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This was a rough year. Although my training time was at the lowest level since I started tracking it, I still consider the year a success.
Personal and professional challenges yielded so much growth. I learned so much and put that learning into action as much as I could.
I learned a lot about choices, decisions, consequences, faith, and humility. I am hopeful that years from now I can look back on 2017 as a true turning point in my life, and smile with satisfaction at how I am continuing to benefit from the practices and habits that I implemented when I had the chance.
This Strava graph shows my weekly training volume over the past 12 months.
I still have a lot to learn. I still have a long way to go.
I am a better person than I was a year ago. If that isn’t success, I don’t know what is.
I can’t follow a structured training program right now. I haven’t raced in almost two years and don’t know when that streak will end. My only fitness goal for the near future is to sweat. It doesn’t matter how. Just do something (weights, bike, run, row) to break a sweat once in a while. Build on that. Evaluate. Grow. Embrace the Suck. Fall in love with the Grind.
I hope you all have a happy and successful 2018! I am going to give it my best shot…
It was a good year on the running front, at least from a consistency point of view. I topped last year’s mileage PR with another one and logged 3,113 miles. I really didn’t chase that number too hard. December was only 226 miles which was my lowest monthly total for the entire year. So no big last minute push this time like some other years.
I’m very happy to have been so consistent, motivated, and free of major setbacks. Other than a few down weeks in the spring to heal an IT band, and a few other niggles of varying degree, this year has been the healthiest one of all so far.
Due to my work and family schedule I end up running a TON of doubles. Usually a few easy miles on the treadmill before work, then something longer and/or more intense at lunch. It’s not ideal, but I found a way to make it work. I ended up with 440 runs total.
Here are the numbers:
I made a focused attempt to get on the bike regularly during part of the year, but largely ignored it the rest of the time. I really really really need to change that.
Even though I set a mileage PR, 2016 was an off year in many ways. I only took part in 3 races (one win, one DNF, one meh) – and the last one was in May. I didn’t photograph any events, and hardly got the camera out at all.
While it still wasn’t a lot, I did manage to run with friends far more than any other year. That was most excellent and I want to continue that trend.
I ended the year with one of those runs as I joined Woody for part of his quest to log 70 summits of Mount Morrison in 2016 with a massive 7 summit push today. While it was tempting to skip that 4:45 alarm, I’m sure glad I didn’t. I would have missed a great sunrise and lots of inspiration seeing a friend get after a goal. It was the perfect ending to my running year.
Here’s to more miles, more races, and more faces in 2017!
What a challenging year! Trying to juggle raising a family, maintaining a demanding career, and two very time intensive hobbies (running and photography) was a handful. I also finished an online degree program, spent 50 hours driving with my daughter to qualify her for a license, spent many days searching for and test driving cars for my son, graduated my other daughter from high school and sent her off to college, and set a new PR for miles run in a calendar year.
Training wise, I made a serious effort to prioritize consistent running. This had been taking a back seat over the last couple of years to some other activities (mostly photography). A year ago, I made a conscious decision to get the miles in any way possible. Early, late, sometimes even three runs in a day. I made it happen.
I was pleasantly surprised when I started checking my stats in late November and realized that 3,000 miles was in reach. I hadn’t really considered it, because an Achilles injury in the May/June timeframe had really set me back. Thankfully, that plus some lingering hip issues have mostly been resolved and I am feeling pretty good heading into the 2016.
I shot 11 races this year, but will cut that significantly in 2016. It was a hard decision, but I terminated my contract with the Highlands Ranch Race Series. I have nothing but fond memories of working those races for the past two years, and will miss it a great deal. Ultimately, it was a time-based decision. I need some of that weekend time back in order to pursue other goals.
I have training dialed, but now I am hungry to race well. I only had one decent race this year, and I want to focus on preparing for and executing on race day. My world doesn’t revolved around racing, but it gives me a goal to work towards and adds clarity and purpose to my weekly training routine. Most of all, it offers a great way to explore my potential, which is really what I’m after. I feel like I seldom ever get near my potential, and whatever it is, I want to get closer to it on a more regular basis.
Thanks everyone for your support, inspiration, and motivation – and Happy New Year!