Or is it more like Groundhog Day (the Bill Murray movie)?
Since RAGBRAI XXVIII ended back on July 31st, I have riden a total of four rides. The chaos of life and work caught up to me and didn't find - or make - the time to ride like I should have.
Now, it's winter in Wisconsin. It's 15ºF out right now. And snowing. And I don't have any winter gear. At least I didn't until I found these!
In the meantime, all the weight I lost getting ready to ride RAGBRAI - not a lot really, only about 15 lbs - has all come back, plus some more.
I follow some folks on Twitter (@thenoodleator; @TheBeerRunner; @lovingthebike; @bikerly; @eggman; @rcmckill; @GrouchoSports) who are all still riding, running, training. I hope to be inspired by their dedication. Instead, I mostly feel guilty. They're doing it... no excuses.
RAGBRAI seems so far away. Both in the past and in the future.
But, on the bright side, registration for #XXIX now open, both directly on the RAGBRAI site as well as through Team LIVESTRONG. I need, for my sake, to get registered and to get started on training. For the same reasons I started to ride last year... to take care of me - physically and emotionally.
So, it's January 3rd. I'm up north and can't do anything about it now, but I think on Friday, when I am home again, I'll set my old bike up on the CycleOps (trainer) and start riding. (My home is 250 mi from my office - so I stay up here during the week and return home for the weekends.) Even if it's only a couple days a week, I need to get started. And now is as good a time as any.
RAGBRAI XXIX, here I come! Wanna join on the ride?
Also thinking of riding the Miller Lite Ride for the Arts (June 5 in Milwaukee) and GRABAWWR Lite (June 18th, Land O' Lakes, WI).