^^ No, that's a tough one. Stay safe and let us know if you need anyone to "watch" your bike while you're away.
My goals for 2013
Keep pedaling and never stop ever again, have fun, smile, not die at Old Pueblo my first ever 24 hour race (did I mention I am doing this solo, still not sure what I was thinking), buy a real light before the race, buy a new bike since mine is a vintage piece of history that I killed the pull shock on last week and Fox doesn't make parts to fix it with anymore, inspire more people to ride and ride better, find women to ride with, find people in my area to ride with, keep meeting more random people while out riding, somehow convince my husband that riding more than 6 miles really is fun, try out single speed, catch up on all the changes in the cycling industry since I left racing and riding in 2004, find a job doing something cycling related that inspires me and doesn't make my brain feel like it is melting (not riding related I know), keep learning how to fix things on my bike, and last but not least remember I can always learn to ride better.
Last year I learned in the 9 months I have been riding again.
How to night ride with an old halogen lamp and a flashlight headlamp.
How to replace derailleur cables and a handlebar.
Riding in newly built trails in AZ means you really should invest in slime tubes ( I still don't have tubeless)
Don't walk your bike in the dark over large rocks without looking down first (how I broke my handlebar).
A passion for riding a bike can not be forced.
I still love rocks and single track.
Riding my bike still makes me smile!
This isn't flying, this is falling with style.
Thanks for the offer, but I think my boyfriend can handle it! But I may enlist the help of the women's lounge when I buy a post-deployment new bike. I keep hearing all this chatter about twenty- niners... maybe I need to check this out!
Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
2012 Goals: Learn how to mountain bike. Started the year very slowly and tentatively at China Camp, a fun, beginner singletrack loop north of San Francisco. Got off and walked over rocky bits and near cliffs. Had great difficulty with switchbacks, rocks, etc. Have since learned how to wheelie (but not hold it), feel confident in switchbacks, can drift around corners, completed the Downieville XC race (slowly), won a few beginner Super D style races towards the end of the year.
I find that racing really lights a fire under my ass to improve. The pressure and the adrenaline makes me conquer fears. We know the techniques...we've heard them over and over again. We just need the confidence to do what we know. For me, the fear of a girl behind me passing me makes me go, "well ****, I guess I'd better do this." And it usually all works out.
2013: improve core strength, leg strength, flexibility, and not lose too much base fitness. Ride as much dirt as I can until the end of my first trimester (and maybe for a little while longer).
I'm looking forward to riding in 2013. I've still got about 11 more weeks of cooking this kid then I (mostly) get my body back all to myself. I've done a good job of maintaining my fitness throughout my pregnancy but haven't been riding really technical trail in a while. So I'm sure I'll have to do a little work getting my cajones back.
My main goal for 2013 is do some sort of endurance race in the fall after my hubby's race season is over. Maybe an 8 hour solo or marathon mtb race. Although not riding related I would also like to do a half marathon, I know I'll be doing a lot of running while were on the road for hubby's race season so that would give me a good goal while pushing our little spawn around in the bob stroller.
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My goals are pretty simple. I'll be moving to an area where I won't know anyone in about 3 months, & I just want to ride more & meet some cool fellow chicas to ride with. I can't want for more than that.
Been riding less than a year, but am so totally hooked into it now that it's slightly ridiculous. Nearly got to 500 miles ridden in 2012 (April to December), which seems like a pitifully small amount. But between work, wife, kids & keeping the house from falling apart I guess it wasn't a bad start.
So for 2013 one of my goals is to at least double 2012‘s total miles. Basically shooting for a minimum of 1000.
Would also like to actually go on a specific MTB'ing road trip. I live in the Kansas City area so looking for destinations within a somewhat reasonable driving distance. We'll see what time & money will allow for this goal!
Definitely want to expand my mech skills so I can start taking on more & more of my own bike maintenance.
Also thinking of entering my first race sometime this year. I know I'm nowhere near "race shape" but I think it'd be a kick to at least try it and see what it's all about. I don't foresee a spot on the podium anytime soon, just looking to survive that first race.
- do at least one multi day trip in the Himalayas (Annapurna, here I come!).
- Bikebikebike... as much as possible! The more I bike, the more fit I am, the more fit I am, the more I can bike, and the more I bike, the braver I get, and the braver I get the more exciting rides I can go on (see goal 1)! (it's a lovely cycle)
- upgrade to a full suspension and work on my downhill control, cornering and drops.
That's the spirit!
Originally Posted by EcoTravelerChick
My goals for this year are to ride more new to me trails. Which hopefully includes more road trips and fantastic scenery and fresh air. I have also been putting together a bikepacking kit and hope to put it to some good use this year. For that I hope to find some girls who also want to spend a couple of days on the trail and nights under the stars. Basically I just hope to enjoy life as much as possible and see as much as possible from wherever my bike can take me.
kinsler: I actually saw a really cool picture of a armed forces member who managed to get a bike and trainer out there. He was training for a triathlon still apparently while he was there.
