Back at the beginning of the year, there was a thread about New Years Goals. In step with my non-conformity, I posted that my goal this year to ride without concern for speed, distance, averages, or any of the competitive components of bike as a race to some end, but to meander more without a specific goal in mind. I find when I do this, I have one of those grins on my face that has to be wiped off, but always returns.
A couple weeks ago, I posted a goal of riding 32 miles to procure a plate of Biscuits & Gravy. That was a great ride with grinning results. Yesterday, I decided to repeat the ride and breaking away from my goals to not be competitive (with myself) I took the ride stats (yes, i do keep ride stats from the computer, but really only as a log for memories) and tried to out do my previous ride. It was miserable. The headwind didn't help, but beyond that I was so focused on outcome of the ride that I hated every second of it.
Anyway, I have been watching a thread on a 29r forum that I frequent and it reminded me of my goals, or lack thereof that makes cycling fun for me. I can really appreciate this guys post. I think you can view the post, just not his pics without signing up.