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The Plan at Fit Recovery for 2015…

January 2015

2015 is going to be an interesting year. I’m starting up a new company that is starting out well, it’s a bit of a local hit already. Where that’s going to go, I have no idea but it should be fun.

As for this blog, I’ve asked Mrs. Bgddy to write a couple of posts so I’m exploring the idea of maybe that can grow into something along the lines of the husband and wife team of Jesse and Taylor at Single-tracked Mind… We’ve actually talked about this before and I poo-poo’d the idea but the truth is, I (and we) are in a much better place than when we last spoke about this. We’ll see.

As far for recovery, the goal is obviously celebrating my 23rd consecutive year of sobriety in November again but that’s a one-day-at-a-time thing. I will continue writing posts on the topic as the mood and/or circumstance strikes.
Fitness, now this one’s interesting… There’s no doubt I’m going to keep cycling, that goes without saying, but the question becomes “do I continue to refrain from tracking my rides or do I start tracking again? Now, I’ve got three bikes, my Venge, the 5200 and my Stumpjumper… I’ve got a computer on the Venge with an odometer (installed 9/5/14): 1,153. I rode the 5200 for most of my miles through November and December though. I also know I was quite a bit above ’13’s mileage before that so I’m guessing north of 6,000 miles for the year but I really don’t know for sure. The question is does that really matter anyway?

The truth is, I just don’t know. I made a decision last January to go without tracking a mile on Endomondo for the year. I am living proof that a mile not tracked is still a mile ridden, like 6,000 times over. On the other hand, the grass just might be greener – I miss my stats, my trips around the Earth, my trip to the moon, my half-million calories burned, my graphs… On one hand, I liked not being tied to the app. On the other, I’m tied to my phone anyway for work so I might as well be tied to the app. Either way, I’m going to have to make a decision pretty quick. I’m going to be doing my first spin session of the year in about an hour.

Then there’s the gym. I haven’t signed up yet but the year is young.

Overall, with the exception of my father dying, a rinse and repeat of last year would be welcome indeed. Overall, it was the happiest, most enjoyable year I could hope for. I’ll take another one of those without question.

We’ll see how it shakes out but one thing is certain… After spending half of my life getting the most out of life with the least amount of effort, I know that doesn’t work. I can’t have the joy without the work.


  1. Sandra says:

    So glad you had a great year! New bike for both of you! I would LOVE to hear from the Mrs 🙂 You’ll have to do a “schedule” so that we all know on, oh, Tues/Thurs/Sun we hear from her, the rest of the time it’s you. . . not that we’d not read M/W/F/S (ha ha ha!). Wow, that’s a big double negative.

    ANYWAY! You went the year without, it’s okay to go back to tracking. I LOVE my stats. You proved you could go without. If you’re like me, that missing year will drive you nuts in a few. 🙂

    In the meantime, it is a day for change. Hubby couldn’t take the beard anymore and shaved off 5 months of growth. He was going to “not shave til I put my boat in the water,” but he couldn’t take it anymore *YAY!*

    Enjoy 2015 and all it has to offer. . . and tell us about your company!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks Sandra. I’ll see what we can put together… I can’t even imagine a beard let alone a beard for five MONTHS!

      As for the company, I’ve gotta get the website done, a couple of photo sessions out of the way… I’ll launch early spring and you can be sure I’ll write it up here. 😉

  2. Buy a Garmin, sign up to Strava! 😀

    I like tracking my rides as sometimes it’s nice to look back at a certain ride and see where you went. Then again I’m a bit of a data freak and like having the metrics all stored away.

    Hope 2015 brings you happy miles and many smiles. 🙂

    • bgddyjim says:

      I enjoy the maps too, especially looking at a century, all of that ground we cover! Maybe I should embrace the Garmin. I’ll kick it around. Thank you.

  3. fastk9dad says:

    I second the Garmin (or Magellan) and sign up to Strava. I love looking at my stats and see progress over certain segments, plus it tracks miles and elevation climbed. I don’t get too worked up over the stats though, they are what they are but I like the historical aspect of everything.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I’m on Endomondo… I promised one of the better mechanics I wouldn’t get into strava because we ride a lot of the same tracks… I’m way faster than he is but he’s way better at fixing my bikes than I am. 😜

  4. Chatter says:

    I am looking forward to following along in 2015. 2014 was such a great year for you and me both, I cannot wait to see what the new year will bring.

  5. soberTrails says:

    What is your company?

  6. bonnev659 says:

    enjoy 2015 and keep on improving that is all you can do

  7. At one point in my cycling universe, I tracked every mile on every bike. It motivated me to climb out of bed for my morning commute five days a week one year. I got tired of tracking the miles though. Now that I mountain bike more than I ride the road, tracking the miles isn’t as much fun.

    I get the thrill of tracking the miles, though. As a lifelong baseball fan, I learned the appreciation for stats!

  8. Looking forward to more from you in 2015…all the best.

    Why not go back to tracking your miles but mix things up and try Strava; as long as you treat the KOM’s and PB’s as the bit of fun they are it works for me.

  9. exmaschine says:

    Good on ya Jim. Here’s to a healthy and balanced 2015. Btw, give Ride with GPS a try, a bit less “roadie elitist” than strava.

  10. exmaschine says:

    One more for ya Jim, I did get burned out a few years ago on tracking every ride and every mile and the avg speed. I rode 2011 without tracking much of my rides at all. It was liberating to a point, but eventually, I had to go back to the excel sheet! Being a ‘stats’ guy, I fell back into the numbers…

    Though I no longer track miles per say, [Yes, the app/site does that, but I focus on hours (time) rather than miles] (distance) I find it a better measure for me. Especially when I ride the mtb or the grocery getter, I’d just rather include all of my riding and see the aggregate of time spent riding- than how many miles or how fast I went. It works for me…


    • bgddyjim says:

      This is the one thing I love about Endomondo… With four different cycling aspects to choose from, I can keep road riding, mountain biking, transport and spinning separate. I went back to the tracking… I like the stats too much. They’re good problems to have my friend.

  11. Sue Slaght says:

    I think it would be great to have your wife join in on the blogging. Happy New Year!

  12. Josh says:

    This is being done, join the movement, grand opening was last night. Contact Ian Acker Cycling could be a good addition. All the leg work is done but always looking for new ideas, Fit to Recover was awarded non profit status in October.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Sorry for taking so long to reply, I wanted to do a little research into your group first. Congratulations on launching your endeavor and I wish you good fortune. While I appreciate your offer, I am not currently in a position to accept as I have a lot going on in Michigan with my family and businesses. I would like it if we kept in touch though, and I’d love to visit your facility and meet everyone in the near future.

      I love what you guys are doing. Keep up the good work, one day at a time.

  13. OmniRunner says:

    I seem to recall that you mentioned a business earlier in 2014. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

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