Recharge and Renew

It’s that time of year again; time to hit the reset button on the odometer and begin anew. But, are we really starting over from zero, or are we actually course-correcting during a much longer journey?

As you painfully know from so many of my social posts, I bike a lot. In fact, since I started biking and tracking my mileage as my retirement from running sport in late 2013, I have logged 10,200 miles. This year I pedaled for 1,353 miles – more than last year, but way below my best year in 2016 when I rode 2,365.

And although this year had me biking 1,000 miles less than I did three years ago, my average pace jumped by over one mile/hour.

So, did I have a better year in 2019 or in 2016?

I guess the answer depends on how you analyze the data and what you define as achieving success.

My good childhood friend Lisa reminded me a few months back that “it’s the journey that matters.” We’re all heading to the same ultimate destination – some of us will get there sooner than others. The bigger question centers around the choices we make along the way.

Looking at my mileage chart for the past few years, I see fluctuations in total miles, average pace, number of rides, and feet climbed. Ironically, my average miles traveled per ride per year – despite some rather long bike tours thrown into the mix – remains essentially constant from year-to-year.

Simply put, it doesn’t seem to matter how many miles I pedaled or at what speed in any given year; because whenever December rolls around and I average it out, the number seems to stay essentially the same.

I guess what I’m trying to say is the fact that I rode 1,000 miles less this year than I did in 2016 or that I traveled those miles one mile/hour faster in 2019 than I did in 2016 doesn’t impact the end result. The impact is what I did throughout those twelve-month periods – the places I’ve seen, people I’ve met, and adventures I’ve been fortunate enough to experience.

There have been great days and not-so-great days. There have been successes and failures. Each experience, no matter how positive or challenging, is what makes me the person I am. Hopefully I am able to duplicate the successes as I work to correct the shortcomings.

With the end of the decade now upon us and 2020 set to begin, may we each take a moment to look at our journeys – where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how we’re getting there.

May we use this flip of a year to not simply reset the odometer, but – rather – to make course corrections that help us to lead better lives, to be better people, and to ultimately be able to enjoy life’s journey to its fullest.

Happy New Year.