Mileage Recap – 16 ~ 30 November…Pondering, Goals and Changes

Pondering

The holiday season is in full swing.  I made it back from all my traveling in November and now I’m just trying to catch up by decorating the house and getting ready for the season.  I love to decorate for Christmas.  I’m one of those….I have so many decorations and I love the warmth it brings to a home during this time of year.  But sometimes it just gets a little crazy.  Too much stuff, downsizing a bit, and not enough places to put said stuff.  So, I’ve been getting rid of some of the things that have seen better days, I no longer want or need.  Such a freeing feeling to get rid of stuff.

I love driving and just looking at the countryside.  Driving up through California, Oregon and Washington.  The United States is a beautiful country.  My final leg of travel was driving up to Seattle.  My daughter attends college there and this was the first time I got to see her dance in a college atmosphere.  It is wonderful to see her grow in her profession and to see the young lady she is becoming.  Absolutely magical.

November is the month for feeling grateful.  I always smile at this because being grateful is a 365 thing.  I am grateful for many things in this life.   But it did get me thinking as I was tooling around Seattle.  Seattle is a cool place, but there are a lot of homeless and just lost people.  There are the homeless and then there were people just out of it.  Young people.  I feel deeply when I see someone just standing in a catatonic state.  People walking by not really caring or dealing.  I guess you can’t  do much when there is such an over burden.  But it does get you thinking about where these people come from, their families if they have them and why they are in this state.  So I got to thinking what am I really grateful for…and I would have to say mental clarity and choice.  With mental clarity we have the ability to chose the path we want to follow.  Such a simple thing, but without it we just are occupying space so-to-speak.

Goals for 2016

My major goal for 2016 is to complete a century ride.  I have done some research and found a training plan that I think will serve me well.  I have decided this coming year I will focus more on cycling.  Looking at what is required for a century there won’t be a lot of time for running.  I’m excited and look forward to this new goal.

Changes

If you read this blog and blog on Word Press you know it’s easy to get carried away on the categories.  I had way too many categories and it was becoming overwhelming trying to keep up with them.  So I’m decided to keep the blog basic.  No more months I’m just going to keep everything under the current year.  So 2016 will have most of the posts with a standard menu selection for races and such but that’s it and I hope it will keep me sane.

The first part of November was weak for mileage but I was able to finish strong or somewhat strong.  While in Seattle I got some good walking miles in…yes I’m counting those.  I walked 11 miles one day and 8 the next.  Came back and hit the asphalt and was able to pick up some nice rides easing my way back.

I picked up 53.18 the last half of November taking me to a total of 61.29 for the month.  This leaves me Thankfully with 8,422.38 remaining.  Happy Miles to You!

Mileage Recap ~ 1 – 15 November Honoring the Past, Present and Looking to the Future

November is turning out to be a traveling month for me.  After I graduated college I went into the US Army and was very fortunate to have visited and lived in different countries and states.  It’s quite lovely to explore another country or state and make life long friends.  It’s even better when you are able to maintain those friendships over the years.  I’ve been lucky in that respect.  Of course social medias have helped in the effort as well.  With all the traveling and moving, it hasn’t been easy to get back home and visit family as often as I want and should.  It’s been far and between sometimes.  So with my new life endeavors I have made a point to make going home a priority.  No more three-year stints at being gone.

My home town, is Aiken, SC. An old horse town with old money and the Savannah river site just down the road.  When I moved there all those years ago it was quite different from the town today.  Very small and not much happening.  Still, it was a good place to grow up.  Now its a bit larger and still holding on to its quaintness.

I have been fortunate to maintain friendships with some high school friends that will be going on 30 years shortly:-) All of my direct family lives there and it is always a joy for me to go back and visit.  See everybody and of course hear what is going on in and around town.  It is joyful and bittersweet all in the same moment. As I walked downtown I can still remember so many fine memories of people and places.  The air was brisk, the tall pine trees, old and new people bustling around town.  An overcast day with just enough chill in the air to give you that nostalgic feeling of the holidays that are about to come.  I love this time of year. Change.  Leaves falling to the ground.  Summer has long gone and by a is replaced by a different type of beauty.  I’ve been coming back to this town over the years.  Some things change and others not so much. Some things have improved and others hold fast.

I decided to drive from Arizona to South Carolina.  I am one of these people who love to drive.  There is a freedom I love to driving. I love it.  I will admit it did get a little tiring and it is hard to “get mileage” in after you’ve been driving for 8 – 10 hours a day.  So the mileage was minimal but rewarding.  Rewarding in the aspect that I got to reflect.  Just to slow down and take it at my pace, adjust to the new environment and reflect on how things have changed in my life and in the things around me.  I call them spiritual miles, and they might just be the most rewarding, important miles to be had.  Some where in hotel fitness rooms and others running around the neighborhood in Aiken.

Today I turned 48.  I am blessed.  Blessed to have the physical strength to complete these miles and to roll with the changes.  Something we often take for granted.  I also honor those relationships that have carried me from the past, those that are ongoing and those yet to come.   Only 8.11 miles to log.  Meh, it’s okay.  A little quote I thought I’d share:

When you are through changing, you are through. ~Bruce Barton

Every mile is different, every mile is unique ~ 8,475.56 miles await.  Happy Miles to You.