Turning the Page

Another orbit around the sun….and 2015 is history. It’s been quite a year, with a lot of highs, a few lows, and a number of changes that I haven’t quite figured out yet. I’m grateful for the friends and family that continue to remind me that there is far more good in the world than bad, and that the best is still yet to come. photo-2015-2016-hero

As I look back on 2015, I am happy with a lot of things….and glad that some other things are over. Some of the fun things in 2015:

Ran my first Cherry Blossom 10-miler – it was a bucket list race for me. Not a long run in comparison to some…but it was fun, and a great way to start off the year.

I stepped up my triathlon distance to the Olympic level in the Reston Triathlon. While the swim wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be….I learned that even though it’s fun, don’t blow yourself out on the bike ride. The 10K run was a bit painful at the end.

Ran in the DC Ragnar Relay. It’s a 12-person, 200 mile relay race, from Cumberland, MD to the Potomac River in DC. It was a fun event, although my sister Jennifer suffered an injury early in the race, and it took a while for her to recover.

I started a new job that is incredibly close to home, got to compete up to the District level in Toastmasters, and had some great vacation time with the kids – realizing that it’s not going to be long until they’re off on their own.

So, it’s time to make 2016 an even better year. I’ve got some challenging work ahead of me on the professional front, and it should be interesting. Some of my goals for 2016 are:

Compete in the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints (indoor rowing). I did the 2000 meter event in 2014, but I’m stepping up to the 30-minute race this time. Hopefully my lungs will hold out.

Running Cherry Blossom (again). Want to get my time better than last year. I move into a new age group….but so do all the other (faster) runners.

If I can get an entry into the Army 10-miler (and it doesn’t conflict with the next item), that will be on my list for fall.

Moving up to the 1/2 Ironman distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run). If I can do that….I might go for the full Ironman in 2017.

Running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon – since my sister is running it, I owe it to her to run with her……since she trained for Ragnar, I’m going to train for Indy.

Even though it’s challenging, I like continuing to push the envelope and see just what I’m capable of. I’m still surprised at the results.

What do YOU want to try in 2016? 


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