Today makes one full year since I started bicycling full time. One year. That’s a lot of time. But also its not a lot of time. So, I wanted to take a second and look back at what I learned and how its changed my life.

I’m going to keep this short, because I don’t want to get all preachy, but making the decision to ditch my car and start riding full time was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I needed a change of pace, and that’s exactly what I got. Its been incredibly hard, but also super easy. Once I started I couldn’t stop, and my outlook changed significantly.

Yes, I got sore, I ran into things, things ran into me, I wore out brakes, I snapped derailleur cables, I blew tubes, I had my chain come loose, I rode before the sun came up, I rode well after the sun went down, I got stuck in the rain, I got sunburned, I ruined a pair of jeans (and by a pair, I mean like 4 pair), I rode 1,000 miles, I rode through snow, I rode across ice, I fell off my bike, more than once, my ass got got chapped from riding in -9 degree weather with 20mph winds, I had my goggles ICE over.. not fog, but completely ice and then I rode another 1,000 miles. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 

I think any great change requires serious commitment and willingness to get dirty in the process. I look at a lot of things differently now. Its a good thing.

I think I’ll keep riding… I’ll just need a kiddie carrier now!