I like to start a new year thinking about the last one. What I did. What I didn’t do. What I accomplished. And I have to say that overall 2014 was a pretty good year. Especially in terms of biking. I looked over my 2014 Bike Goals, and I feel pretty good looking at that list knowing that I did almost everything listed (the two exceptions being that I’m still tech illiterate and haven’t switched this over to womanonawheel.com, and I didn’t make it to Quito this year – but I’m going in a month!).
In 2014 I kept traveling and went to Brazil, Ghana and Mexico for work, and learned tons from each trip. I went to Ladies Army for the first time and felt super inspired by all the badass lady polo slayers I met. I rode the D2R2 with my parents, and not only did I not die, it was a blast and I’m really looking forward to the next one. I led friends on bike trips across state lines (not very hard in New England). A co-worker and I started organizing 6-pack shuffle rides and I explored parts of Boston I would have never found otherwise.
And I built up a fleet of bikes. I started the year with a fixie and a polo bike, and ended the year with the same polo bike, a touring/road/cross bike, a mountain bike, and last month I finally finished building up a winter commuter/around town bike. (The new bike might be my fav. Shhh. Don’t tell the others)
So what are my bike goals for 2015? I’m so glad you hypothetically asked.
– Continue to build Femmechanics, have other people feel empowered to be leaders of the collective, and move towards world domination (Low – you know what I’m talking about). Slightly more realistic for 2015 – open a second Femmechanics location on the other side of the river.
– Organize a Babes in Beantown Bikeland (or something like it) because going back to Minneapolis for Babes in Bikeland last year was super inspiring. Gotta bring something like that here.
– Mountain biking. Mountain biking. Mountain biking. I bought the perfect bike at the end of the season and only got out a handful of times. 2015 will be a mountain biking year.
– Be a good board member of Boston Bike Polo. Raise our profile in the city, and get some new folks playing polo.
– Do a multi-day bike camping trip. It’s been a while since I’ve done a bike camping trip over more than a weekend.
– Try to blog more consistently. I was doing pretty well up until mid-November. Whomp whomp.
– More miles. More hills. More biking in shitty weather. More exploring. More riding to bodies of water. More biking to go swimming. More shuffles. More races. More rides. More polo.