This post is brought to you via a strange series of events. And even as I'm typing this now, I have no idea how long this post will be or how it's going to turn out at the end. Honestly, I don't even know if I'll finish its last sentence.

I didn't, and I don't, come here strictly to complain. Lord knows you don't come here to be regaled with morose drivel about my life. But you do read, so I guess I haven't lost you all yet.

It should come as no surprise that Canadians and other cold-weather dwellers get a little lethargic in the winter months. I won't use the "D" word, but you get the idea. Basically, we get out of our rhythms as we move to a warmer place (indoors). That is, unless you're some sort of gym rat, aerobics isntructor, or biathlete. So, basically, 98% of us. This lasts until the sun emerges again, which depending on where you live, could be June.

I am no exception to this rule. After the final "events" of 2009, my training went from "doing pretty good at keeping this up!" to "starting to trail off just a little", to "wow, better get your ass in gear, pal" to "now you're just being lazy". Folks, I'm slipping. And I don't like it.

But it's not just the exercise. Yesterday I was informed via a good friend, Scott, that my name came up in conversation, and made it to his blog. This friend has recently become someone I have confided in, and someone who gives me very constructive advice (equating often to "you should really deal with that, you know").

Turns out that in his new "interview blog" format, he was interviewing Stacy of J├╝rgen Nation, another long-time (in Internet Years) friend of mine. She was talking about how blogging for her is like therapy, and if she doesn't get it out? Bad. Things. Happen. I like this about her (not the bad things, the exceptional writing), and remember a time when I had plenty of fodder and plenty of gumption to get it out in black and white. Nowadays, I find that the blog is yet one more sign of things slipping through the cracks.

I know that changes are coming, but the sun has emerged and maybe it's time to find the "new normal" that I'm always preaching about when people complain about change. People freak out about change. Change isn't good or bad. It's just change. If you don't like the way things are changing, then maybe you do see change as bad. But in the end, the adaptation to change is key to moving forward.

I'm in no way stressed out about the way things are going to be in a month(assuming I remember how to be the parent of an infant, with all the waking up at ridiculous hours and the tripling my caffeine intake), but there are a lot of great things and great people that used to be a part of my daily routine that just haven't been there lately. I miss it. And I want those people to know.

Hey, the sky is blue and the sun is coming out. Bring on the New Normal.

Posted bythemikestand at 10:53 AM  

5 stepped up to the mike:

Ian - TKOS said... 9:00 PM, March 25, 2010  

I seriously thought I read "triple my cake intake". And I wondered why a new baby would cause that.

Anyway, bike season is upon us. My new bike and I are ready to ride when you are.

Steph said... 9:40 PM, March 25, 2010  

can i just copy and paste this post into my blog with a few edits: going back to work, putting my child in someone else's care, etc?


Bicycle Boy said... 10:18 PM, March 25, 2010  

@Ian: It's always bike season!

@Mike: I need to start running again soon, let's go do some hill repeats and see if we can't give ourselves heart attacks! :-D

themikestand said... 6:04 PM, March 29, 2010  

Ian: I am about ready... and I have plenty of bikes to choose from. Get your single speed built, too, and we will have even more options. Oh, wait.. you were going CX with that, not SS. Oops. Whatever!

Steph: Yep. Feel free. There are consoling ears and welcome shoulders all over the internet.

Ian / Bicycle Boy: The running just started up again... the knees weren't sure what was going on!

mmmmmpig said... 1:52 PM, March 31, 2010  

Mike, things have been hectic for me as of late, so I apologise (oooh, Canadian spelling) for not commenting here before. Everyone is allowed to burrow for a while. Lord knows I have, but it is always nice when you are surfacing.

Thanks for the shout out

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