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This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing.


And that, in a nutshell, is what I'm working on.

The New Rules

Be here now.

When I'm off the bike, don't waste energy planning my next ride, or wishing I had time to ride today, or trying to figure out how I can re-arrange my schedule to make time to ride.

When I have time, go. When I don't, don't.

Save nothing.

No training plan, no "saving a few matches" for the next climb. Full gas from the jump. There is only one ride: this ride.

I can't resist having some kind of plan. But it's pretty tightly focused: I want to be able to climb the First St. Steeps.

Don't overthink it.

Pick the ride I have time for. I'm lucky enough to have a half-dozen great 45-minute rides that start from my driveway. If I can spare an hour, I pick one of those.

Do everything else first.

It's tempting to think that I can go for a ride while the sun is out, and catch up on housework after. I can't. My new deal is: I only ride when I genuinely have time. Everything else is actually handled.

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