As mentioned earlier, my plan for this year is to divide up goals in to “sprint” size bites. This could be 2-4 weeks at a time, and if you know anything about behavior change, it typically takes about 30 days for something to really take hold. My top goals in January are focused on 1. resetting my diet, 2. testing and optimizing a family budget, 3. creating space and time to dedicate towards my athletic goals. Here’s how I plan on creating a good foundation for these goals in January:
Details of the Moots Routt
Moots took their proven cyclocross platform a bit further to meet up with the growing gravel and bikepacking category. Enter the Moots Routt and Routt 45. Full review will be coming after a couple hundred more miles.
MSRP for the build as shown: $7000
Frame & fork: $4090
Disclaimer: This bike was provided at no cost for review.
In the web development world we work in two to four week sprints to collaborate and get things done more effectively. In an effort to not plan too much, and “be more with less” I want to look at the year with goals in mind, but creating these short sprints in tandem with my wife, family and friends.
Main Goals for Early 2016
Over the course of the year I’ll be thinking and operating in this sprint fashion to buckle down on goals. I hope to document this, and what the outcomes are.
New Year’s Eve is a time most people are setting resolutions or goals for the next year, but I took this morning to reflect on 2015. If you aren’t in the habit of reflection then check out Zen Habits who recently wrote a great article on it.
2015 will always be one for my personal record book
- Our first child, Ellington, was born.
- Emily and I bought our first house together, and my first mortgage payment ever.
- After much deliberation, and small heartache, I opted to stop working for a bike shop.
- Took many classes over 2015 & passing each one with an A (adding that note for my mom.)
- Found the greatest joy out of riding the slowest ever with my daughter in tow.
What are your biggest highlights of 2015?
I’ve had this phrase, “Be More With Less”, floating around in my head for a couple of weeks now. As I wade through moving boxes that haven’t been opened for 6 months in an effort to move everything out of our basement for a remodel the phrase starts to pound at the back of my head like a migraine coming into power.
Ever since I hit “adult hood” the amount of stuff required to be happy seems to increase exponentially every year. In the same mindset we are trying to force more work out of a 24 hour day, and send emails at a faster response rate. Our brain has learned that buying that new gadget, or eating that extra brownie is reward, and we all deserve MORE reward. We want more promotions, more money, more square footage in our house, and the famous phrase in the bike industry is: “the perfect amount of bikes to own is n+1″. Why isn’t our culture striving for more family time, more healthy options, more thoughtful moments, more experiences that can’t be bought but are always the ones remembered? I believe it is one part programming, and one part greed in a sociological form.
Colors: Many (especially if you search the sale section)
Details: This vest from Pearl Izumi has a wind blocking front, mesh venting back, and a good fit if you are a straight figured cyclist, but can be a bit tight in the hips if you have a curve. The trim is top notch on this vest with solid zippers and strong seams. The rear pocket holds a phone and gel, but can don’t overstuff it or it will sag. The front pocket is good for money, or very small items.
A good windproof vest and arm warmers are a requirement for living in Colorado, and even the southeast where I lived for 8 years. You never know what the weather will be like in 90 minutes so you need to be prepared for the 15 degree temperature swings. This is exactly what vests and arm warmers are designed for.
Cycling vests for women are a hit or miss in the fit area for me. They are either too tight in the hips because they were designed around stick-figure models, or they are too boxy all around because you ended up wearing a men’s size small. I can happily say that I have found my new favorite cycling and running wind vest with the Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Barrier vest. It doesn’t hurt that it is neon pink to add safety for night runs or foggy winter rides. Currently the pink is on sale for $64 over at PearlIzumi.com and would be a great holiday present!
Disclaimer: This product was provided at no charge for review.
Goals are part of my internal make-up. The shiny threads woven into my unique fabric that keep me happiest in life.
I make goals for my days, my weeks, and I am the most motivated when I know what I am working towards. As I started this training block in early November my coach and I sat down to plan out what I am working towards. My short term goals are simple: put the time in to prove to myself that I can find a healthy and active balance in life. My winning rate is about 90% with a couple of missed runs do to snow/ice, and one missed core workout while traveling last week. I find this to be success, and look forward to January 1st and looking back at the first 60 days of training to see what I have accomplished in that time period.
As my family moves through the holidays I am doing my best to make healthy choices around food, workouts and sleep. Our 9 month old is hitting a spell of sleep-regression which makes the mornings hurt a bit more. Hopefully I can battle the higher caloric intake by hitting each of my workouts with intensity. In January we will focus more on a weight-lose diet and getting ready for the 2016 season. Moderation is key during the holidays, and so is enjoying the life around you like sugar cookies and pumpkin pie.
As a mom, and anti-training wheel advocate, I am so happy to see the push bike market growing for children. The more readily available options there are will hopefully create more buzz around teaching children how to ride without the training wheels. Public Bikes was created “to make riding more enjoyable, practical, and chic.” Their adult city bikes aren’t known for fancy parts, or being overly durable (and expensive). They are simple, classy, and getting people back into the everyday neighborhood bikes. They entered the kids market with the Mini V and Mini C push bikes and we have had one in for review for the past few months.
Tomorrow will be my first ride on the trainer in a year. Some people may groan when they read this thinking that riding indoors is boring or worthless but these indoor rides are critical for my sanity and fitness during the winter. I don’t mind riding when it’s frigid cold out, but in Denver we get a lot of freeze/thaw/freeze which leaves a lot of black ice. Black ice and over confident drivers shouldn’t be put together, but they often are on the streets of Denver. Additionally, riding the trainer gives you very dedicated training time to knock out intervals and pile on the watts. You don’t need to find the perfect road, or be frustrated with stop lights and you can get your work out done quickly during kids naps!
There are many trainers on the market these days, and in an effort to add clarity to the confusion I put together a quick guide to the essential pieces that you need to know when buying a trainer.