I have challenged myself to cycle each and every day during the month of April. Actually, the challenge is broader than that. In addition to cycling every day, I am committed to not using the SUV this month, not even to transport the bikes.
My intent is not to cycle more, although I am certain I will. No, my intent is to inspire others to get on their bikes. So far, no one has taken up my challenge, at least not openly. Not even interested family and friends. Sometimes, all that is needed to change behaviour is a little push. That’s what I am doing. Encouraging people to cycle sooner than they might otherwise.
I have a lot of bikes. “Too many”, some say. In my mind, I can never have too many bikes. They serve different purposes. The more I have, the more opportunity I have to ride.
I pulled all the bikes out today, making certain they are all in good working order. I plan to ride all of them this month – the commuter, the road bikes and, the mountain bikes. Today, I rode 2 of them. I did a 90 minute hilly, training ride on the Roberts and, after cleaning up, rode to a local cafe for lunch on my Kuwahara. Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, I am planning a 2.5 hour tempo, flat ride on the Roberts.
My bikes don’t have names. I envy those of you that have chosen endearing names for your rides. Instead, I refer to mine by the manufacture’s name – Roberts, Garneau, Cervelo, Kuwahara, Rocky Mountain, “Goose”. Boring! And, believe me, I have tried.
The mountain bikes won’t get much ice time. I enjoy trail riding but transport them to find suitable terrain and, I am committed to not driving. That’s alright. I prefer the road bikes anyway.
So, if you are on the couch, get up. Commit. Get going. Get onto your bike. The weather is warm. The days are longer. You have no excuse.