Over the years I’ve thought about the new year in a variety of ways: A time to reflect on the year’s riding. A time to look ahead at the bike challenges or rides I might choose to participate in over the coming year. Another day in the deep dark of winter to go for a cold, cold ride. I also don’t think you need to wait for January 1 to try something new. Whether you’re a tracker of daily mileage or trying to squeeze in a ride once in a while, one or more of the posts below on habits, commitment, bike challenges, fresh starts and do-overs might turn your cranks. If you have a favorite site, quotation, or piece that has helped you try new things or recommit to something that you want back in your life, please share it in the comments.
- Commitment, Bite-Sized and Tasty: Introducing the idea of “joy snacks” on my personal blog, and a bike ride makes a perfect snack!
- Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Are you the same person you were 10 years ago? What are you doing today (or thinking you might start/stop doing) that shapes the person you’ll be 10 years from now?
- One Word for 2014 Bicycling: Maybe what works for you is setting an intention you can capture in a word or a phrase. (Yes, it’s an old post, but the premise holds up.)
- An Easy New Year’s Resolution: Write It Down: I still write an old-fashioned actual pen-and-paper journal and record my riding.
- Keep that Streak Going: #30DaysOf Something that Matters to You: On my personal blog I dig into the nature of commitment.
- Keeping Another Streak Going: #30DaysOfYoga: I really went in for this #30DaysOf business.
- Surgeon General Warning: Bicycling Can Be Habit-Forming: A celebration of my shift from occasional riding to a steady habit, along with some of the advantages bicycling gives me
- 5 Behavior and Culture Hacks to Get More People to Bike and Walk: Trying to form those habits? A few research-based suggestions.
- Hassle Factor: Biking vs. Driving: Think driving is easy? Easy is what you make it.
- When I Get Older: Why I’m Counting on a Multimodal System: Trying new things or forming new habits isn’t just about bicycling.
- Why a Cyclist Needs a Pedometer: As I was just saying….
- Why We Ride/Resolve to Ride–A Blogspedition: An old (2011) list of posts on other blogs meant to inspire and invite
- To Track or Not to Track: A Blogspedition: Another old (2014) exploration of posts on other blogs with thoughts on this whole record-keeping thing
A great pledge for any time of year: connect. https://fakequity.com/2023/01/05/2023-fakequity-pledge/