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Making plans ugh

In the name of getting stuff out of my brain to clear space for other things, I've been working on bicycling and travel plans for the rest of this year and for 2015.

The interpersonal politics of bike-cycling expedition planning sometimes remind me of Rowing Politics, except that I'm more inclined to just splinter off and do my own thing when bicycling (hello, Olympic Peninsula!), whereas I greatly prefer rowing with other people over rowing by myself.

Somehow, the spirit of working to row and race together is more rewarding. Maybe it's that rowers are more frank about when things are likely to work out and when they aren't likely to work out. Maybe it's that there's a smaller group of potential rowers to make plans with, or maybe it's that the other rowers are more willing to step up and get the ball rolling on the planning. Maybe it's because regattas have more down time than brevets. Or maybe it's that I'm automatically dependent on other people at regattas because I don't have my own boat or means of transporting a boat to regattas, so I HAVE to play by the rules.

2015 is going to be a bicycling year for me. 2014 has been mostly bicycling, too, but on the flipside 2012 and 2013 were very much rowing-centric, including two trips to the Head of the Charles, some good erg marathon times, and decent amounts of racing. Maybe this is how my longer-term calendar will shape up - two-year alternating cycles between which sport is emphasized. The de-emphasized sport won't get dropped entirely (the cross-training is good, if nothing else), but I won't beat myself up by trying to do both sports at the same time.


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Oct. 22nd, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
bicycling plans
I wonder whether I will be recovered sufficiently to ride the STP next year. At this point I don't know what treatment plans will be for 2015, but I hope to know that by the time registration for STP 2015 opens. Who knows, Chilly Hilly might even be a possibility...

Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: bicycling plans
Your health circumstances have been a part of my thoughts and plans, too, as I have enjoyed getting to ride the STP with you and would love to get to do so again. It's hard when we cannot see very far into the future.
Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
I think it's that cyclists are extremely willing to chuck everyone else over and just go ride on their own because that's what they're used to, yeah. Rowing alone is harder on a bunch of levels so people who row have way more incentive to put effort into making and keeping commitments.
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