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This is the first summer in a long time that I had no real goals other than ‘ride my bike lots.’ No events. No big solo distances. I’ll be in Wales next week, visiting my family, and I definitely want to fit some mountain bike rides in, but that’s not what I’d call a goal. It’s more of a calling.
Last summer I did a lot of trail running. I know. I know. That’s another site. But my goals were all around the two ultra-marathons I attempted (and finished). The events themselves were one thing. The real goals were just to do the training, I think, to have the experience of piling all that endurance up in a big pile and see what it would buy me.
In other summers I’ve taken on local events, like the Honey 100 or the Ronde Rosey (an off the books kinda thing). I’ve ridden four or five flavors of D2R2. I’ve done long mountain bike weekends at Kingdom Trails.
All that running last summer made me long for the bike though. And all the planning and grinding and epic nonsense made me long for less structure, less struggle, and less injury. So this summer I bought myself a new full-suspension mountain bike and got back to the simple pleasure of riding every day, if only for a little while. Once I was back to riding regularly, I found inspiration for the gravel and hardtail bikes too.
It’s been all the things, in all the ways, with a lot of people, and a lot on my own, and that’s been good. In some ways, just getting back to that root fun was my goal. To be up for a ride all the time, and to be down for the fun all the time.
Boss level unlocked.
This week’s TCI Friday asks, what were your summer plans or goals? Did you do them, or are they still out in front of you? What are you trying to get done before the season ends, if it ever really does?