It’s finally 2019 and I’m ready to hit the ground running with some new goals, plans and ideas. I particularly enjoy this time of the year as we all reflect on the year that has past and look ahead to the future. I love reading about peoples’ personal projects – which has inspired me to put a few of them into place as well.
I’ve read that sometimes people choose a theme word to set their intention for their new year. The word that has resonated the most with me lately is “work”. Why “work”? For me, I gain a lot of personal satisfaction out of a job well done – I am happiest when I’m engaged and busy and have a plan.
On the cycling front, I’ve decided to devote my energies to another year of racing. Last year, although I did plenty of riding, I did not have that many opportunities to race and I’d like to change that balance this year. Part of changing that balance has been the opportunity I’ve been given to ride in a racing team (Splatt Lawyers Racing) in 2019 – I have given the team my word and commitment that I will attend most races this year.
Our first official racing of the season kicks off with the Sizzling Summer Series criterium series at Logan. Which means that I’m going to have to move away from my beloved endurance training and start to focus more on speed. As this type of racing doesn’t come naturally to me, I’m setting process, rather than outcome, goals around these races – did I position well? did I support my teammates? was my energy expenditure smart? To get me going I’ll be starting off with my club’s (UQCC) bi-weekly Saturday criteriums in the next week or so.
The other cycling goal I wish to achieve is participating in the Tour De Brisbane Gran Fondo. It’s a UCI World Masters championship qualifier, and whilst I have no plans on attending the world titles, it would be nice to ride well and at a pace that’s outside my comfort zone. I’ve begun, after a bit of a cycling break, to build a base of strength and endurance again completing the Rapha Festive 500 last week.
However, life isn’t just about cycling and some of my other goals revolve around better management of finances, cooking more new recipes (rather than admiring my recipe books), prepping food ahead of time and watching more TV and seeing more movies with friends (a great mate of mine and I went to see “Bohemian Rhapsody” the other day and it was so enjoyable that I thought I must make this more of a habit).
Finally, a regular massage is at the top of the list – what a great way to wind down from all that work.
Hope everyone has a fantastic New Year – I’ll be posting here with updates on my TDB preparation and grumbling about how poor I am at criterium racing :D.