All bloggers have their reasons why they let their blogs go stagnant. We've all read each other's reasons. Writer's block. Focusing on work or other creative endeavors. Disillusionment with the idea of a blog. My reason isn't unique, but I think it is definitely linked to changes in my cycling habits.
After all, this blog is mainly about my cycling exploits and addictions. For those of you that follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and here, you haven't been reading nearly as many comments or posts about my cycling. It should have been a good indication that I've unintentionally gone cycling cold turkey, a condition brought on by a slew of factors.
In August of 2009, I started a new job. As all new jobs do, it sucked up my time. Then in early December, Houston got it's earliest-ever snowfall, which kicked off an unusually cold and wet winter. Right before Christmas, my back decided it was totally against any physical activity. And perhaps most importantly, my family and I have been in housing transition, living with family for 6 months while searching for a new home. None of these exactly made it easier for me to remain focused on cycling. I was lucky to run a few times per week, but even that suffered.
As of today, I'm trying to be "back". It's March 1, and the weather will warm up quickly. We closed on a new house last week, and are moving in a few weeks. I've been going to a chiropractor, and either he's dramatically helping me, or time has once again healed a wound.
With all of these in my favor, I kicked off my new state of "backness" this weekend by running 3 miles on Saturday, then going on a 20 mile ride on Sunday. I could tell during both the run and the ride that I've lost some fitness. I don't really care. The only way to change it is to get back on the bike. I'll be pushing to commute a couple of times per week, and to ride on the weekends. On off days, I'll run.
I'll follow it all up with blog posts that hopefully detail the more interesting bits. If you're still out there reading, thanks for sticking with me. I'll try not to let the reasons and excuses stop my cycling or my blogging.