Friday 3/14 was this year's first outdoor bike ride for me. (Last year it was a chance 61-degree day on 3/5). The sun was just barely out, but the air was mild and the path was mostly dry. I joined up with my friend Luray and her brand new bike, and took a welcome-back loop around the Cap City trail: the start of another season. This morning I visited Bike-o-rama and resisted the temptation to purchase a new $5,500 racing bicycle. Phew!
With a new season, there are always new goals, new objectives... this year I'm certainly feeling excited for what lies ahead. On my desk is a single 11x17 piece of paper in a grid of 12 months and 365 days. I've picked some of my favorite races and colored those days in orange. I've picked some fun vacations and colored those in green. In between, there are holidays, commitments, celebrations... and white spaces perfect for getting ready for all of the above. A whole year there on one page. In a way, it goes pretty fast. I find that you if you leave just the right amount of white spaces, though, there's time to slow down and appreciate it all. I think it's going to be a fun year.
As for racing goals? At least right now, I'm focusing on having a good time, making new friends, and helping teammates achieve big fund raising goals and personal finish line successes. I'm sure that as I live the proverbial multisport lifestyle, and keep playing outside, I'll naturally get stronger and quicker along the way. This year's schedule might not look as technical as last year's, because I'm simply not as concerned with the outcomes or standings, more with a summer of fun. Of course, I did promise myself March as an off-season after Mardi Gras, so we'll see how things change as I get back to feeling really "into it."
Here are some photos from the melt around the yard...