188 & Goal

I’ve been eyeing my trainer warily lately. I’ve been so lucky to not have to hook up my bike to it thus far. My first wish has been to be able to ride outside all year.

But then my other wish came true, and that is for snow. It started last Sunday when I was out mountain biking with my friend Heather. We emerged from the woods into a high meadow and the flakes started to fall. By the time we got to the bottom of a fairly technical descent (rocks and roots and ruts oh my!) it was starting to stick to our tire treads. Powered up another big hill, then back down to the creek.

snoooooooow on the water!
snoooooooow on the water!


Now the snow is sticking to everything – so we decide to stick to the main path. Soon the snow is a few inches deep and the men passing us in the other direction are jovially calling us crazy. Winter Storm Warning issued. We decided to head back the five miles to the car. At one point, we had a runner pacing with us at 10 mph in several inches of snow for about a mile, mile and a half. We laughed and joked and had a blast, the snow stinging our cheeks and our breath fogging our glasses.


bundled up and ridiculously happy to be biking in the woods
bundled up and ridiculously happy to be biking in the woods


A few inches of snow on Sunday.

A few more on Tuesday.

A dusting last night and potential for accumulation on Saturday.


I’m so happy about the snow.

I’m so sad to think I’m 188 miles from my goal of 3,000 miles for the year and the weather may be forcing me indoors.


I told myself I wouldn’t get into a place where I would stress out about meeting my goal miles for the year. Because every time I’m out on my bike I’m not getting chores done or making cookies with my kids or relaxing with my husband. But here I am – roughly three metric rides away from goal. And I’m stressing.


The world won’t end if I hook up my bike to the trainer. I was just hoping I wouldn’t have to.


See you on the road, in the woods … or through the window as I pedal to nowhere.

Author: Laura

wife. mother. kick-ass girl. all mountain, all road adventurer by bike.

8 thoughts on “188 & Goal”

  1. You are welcome to join me this Sunday at my last CX race of the season, which I have been told by the race promoter is on, despite the 5-8 inches of snow predicted. #livingthedream?

    1. Sunday my friend is slated to cross 10,000 miles for the year so I’m currently planning to ride with him. Otherwise I’d be on the Giving Hand Ups side of the tape. Lol

      Good luck!! I’m rooting for you … both in CX and our personal challenge. 🙂

      1. I don’t see me banking many miles in the snow on Sunday. I’m riding a bit on Saturday, but that’s my last good day to xmas shop…..so……I really think you have this in the bag 🙂

  2. I hope you can make your mileage goal with outside miles… BUT don’t be too hard on yourself if it isn’t possible. Better to make a smart decision, I’d say.

    1. Great idea! I may also just stick to the main paths on my mountain bike and take several smaller rides – I have a week off at the end of the year, which will open up some time to ride.

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