Little did I know at the start of last year that I was going to find myself with a distinct lack of time to ride. Well, a distinct lack of free time to do anything really. But it was the pitiful amount of time to ride that I was most disappointed by, especially considering the reason behind that lack of time.

I thought that I didn’t have anywhere near enough free time when I managed the garage. I’d work long hours, and occasionally work 6 days weeks. However the first year of managing a business that was in essence just starting out, I had to put in a lot more time. Every week was a 6 day week. Every day was an early start. I, to be fair, could end up with time in the evenings to ride but was generally too tired to go out. All of which was made worse by the fact that I was spending my working days setting people up with their new dream rides.

I had set out last year to ride 2,013 miles over the course of the year. Despite the fact that I had only ridden once in February, by the time I last wrote a post about it on the 3rd of April, I had ridden 364 miles. I was at that point riding more and pushing myself using Strava, everything was heading in the right direction. I then started at Ubyk 2 weeks later and the riding suffered, my target became harder and harder to reach. Looking back now at the rides I can’t honestly tell you why in October and November I went out just twice. Twice. Even John, who only started riding in February was putting in more miles than I was. In the end I stopped checking the total mileage. By the end of the year I had ridden just 1,417 miles. 596 miles short. 249 miles short of the year before, where I wasn’t even trying.

I didn’t set a target for this year. With the realisation that I didn’t have enough free time to dedicate the time to ride, I didn’t really see the point. By the end of April I had ridden just 11 times and knocked up just 269 miles. But then, however, I had some great news. By June my hours would drop so that I would be working 5 days a week. Spurred on by this I then went out and rode almost as many miles in May than I had in the previous four months put together. My current total for the year, as of now, is 1,321 miles. Now, I’ve got no idea as to if I can get close to riding 2,014 miles this year… but I’m going to give it a go.

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