This is the pic:
Thanks- I actually shipped my old road bike that my LBS Frankensteined up for me with a trainer. Unfortunately the army changed the base I'm going to, but I should be able to get it forwarded. I'm hopefully the base I'm going to is big enough that I can actually get some outside time as well. I'm currently going through training/clearing and have been now 8 days without riding and I'm already seriously jonesing for a ride! I'll post up some pics once I get settled... I'm already dreaming about that July evening that I'll be reunited with my bike(s)!
Originally Posted by jayseakay
^^ Hang in there! And safe travels. Reward yourself with a glorious ride upon your return.
Night riding has always been on my list! We would love to see more ladies come out and race our night series in Indianapolis, IN! Very challenging, but SO MUCH FUN! Check us (Indiana MTB) out and consider adding night riding to your goals.
This thread is full of win.
I have focused so much on my running goals that I haven't had a bike goal for a while, so I am beyond excited!
1. Get TFOT and RIDE at least 2x a week. Doesn't matter if it is to the grocery store, bar & grill, with the kids to the park, or an all day trail ride extravaganza...just ride!
2. Ride with other people more. I sometimes get to meet up with Bethany1 on here and fat bike locally, super awesome good time. I would like to ride with more people instead of alone, good for the soul
3. Get more trail confident in speed climbs and descents, lay off the brake and trust my body to do what it does best....avoid getting hurt! Look at where I want to go, not where I don't want to end up!!!
4. Learn to hop, idle, and ride the local singletrack(all 12 miles out & back) on my mountain unicycle. So far, I can just ride flatland and hills with gravel but staying in the singletrack groove I just can't muster yet. What a NOOB
5. Night ride! That sounds like so much fun! I have a decent light coming and can't wait to try it out! I commuted for years with a crappy RoadToad light and just finally realized lights have come really far now, I should invest in a new one. There is nothing better than a late night summertime ride! Yummy!
there's tons of military guys around VA/D.C. where we were last stationed, many who have done this.. try the Virginia or DC forum. I'm sure you can find out more info
Originally Posted by kinsler
Completed my first longer-distance Mtb rides: Moco Epic 50 miler, 9 Hours of Cranky Monkey, 12 hours of Quantico, and a few 4-5 hour solos. Got married. Happily married.
Finish the 2 100milers I entered: Mohican 100 in June and the SM100 in September.
Complete the MS 150mile ride
Race as many XC races as possible
Get more girls into the Single Speed class, so I'm not bored and alone.
Get through my crazy mental blocks when I start to bonk
Work on Downhill switchbacks.
Ride as much as possible
This is all going to be an interesting year. My husband is in the Army and we were just moved from VA/D.C. that is close to everything MTb to Ohio, where there aren't hills for about 6 hours of driving. It;s going to take a lot, but we also have no where to go out all night either. Much less drinking this year!
^ Katie, where in Ohio? Anywhere near Cleveland? There's Ray's Indoor MTB Park for the winter months. It does stink you'll have elevational challenges, though. Pump tracks, perhaps?
we're in Dayton at WPAFB.. Ray's is closer then it used to be, but still 3.5 hours or so
night rides ARE awesome. i'ts a little scary on technical trails, but its a whole 'nother experience worth trying!
Originally Posted by Nakedbabytoes
+100000!!! I cannot wait for summer night rides!!
Bike and trainer made it. In fact they would have been here upon arrival if the Army hadn't changed my location last minute. I'm spending 6 days a week on the trainer and supplementing that with 3-4 days of running and 4 days of gym stuff. I think the cross training is really helping me maintain my fitness as well as combating the boredom! I just need to find my long movies for my weekend "long ride!"
glad to hear it! let us know how it's going! stay safe
I like this idea of setting goals! Here we go:
find cheap reliable second hand downhill bike
take said bike to lift access hill 2x/week
join Thursday night race series with said bike, and NOT come in last
organize Wednesday Women's evening bike ride during season
ride 'stupid traverse' which means getting over my left handed exposure fear
uphill switchback improvement, MAJOR improvement needed
visit skills park weekly, ride rails, bridges, pump track
ride the downhills I currently walk on some of my trails (Oh dear, swine flu, slunt, hyperextension)
Keep track of my rides and mileage
ride by myself if needed (it's the bears that scare me)
learn how to change a tire quickly and use a quicklink and replace a derailleur hanger
I think that is it for now. That is probably enough, that is a big list for a season that hasn't even started yet!!
Cleopatra, do you carry bear spray or ? I have bear spray for camping/hiking that clips on so that is my plan. Same plan for problem moose and men.
Since I am very new I have lots of goals but here is where I am starting.
2013 Goals Part 1:
Learn basic bike maintenance (going to a class tonight)
Learn more advanced bike maintenance (next month -Over three weeks will cover how to take apart, rebuild and place back together the front end of the bike, brakes, seat, pedals, rebuild/tune and the drive train.-I like knowing how stuff works, what it's called and how to fix it. )
Build up my ride time and distance (snow better melt soon)
Learn to lift the front wheel (am getting better at this already)
Learn to go over obstacles
Learn to track stand (I managed 30 seconds yesterday!)
Signed the kids up for a kids mb workshop that parents are encouraged to particpate in (starts in May)
Join Alaska Dirt Diva's (checks in the mail)