Monday, January 6, 2014

You don’t get smarter as you get older. There’s just less stupid stuff left that you haven’t already done.

Recapping: We have decided to reinvent ourselves from touring cyclists to randonneuring cyclists. Al's plan is to gradually increase our mileage and speed. Right now we are doing metric centuries each time we go out for a ride.

This level of riding is a lot, but it's pretty much what you do when you are touring. It's basically a time management issue. You've got to set aside the hours for the riding, but, more important, you've got to set aside the time you need each day for resting. A nap in the afternoon. A good night's sleep each night. Which means you need to carefully edit the things you need to do each day "to have a life." Less important activities need to be scaled back. (Being unemployed is definitely a big plus here.)

We started the new routine in December. At first I'd start each day with a full tank of gas. Then we'd go out riding. And I'd come home with maybe of a quarter a tank of gas left for the rest of the day. This week I'm coming home with maybe a third of a tank left for the rest of the day. In other words, it's getting better!

 What's life without the stupid stuff?