As we begin another year into the 21st century, there is a lot of anticipation about what the year 2021 will bring. Well, if you are anything like me, you are simply waiting for the weather to become comfortable enough to ride your bike again. I know some of you continue to ride all year, and your choice, whether it be a desire or need to ride in the colder weather, is commendable.  

For those of you who dare to set New Year resolutions, the U.S News and World Report wrote that there is an 80 percent failure rate and most people lose their resolve by mid-February. The last statement is not intended to be discouraging, but just the opposite. An individual is rarely successful with their New Year resolution for many reasons. Therefore, you are in good company if you find yourself among the 80 percent. Rather than set resolutions that seem so demanding and firm, perhaps we just set goals that we would like to accomplish this year and/or in the coming years.

I have already begun to think about tentative cycling goals for 2021. Again, as we continue to navigate through a pandemic, it is difficult to make concrete plans. At the same time, pandemic or not, a tentative goal provides the opportunity to re-evaluate as needed. I am no expert, but this mindset allows for more flexibility and adaptability. With that being said, I have already started my list of tentative goals that include biking events that I would like to participate in this year if those events occur. Also, I have set goals for when I would like to venture back outside to ride, how many miles I would like to ride this year (more than last year), as well as some routes and trails I would like to ride.  

Finally, with goals set, there must be some preparation. An excellent place to start may be the videos that Bike Cleveland offers regarding Bike Education at https://www.bikecleveland.org/education/. 

Wishing you a joyful year of riding!

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