I did much soul-searching last fall fall, realizing that the greatest impediment to my riding was the challenge of getting out the bike, in particular on a day when it looked unpleasant outside. I've been pleased to find that something as trivial as a <2-mile daily commute (each way, to be fair!) has made tying on the cycling shoes, putting on the helmet, rolling up the pant-leg, and getting outside something near to second nature. No claim to high mileage in the last three months of 2014, but I am certain it is my densest period of cycling in terms of rides taken -- in probably 37 years of riding bike.
Lesson from 2014: daily riding is good. Not riding because "it's not far enough to be worth the trouble" is counterproductive.
We're not ones to set high bars here at HBC. Riding to beat people and to prove something is both annoying and stressful. But one wonders if there is not a way to achieve a mutually supportive goal-setting project. I propose a series of seven-day challenges.
Challenge 1: ride each day, outdoors, for seven consecutive days, sometime in the month of January. "Ride"=30 minutes out on your bike. If you are commuting through town, that may be 5-6 miles. If you are out for a Saturday morning hard ride, that may be 11 miles. Of course, you can go longer, but you cannot take the day off and make up for it on day 2 (or vice-versa). The goal is not to ride hooka miles or to climb thousands of feet or to win seven races; the goal is to ride your bike for seven days, including those days when you just don't feel like riding.
Report in the comments on your challenge. Did you make it? Did you learn anything from it? Are you interested in the February challenge? Any ideas for the February challenge?
Future months' challenges: February, March, on to December will, needless to say, build on this January challenge. Maybe February ramps the time per day to one hour. By June I hope we can shoot for something like seven x 50 miles -- but we will see when we get there.