I have craft goals this year. I also have cycling goals this year.
I once pedaled at least one 60-mile day every month for 16 months straight. Then I was grounded from my bike until my damaged disc could handle strain once again.
I was devastated to end my streak, but I also was liberated when I got back on the bike and was able to ride where I wanted when I wanted for as many miles I wanted instead of forcing myself to meet a goal I'd once seen as fun.
Reaching that monthly 60-mile-day goal at 50-plus years old made me feel as if aging wasn't going to hold me back. Diabetes and arthritis weren't going to hold me back. I could still be strong and do something some people never do, and I could do it on a regular basis.
But one of the reasons I ride is the view. I like to take pictures along the way. When I am driven to reach a milepoint instead of enjoy a journey, I pass by photos that might mean more to me at the end of the day than the mileage.
I ride to stay healthy. I ride because I love to use my own body fat to transport myself and my camera. I ride because the wind in my hair and the trickle of the stream and the leaves rustling bring life to a monotonous daily routine.
I ride because I enjoy having the strength and power to get my camera to a good photography location.
My physical goals now are not quite as complicated and structured as they once were.
I want to do Elephant Rock. I want to do Ride the Rockies if we like the route. I want to the MS-150 (and we're both already signed up!). And this year, I want to do one pass in the Triple Bypass because they've made that a new option this year. !!!
Mileage is not a goal this year. Riding is the goal.
My main goal is no more injuries. Pure and simple. I have to do everything I can to ride safe in all conditions, and I have to stay in shape and fuel properly.
This isn't just a goal for 2014. This is a mantra for life.