Pismo is a beautiful little city on the central coast of California. Every year in September, there's an organized bike ride of 100 miles called the Lighthouse Century. It's a challenging and beautiful ride with vistas of the ocean as well as surrounding vineyards and wineries.
In June of 2012, I hadn't been cycling a lot though I had trained and completed a couple of Olympic Distance Triathlons in 2011. I decided I needed to get back on the bike. I decided to go for something.
My dad called me and asked if I wanted to sign up for it and I said "Yes" without giving it much thought. I was ready for some structure; ready for a goal.
I signed up and started training. My dad, who's an accomplished cyclists ( as far as self-funded events that get you a long day on the bike and a little medal to show for it afterwards ) was to be my guide.
"So, how do I get in shape for thing thing?" I asked.
"Try get out on the bike as much as you can." he replied.
It wasn't a satisfying answer in the way an Arnold Schwarzenegger speech might be. But, the simplicity of the advice was terrifying.
How much COULD I get on the bike? I thought to myself.
By October of that year, he and I had completed several organized rides and we finished with the Solvang Double Century. It was a 14.5 hour long day of riding. It was fantastic. That same year, we got in several other organized centuries and plenty of self-organized long rides with friends and groups.
My point in all this is to say, June feels like half way through the year, but it's not too late to start from nothing and make this year awesome.
"So, Brian..." (talking to myself) "Get back on the bike. Try to get on as much as possible."