It being, you know, that time of year when folks tend to make their resolutions, I am going to try and do something like that now. It’s early, sure, but why the fuck not?
First, try to take myself less serious. Seriously, my job is stressful at times, and I think I take it too serious. Yeah, there have been many times over the last few months, that I have been at work from 6:30 in the morning, until well after 7 at night. 12 hour days makes for a dully boy. And it also makes the wife mad. I resolve to pound out the work while I’m there, and to leave at a decent time, so that it will bring me to resolution #2.
Number 2. Ride. The. Bike. More. It doesn’t matter which bike, just ride more. I didn’t really accomplish much of that this past year, and seeing as how I now live in Asheville North Carolina where some of the best road riding, mountain biking, and just about any other kind of bike riding you can think of exists, I need to get out there, and ride. It makes me feel better. Clears the head. And maybe, just maybe, I might be able to climb someday. Living in the mountains once again (I grew up in the Western mountains of Maine), it would be super if I could climb at something more than a walking pace. If not, hey, fuck it. I’m still riding the bikes.
Number 3. Ride some races. I used to be that guy who rode 60-80 races per year. I’d like to race again, but at a less hectic pace. Something more like, 10-20. That’s all I need. Something to whet the appetite for bike racing again. There also won’t be anymore of this cat 1 shit either. Nope. That shit is for people who are either genetically talented, dope, or who have a lot more time on their hands than I do. In other words, people who have time to train. I figure I can be a good competitive master’s racer / cat 3 on about 12 hours per week. Seriously. I just want to be able to show up at a race, see some old friends, turn some circuits in a parking lot somewhere, maybe contest a sprint or 2, and go home. Skin intact, and not injured. Is that so much to ask? Yeah, probably not. We’ll work on that one in 2009.
Number 4. Get back to the race weight of 3 years ago. It’s been a long strange trip. Working too much, getting married, getting hit by a car, moving, new job, and so on and so forth, I’ve packed on some poundage, and that’s OK. Unless of course I’m trying to climb (see above), and then, it sucks. If I can train consistently, I can get back to where I came from. It’s just that, aside from having some of the best riding in the Southeastern US, Asheville also has its fair share of delicious beer stops. And hence, larger girth abounds. Less beer, more ride. Or, more ride, same amount of beer. It can work either way I think. Or maybe I’ll just go back to drinking more hard stuff. Less calories in that stuff, and damn, Scotch tastes good. You all know it.
That’s about it for me. It’s been a good 2008, I’m looking forward to 2009. If the bottom doesn’t completely drop out of the economy, I should still have a job at this time of the year next year, if not, well, I might be back racing Pro-Ams trying to make a few ends meet, but at least, I could ride/train more again. Although, I’m not sure the wife would be encouraged by that.by