I've been biking ever since a kid where me a group of friends would tear up the streets in our BMXs and Haros. When I was a teenager, I got into road biking by participating in a few 300-mile bike rides as part of The Race Across Minnesota (TRAM) to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis. I've taken to the numerous streets and bike paths that Saint Paul and Minneapolis have to offer. I've biked a lot.
However, lately, I haven't been biking as much. Life gets going, and it seems that when there are significant life events or challenges, biking takes a back seat. Unfortunately, when it takes a backseat, my health takes a backseat with it. I'm a biker, and I must bike.
As part of my 12-week plan that I created and explain about in my previous blog post, How I Sabotaged my Execution, I've created a goal to be adventurous. Embrace Adventure is also one Media Garcia's core values. As part of being adventurous, I've committed to biking at least one time a week for the next 12 weeks - no matter what the circumstances. Right now, the weather in Minnesota has been sitting around zero degrees Fahrenheit.
I keep track of each day I bike and check a box off on my to-do list as part of my weekly plan.
A couple of years ago I got into fat tire biking when I picked up a Surly Puglsey. I am enamored with how I can go around nearly anywhere with the Pugsley. A beautiful thing about fat tire biking is the ability to take on the snow and elements.
Accountability requires a plan and preparation.
Going out biking in sub-zero temperatures requires preparation.
- I am wearing multiple layers of clothing
- I have gear that is meant for the cold
- I know the route that I like to take and am familiar with the terrain
Check out the video of me tearing it down The Brickyard Trail in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
January 4, 2018