I don't know about you but this time of the year really feels like the start of a new year for me. As opposed to the calendar date of January 1, it seems that Sept. 1 really signals the start of a new year for me. I suppose that this can be traced back to years of school - September signaled the start of a new "grade" or year at university and along with it lots of hopes, dreams, and fears.
And now even though it has been years since I've been in school, I still get this "new" feeling at this time of year. Along with it being it Sept. 1 there is also a new crispness in the year along with an early darkness in the evening. Yes, all things pointing to a time of change and renewal.
For a cyclo-cross racer like me, this time of the year is the start of the racing season. Our first race of the season kicks off on Sept. 10 and it will be full steam ahead until the end of January with hopefully a race in the red and white skinsuit of Team Canada in Koksijde, Belgium.
I'm looking forward to the last weekend at home for a while. I've got some good rides planned, quality time with friends and I'm confident I'll find time to chill out and relax with some tea and the newspaper. I'm currently reading The Cure For Death By Lightning - this is an excellent read - not a new book but one worth picking up if you haven't read it yet.
We received some sad news yesterday about one of the best cats I have ever been honored to know. I feel for his owners right now. The days will get better, it just really is horrible right now. I've been giving Murphy some extra hugs and a few more treats - he seems to be enjoying this extra attention - who wouldn't?
Well, make the most of this start to the "new year" - now is the chance to think back to those resolutions you made in January and really make some moves forward to do what you want with your life. Change is good.