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Seeking balance

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Cycling

It’s been an interesting year, so far. I’ve ridden a few centuries, and even completed the 160-mile Ride Across INdiana. I’ve ridden faster, and covered much greater distances, than ever before. All of this leads me to ask: what now?

I’ve given some thought to pursuing even longer distance rides, either through Randonneuring or other channels. And I have to admit, longer distances do sound appealing. For a while it felt like I was trying to see just how far I could go (literally).

But, the thing that I didn’t really consider, going into the longer rides, is that not only do the long events themselves take up a huge chunk of time, the training it takes to be able to do them is even more time-consuming.  It seems a few of the more hardcore local riders ride centuries on at least a weekly basis, if not more. For me, I think that would be physically doable, but it would leave me drained all the time, and I wouldn’t have time to spend with my beautiful wife, or doing anything else. I also think it would cease to be fun, if I approached riding that way.

After RAIN, I debated finding a double century or something else to build up to. But instead I found my riding tapering off a bit. Aside from commuting, I’ve been doing less riding during the week, and my weekend rides have mostly been shorter. And you know what? I’m having a blast!

Ultimately, cycling is a hobby. I’m glad I focused on it enough to do RAIN, but I need to find some balance. I need to spend more time with my beautiful wife, and our dog, and the rest of my family. And I also want to spend time on my other hobbies … especially writing music.

Music

You might ask, “What music?” I originally started this blog to chronicle my music-writing. I used to make electronic music, on a regular basis. Cycling just took over, and I haven’t written any music, or written about music, for quite a while. I miss it, and I’m going to start making music again. If you want to check out my music, listen to the album I made back in 2006, Elements (it’s free). There’s more where that came, which I will find a good way to share soon.

What does this mean?

Cycling-wise, I still intend to ride a lot, and probably even do centuries on a semi-regular basis. For right now, at least, I have no intention of pursing anything much longer than that, unless it takes the form of a multi-day tour. I’m not really scaling back my cycling much, except to return it to normal levels before I started training for RAIN.

And hopefully, you’ll see some new music from me soon. You might also see some music-related posts popping up around here. If they don’t interest you, ignore them. Or, you can always read only my bicycling posts, if you prefer.

I’ll leave you to ponder this hilarity: Ambient Sequencer AS-606.

7 Responses to “Seeking balance”

  1. Dale Goodwin Says:

    When I need to chill and make music I go straight for this: http://infinitewheel.com/dubselector8.html

    Or some times I watch this: http://512kb.net/flash5.htm

    Your riding seems pretty great right now…perhaps the best focus is none at all…

  2. Steve A Says:

    I think we’re seeing the “everything in moderation” principle come in to play here. Bravo!

  3. RANTWICK Says:

    Bring on the tune related content! I’ll enjoy it, I’m sure.

  4. Chandra Says:

    Moderation is a key to avoiding boredom! Bring on your posts about music!!

    Peace 🙂

  5. John Says:

    I set aside a week every year to do a bike tour. Training is as simple as routine bike rides and I do think that once you do a week long tour, you very well may get hooked. I passed on this one in 2010 for one that fell through. Next year, my 60th birthday present is this tour.

  6. John Says:

    I set aside a week every year to do a bike tour. Training is as simple as routine bike rides and I do think that once you do a week long tour, you very well may get hooked. I passed on this one in 2010 for one that fell through. Next year, my 60th birthday present is this tour.

  7. dave Says:

    If you’ll remember a conversation we had earlier this season during a ride, “balance” was my mantra going into this year; devoting the last two years to overcoming the spinal cord injury made “training” start to feel like “work”. This year has included less riding, less pushing myself, but I seem to be enjoying it more. Matter of fact, I’m still smiling over that great ride we had at Nebo a couple of weeks ago…

    …balance is key. Cycling IS a hobby, and it’s good to keep that in perspective. Unrelated: when are we riding again?
    🙂

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