Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rearview 2013: Looking Forward

So, What's Next?

2013 is fading fast and a New Year faces us all along with all the new hopes and dreams for things we generally tend to conjure up in our minds when the calendar changes.  I cannot say I am very different in that manner, but I try to temper all that with a heavy dose of realistic expectations. So, here are a few things I expect will happen, or begin to happen next year.......

  • Events: I have the opportunity to do Triple D, the Renegade Gents Race, and Odin's Revenge again. These are pretty solid on the calendar. I also am aiming at Almanzo. (Gotta forge a postcard entry soon!) Beyond this I have the GTDRI to think of, of course, and I would dearly love to go to Gravel Worlds once again. 3GR rides have already been discussed as well. 
  • Changes..... There are going to be the beginnings of some big changes coming about mid-year. I cannot say what is happening now, but it doesn't have anything to do with my personal life! These several things have been percolating on my mind for several years, and it's time very soon to pull the trigger on a few of these ideas to get them rolling. These will be "big deals" to a lot of folks, and no big deal at all to a whole lot more folks. Stay tuned........
  • The Blog: I said this last year, but I have to say it again- The blog stats are off the hook. Last year I couldn't believe the growth, but the end of this year makes the end of last year look puny. I am consistently and constantly amazed by you people out there that visit this site and read my scribes. I humbly thank you! That said, I feel responsible to do even better here than before due to the interest shown.


So, 2014.....yeah! I am not going to resolve to "eat less", "exercise more", or whatever. I am going to focus more on "do" and less on "maybe someday....". If I can budge the stones more into the "do" column next year, I will be satisfied that I have done something to improve. Results will be what they will be, and I will move on from there.

I feel like last year, (well.......it is almost "last year"!), I pushed a few more things into the "do" column and I want to make that a habit. (Thus the changes mentioned above) It will be an exciting year at times, for sure. I look forward to turning a few pages. While that is always means a few scary things I also feel it will be a chance for some liberating things in many ways.

I wish for all of you health, happiness, and many miles of smiles on your bicycles. Whatever bicycles those may be, and whatever you choose to call them- just ride more. I will try to do much the same. 

Thank You and.....
 
Happy New Year!

7 comments:

Steven Butcher said...

And, Happy New Year to you, too! I hope you can realize in full abundance the things you've conceived in your mind for the new year. To many more crunch, grindy miles!

podrunner said...

Thanks GT! Happy and Safe New Year to you too. I get up every morning, make the coffee and sit down to read what you have written for the day. Interesting, I too sport the grey hair, a full appetite and an insatiable desire for adventure. Reading your thoughts and musings is a great way to get my day started. Thanks for sharing! Hope to meet in person at one of the many gravel events in the future. All the best for 2014!

Ari said...

From the Depths of the Slender Fungus Cycling Association we wish you a great year. You have been an inspiration to us and we are grateful for that. We hope to join you on some hardy bike rides. Be well my friend! Happy New Year to your family and you.
Ari

Nathan said...

Happy new year to you too! Greatly enjoyed your news and views through the year, and looking forward to all the Trans Iowa shenanigans. Maybe we'll see each other at Almanzo...

Tom Scott said...

Happy New Year back, and thanks for all the great posts! Is that photo by any chance heading south on Burton Ave towards Waterloo?

Guitar Ted said...

@Tom Scott: That is somewhere on the T.I.v8 course. Likely somewhere around Oskaloosa.

Tim said...

Thanks for another year of insight, inspiration, smiles, and being human! Go for the "do" list. I hope to see you at an event in 2014.