For the first time in who knows how long, I made my bed today. I've just never been a bed maker. I usually roll out of bed in the morning, poop, brush my teeth and head out the door. I've always been that way. I figured why make a bed that I will shortly just mess up again.
But recently, a good friend, who also keeps a pretty awesome training blog, told me making my bed would give me pep, so I figured, why not. Who doesn't need more pep in their lives? So, today I made my bed.
Its been over a year since I posted on this blog. What started out as a training blog for my attempt at a 10 hour LOTOJA morphed into more of a "blab about my own interests" blog. But while I was at it, I reviewed some awesome equipment and posted some pretty cool videos. It was a good exercise and I actually influenced the bike purchases of more than a few people. I'm grateful that what I posted made a difference to at least some. I was getting 1000 hits a week at times but about this time last year, life just became too busy and too complicated to spend much time blogging.
I spent most of the year supporting 2 teams, travelling to races all over the west and pouring my heart, soul and wallet into the bike races I promote. But things started to crumble about September. My marriage ended, sponsor money dried up, I gained 30 lbs and I pretty much hit an emotional and physical wall. I had to take a step back, look deep inside and try to figure out what and who I really wanted to be.
In that discovery, I found that there's a lot about myself I like, but also so much I needed to change. My priorities had gone all out of whack. I was spreading myself too thin and in the process figured out I was putting too much quantity and not enough quality into my endeavors. I had experiences I wouldn't trade for the world but I also needed to simplify my life. And now its time for a comeback!!
So here I am, ready to write again. I think this blog will morph back into my training journal...my accountability to perform at my best and a way to share what it takes to achieve my goals. This is therapeutic for me and maybe it will be for those who read it too. When I was prepping for LOTOJA in 2011, it seemed one or two people found my insights and training helpful for them. I hope that happens again.
I've turned a corner. I've changed little things in my life to improve myself as an athlete, a father and as a human. I even started to make my bed.