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What Are We Doing Here?

The author.

Well, here you are. You’ve stumbled across this blog. I have no idea how you managed to do it, but I guess it’s time I explain who I am and what this is all about.

My name is Kai Caddy. I’m a cyclist. That’s not all I do, mind you. During the day, I’m the Editorial Art Director at the Arkansas Times. For those of you who have no idea what that means: I design and layout all of the editorial content of the paper each week. Some of you are probably still lost, and because of that you probably don’t really care or need to know what I do. I also do some freelance graphic design work, probably most notably as the Chief Designer of Hawgs Illustrated, an Arkansas Razorbacks fan magazine.

Anyway, back to this cycling thing. I began seriously riding a bike just about two years ago. I was instantly hooked. But I have sort of eased in to it. So as to make sure I wouldn’t make an absolute fool of myself (or so I thought, anyway), I took about a year to prefect my cycling all by myself. I rode solo all the time.

This year, feeling confident enough that I can actually call myself a cyclist, I have set out to join more group rides and sign up for just about every charity ride and event I can manage to get to. I wouldn’t say it was a New Year’s resolution, but it’s as close as I’m probably ever going to get to one.

Somewhere along the way, I thought it would be interesting to setup a blog and write about my adventures on the bike. And, that, my reader, is how we have come to this.

Of course, the idea really didn’t come to fruition until I signed up for an event I had been eyeing for some time: The 100 Miles of Nowhere. You can read all about it here. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. So excited, I started a blog.

One idea I had was to document my training for my big 100-mile journey to nowhere, but then I looked up some training plans for century rides, and it appears I’m pretty much ready to ride 100 miles now based on my weekly ride totals and such. That pretty much shot the idea of a daily countdown to my prep for an event.

So, I think I’ll simply just blog about my cycling in general. I’ll recap my training rides, share stories from other events (I’m eyeing at least three other events just in the next two months, although I haven’t actually registered for any of them yet), and I’ll probably even throw in some stories from the day job in here from time-to-time.

I’ve always tossed around the idea of blogging, but really never had anything to write about. I have no idea if there’s anyone out there that will find any of this interesting, but I’ve decided that I don’t really care. If nothing else, it’ll be an exercise just to jot down my thoughts about a hobby I love and some of the cool stuff I get paid to do. When I’m 95 and wondering what I did all my life, I’ll just take a look back at this blog and remember the glory days.

If you got this far, stick around a while, maybe you’ll enjoy it, too.