So unfortunately over the last year my riding amount has slowly decreased until it became virtually non-existant (unfortunately much like my status here...). I don't even really know why it happened, other than it slowly became more and more easy to make excuses. I think the biggest one was that I was stuck at school and somehow found other things that were easier to run off and do. Absurdly lame of course (except for having a record ski season ).
Until recently with the ski season pretty much over, I'd become almost completely lethargic. Now for the last few months I've wanted to start actually getting into shape--since I never really was back when I was riding--and figured that I would start running. Finally a good friend of mine had me go to the Jack Quinn's Running Club leisurely 5k down here in the Springs when it was at the Boulder Running Company. After getting fitted for some nice shoes at the time, I've been hooked since.
What does this have to do with riding?
So for the last month I've been following a running program to get me so that I'm able to run a solid 30minutes non-stop. I've found myself becoming more and more interested in getting fit and am having a blast doing it. Just a week ago I got onto my road bike for the first time in probably six or seven months (hey, Calc II was a b*tch and took a lot of studying time lol) and it was FANTASTIC. Although I obviously don't have the endurance I would like, I'm getting back into it. The indescribable rush of tucking low downhill and keeping up with cars. The pain of spinning up a hill. MAGNIFICENT. And tonight topped it all off. It's a 'rest day' for running and I couldn't bare it any longer. I finally took out my hardtail that has been neglected for even longer than my road bike: there wasn't anywhere at school to keep it. Just turning the cranks and hearing the rachety click of the free hub in back was nothing less than therapeutic. Pumping into the Shiver SC (yeah I'm old school-ish) and zigzagging down the street was complete nirvana.
Right, well, um. I suppose the point of this post was that sometimes you become so engulfed in your passion that you forget why you're doing it and why you love it--even if that means pretty much abandoning it for almost a year to get motivated back into it.
And... with the school year coming up fairly soon I'll be more motivated than ever to get back into riding. I've got a house in Golden off South Golden Road that I'll be staying in starting a few weeks from now and would love to ride with people. Right now I've only got my roadie and the dj bike but I suppose I'd really be down for whatever. And if anybody wants to go running I'm down too . I'm currently doing about 3miles MWFS and am going to do riding of some sort hopefully every day.
*And if anybody has a cheap fixie they want to unload for someone to commute to School of Mines, on then I'd love to take it*
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