, what I will do about biking! (I know, Des..."you can talk about it better if you do it.") For the year, I ended up pedaling 1356 miles. That's not a lot by serious biker standards, but, for me, it happens to be a personal best. I don't see myself adding too much to that total any time soon, because it would require a ratcheting up of commitment. As it stands right now, those miles mainly come from commuting to and from campus a couple of times a week, a well as regular weekend rides with Team Balla. To cover a lot more ground would require eating into our other leisure pursuits, which I just ain't willing to do at this point.

What I am willing to do is vary my training practices a bit. My current routine mixes bike rides with trips to the gym to work out and a little bit of running thrown in for good measure. I think the next thing to do will be to add some swimming into the mix. Why swimming?'s my fitness goal for the new year...compete in a triathlon! As you might know, triathlons are a mix of swimming, biking, and running. After the first of the year, I will begin to follow some canned training regimen (mental note...need to pick one out), with an eye to completing a triathlon in late spring/early summer.

So there you have that I have said it, maybe, just maybe I will actually do it...

Xin nian kuai le! (Come can figure that one out...just look at the calendar...)



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