Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Get a life

Date: Dec. 18
Mileage: 25.0
December mileage: 250.1
Temperature upon departure: 35

Geoff chided me tonight for making snap judgments and prejudicial statements based on an unfair assessment in yesterday's "Nordic Nazi" post. I was just letting off steam and it is my blog, but I am sorry if I offended anybody. That said, I'm a little disappointed that no outraged skiers shot me an insult-laced comment or two.

The other night, we watched a hilarious documentary called "Spellbound," which follows the ups and downs of eight young spelling champions as they prepare for the National Spelling Bee. At one point, the filmmaker asks one of the 13-year-old prodigies if she has any hobbies besides spelling. She gazes at the camera thoughtfully and says, "Well, I like to ride roller-coasters." She stops and thinks a little more. "I'm a vegetarian and I like to drink coffee."

I thought more about this girl - I think her name is April - today while trying to motivate myself to put in more mileage on the bike. I'm a little disappointed with where I am - behind where I was this time last year - but a little daunted with the options I have to possibly do more. They include, but are not limited to: Riding after work (I leave work at 10 and sometimes 11 p.m.); waking up earlier; limiting the quality breakfast time; and cutting into my other hobbies.

And then the little voice in my head said, "Other hobbies? What other hobbies?"

"Well," I reasoned, "I'm learning to ski (not happily). Sometimes I go to my friends' house and play Guitar Hero. I'm a sushi addict and I like ... to ... drink ... coffee ..."

The thought just trailed off. And after laughing at the idea of poor studious April's non-hobbies just days ago, I realized that I understand perfectly what's it's like to singletrack through life. That maybe I'm even guilty of it. And I started to wonder if maybe I should be out there exploring all the options - reading books instead of Outside magazine on the elliptical trainer; writing thoughtful letters instead of bike-oriented blog posts; painting instead of pedaling; volunteering instead of working long hours to support my habit; learning to knit or speak Spanish or bellydance.

Or maybe I should just spend more time on the bike.


  1. Now I'm curious about this "coffee drinking hobby." I drink coffee, but I've never considered it a hobby. But I guess it must be if you have it as a hobby along with speller girl April.

    If you're heading into book reading, why not read about bikes? Try "Riding Outside the Lines," by Joe Kurmaskie. It's pretty good.

  2. Hey Jill. Just doing a random check in. How is life? Jen G. and I watched Spellbound this summer--great flick. Wish we were with you guys in Alaska!

  3. I always question my love affair with cycling. Several times I did other activities to try and expand my horizons.

    But then it cut into my riding time to much and I quit.

  4. Well, maybe bellydancing :)

  5. Hello, I am from the lower 48 and I love your blog. I enjoy your pics. I was in Alaska in 2001 and it was my best vacation!


  6. I stumbled upon your blog today and I just had to say how much I enjoy your pictures!

    Also, of the potential hobbies you proposed, knitting is actually really easy. Plus then you can make yourself (and anyone else who will accept them) really nice scarfs!

  7. Hi, I found your blog through Velocipete's, although I don't remember how I found his, heh. You have some amazing stories in your blog, and I'm inspired by your commitment to riding in any conditions. I'm blogrolling you and will read more. Thanks for the great posts.


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