Sunday, January 5, 2014
The transition from the old year to the new has been surprisingly challenging for me, if not downright difficult. For the past several days, I've been struggling with disappointment, discouragement and disillusion in a lot of areas of my life. In an attempt to regain some sense of accomplishment and a much needed increase in physical fitness - which is often also associated with increased creativity, believe it or not - I decided to plan on trying to ride the hilly bridle trails at Umstead weekly, using the rigid singlespeed to help expedite strength gains. I'm finding this exceedingly tough, much more so than I expected, and today even had to walk about 20 feet of a short uphill stretch on the Main Trail which was defeating, to say the least. On the positive side, I did somehow manage to ride all of Turkey Creek though. Hopefully if I can stay on a weekly schedule as much as possible with this, things will improve on that front before too long.