Recently, Felkerino sat down at our laptops and talked and dreamed about all we wanted to accomplish in 2014.
It’s rather fun to have a partner who likes to engage in the same kinds of activities as you. Weekend rides, brevets, bike tours… we both want to share these experiences.
However, I’ve come to appreciate that these activities don’t just happen. Okay, maybe a weekend century ride does, but other things require planning.
Brevets demand a base level of fitness, and a brevet longer than a 200K requires some fitness buildup. Pre-registration is required for some rides. A 400K warrants a hotel room stay. Bike tours often mean car rides, plane tickets, and requests for time off.
Generally, I like all of it. Working through the various stages (especially the long training rides) that lead up to an event can be as enjoyable as the event itself.
As our 2014 calendar took shape, I started to get excited. Winter did not seem so long. I imagined all the lovely days that await us this year.
I thought back to that saying “Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.” I understand what that phrase is trying to communicate, I think. It’s about being flexible and understanding that every detail of one’s life cannot be anticipated, no matter how much one plans.
But I remain convinced that a basic framework is a good thing to have, especially when the realization of your dreams requires preparation. And it’s good to have something to look forward to, especially on these cold winter days.