Hey Groucho Sports readers! How’s your 2012 going so far? Hopefully you’re feeling refreshed and renewed and ready for whatever comes your way. Even though its almost February, I’m still in the planning mode for this year. It’s almost like everything gets put on hold when the cold and snow arrives and everyone retreats to the comfort of their warm houses until it’s safe to go back outside and once again start killing it in their cycling and running shoes. Now is when we need to decide what we’re going to do when the new season hits. What races are we training for? What distances or times are we going to shoot for. What kind of training do we need to do now in order to make those things possible?
At long last I think this sleepy little town in Central New York is evolving and its athletes are beginning to find one another in an effort to associate with like minded people – active, vibrant people with big goals and dreams. This past summer I found a great local cycling club that had been flying under my radar for years. Its a strong and growing group. Better still, two new running clubs have popped up locally and new events are forming and local charities are being supported. What does this mean? It means far fewer hour long drives to go to races and events with other cyclists or runners. It means being able to ride or run to the meeting spots for group training. It means meeting people who live right around the corner to support, and encourage, and compete with.
With 2011 in the rear view mirror I look forward to making new friends who like to do the things I love the most. I look forward to getting faster on my feet and on my bike, to seeking out those monster hills instead of avoiding them, to riding up to the starting line of my first real road bike race, and to setting new PR’s. This is going to be the year people. Last year is just a memory and now is the time to start making it happen. Don’t surf the couch because its cold out. Get on that trainer or treadmill if you have to or strap on those Yaktrax and get out there and start tearing it up. Don’t gain “winter weight”, shred your core! You’ll thank yourself when you look back at 2012 and wonder how you’ll ever top it because you decided to kick ass now.