The weather in Northern California has been unusually chilly. I mean we have been seeing temperatures in the low 20s in the early AM and then watching the mercury sleepily creep to the low to mid 40s … tops … in the afternoon. Brrrrr. I have actually busted out the old Team Kiwi thermal vest and jacket just to keep the frosty temperatures at bay. And speaking of the bay, the temps near the water have been warmer and, thus, have seen more of my MichelinMan ass of late as I attempt to find some form of fitness after letting myself go to pot this summer and fall.
Getting back into shape is both a blessing and a bane. The blessing you might ask? Well, the focus and the drive and the discipline tend to carry over into the other aspects of my life, which is certainly a good thing. The bane, well, that’s an easy one as well. My bane is realizing that 365 days ago I was much more fit, much faster and a good 15 lbs lighter. I can say with some certainty that I currently suck on a bicycle. But, and there is always a but, that is changing directly.
I am back up to riding 4-5 days a week compared to 2 days a week just over a month ago. The quality of my riding is somewhat lacking as my level of fitness is, well, not fit at all but the quantity of said riding is rising and I have begun to see some changes both in my output levels and my physique. Wooohoooo. Time for a beer. Wait. Not yet. That is for after the ride. And just one. Well, maybe two.
The holiday season is always a difficult one for me. I like food. I like drink. I like warm. I also like riding a bicycle. So my take on the holidays is this: eat, drink and be merry … just do those things after you have ridden your bicycle. Pretty simple, methinks. Now if only I could take my own advice.
Happy holidays, all. Keep warm. Enjoy yourself and your loved ones. And don’t forget to ride your bicycle.
Best Wishes to You and Yours