Among the more competitive types in our sport, typically the A and B groupers, we get so focused on workouts, average pace, or Strava segments, that we completely forget to ride just for the sake of riding.
If you’re in that category, like me, then read on. If you’re not in that category, then read on anyway and laugh about our foibles. :-)
Getting caught up in it all...
The spring thaw finally getting going and the best time of year to ride just about here! By the sound of it, some may still be stuck with Old Man Winter for a bit longer, but at least freedom is on the horizon! So. Dang. Excited.
Forget planning trips or other things, let’s at least get out and ride in what is wonderful weather. The shear joy of blasting down the trails or feeling the wind go by on a perfect section of road, it’s hard to beat (especially if fresh pavement got put down over the off season, oh the joy...
Wait, are the holidays already over? That went WAY too fast. Seriously.
I suppose that's what happens when you work too much and don't get enough play time. So, is this where new year's resolutions come in? I've never been very good at those, but kudos to those who try, and more kudos to those who try and see at least a modicum of success!
Here's my thoughts on the new year that lies ahead...
The show turned out to be a great opportunity to meet with brands that have incredible stories, reconnect with people we hadn't seen in a while and generally have a blast. In many ways, the new environment and the adventures at NorthStar made for an exciting trip that all told was well worth it! We hope the show's organizers consider it a success as we'd enjoy coming back next year. Read More
We're changing our name and thought it would be a great opportunity to start with why, as Simon Sinek so aptly puts it in his book.
MilitaryCyclist.com was built on the foundation of providing members of the armed forces, past and present, with top-notch cycling gear at great prices along with great advice. Over the years we’ve succeeded in this endeavour beyond our wildest dreams.
Every year in late September, it's time for Interbike which is, for now, still the most important bicycle trade show and demo in the USA. For us at GovVelo, it’s a crucial time of year to gain as much product knowledge as possible and get hands-on experience. This year Interbike moved from Las Vegas to Reno / Tahoe. Read More
Suddenly, it was as if my muscles finally understood what my brain wanted them to do. I went from uncoordinated flapping of arms to these rhythmic, timed movements. Pull, finish, lift, plunge, pull, finish lift plunge, breathe. It wasn’t perfect, but it was amazing. And just as I felt everything click, Danny saw it. Read More
After procrastinating as long as possible, I’d get in the water, loudly protest about the temp again, and proceed to thrash my way back and forth across the pool until I either ran out of time or somehow managed to complete the workout. I’d gratefully hop out of the pool full of a sudden burst of relief driven energy and take the best shower ever. Seriously, without fail this shower is the best part of my swim. It means the end of my suffering, that I’ve overcome my fear and that I won’t have to do this stupid thing for at least another 48 hours. Read More
Danny had the brilliant idea that we should kick off the wall and swim freestyle to the other side of the pool. This is where my lofty self-image of swimming grandeur crashed back to earth. If you remember back to my last post, I had swum 25 yards before… in a pool… and nearly died. Somehow, I didn’t feel that my bubbles and wall kicks were going to improve things all THAT much. But ok, here we go. Read More
If you’ve paid at least some attention to the news in the world of bikes, you’ve probably heard about e-bikes. What started out primarily as a technology only found in commuter or urban bikes, has spread to just about every category, including mountain bikes. Read on for our take on an ever growing segment of the cycling world. Read More
The variety of saddle bags and tools to fill them with are abundant, and that’s putting it mildly. The problem is, most of us put tools in there without ever really thinking about what we truly need. We lug around stuff we don’t need, or worse, the wrong tools. Even worse than that is tools that don’t hold up (maybe that was the reason the CO2 inflator was in the clearance bin for $0.99?). Read More
In my first blog post, we established I hate water and swimming. Now, you might be wondering how I got from there to aspiring to compete in an Ironman?
See, I married a man who loves terrible sports. Road and mountain biking, skiing, and you guessed it, swimming.