Mileage: 155km (2012 year-to-date: 4638km)
A 'moment of clarity' changed things a lot for me in December. Normally, I ride right up until the new year, then take a few weeks off the bike totally. Then in the last week of January I start turning the legs over again and slowly build up over the next month or so.
Looking at my 2013 goals (a blog-post to come!), I already want to be riding well by February as there is an Open race I'm keen to have a crack at. So starting in late January is too late! So I had a decision to make - keep pushing for my 5000km 2012 total over December and let January go, or shelve the bike now for a few weeks and then hit the road again in the new year and start building for the February races.
It was an easy decision to make in the end (and a quick one!). I'm super-excited for a big 2013 after mucking about on the bike this year, so all my cycling-focus is on what I can achieve next year. So after the first couple of weeks in December, I racked my bike and have focussed on other activities for the last few weeks.
I've learnt heaps this past year about how I train, why I train, the types of riding I love or hate, and most importantly what motivates me and what I'm capable of. I'm looking forward to stepping things up in a (slightly!) more focussed and structured way starting tomorrow - bring on 2013!!