I love the idea of a gorgeous, fresh, shiny, New Year; of a chance to start all over again. The seasons, the earth, and many of our plans and hopes are renewed. And I also love New Year's Resolutions (although, as I've mentioned, I like to make them around my birthday, since that's when my literal life-renewal takes place.) I have carried many of my Resolutions with me from year to year, hoping to finally conquer them when the calendar resets.
Then my 2012 training planning was interrupted when I learned that Florida Half Ironman changed locations. This seemingly tiny detail instantly jumped ahead of my venture into the terrixciting world of the crit.
I have made it very clear that I don't care for Disney races for a myriad of reasons: they're almost exclusively parking lots and highways, there aren't local supporters or flavor, Disney doesn't let you into the parks after the race, and they're usually overcrowded and overpriced. Give me a little local city race any day. So I'm glad to hear that Haines City will now host the race. The bike course will be more challenging, but the run and swim at Florida 70.3's old location were some of the worst. Plus, now people will stop referring to it as "The Disney Half Ironman." Many native Floridians (we DO exist!) spend a lot of time and energy trying to get people from other parts of the country understand that Mickey Mouse is not the only (OR most important) resident of the state.
But this change will cause something that has never occurred in my entire training history:I will finally leave a course unconquered.
|Yay, no more "Disney Half Ironman"|
And then it occurred to me that training has taught me yet another interesting life lesson: not all unfinished business can be finished. In fact, sometimes it shouldn't. Sometimes it should be cleared out to make room. As the New Year's saying goes - out with the old, in with the new.
So instead of recycling all my unfinished goals from year to year, I've decided I'm going to make a conscious effort to revise and replace the ones that are getting in the way of forward motion.
Forward toward new goals, new dreams, new plans, new schemes and - yes, of course - new dragons.