Last spring I was busy training for a very strenuous race, I exceeded my goals. This season is totally different - my goals are different. This year I started the season with 10 more lbs than last year at this time (a total winter gain of 20 lbs) but I feel better. I am slower on the bike, who cares? I have been doing interval training with my friend, we have trained together for the past 4 years. He is training for another race, I am going through the motions, being there to help motivate him - I am training for nothing. What a liberating feeling to no longer be slave to the bike or the training schedule.
Have your goals changed, are they more or less competitive? How have you matured as a cyclist?