A guest post by Laura Colbert of Loose Nuts Cycles in Atlanta, GA
I’m really excited to follow Arleigh’s New Years post from yesterday. I too have spent the past couple of weeks reflecting on the past year and what I would like to see in the coming year. In 2012, my household became a one car family so I spent a lot of time on my Civia Lindon commuting to and from work. That’s been a super positive change. I feel stronger, my bike gets ridden more often, and we’re saving some money. Also, I got to do more bike camping, which is always a fun adventure. Unfortunately, I did way less mountain biking than I would have liked in 2012. Keeping that in mind, I set a couple goals for 2013:
1. Stop biting my nails. (This has been on my to-do list for awhile. I got acrylic nails to try to help this effort. I feel weird with regular length fingernails….we’ll see how this one goes.)
2. Take better care of my teeth. (I hate flossing, but we can all do a better job of taking care of our bodies in some way, right?)
3. Be on my mountain bike more. Subgoal: Ride most of the SERCS races.
Over the past month or so, I talked to my partner about my goals for the new year, and being the amazingly supportive partner that he is (not to mention a bike shop owner), he got me this beautiful Salsa Spearfish as a Christmas gift:
This full suspension 29er is a big step up from my pieced-together, 26″ hard tail mountain bike that was built on a dated Raleigh frame. I was so excited about the new bike that I got started on my New Years goal a little early. We tagged along with some friends on a ride on north Georgia (although we weaved in and out of North Carolina a bit). To fit with my New Year’s resolution and my new bike, there were several firsts on this ride. We were lucky to be far enough north to ride through some ice and snow, which was a first for me. Also, it was a new trail for both Chris and I.
With a new bike, a new trail, and the first time riding on ice and snow, it was a perfect ride to kick off the new year even if it was a day early. I hope that I can do more rides like this throughout the year. I’ll keep you all updated on my rides and try to provide you with whatever thoughts they might inspire.
Happy New Year! Happy riding!