Saturday, January 05, 2008

Happy New Year

The view from Patsy and Rick's farm, Spencer Indiana
Hi all,
First off, hats off to my sister Patsy for sharing some of her photographs with me, and permitting me to share it here with you. Dad taught us well!
Now, to the news; Almost 20 days between posts. Sometimes my lack of posting is due to just being busy, and other times it's purely due to a lack of anything to say! In the case of this last absence, it’s a little of both. During Christmas week, I was able to enjoy the holidays with family visiting, and had a wonderful time relaxing with a week off from air traffic control. It was delightful. Lots of family, lots of food, lots of snow, lots of fun, and actual regular sleep!
The snow piling up on the fence...
And then, slowly, inexorably, I came to a complete halt in every department. On New Year’s Eve, I was at work, sitting at my supervisor’s workstation in a complete funk, no motivation, no energy. At home, I had been unwilling to ride or to go the gym, and although I had been spinning on the bike in the garage on my fluid trainer, it was obvious, that the riding year had truly ended in grand fashion.
Winter at the farm; Spencer, Indiana.
But, I guess this is one part of ending a year, and starting over; I just don’t recall ever hitting the end of the cycling road quite so severely ever before! I recall writing last February, a post about “New Beginnings”. In that post I wrote about the hardest step being the first one. Boy, was I ever right!
And now, a week later, the “year” has finally started for me. I have energy at home to get things done, energy at work to get things done, and a mindset towards training to ride. The pie is all gone, the coffee cake is all gone, and the chocolate is hidden away in the freezer. It’s time to start setting goals, and get on the bike.
A family Christmas tradition; Polish coffee cake!
I noticed that a lot of cycling blogs I read have made end of year posts, writing of mileage accomplishments, and looking back at the year. For now, I am going to look forward. The goals for riding have been set; 2500 miles, my first 300 Km Brevet, and raising my average distance per ride above 30 miles. There are other riding goals, but I will bring them to you as I ride.
Other goals have been set, too. Home remodeling, basic things that have needed to get done around the house, and making a firm plan for my future in retirement in the spring of 2009. That last goal is the biggie. I am about to embark on a completely new part of my life. It is an exciting prospect fraught with apprehension, excitement, trepidation, and even joy.
Want to come along?


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Harding said...

"Want to come along?" I sure do. I'm only a couple of years behind you.