As much as I love riding, sometimes that love is not enough to overcome other aspects of life. This fall and winter has certainly shown it's impact upon my riding. Between rain, wind and children I simply haven't been able to sustain the riding patterns of the last couple of years. There are just certain realities that we all face as riders. It is hard to get geared up to ride to work when it's 40 degrees, with heavy rain falling, and gusty wind conditions. Add in the need to haul a child to some event, and all of the sudden, the car becomes the most attractive option.
I admit, I compounded the problem by deciding to get fit last year. That decision has been a good one, and the results are good, but running gear and riding gear are not generally a good match, with few places to change at the various trailheads. Somewhere along the way, I decided that I needed to get back to basics in terms of my gear choices, and to a lesser degree my entire life style.
It is time to do more with less.