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Good Riddance or not, I can't Decide


Friday, December 28, 2012

This year is about to pass and I can't decide if I'll be glad to see it disappear into the rearveiw or not. If I look at just the last 3 months, I'm inclined to tell not to let the door hit it in the butt on the way out. Looking back farther, it becomes a much more complicated picture.

The last three months have been a challenge I've not handled well. A week in the hospital in late September followed by 2 weeks of limited activity lead to...to sustained inactivity, racing only 2 races since getting out of the hospital, no training, loss of fitness, weight gain, blah, blah, blah. The only bright spot is that I've started to rekindle my interest in cooking healthy meals. I desperately need to fan that flame. Going into December, I was cooking a week's worth of meals and buying healthy snacks for work. That has to resume. Will it? We'll see.

However, going into September, things were just ducky. My weight was down, fitness up. I was spending time on my mtb, which didn't translate into race fitness, but did translate into better bike handling, better weight control, and a damn good mood. I had made the plunge into multisport racing (love du's) and set a half marathon pr.

Now, I've not run since early September. I've put on 20 lbs (15 since Oct1), and Baby Stewie and Sybil and Frau Blucher and Blue Steel sit unused. A glimmer of hope: Blue Steel and I spent 57 minutes after midnight on Christmas Eve cruising the town and checking out Christmas light displays. It was relaxing beyond measure. Plus, I'm thinking a short run maybe in order in the morning. We currently have around 4 inches of snow on the ground with another 4 predicted by tomorrow afternoon. There is very little better for the soul than an excursion amid a snowfall. Here's hoping....
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KA_JUN 12/29/2012 2:24PM

    Keep on truckin', man. http://www.outsideonline.com/fitnes
s/wellness/Take-Two-Hours-of-Pi
ne-Forest-and-Call-Me-in-the-Mo
rning.html

Getting out there does wonders for the spirit.

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BILL60 12/29/2012 10:07AM

    Running/jogging in the snow is truly invigorating. It's been a while, but I used to do it when in the military. Enjoy it!!

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AEROBISAURUS 12/29/2012 9:37AM

    Best wishes for you and your fam in the new year!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/29/2012 7:14AM

    Whether your glad or not to see 2012 go, start all over with 2013

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LIV2RIDE 12/29/2012 7:11AM

    I'm so glad you are back! I've missed your cycling stories. I'm also very jealous that you have snow. I live south of Chicago and all we have had this year is a dusting. Booooo! Stewie is not going to like being neglected for so long. I have a feeling you might pay for that if you leave him stagnant much longer. So for your own safety I would get back on him and ride even if just for a short while. 2013 is going to be a year of change for us all. Here's to a fantastic 2013! emoticon

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SPEEDYDOG 12/28/2012 11:30PM

    Man, you have certainly had your share of challenges. Here is to hoping that 2013 is a better year!

I agree that a sojourn on a bike in the snow is a great experience.

Bruce

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PJ2222 12/28/2012 9:11PM

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