just a little rant/vent:
I've been struggling a bit with my motivation to get some road riding in ever since I lost my job in early December (no worries, I'm employed again... --I used to commute there regularly, charting at least 15 miles a day (9.5 miles each way, but some mornings I'd ride the bus half way in order to avoid being sweaty/sticky for early meetings). So I figured I would put my mountain bikes to good use--and get out for some "real" trail riding. Saturday morning was my second time out this year on the MTB--and it was HARD! Holy smokes--sure, the commuting conditioned me a bit for the cardio side of things, but obviously nowhere near enough! I had to get off and do the walk of shame a few times, and it was very humbling/humiliating (though the group of guys I ride with are very gracious/understanding). And it isn't as if I'm on some massive/technical trail (it was Monroe Truck Trail in the Glendora area, to the top of Mystic). Sheesh.
So now, the obvious--I need to ride more. I need to ride uphill more. I need to ride steep uphills more, and learn to pace myself better. The view from the top, and the ride down, made all the suffering going up worth while. But I have to remember to remind myself of that as I'm panting near the nausea threshold on the way up It isn't just about having cool bikes for me anymore (it was that for far too long). Now I have to earn their keep. That new-to-me Trek 9.9 Remedy? What a waste for it to sit in storage. So it was the steed I was suffering on this weekend.
And my goals for 2014: at least 100 miles in the first quarter, on the mountain bike. Re-starting my road bike commuting routine (new employer is amenable to it, so just have to do it..). And re-capture my motivation.