2015 wasn’t the best year for me, on or off the bike, and I’m glad it’s over. But it wasn’t all bad.
- Built myself two new bikes and bought/built a new one for my wife.
- Rode the fat-bike in the snow, on rail trails, at Powderhorn 24, on single-track, and in the Minnesota River Bottoms.
- Went camping a few times (and a few times more than the year before) and mini-touring.
- Managed to show up for, ride, and finish exactly one gravel race.
- Rode nearly all of the 30 Days of Biking.
- Instituted a weekly coffee outside ride that continues on (more or less) into the new year.
- Sold a bunch of frames and other gear, and didn’t buy too much in return.
- Bought a tenkara rod and went bike-fishing a few times.
- Bought a new point/shoot camera and took more photos.
You’ll notice the absence of long training rides, long gravel races, too many events, and anything else that requires discipline, application, and preparation. 2015 just wasn’t the year for that.
So what are my plans for 2016?
One the one hand, I’d like to say that I have mileage goals, time-in-the-saddle goals, touring/camping goals, fitness goals, or some other kind of goal.
But honestly, I don’t.
I just want to 2016 to be better than 2015, both on the bike and off. I want to be fitter this time next year than I am now (and not just bike-fit) and I want to have ridden my bike more and enjoyed it more in a years time than I have in the last year.
As such, I have some directions, but nothing in the way of goals. Some of these directions include but are not limited to long, slow road rides, touring, coffee-making, hammock-swinging, fishing, overnights, and riding the fat-bike in the dirt.
Where do you want 2016 to take you?