I can’t let December 31st come and go without a nod to how the year went, so, without further ado, the tale of the year of freakin’ epicness which was 2017 shall commence.
One of the best moments of 2017.
A Race: Ironman Texas.
Done, and dusted. It’s kind of amazing to have such a warm glow around a race with so many trials and tribulations during it, and one that you can envision literally taking HOURS off your time with a better day, but you only have one first IM and I’ll always remember it fondly. Shit canal, Hardy toll road headwind, and wonky knees and all.
I envisioned it as the training being a means to a goal, and all the payoff being that day. I actually really enjoyed the process, the journey, and I might have been just as proud of some of those long training efforts as I was finishing the Ironman proper. But that red carpet moment was pretty effing awesome, don’t get me wrong.
Smiling because I did not at that point know exactly how close I had come to Nationals.
Also, getting your big goal race out of the way in April was kind of awesome. I committed to nothing for the rest of the year and found out a few things:
- I wanted back on my bike rather quickly and I set goals to ride centuries because they sounded fun. So, 2017 organically became the year of the bike with over 3500 miles, very little of them indoors.
- My run training went so well from Jan-Mar, and then everything went to hell, both with my body condition and also my motivation. It was a very small mileage year with about 450 miles and I’m okay with that.
- Swimming… eh. Again, I did a lot to prepare for the IM and then all I wanted to do was ride my bike after. Even during the summer. All said, I swam 52 miles this year, so that’s not shabby.
- Weights – I hit a routine for a while with bodyweight workouts over lunch but struggled to get to the gym to lift heavy most of the year.
I actually had two pretty decent sprint triathlon results at Jack’s Generic and Kerrville (let’s ignore the shitshow that was Lake Pflugerville 8 weeks out of an Ironman), which have ignited my goals to qualify for Nationals next year.
I also spent a lot of time really digging into coaching (got my cert) and psychology reading non-fiction triathlon books, and have started working on my mental game here (and will expand upon this in 2018).
Habits and Practices:
Full of washed veggies. And also cooked and eaten outside.
- Facebook and twitter – I spent a lot of the year using them sparingly, and then I found some awesome triathlon groups on Facebook and found myself involved (but also wasting a lot of time on social media). I’ve logged back out in December, and I think I’ll just have to continue to be conscious about the mindless and not-super-relaxing scrolling while watching TV.
- I made a goal to stop rushing and fumbling with things. I would not give myself a passing grade on this, and it’s kind of the core of my intentions for next year.
- Washing my fruits and veggies – I would give myself a 98% on this one. It’s one of those stupid things not to do and an easy goal to conquer. It’s now habit.
- I wanted to weigh less than I did Jan 1, 2017. Check. I’m about 5 lbs down, give or take, but that’s still something.
- Beer January – check. The rest of the year watching my alcohol portions? Still something I struggle with – mostly because I have a large tolerance and it doesn’t affect me the way it affects most mortals. One large slice of cake makes me ill, but I can drink a mess of whiskey and feel fine (as well as the next day). I also enjoy whiskey way more than cake. But… neither of these things are great in large quantities. The battle continues to control my portions next year.
I made some way-too-ambitious goals for self-enrichment and I think I learned from that for 2018. If this was my full time focus, if I wasn’t also a triathlete and a wife and a daughter and a full time game producer and didn’t have friends, maybe I could have made more progress – but right now, all those things take priority over these. And that’s ok. It’s not my livelihood, its just something I’d like to pursue someday.
One of the best books I read this year…
- Finish my triathlon coaching class and pass the exam – CHECK
- After IM Texas, start researching some sort of part time or volunteer opportunity that will help me get some sort of experience. – NOPE. Instead I rode my bike a lot. Oops.
- Continue to work on my social media plan for this blog as practice. Eh… I use hashtags on Insta. I post occasionally on my AR facebook page. I haven’t really been trying as of late. It stopped being a focus and that’s ok.
- Read some business books and other triathlon training books instead of JUST my pulpy sci fi. – CHECK. At least 1-2 per month starting in the back half of the year.
- Write a business plan and figure out who I really want to reach and the services I want to provide. NOPE. I’ve had some thoughts here but nothing concrete.
- Create a website with all the bells and whistles it needs. NOPE.
- Start writing some book notes CHECK. More than, actually.
(Big) Baby Steps. By the end of the year I want to:
- Have a website ready to go that can take people’s money and provide a service. – NOPE.
