New Year’s Resolutions. Sigh. It’s time to set new goals or hold good intentions to break bad habits. But I am cynical about whether resolve can be obtained through the ticking of a clock from the end of one year into the beginning of the next. And many of the common resolutions – eat less, exercise more, go on Facebook less – are just one hash tag away from the somewhat disturbing label: ‘first world problems’.
For me, biking is a great way to overthrow some of those concerns and find something more meaningful in my life. I don’t need gym membership, I don’t need to diet and Facebook is still a useful tool for meeting up with mates. It’s muddy, unconventional (for women), the wardrobe is not particularly flattering (those who pull it off – well done and how?!?), but more importantly, nobody cares how you look and it usually involves actual people having a great time together. And then there’s nature; peaks and pines, lakes and reservoirs, steep descents and technical rooty bits – one way or another it’s a connection with something bigger than myself. So as I head into what will be my second full year of biking, I have a load of things I want to do. My head is often full of them, the next one pushing the last one out. Pop! So, as I am looking forward to the weather getting warmer and the nights getting longer I thought it would be helpful to write a handful of them down. They’re not resolutions, they are my Revolutions (against a life more ordinary).
- Sleep in the wilderness 12 times (gulp) to complete Alastair Humprheys’ Micro Adventures 2016 and face up to my utter dependence on luxuries
- Learn to flow on the trail and do gap jumps and drops with confidence
- Blog regularly and be proud to share it
- Get at least one article published in a biking magazine and get paid (unless it is The Ride Journal, they don’t pay but their magazine is inspiring)
- Bike in the Alps (Swiss or French, I’m not fussy)
- Take a multi-day bike-backing trip. Friends and I did the Tim Woodcock’s Coast to Coast route last year so the next one will have something to beat
- Support my biking with a slightly more considered diet (I just indiscriminately stuff things in most of the time) and yoga
- And finally, get ‘on it’ with the mechanical stuff!
There are other things that I haven’t written down and, hopefully, I will get involved in many exciting adventures over the next 12 months on and off the bike, but that’s enough, for now. Does everybody else have some great plans for 2016?