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Well, it has been seven months since I’ve posted anything here. What’s up with that? Actually, I’ve been wondering the same thing…
What can I say? I didn’t plan to take a seven month break. It just kind of… happened.
The best answer I can come up with is that this has been a year of dramatic changes. The biggest of which has been a major career shift. For over 20 years I’ve been doing some kind of software development, and this year I decided to make a shift. I’m still working in the technology space, but now I’m on the sales and marketing side of things.
Wait… what? Yeah, I crossed over to “the dark side”, and now I’m a sales guy. (And now I don’t think of it as the dark side either)
It’s been quite a ride. An all encompassing change that has rocked my world, but has been a wonderful adventure at the same time.
So what does this have to do with bicycles?
Well, when my life turned upside down it put a real crimp in my riding. Between the winter cold, the crazy new schedule, more than a few business trips, and the need to have intense focus in other areas of my life… riding just kind of went by the wayside. Yes, I got a few rides in during the winter. I rode to the office a couple of times, and I shivered on a couple of rides “just for fun”, but my riding was nothing like last year. In fact, I even got to the point where I didn’t want to ride. To be honest, that really bothered me. Riding my bike had become such a cool thing in my life, for all kinds of great reasons, and all of a sudden that desire was gone. I’d drive to work each morning and see people riding along my old route, some of which I knew by name from meeting on the road last year, and it just reinforced the fact that I was different now. With that in mind, posting something here seemed kind of hypocritical. I mean, I’m the guy who would always rather ride his bike, right? Well, apparently not.
So… that brings me to today. I’m happy to say that I’m back in the saddle… literally, and I’d like to think I’ve found a better balance and a healthier perspective.
Have I been riding like I did last year? No. But I have been riding. The weather has been nice lately, and I’ve had a few good rides. I’ve been trying to find a good rhythm when it comes to riding to work. So far just one day a week has been the goal, and we’ll see if I can bump that up a bit over the coming months. I would like to ride my first century this year, but I realize that will take a significant training commitment, so I’ll have to see how things go.
The important thing to me is that I’m riding again, and I’m enjoying it. I’ve remembered what I had forgotten.
I’m still figuring things out and trying to regain the balance in my life. I’m not there yet, but… do we ever get all the way there?
Probably not in this lifetime, but I think that’s part of the adventure.
P.S. For those of you that have continued to follow this blog, thanks for sticking around. I won’t make any promises right now, but I’m going to try to be a little more consistent. See ya on the road.
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