One would figure that at my age there would not be too many firsts, boy, was I ever wrong!
During yesterday’s ride my front derailleur cable broke and left me with some 20+ miles pedaling home in the big ring (nice workout!). Of course I didn’t have a replacement cable at home either, and it being Christmas Day my LBS was closed. I went there this morning bright and early after spending some time with Shep in the park. What a glorious early morning – here is a snapshot from my phone.
While I was waiting at the LBS, I chatted with the store manager, and during that conversation I realized the many cycling related ‘firsts’ I experienced this year. Probably at the top of the list is starting this blog in mid January. There were a couple of reasons for that: wanting to experience what blogging was all about, wanting to share with a handful of friends and wanting some motivational tool to keep me going. My little blog has delivered on all three accounts, and in some respect really surprised me.
I met people in person who I met first through my blog entries, and formed some very nice friendships. People I would have never met otherwise are now closer to me than some ‘friends’ I have known for years. I also encountered a fair amount of ‘whack jobs’ (thank god for comment moderation). I am also surprised by the number of visitors to my little blog.
I understand that these numbers are tiny compared to the cycling powerhouse blogs, but I am still surprised at the number of visitors. So, why did they come? A look in the top 5 search terms used to find my blog gives a clue:
Funny, eh? And here I was thinking it is my great writing skills and fabulous adventures which bring people here, but no, lots of people looking for information on the Scattante brand.
Other firsts this year:
- 4 centuries
- 4763 miles
- 194641 feet climbing
- 7035 maximum elevation gain in one day
- One OTB – really bad fall
- 30 days off the bike thereafter
- got a RoadID
- learned how to ride in a pace line
- took turns in pulling a pace line (probably the best feeling)
- lost 22 pounds
- gained 6 friends
I hope that 2010 will bring many more ‘firsts’ (I can do without the falls however) and hope that the same holds true for all of you! Here is to a very happy, healthy 2010 and some great riding time! Be well!!