I did it… I broke down and finally replaced my stolen iPod. (Article on the theft) I started doing some research and discovered that my cycling miles dropped dramatically after losing my iPod. Despite several half-hearted attempts to get back into cycling, it never really stuck. I was thinking about it last week when I was riding and realized it was boredom that was causing me to stop after a couple miles. I used to not even notice the miles clicking by when I was listening to an audiobook on the iPod.
Sure enough, I loaded up with songs and audiobooks, went out for a ride and knocked out 10 miles before I noticed. I wanted to keep listening but knew that I better not overdo it or I would not feel like riding tomorrow. Call it justifying the expense, but all I know is that I will be out riding a lot more and that is a good thing.