I didn't set myself my usual raft of Resolutions this year, simply as back in January we had no real idea of what was going to happen. Eight months later and there is still a huge chunk of un-certainty, and many aspects of my life have changed.
I never really consider this within my plans and resolutions...work is what allows me to do the rest of my life, I don't set goals for it etc. One big thing that has changed is that I'm now officially a full-time homeworker, having signed the contract change last Friday. The current business plans are for "hybrid working", with individual departments coming up with their own plans, though suggestions are a mixed rota of 2/3 days in the office a week, with (possibly) little or no say on which days you're assigned. Moving to a homeworking contract avoids this...I can still go into the office if needed (and it's a 15 minute cycle away, so not a hassle), however I can do so on my own schedule. I've got myself into a happy routine at home now, with a dedicated office area, and better desk/screens/connectivity/space than I'd get in the office. I won't miss the daily commute (especially in winter and the rain).
Gill has arranged the same from her company, so going forward we are both working-from-home for the forseeable future.
On Tuesday Reaver will be 6 months old, and will have been in the house ofr 4 months. He's gone from a 5-kilo spud that waddled around to a 22-kilo+ bundle of energy. 80% of the time he's superb, 20% of the time he's an obsinate shit who eats his own poo. For a couple of DINK's, it's been a big upheaval in our lives, suddently having to keep a schedule, keep an eye on him, and try to teach him good manners. We've had some victories (like being able to trust him off the lead, and coming when called) and some ongoing battles (walking to heel, which he does understand, but everything is so damn interesting!), but generally it's going well. He's officially an office-dog, and once hes old enough (typically at 1 year old, when the leg joints have settled down a bit) he'll be taught how stairs work and get more freedom within the house.
In a weeks time I'll be heading down south to do Lands-End to John O'Groats by bike. After having been semi-hermetic for 18 months, it will be distinctly weird suddenly being in a bubble of a thousand cyclists. It will be a very different experience to when I did it the other way in 2010. Back then I had only been cycling for 18 months, and was more of a runner. I now have 11 years experience of cycling under my belt...but also 11 years of aging. You can reasonably expet a 1% drop-off in muscular strength for every year after 40 (and I see that in my training metrics...a slow drop-off in the power I can produce against a given perceived effort), so we'll see if that can be offset with experience and a better understanding of my own ability.
Racing has been an on/off thing this year, with a high level of what I'd call "Zwift Legs". A lot of people have spent a lot of time doing monster indoor training sessions on turbo-trainers, which are great for power development, less great for handling and control. The end result has been super-fast racing, but dodgy cornering and slightly more crashes than normal. I've been distinctly mid-field, and decided in July to step away ofr the year, and come back in 2022 for (hopefully) a full season, as I tend to come out of winter stronger than most.
In 2020 we had 3 holidays cancelled, including one in December where we had attempted to escape to St Lucia for Christmas (the introduction of Level 4 lockdowns 2 weeks before we left put paid to that). That has now been re-scheduled to October this year (to co-incide with our wedding anniversary), and right now it does seem like we should be able to travel, albeit with testing before and after, masks for the entire journey, and getting pet-sitter in for Reaver and Lily. I was supposed to be heading to Spain at the end of September for a delayed training camp, however the organiser (and my coach) had a horrific racing crash in June (open bone break of the arm), and he won;t be riding up mountains for a new months yet. I swapped that time off for taking all the Mondays in August off, allowing me to get in some volume training for LE-JOG...but I'd definitely have preferred to be in Spain!
The last couple of years have introduced a lot of change, and generally we've been rolling with it. Having home-working stauts does offer up some freedoms about location, though we are handly slumming it where we are right now. The mortgage is not up for renewal for a couple more years, so there is plenty of time to think about that. Otherwise it's really about trying to work out what will be possible in 2022, and then setting up some plans for that. I'd like to get back into racing properly, though also considering getting my velodrome accreditation and racing at Palmer Park (which is a shedload easier to get to that Hillingdon!)