Monday, March 12, 2012

Ode to Cycling

I love bicycling.

It is my favorite exercise activity. Cycling and I have had our ups and downs over the years but those are mostly my fault, not cyclings.

In middle and high school I rode with my dad and we had a great time. Later high school years, the bike was replaced by the freedom of a car, and I didn't ride much from 99-07. I tried once to start rdiing again in like 03, but was too heavy and really didn't want to be out there. Golf was my thing at that time.

After my divorce I started running and then cycling. I built up a new bike and had a great year of riding. 09 was my best cycling year ever, I rode all the time, more miles than I'd ever put in and had a great time. I got decently fast and rode with some good groups and finished some "epic" mountain rides.

I rode in the early part of 10 but stopped before my wedding, I didn't want to be in Hawaii with any type of injury. I was timid to ride with groups. I really didn't ride much at all until the spring of 11 and then with grad school that got pushed to the summer of 11.

Cycling and I had another down moment last summer, I hadn't put in the miles that I previously had and got blasted by on the groups I used to ride with. I was a little discouraged by that and spent more time in the gym.

But the thing that I've grown to acknowledge and am perfectly fine with is that no matter if I'm with a group or by myself. No matter if I can ride 50-100 miles in a weekend or only 20-30, cycling is the sport I love.

I've tried being a runner, and I can get to the point where I don't hate it and I sort of like it. I've run 2 marathons and 5 or 6 halfs, and I need to get off my ass and start running a few miles a week again, BUT I don't love it.

I tried swimming so I could do triathlons. I got better at it, I finished the White Lake Sprint, but I didn't even really like swimming. Check that off the bucket list.

Put me on a bike and even if I'm suffering up a hill or mountain I am still having fun.

They say the best exercise is one that you enjoy. That's so true, I've got cycling and as long as my head stays out of the way we have a great time together.

I've ridden more in the early part of this year than I ever have. Most of that can be attributed to the milder than normal winter, but I'm happy about it.

On that note, Daylight savings time has started, its time to get in the saddle!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


March is an amazing month.

March Madness & Daylight Savings Time - need I say more? Really, need I?

I will.
The first two weeks of march madness are the best because there are basketball games all day every day. The Big East tournament starts on a Tuesday and from then on things go into high gear. After championship weekend, the NCAA tournament is pedal to the metal on its first weekend and I LOVE IT!

Secondly, one of my favorite holidays of the year happens in march. The ending of daylight savings time. It may not be a holiday for you, but for me it marks the beginning of when I can cycle after work. Bring on spring, and let me start peddling.

Of course, grad school will put a damper on some of my cycling plans but I will make time for a few rides a week.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Updates - It's Been a While....

It has been over a month since I posted. Sometimes things just get busy, or I get a bloggers block or something and next thing I know its been weeks since a post.

I'll try to do a few catching up posts, but for now here's a quick recap.

Grad School:
Is keeping me busy, and I'm trying to really decide what direction I want to take with the degree.

Job Hunt:
For those that don't know I'm looking for a new position with more growth opportunity. 
I've had a few phone interviews, made it to the final 7 for one job but didn't get into the final 3. I was told I interviewed exceptionally well just didn't have the experience a few of the candidates had that they were looking for. After accepting an interview recently, I turned it down later due to a lack of trust in the interviewer and organization. I was told I would be emailed a document, to give me an idea of what to prepare for this not quite traditional interview, by the end of the day. It came over 2 days later. It wasn't a job that I was sure I'd want but  I thought interviewing would be more good experience but I am not going forward with someone I don't trust.

We shot our first wedding of the year and loved it. Being a wedding photography team with my mom and dad is so much fun and is something we really enjoy. I have a mentoring session coming up soon with some photographers I really respect and I hope they can help me finalize a business plan that I'll commit too.
There have been discussion on changing our brand back to Derek Hill Photography from Ardeur Photography, and that will be settled by the weekend.

I entered some prints into the PPA of NC photo competition and was pleased with all I learned. While none of them merited, they were above average and I learned so many things that go into making a competition print. I hope to submit a few images with a little work to the regional competition and roll the dice there!

Busy but good. It seems like several of our friends are getting pregnant and about to add another life to the world and that's awesome. For those of you keeping score at home we are a good 3-5 years away from that.

Tara's busy with grad school as well. Sometimes she's busier, sometimes I am, and occasionally we get some time lined up when we're both caught up and can hang out a little more.

Weight Loss:
So far, I have not done good with that. I'm only down a total of 1 pound for the year. It's time to buckle down and get it done. 

I think I'll go ahead and write tomorrow's post about how glad I am that it's March!