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Not Another New Year’s Resolution Post

January 2, 2012

20120102-105223.jpgLast week the blogosphere was abuzz with people’s New Year’s resolutions (and where there were resolution posts there were also resolution mocking posts). I’ve recapped these for your convenience: eat well, get fit, do yoga, ride more, be kind, do more good stuff. All fine ways for self-betterment. Unfortunately, their actual end-states are mostly intangible. Am I fit relative to a fat slob or an ultra-marathoner? Achieving these resolutions depends on whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person (I’ve always felt if the glass contained half its capacity, I just needed a smaller glass). Therefore, if you add “be an optimist” to you list you should have no problem achieving your resolutions – unless of course “be an optimist” is your first resolution to be broken.

This year I won’t bother gloating about how I plan to make my existence better than yours. First, resolutions were so January 1st (I missed the bandwagon). Second, why bother with resolutions? If you find an opportunity to improve yourself, just do it, don’t wait for that ball to drop. Lastly, I don’t do resolutions. I set goals. And no, it’s totally not the same thing. Goals require focus, long-term diligence and effort. Resolutions are drunken wishes for a magical lifestyle change. Goals are obtainable. Resolutions are broken by all but a meager one percent (that’s why these people are so angry – and don’t make these people angry).

Anyway, you can stop reading here. The remaining post contains my resolutions goals for 2012. It’s listed here for public record so I can be held accountable.

  1. Participate in 3 group rides (like this and this and this).
  2. Ride 2500 miles (16 miles x 4 days a week x 40 weeks).
  3. Complete 30 days of bike “adventures” during one month (April? May?).
  4. Be kind (hey, good resolutions can be good goals too – have to strive for something. I’ll figure out how to quantify this one later).
3 Comments leave one →
  1. kipp Williams permalink
    January 4, 2012 6:46 pm

    I got a ride that will be 9-10 days and it opens up in May? 100% pure adventure with plenty of preservatives to keep the memories for years.


    • January 4, 2012 6:50 pm

      Hmm, now I’m intrigued…

      Would this ride be possible using a single-speed track bike, a mountain bike outfitted for commuting, or a 16-inch folding bike?


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