Greetings and Happy 2010 to all of you!!

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the new millennium.  Now all of the sudden here we are getting started on a new decade…wow.  Time flies, especially when we look back at all the things that happened during this past ten years.

Well, the very best that we can do is to let the last decade go and to treasure all of the good moments.  Forget about the bad ones, since we had a pretty good amount of those.  Looking forward to new positive changes, when a better economy will help everyone to get back on track, stay healthy and focus on the important things in life – family, friends, fun trips, good meals.

I’m starting 2010 by setting some solid goals.  Last year I have to be honest, it was a bit difficult to manage my goals.  I had to put aside many things that I enjoyed very much, some of them by choice and some of them, let’s just say I was forced to.

One of my goals is to get back in peak physical shape and to start doing some races again.  Remember, last summer I had to call it quits on my triathlon routine because of some injuries.  The last few months were pretty hard without having the recreation of training and looking forward to competitions.

So this year I will approach the sport from a different angle.  I’ll start off the year with a 100 mile bike race that will take place in San Diego. The “Gran Fondo” is a classic road race in which people from all over the country come for the challenging ride and beautiful scenery through east and south San Diego.  It ends in Little Italy for the grand finale with food, drinks, music and a great expo.

Let me share my first story with you to better explain why I am doing this…..

THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON:

A few weeks ago I went out on a bike ride with my friend, Bob.  We ride together every Wednesday and after our ride, we go to work nice and relaxed.  Of course we’re tired at times, but we always feel good to get the day started with the energy we get from a good workout.

For the last few years, I’ve been riding a bike that I haven’t been crazy about.  Since I bought the bike 5 years ago, I’ve never really felt it was the right one for me and my body frame.  I tried to change the fitting…no good…I tried to sell it….no good…I tried to get used to it and be more positive..no good….so guess what I did instead!!!

I completely destroyed the bike by driving it into my garage.

It was the end of the day, and I was tired from riding in the morning and working a long day.  I was distracted, and it was one of those days when you just can’t  disconnect from work.  I completely forgot about my bike on the roof of my car until I heard a horrible crunching noise against the garage door.  I know what you’re thinking, but honestly, it was not planned to end the bike’s life that way. However, I took it as a sign that it was time for something different.

As I said above, things happen for a reason, and in this case, that reason is my need for a new thing to inspire me and get back on track with more physical activity for the new year.

My dear friends at California Bicycle (www.calbikes.com), Kevin and his son Jason, were there waiting for me after I called them and told them what happened.  I showed up at the shop holding my bike with two fingers and all of the parts hanging from the destroyed Carbon Fiber frame.  Kevin says, “G we need to get you back on a bike and get you out there riding.  I lead an organized Bike Ride every Friday called “Venerdi Veloce” and we have a pretty solid group of people riding together weekly.”  Then I say, “Great!  When is the bike coming?? I want the same exact one that Jason rides.”
“OK G we’ll figure it out.”  Kevin always says he’ll figure it out and he always does.  One phone call a few days later and I had the bike fully ready to go.

I love my new machine so much that can’t get enough of riding.

So the point of the story is to change modes and truly relax at the end of your work day.  Stop worrying about something that can be put off for the next day, or your distractions will take over and give you new challenges.
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From now on, I will keep two things in mind:  1) I will keep my new toy in the trunk of my car, and 2) I will be extremely careful to go anywhere right after work unless I am completely disconnected from that environment and ready for something recreational.