For me 2019 started off as a year without any particular plan. I was playing golf regulary, not cycling much and I definitely wasn't going to the gym. Fast forward to October what a difference. A golf trophy to my name, a first win at a FWCC event and 2 stone lighter. I've been a regular at the gym and feeling better than I ever have. But what's next? What does 2020 have in store?
In 2020, I want to get back to social golf. It's what I enjoy. This year I got a little too hung up on competition, rather than striking a balance and it really affected my enjoyment of the game. At the moment, I've no real plans for golf next year.
This is next years real focus. I'm feeling so much better on the bike, so lets look at a few goals I have for next year. I've a bit to go in terms of weight, so I'd like to ideally be another stone lighter before the season starts.
3 Day Bikepacking Tour
I've always toyed with the idea of getting away on the bike for a few days and living out of a pannier bag. Next year I'd like to complete a three day tour, probably encompassing Ullapool and some of the North West. A train to Lairg seems the most likely option and then maybe make my way down to somewhere like Kyle of Lochlash for the train home.
FWCC Summer League
I'd like to complete every event next year and push for a sub 25 minute ten mile time trial. This would be a baseline, if I can get there early in the year, I'll go 24. My current best is currently 28 mins, so with training, theres gains to be made. I'd like to finish in the top 10 riders in the Summer League. Alongside club events, I'd like to try some open events around Scotland. Maybe revisit Crit on the Campus, after 2015's disaster. The Georgetown Cup has always interested me, but I've never entered, due to lack of ability. Actually, read lack of effort.
This one is a biggie for me, not in terms of diffculty but just in the plain terms that I've never ridden 100 miles. That changes next year. I'm going to attempt to unlock all 12 monthly Grand Fondo badges on Strava alongside this.
I'm really excited next year, I'm a member of a great cycling club in Fullarton Wheelers and I know I'll get encourgagement and support every step of the way. Here's to a solid winter of hard work!