January is month when a lot of people will set their goals for the rest of the year (Note: I’m avoiding the term “resolutions” on purpose). My goals tend to be modest. A year ago, my goal was to ride 50 memorable rides in the year I turned 50. That didn’t quite work out after my crash in September, but I still completed 41 rides (I complete this quest this year, before I turn 51 in August). I also wanted to ride 5000 km, which also didn’t happen due to a low-mileage autumn.
In the final days of 2016, I’ve pulled together a summary of my year in cycling. There are countless resources available online, particularly for those of us who use Strava for our ride summaries.
Slowly I’m adding to my “50 in 50” rides for my 50th year. I’ve accepted that I won’t get to 50 by the end of 2016, but today, I had a fantastic ride that will count as ride #41. With the snow that’s been falling in the past few days, I thought I’d organize a slow fat bike ride in the snow around K-W.
There are still a few days left in 2016, but it’s the time of year when I
reflect on the past 12 months (and I’ve had a lot of time to reflect, given my slow recovery from a concussion).
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve added to my quest for “50 memorable rides in my 50th year”. With my crash and recovery from a concussion, I’ve decided to extend my 50-in-50 into 2017, but I was able to have memorable ride #40 this past weekend. It was memorable for the sole reason that it was my first ride on a NEW BIKE! And I used the opportunity to ride urban paths and trails and scout out a couple of the Highway 85 crossings that I blogged about previously. Continue reading
Share the Road is a cycling advocacy group that is working to make Ontario more cycling-friendly. As an avid cyclist, this is an organization that is near and dear to my heart. Last year, with my three siblings, I rode 100 km in Halton Region to help raise money for this great cause. This year, we were at it again, this time, with more family members participating!
For ride #38, my plan was to enjoy a nice late summer road ride with Tim K. and his friend Dave D. (Both of whom were on my 200km ride earlier this summer).
Now that September is upon us, I thought I’d summarize my ride year so far. There are some good utilities available for Strava users (I’ve been using Strava since the end of 2011). I use Jonathan O’Keeffe’s utilities (which are free), veloviewer.com (limited free usage or a small annual fee for full access)and Strava Labs. I also discovered a cool video-maker for Strava called Relive.
There are many great charities out there and because I’m a cyclist, there’s no shortage of charity bike rides throughout the riding season. I’ve done the Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart, and I’ve ridden to support KW Counselling, Share the Road and the Lung Association. This past weekend I took part in a ride to support Kate’s Kause. Continue reading