- Drive less
- Complete my first (metric) century ride
- Complete my first marathon
I noticed there was a change in the description for Mountain Equipment Co-op's "Intro to Road Riding". Specifically, this little post-script which suggests that my long-tail hybrid bike and leisure riding pace may not fit in as well as I'd hoped:
* This clinic is geared towards riders with some road experience. Please ensure you have a road bike, and are capable of riding a minimum of 40km at the start of this clinic. It is also advised that you be able to maintain a pace of 25km/h or more over the course of an hour.It's understandable that they have clarified their target audience, but I am disappointed. I sent the organizer an email in hopes that there were other slow riders interested in the clinic. Though the reply was respectful and diplomatic, it boiled down to my hopes of completing the clinic (and century ride) dashed. The cycling clubs in Victoria tend to attract athletic, competitive cycling and M.E.C. seems to want to keep up with them. As much as I would like to buy a road bike and all the fun accessories that accompany them, we don't have room in our condo or budget for that right now.
I did find another century ride, which I think Jose and I could complete. It starts closer to home (this is important since we don't have a way to get my bike into our car), and is put on by the Randonneurs. One challenge is that it's in eight weeks and the furthest we've ridden together is 40 kilometers on the flat Lochside Trail. We may settle for the half-metric century!
How are your resolutions holding up? Have you modified them now that we are five weeks into the new year?