I've had a very cool experience this week. A year and a half ago a guy named Rob Barfus wrote me a note about The Race and introduced me to a Web site called BikeJournal.com. I ended up participating in some of their message board discussions about my book, and got a taste of what a unique community it is. The guy who runs it, a cyclist who goes by Slatz, has built everything around setting cycling goals and building relationships. He's constantly making improvements of one sort or another.
I returned to the site a week ago to let them know about the progress of my new book and they welcomed me with open arms. I mentioned that my cycling training had suffered considerably because of my efforts to write and market cycling books. What a paradox. The next thing I know, one of the members has anonymously purchased a membership for me. Among other things, that means I get a little bar graph next to my name showing what my riding mileage goal is for the year. So suddenly I have monster motivation to get into the sort of shape I ought to be in. I want to thank that anonymous person for the kick in the butt, and I look forward to participating on BikeJournal.com.