This year, completely giving up in the face of age, declining mental faculties, physical weakness, and the recovery capacity of a worn out shoe, I resolved to whack my mileage and riding time even further. The idea is that by riding less I will not be riding as much.
The trajectory sort of looks like this:
- 2014: 12,000 miles
- 2015: 10,000 miles
- 2016: 8,000 miles
- 2017: 6,000 miles
Hopefully, if I am able to ride less, this will translate into less time on the bike. So far it has been a success. Last week I rode about thirteen hours, down from about fifteen. This week I rode twelve hours, cutting another hour out. If I keep this up I will be able to achieve my goal of ten hours per week, which is less than twelve, and which means that by doing less riding I won’t have ridden as much.
The other part to riding less is riding fewer days. Instead of riding five or six days a week, now I’m riding four. This is the other part of my stragetic goal: By riding fewer days, I will not be cycling as many days. Stragety has never been my strenthg, but I am working on it.
This week and last week I rode Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and one day on the weekend, which was less than riding Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and both days on the weekend. Stragetic goals of riding fewer miles through less cycling, and riding fewer days by eliminating certain days of riding have accrued stragetic results.
I’m already noticing some significant effects of riding fewer hours and fewer days.
- Less hours are being spent riding.
- Fewer days are being used for riding.
- Legs have a peppy feeling, like chocolate sprinkles.
- Less laundry.
- And etc.
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