Swim: 215 miles, 111 swims
Bike: 292 miles, 22 rides
Run: 1057.8 miles, 122 runs
Strength: 53 times
Yoga: 138 times
Average weight: 177.6 lbs, 19.5% bodyfat
Min Weight: 171.6 lbs, 16.7%
Max Weight: 189.9 lbs, 23.7%
Running was only good through the spring and fall, and I swam a TON over the summer (sometimes 6 days a week). My scale was also broken over most of the summer so I didn't get to record my weight when it was typically at my lowest point of the year. And obviously I didn't feel like riding the bike at all.
To give a valid comparison, 2014 (with a full iron at Rev3 Cedar Point) had 131 miles of swimming, 2170 on the bike and 1227 running while 2013 (beach 2 battleship full) had 119 miles swimming, 3869 on the bike, and only 847 miles of running. So I swam almost 100 miles more this year than ever before. That's totally the fantastic kind of nuts.
I did still finish 12 (ok maybe only 11) races, took 3rd place overall in a 5k in January, and finished 6 marathon or longer distances. One of those was only getting 28 miles in a 50 mile race (DNF), and I also DNF'd a 50k in Maryland after only 8 miles. I finished my first swim marathon, and finally got to race a Beer Mile.
The kids actually rocked school this year. Going across the grades was really smooth, they are still getting good grades, they keep on growing.
2015 had a lot of bad. It started with a new VP of Software coming into the company I was working for. He got rid of the manager I really liked, then all of the other senior developers left. I got promoted into a team lead, which was ultimately good, but having to deal with this guy directly on a daily basis was more than I could stand. I really enjoyed that job before it was ruined by personnel. This led to a series of other bad decisions where I may have pissed off some recruiters that could prove to be detrimental to future jobs as well. I went to work for the state of NC for about 5 weeks. Every stereotype you have heard about state jobs is true. I couldn't take it at all and got out of there as fast as possible. I landed in a contract that I keep on showing up too, even though the commute stinks. So work went from good to bad to worse. Makes me wonder what I'm going to screw up in 2016.
In February I had my first DNF, bailing on a trail 50k in southern maryland. It was the right call, but it's the first time I've allowed myself to quit something like that. Then I did it again in Charlotte at a 50 mile trail race after finishing only 28 miles. Both courses were on single track trail so I'm just going to be done with single track races and try not to beat myself up about it. But I'm still beating myself up about it. Will I take the same mindset into the 50 mile, 12 hour, and 100 mile races I have coming up this spring?
|No more single track!|
My first and probably only swimming marathon ended with my right eye swollen shut and no contact lens in there. I love swimming, and I'm really good at being competitive in the water. I loved training for this race. The speed I gained in the pool did not translate into speed or endurance in the open water. I think in 2016 I'm going to try the shorter swim races and shoot for speed in an open water mile.
In the spring I had a pretty serious pain in my left hip flexor. I had to take off several months from running. I was able then to throw myself into swimming as a nice distraction, but it took longer than I expected to be able to run without pain again. I believe it was a problem with my running mechanics. I also believe that I have not fixed that problem. Secondarily, my right knee hurts pretty bad after compensating for the left hip pain. That also has not really gone away. Now I'm in the middle of heavy running training for the Umstead 100 and the hip pain returned. I'm going to see someone about it this time to fix my running form. I've been doing more yoga, core strength work, and being mindful of my form right now, and that really does help.
In the summer, I turned 40. This sucked, and it has sucked every day since. My thumbs are killing me. On the first day of 40, I woke up wondering what kind of weird bedrooms stuff Kelley and I did for my birthday that left my thumbs in so much pain. But when the pain didn't go away I knew it would just have to be something I live with. And I have, and I still don't like it. Over 40, the hard workouts need more recovery time. The weight just continues to pile on, and doesn't go away. Used to, I could just imagine losing weight and it would happen, at least to a plateau. It gives me a whole new appreciation for people like Dara Tores making the olympics at 40. Unbelievable. I can barely stand up anymore.
This is most likely just in my mind. I know that to run a 100 mile trail race you have to go slow and log lots of miles in training. But I'm having a difficult time accepting that I can't roll out 8 minute miles anymore. I can't lose weight. I can't seem to make a professional decision that won't have horrible long term ramifications for my family. It makes me feel slow, fat, and dumb.
Yet I'm still grateful to everyone who has stood beside me through all of the mess this year. Good times and bad times both come and go. 2016 could be better than this, or it could be worse. The only thing I can do is be mindful of right now. Make the best choice for me, right now. Get this workout done. Don't lose the confidence that took so long to build up.
Finally, here's some other pictures from 2015 that didn't make it into any other post. These are not a part of "the ugly", just the most positive way I can finish talking about this year.
|DC Marathon - took 2 attempts to get MD checked off of my 50 state list|
|Waiting to start the Lower Potomac River Run Marathon|
|at a Stop Hunger Now event with Evil Genius and her Indian Princess tribe|
|Selfies at the Waffle House with santa|
|running on Christmas Eve in a singlet and shorts.|