Morning Gravel

Last Friday I wrote about The Important Stuff. My family is number one. You know what number two is? Me. Well…I haven’t been taking good enough care of myself and I am on a mission to fix that. In fact, I have set some personal goals.

One of those is to ride a bit more consistently. Notice I didn’t say ride more. Consistency is the key for me. When I do get out, I often go out long and over due it. Sort of the binge & purge mentality. That is  not good for my body nor my mind. Sure I love being out there as long as I can, but if I could even out some of my riding hours, I think I’d be much happier.

I am making some changes starting this week so that I can make this happen. I’m not going to go into all the details, but I have set a personal goal for the month of April. With that, I will share that I got out for an amazing morning ride on Sunday to kick this short term goal into gear.

Morning gravel on my Salsa Vaya Ti = Sweetness!

I did one of my favorite routes heading south on gravel to Northfield, MN.  I rode my Vaya Ti as my new Fargo isn’t quite ready for duty yet. There is one spot on this route that I’ve always wanted to stop and take a picture. Today was the day. It was cold at about 45 degrees and very wet & foggy. Just right for the mood I’ve always wanted riding past this spot.

Out in the pasture

Not all was perfect though as the horse was looking straight at me and I wanted him turned or grazing. I waited for a few moments until a dog started barking at me.  That was my sign to put the camera away and get pedaling. I never took the camera out again. 60 miles later I returned home to my awesome family. That’s just what I needed and how I need to take care of myself.

As a result, I’m heading into Monday in the best mood I’ve been in for weeks. Bring it on!

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  1. I did 49 miles yesterday with 3600 feet of climbing. I’m tired! Next weekend I’m shooting for 60 or so. I have a 100 mile ride event at the end of April I’m trying to get ready for. Good luck to you and me getting more consistency!


    1. Thanks John. Awesome you got out too!


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