- At the very least, start providing a small service via fiverr or something similar to test the waters. – NOPE. I decided this wasn’t a great idea until I really decide what my business plan is.
- Have a published book (even if it’s just self published). NOPE, but I’m getting close to draft 1 done, so that’s something!
Sunsets and stars outside were definitely highlights of 2017.
Game night – we had three and then our end of year booked up so fast we didn’t have a free weekend. I’m really looking forward to reviving this next year!
Video games – I was really bad at this in 2017. I wanted to list 20 that I played multiple times, and I can only do the games I work on, Clash of Clans, Dance Dance Revolution, Gran Turismo 5, Stardew Valley, Job Simulator, That’s You, and… errr… that’s it. Oops.
Vacations: I didn’t do my reunion in Reno/Tahoe, and we chose Bonaire over a liveaboard diving trip, but I was super excited to take all these trips:
- Woodlands, TX for IM TX
- Cruise to Roatan, Costa Maya, and Cozumel
- Krausse Springs camping for Independence Day week
- Other various camping trips in the summer and fall
- A week in Bonaire.
And, all the other things. Did I mention I like goals?
- Hem/fix a few pairs of pants. NOPE. 2018?
- Clean out both cars. CHECK (and then they got dirty again, funny how that happens…)
- Take my existing extra hoka soles and cut them and put them in my less comfortable shoes. NOPE. So easy, and not done. Oops.
- Find a new doctor and get an exam – CHECK
- Financial planner – NOPE (2018)
- Bike fit – CHECK!
- Eye doctor appt and exam (my frames are SOOOOO scratched) – CHECK!
I still have yet to do a full reveal but here are some fruits of our labor…
- Clean out and renovate the office. We were hoping to get to it over holiday break, but it didn’t happen. CHECK!!! This is where I’m writing this right now.
- Figuring out a place to store (or a new home for) this other gaming table we have that is currently threatening to impale anyone that sleeps on the left side of our guest room. CHECK! (It’s right next to me)
- Make the workout room a proper pain cave with a TV, computers and monitors for Zwifting. CHECK – the trainers now live in the workout room and I found I actually enjoy music more than movies/screens so we’ve been rocking that (though I haven’t done more than an hour).
- Figure out a more permanent solution than boxes and a blanket in a closet for the leezard (though she seems ok with it). NOPE – 2018. She’s fine with it but her plate of salad falls over and makes a mess.
- As long as our financial situation seems stable, picking a renovation project (kitchen, patio, etc) and do it. CHECK. Kitchen has like two things left on the TO DO list (to do later today).
- Get a shed. CHECK.
- I want to train myself to be ambidextrous on the bike. NOPE. Need to work on this one on the cruiser without clips first.
- iFly. NOPE. At least they never expire…
- Comedy tickets. NOPE. We went to a few shows but not enough to use up the tickets. I gave them away as presents to people at work. Oh well.
- #goplayoutside – CHECK. The camper and being a crazy cyclist really helped me spent a lot of time outdoors. The last two months (between cold weather and kitchen renovation obligations) have been driving me nuts, but I know playing outside season will come back again and I’ll be out there.
I usually do this thing where I try to distill the year into three words and I’ll do it again.
2017: the year of turtle home, for sure…
Epic. I mean, yeah, this word is overused, but my first Ironman, riding so many bikes, buying a camper and spending almost three weeks in it in the second half of the year. 25+ hours underwater back in my happy place in Bonaire. Tri coach certification, finishing a kitchen remodel and a lot of other fairly major house projects, and eeking out 3/4 of a draft of my first novel. SO MUCH THIS YEAR.
Explore. I feel like I got to know my town better, biking over what felt like every inch of it over and over. We camped SIX times in the span of four months in the camper. I hit the water in five different countries this year. I also explored the inside of my grey matter a bit pushing myself through Ironman training and racing, and then working on my head game in for Sprints.
Driven. I felt a pull this year like no other year to really expand my goals beyond being a triathlete. I’ve wanted to write a book for over half my life and I finally started it. We’ve been talking about redoing the kitchen since we moved in. We’ve been talking about Ironman since we started triathlon. While there are a lot of things on my list still to do from this year, I checked off, or at least started, some of the real big ones.
Hope you have a happy New Year’s Eve, and cheers to a fabulous 2018!
What’s your biggest 2017 accomplishment? Share in the comments, since goals make me unreasonably happy!