New Year’s Day 2017
For the past two years, I’ve started the tradition of going out on a New Year’s Day ride (weather permitting). What better way to start off 2017, than being outside! The day before, I decided to do some laundry and wash my cycling kits, give our puppy a bath, etc…
The next morning, I fueled up on Nature’s Path Oatmeal, Mesa Sunrise Cereal, and Siggi’s Strawberry Rhubarb Skyr (yogurt). Additionally, I thought that New Year’s Day would be a prime opportunity to practice using some of my new GoPro accessories! The ride itself was seamless. I stopped by Bunbury’s Coffee Shop in Piermont, NY for a banana nut muffin and some coffee. On the return route, I opted for the flatter Piermont Road, as opposed to 9W. Overall, I was looking more for a nice recovery ride, as instead of a tempo road ride.
Nevertheless, before diving into my resolutions for this upcoming year, I wanted to share the edited video from yesterday. I definitely recommend watching this in 1080p under the “settings” gear icon.
2017 Cyclehaven9w Resolutions:
- I want to focus more on proper nutrition to fuel my rides. In 2016, there were a few rides where I think timing my mid-ride nutrition could have made for a much better overall experience. I’m thinking specifically about my first attempt to ride to Bear Mountain where Perkins Memorial Drive zapped my energy.
- Tied into the first resolution, I think it’s important to take time during the long rides to enjoy the scenery, have a coffee break, and really clear the mind. I noticed over the past year, my rides were more-so driven by “powering through.” There’s a time and place for sheer power, of course. All in all, I want to be more cognizant of keeping recovery rides as simply that, a recovery.
- Continue documenting the ‘Cyclehaven9w’ journey, developing the website, and promoting the brand. The GoPro that I received for my birthday be perfect for animating the stories. Additionally, I want to begin reaching out to cyclists within the local community to capture their perspective(s) as well. I’m always open to ideas and content suggestions- please feel free to let me know!
- Between work, a puppy, and other responsibilities, it is difficult to get long rides in regularly. Insert: Wahoo Kickr. I will definitely be utilizing the Kickr a lot more in the coming year. In 2016, I logged just over 1,500 miles. I’d like to cross over 2,000 in 2017!
Happy New Year and best of luck in 2017, everyone!