I’m writing this New Year’s resolutions post three days late and having just spent the morning sleeping in until 11:00 because I was out late last night at a surprise birthday party eating way too much sugar and having lots of fun. Is this a good way to start the new year or a bad one? It looks like a good year in which to make no resolutions whatsoever and instead just go with the flow, have fun, and not worry too much. Yeah, right — like you’ll ever catch me not worrying.
But this does fit with the anti-resolutions attitude I’ve had for the last year or so. At the beginning of 2007 I made a long list of books I’d like to read and things I’d like to accomplish, and that was kind of fun, because planning can be fun, but then I spent too much time worrying about not doing the things I said I would, and I haven’t been all that interested in plans and resolutions since.
That said, I was embarrassed at how few books in translation I read last year, and I wished I’d read more books from my favorite century, the 18th. It would be great if I could read more in those areas. It would also be great if I could spend less time online. I’ll try to keep those things in mind, at least for a little while, but I’m not going to make any requirements for myself. If I do them, I do them, if not, that’s fine.
As far as cycling and triathlon training goes, my main plan (it’s really hard to be anti-resolutions when it comes to training) is to stay healthy and keep from getting injured. The best thing I can do to avoid injury, as far as I can tell at least, is to make sure I build up my level of training gradually instead of rushing into a difficult training schedule (as I am apt to do) and to make sure I keep working on core strength. I foresee a lot of sit-ups in my future. I loathe and despise exercises of all types, but I will do them if it means I can keep from hurting myself. Other than that, I’ll race when I can, have fun with my training as much as I can, and that’s it.
Who knows what will happen in 2009. All I can do, really, is recognize how little control I have over what will happen and try not to let that worry me.