GOAL!

It should surprise no one that I'm a goal-driven person. I don't always achieve my goals, but I really enjoy the process of setting a goal, working towards achieving it, and the self-reflection that follows regardless of whether I achieve or don't achieve the goal. This past year, I was looking for a new goal besides an annual mileage target. In addition to my annual mileage target, I decided I would also try to ride for thirty consecutive days.

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2017 IN REVIEW

2017, I'm not sad to see you go. It's been quite the year. As I do every year, I like to reflect on the outgoing year. I've already posted my favorite music from 2017 and now it's time to reflect on other highlights from 2017. I spent an hour or so looking back at pictures from the year when I realized photos would be a great way to tell the story that was my 2017. So without further adieu, below are a few personal highlights from 2017. 

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2017 IN REVIEW: MUSIC

As I do every year, I like to look and reflect on the year. For me, this process usually starts highlights from the past year. Given music is such a big part of my life, for the past several years I have highlighted favorite albums. This year, I decided to just look at the data, namely the number of plays an album had to determine my "top 9." It's interesting to look at it this way - there were a couple surprises in terms of the actual order, but no surprises in my top 9.

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ESCAPE TO MOUNT BAKER

2017 has been a blur. I haven't necessarily prioritized things that bring me joy this year, including writing on this site (my last post was 01 Jan). I'm conscious about the lack of balance, and that's why I took a much needed mental health day. Taking a mental health day can only mean thing for me - a long bike ride. Today's destination was Mt. Baker. It's been three years since I last rode Baker, so another visit was overdue. And, to make this mental health day even more special, six of my friends were also taking a mental health day. 

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2016 FESTIVE 500

Since 2010, Rapha has been challenging me (and thousands of others) to ride 500km over the last eight days of the year (between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve). I've always wondered if I could complete the challenge, but I've never seriously attempted it. That is, until this year...

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BEST OF 2016: MUSIC

While I don't have a musical bone in my body - can't sing and can't play an instrument - I can't go a day without listening to music. It really is the soundtrack of my life. Following are the albums that I played over and over in 2016.

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SAYING "UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN"

Growing up with dogs all my life, I've had to say, "Until we meet again," too many times. It's the sad reality of being the parent of a four-legged, furry kid.

Today, I had to say "until we meet again" to my little man, Harley. That guy. He had such a hard beginning to life. And yet, he gave and gave in his own way. He was small, but he carried a load that would make Atlas sweat. His heart was huge. His love, bottomless. 

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NEAR MISSES

In the back of my head, I should have expected it to happen. I know I'm fatigued. As I swung my leg over my bike and started turning over the pedals, I was immediately lulled into a semi-conscious state by the sound of rain bouncing off my rain jacket. It didn't help that my bike light was creating the same hypnotizing effect as when the USS Enterprise hurtled through space at warp speed. Just as I was telling myself to snap out of it, a tree branch appeared in the foreground.

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IN CELEBRATION OF DAWN PATROL

I am really lucky to have friends in many different disciplines that possess amazing talent in their field. In the photography field, one such friend is José Mandojana. He's the guy who you can give any type of camera to and he'll make an amazing photograph. When he recently asked if I was interested in getting up ridiculously early to go make some photographs, of course I said YES! 

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#BryanandBrianAdventure: A BIKE CAMPING DRY RUN

It all started innocently enough. About eighteen months ago, I found myself becoming more interested in pursuing a different type of riding rather than just commuting, fitness rides on the weekend, and the occasional cyclocross race. I had started noticing more images and stories of bikepacking, ultralight touring, etc. in my feeds and my interest was piqued. "This is exactly the thing I'm craving," I thought to myself. And so it began.

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