You may have noticed things have been pretty quiet round here for a while. There are many reasons, some of which I’ll elaborate on over the next few days but today I thought I’d announce a little project I’ve set myself.
5 miles. That’s it. 5 miles a day in fact. You see, habits are cobwebs that turn into chains (an old Spanish proverb apparently, although I have to wonder if all proverbs are classed as old by default). I have many chains that need to be broken, and many cobwebs that need strengthening so I plan to start with a simple attempt to ride 5 miles a day.
If it appeals, why not join me (either literally or figuratively, depending on who you are and where you are). The idea is that a regular daily ride will improve my overall fitness, my health and my outlook at a time of the year when most of us are battening down the hatches and putting on our ‘winter coats’ for the next six months.
The riding doesn’t have to be hard and five miles seems an easy distance to cover. All I’m saying is it needs to be a five mile minimum distance, either on or off-road. I’ve done a similar thing before but as often happens, pushed too far to hit an arbitrary mileage target and had most of the next month off the bike! This time, the idea is sustainability so I figure 80% of the time it needs to be short distance and low effort.
Within six weeks I’ll either be sick of the whole idea or else nicely lined up for the season of darkness, able to source appropriate clothing, lighting and bike without too much difficulty. After all, cycling is all about overcoming inertia and there’s never more than when you’re sitting on a sofa!
Let’s see how this one goes…