So… it’s here. The end of 2016. And I have to say: I’m ready. Not ready for 2016 to be over, necessarily.
Ready for what’s next.
I’m not usually one for big end-of-year blogger recaps. I like setting goals and working towards them, so I’ve been doing some 2017 planning and goal-setting. I’ll get to that in a post after the new year. But this is the end of 2016, so we’re all about looking back right now.
Summing it all up.
Well, that’s not always my style. I don’t always reflect. I live best with goals, I work best with a plan. But honestly — I’m just doing the best I can. I’m always realistic. Life is complicated and things change. I’m always just trying to fit in as much as I can and juggle the things I need and want to do. The accomplishments in the fitness realm have to be tempered by real life.
And overall I did okay with it all. I conquered some goals. I learned a lot about myself. And that’s what matters, right?
So here are a few key things about my 2016. For better or for worse.
I am running faster. My pace is more consistent.
I entered 2016 in the midst of coaching a Winter Half Marathon Training Program. It was a great experience and got me outside – rain, snow, or shine – all winter long. I paced my 9:00/mile group for runs and the speedy track workouts. And it benefitted my running fitness as I came into the spring training for my own races. I ran consistently faster and I paced myself better in races.
I did track consistently with the LUNA Chix every week.
I ran hilly races and felt great about them.
I pushed my third kid in the running stroller as he got bigger, and I still never want to give stroller running up.
And in writing this, I realized how bad I was at doing running race recaps in 2016 (you’ll see this in my 2017 goals in next week’s post!).
I am stronger. I am enjoying triathlon and have a passion for it.
I placed in the top quarter in my age groups at Ironman 70.3 races – in Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City I was #20 in my age group and at Ironman 70.3 North Carolina I was #21 (that recap should be up, it’s totally done but not posted…).
I have learned so much about triathlon and still have a lot to learn. But I love it and it’s been a source of happiness for me.
It was a year of change. I am happy.
My life changed a lot in 2016. I traveled the world through my job – Europe, Russia, some US cities.
I watched my kids grow and learn.
I got divorced. I balanced this new life and I’m happier than I have ever been. I was there for my kids as their lives were turned upside-down in some ways, but they’re doing just fine.
I don’t talk much about it, but my ex and I are doing something called “nesting custody” – the kids stay in the house and we rotate days. It’s great for the kids – minimal disruption for them since they don’t have to go between houses.
But for us? Well, it’s harder for us. I move in and out of my house every 2-5 days. That will change in 2017, but it has made 2016 pretty darn exhausting.
But overall, 2016 has been filled with happiness and a fresh new beginning in my life. And I am ready for my 2017 life.
Weight Loss/Maintenance and Health
I gain a few, I lose a few. I am healthy.
I am holding pretty steady with the weight loss and I’ve finally reached a point where I’m not obsessing about it. I’m not weighing myself every day for the first time in years.
But honestly? It’s a constant struggle and it’s always on my mind. If my eating habits slip or I’m not exercising as much as typical, I gain weight back quickly. Immediately.
I wish I were someone who could maintain their weight with minimal effort, but I’m just not built that way. I’m happy with where I am right now and I feel fit and healthy, but I’ll have some goals for fitness and weight in 2017.
It’s a journey without a destination.
Health-wise, I learned a lot about vocal cord dysfunction and why I couldn’t breathe at the Luray Triathlon. I feel like I have a pretty good handle on that right now and have had no further issues.
I recently had a doctor’s appointment and learned the other day that my Vitamin D levels are lower than ever. Lower than when I felt so awful and foggy and exhausted. I don’t feel like that lately, but they’re so low that I need to go back on the supplements.
I still get very little sleep, but I’m trying to get to bed earlier. Except tonight since I’m finishing this post after midnight…
I didn’t keep up the pace I used to have blogging. I still love it.
Blogging has not been as consistent or as efficient a process as it used to be. I would say that the main reason is because of my life changes. As I mentioned above, I move in/out of my house and sometimes it feels as though I live out of a suitcase and the back of my car. In the evenings after the kids are in bed, my creative juices are not flowing as they used to be and blogging got to be harder. I stare at my computer screen at night, unable to type. My Friday Five linkup with my DC Trifecta was disbanded, and I got behind on race recaps.
But I’m already prepping for 2017 and things are about to get back on track. I love it here and I’m not going anywhere.
The Special Stuff
I had an amazing year of great memories and great friendships.
My 2016 was filled with some really incredible things that don’t fit into any of those boxes. First… friends. I have had the most incredible year of fun and friendships.
With my new life changes, I’ve been able to connect with others and I’ve embraced my 50% kid-free time to develop deeper connections with others. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with old friends and to make new friendships.
And to take some trips. Besides a three-week stint in Europe for work, and a few days to Russia, I had some personal trips that were fantastic. Miami, Lake Placid, and several other memorable trips in 2016 that were only possible because of having kids on alternating weekends.
My Ironman Lake Placid volunteering/training week was amazing in so many ways.
And it led me to finally sign up for my first full Ironman, a longtime dream and plan.
I have some amazing, crazy, and exciting plans for 2017. I hope you’ll stick around and keep reading my journey as I train for my first full Ironman, my 6th and 7th Ironman 70.3s, launch a podcast, race direct a 10K, work full time, raise three kids, and try to enjoy the amazing world I am privileged to live in and experience.
It’s so hard to sum up a year of personal transformation, growth, and a year of my life into one post. So this was way longer than I planned! There’s so much more that can be said about 2016.
But to sum it up – it was a year of changes.
Life is an exciting journey and I am ready for what’s next.