Changes in 2013 by Trina Jacobson
In January I registered for an online degree program, freaked out about the loan I’m taking for it, but finally returned to college after a 7-year break. At least my classmates won’t be able to tell I’m well above the median age of a college student because, thankfully, my racing age isn’t listed next to my name when I post something in the discussion forum.
A week after starting classes, I started a new full-time job, which is huge for a part-time-cycling-coach-bike-fitter-stay-at-home-mom. The new job is in the cycling industry, so the transition back to working for The Man was pretty painless as I get to talk about bikes with people who love bikes, too. I knew it was time to stop using “but my baby boy needs me” as an excuse to not work full-time when he forgot to kiss me good-bye before running into his preschool classroom one day.
After taking some time off of the bike and away from this blog, Cycling Illustrated asked me to write a story for the upcoming print magazine. So in the midst of learning how to learn again, I wrote my first magazine article ever. I realized I missed writing and so here I am again, blogging about my experiences as a working, cycling, education-getting mom.
The biggest change is that I have no down time. None. My Hulu queue has 63 shows. Did I really watch that much TV?! I thought I was a busy mom before 2012 wrapped up, well today’s version of busy mom makes last year’s look like a bum. I’ve described this time in life as “I’m working on making my life the way I want it.” Working on life takes a lot of energy and making sacrifices – TV is the least of them.
One thing I’m not willing to sacrifice (yet) is being on two wheels. I’m not a fit as I was this time last season, but I’m ok with that. The season is long and I usually poop out at the end anyway, so maybe I’ll enjoy some late season races in 2013. The team I’m racing for, SC Velo/InCycle, held team camp the same weekend as Boulevard RR and Red Trolley Crit, so all of us lined up each day. I finished Boulevard after results were posted, but I finished for the first time. Doing Boulevard the day before Red Trolley wasn’t so awesome for me, but being part of a team where all of my teammates were present and having our fearless leader Lea Adams make the break and the podium was enjoyable and motivating.
With all that I’m involved in, I’ve had to get highly organized and in doing so, I’ve clearly defined my “balance” that cyclist so often struggle to find. I’m committed to my family, my work, and my education. Everything else is gravy. If I find the time to train and race, then you bet I’ll be shimmying into lycra and pinning numbers. If I find I’m not able to train as much as I’d like, I’ll still don the superhero outfit but I’ll be realistic about my fitness and contribute where I’m able at team races.
So, even though it’s already March, here’s to a great 2013, to making your life the way you want it, and to finding your balance.
Trina can still get-down with the get-down, has a weakness for chocolate covered almonds, and is an associate cycling coach for Crank Cycling in San Diego, CA.