New Year’s Eve, and everyone is doing their New Year’s Resolution. Of course, when I think about it, it’s usually about cycling … Well, I was going to do another Triple Crown for 2015, but that really turned bad.
In March, I had my bad crash … and on my precious Volagi. I still don’t know what happened, and there were no witnesses. Ironically, I had my Go Pro with me, but it wasn’t turned on. Lot of good that did. I think I hit the brakes so hard that I sheared the fork.
In the end, it was determined the frame was totaled … so I got a replacement frame, a Volagi Liscio 2, and while I was at it, might as well upgrade the disc brakes too, to hydraulic. That was nice, going from mechanical to hydraulic … what a difference!
Getting back into shape was tough … I spent about 2 months off, due to cracked ribs, so those grandiose plans of a triple crown were nix’d right away. My plan was to do Solvang, then DMD (to complete it this time) … Plans scrapped.
My plans were re-focused to commuting as much as I can via bike. I was able to get myself in shape to at least to Bike to Work day, and that was awesome. I actually volunteered with SVBC to get all the material and goodies together, and that was a lot of fun.
I then got back into Photography, and bought an Olympic micro 4/3 camera, and loved it. I’m by no means a very artful photographer, but it’s nice to go back and fiddle with the equipment again, and this time taking advantage of the digital advances. I found out, right away, that I have a love for the scenes that nature provides us, especially sunrise and sunsets.
Throughout the year I continued on with my bike commutes, and carrying my camera with me … yes, it’s bulky, but more compact than other digital SLR cameras out there.
The year didn’t go without a couple of extra falls .. I took a spill in the parking lot of my complex, going probably 5 mph … then, another as I was negotiating a hairpin on the bike path. Needless to say, it was not a healthy year for me, to the point where I just want to stay upright.
Still, I was able to get respectable mileage for the year …. For the year, I got 6,205 miles. [Revised] I got 251,528 feet of climbing for the year (according to the Strava Android app … why can’t the desktop site have that?) That’s not bad, considering I had a bunch of time off the bike, and still sustained > 6000 miles for the year. Commute miles do add up.
So what am I looking forward to in 2016? Well, a lot of it depends on if I buckle to the pressure, and sign up for the Death Ride, in July. I’d like to pursue more into digital photography, but a lot of that will depend on what I do cycling-wise.
Happy New Years everyone! Oh, and keep the rubber side down … and I mean it!