Good Morning Fit Friends,
Its late December and 2016 is coming to an end…
Its tough to even know where to begin when looking back at my year. I’d like to say it was incredible – Epic in fact.
What I can say FOR CERTAIN is that I an NOT the same person that rang in the New Year on January 1, 2016.
I have had a LOT of ups and downs over the year. I spent a ridiculous amount of time focusing on my training. I completed 2 EPIC races and did so with tremendous JOY.
I LOVED TRAINING – even though it hurt.
I LOVED RACING – ya that hurt as well.
Somethings went totally to plan, others not even close.
But I got through it all, and while there was suffering, all that suffering was worth while as my successes certain out shone the difficulties.
Not all of my year was spent training and racing.
Our family went on an pretty fantastic road trip.
We drove through 5 provinces and 6 states.
We climbed mountains, swam in glacial lakes, dipped our toes in the Pacific Ocean, visited farms and museums. We even had a snowball fight in Mount Baker National Park.
We also struggled as many families do… and came close to calling it quits a few times.
However, as I was reminded by an amazing friend, I don’t quit. And whether its training, marriage or life in general you have to put in the work to get the results you want.
I won’t LIE and SUGAR coat it, 2016 was as TOUGH as they come and worth every minute of every struggle, because in the end it has changed me for the better.
2016 is a year of firsts ….
My first metric century – 100 km
My first century ride – 100 miles
A year of Personal Records
An 11 minute PR on my Olympic Distance Triathlon
Course PR for the Red Lake Road Run 1/2 marathon
A Year of Accomplishments for my family as well!
Rebecca got her driver’s licence
Emily got her beginner licence
Olivia her yellow belt in Karate!
Tim became Deputy chief of the surface Response Team
Over all, it is easy to say that 2016 was a success and I am RIDICULOUSLY PROUD of all our accomplishments. I will be hard pressed to ever have a year like this one.
That brings me to 2017….
HOW ON EARTH DO YOU FOLLOW A YEAR LIKE THIS ONE???
That question has been plaguing me lately…
After much thought I think I have found the answer….
DO IT DIFFERENT…
I CANNOT COMPETE WITH 2016 SO I AM NOT GOING TO TRY!!
My goal for 2017 is to change it up – Don’t get too excited I am not about to give up the things I love – namely triathlon.
In 2017 I plan on focusing on SPEED VS ENDURANCE.
I only have one big race on my race plan but a whole lot of smaller local races.
I plan on working in that dreaded Z4 region.
I also need to focus on being more PRESENT.
Without a huge goal that demands all my time and focus, I can change things up and focus on other things that matter to me. I want to take the time to reconnect with my family and friends. This includes a vacation to Mexico with several of our friends.
I’ve noticed that I rarely live in the moment any more, I am always thinking two three days ahead, planning (which is good) but forgetting to ENJOY the NOW!
I WANT THAT TO CHANGE IN 2017.
But here’s the catch I don’t really know HOW to be more present, to live in the now, to focus on the immediate joys around me.
So there in itself is MY challenge for 2017, I WILL learn to be present. I can treat this challenge like all those other challenges I have set for myself. It will take time, it will take work, but in the end the benefit will be huge and last a lifetime!
What are your goals for 2017?