After what has officially been 30 days of a COMPLETE break, I figured it was time to get off my ass and get ready for 2017. I think it is important to be really honest about how I've spent the last 30 days since IRONMAN Cozumel - I've done jack shit. Nothing.
My days have consisted of eating everything I wished I could when I was training. Drinking. A lot of drinking. 10 days in Europe travelling around doing nothing. I've stretched a little, but not much. It has been ......... GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In all honesty, enough is a enough. I think it has been a well deserved break don't get me wrong, but as I prepare for my Monday weigh-in, I'm scared of the impacts that have taken hold in my body from my peak fitness of a month ago. The impact is real. I feel it.
To go forward though, I think it is incredibly important to look back on my athletic output and accomplishments of 2016.
It is crazy to think that less than 2 years ago, I could barely imagine myself doing a triathlon, never mind completing an IRONMAN, in Mexcio, in 30+ degree weather, surround by my friends and family who stood by this crazy endeavor. It continues to hide out in the realm of my consciousness blocked off specifically for surreal experiences that I continually digest.
I've learnt a shit-ton over the last year. I've learnt a lot about myself, what I'm capable of, what I enjoy and what's important to me. I've found characteristics buried deep inside myself that I thought had been lost or at the very least suppressed so much that I considered them long gone - dedication, drive, commitment, passion, belief, patience, among many many others.
Maybe most importantly of all I learnt to trust myself. Gained a deeper understanding that all changes don't need to be monumental and immediate. Success doesn't necessarily come to those who wait, but small, consistent, achievable changes over time can have unimaginable results and bring long-term success for those who are patient, consistent and dedicated.
Trust in yourself, trust in your plan and great things can happen.
My year started off with Trevor and I loosely discussing the possibility of doing a full distance race. I was shocked that he even convinced me to do another 70.3 distance. We waffled & waffled and in pure Trevor fashion, I get an email telling me he signed up for IRONMAN Arizona 2016. Ummmm......ok. In a cruel twist of fate and some absolute fucking stupidity between Trevor and myself, by the time I was able to get to registering the event had filled up. I scrambled quickly, picked IRONMAN Cozumel 2016 the following week and we were off to the races.
It is easy to think about doing a race. Really easy. But once you submit that payment and get your receipt, shit really gets really. So there we were. We had signed up, it was real and it led me through one of the toughest and most rewarding years I've had in a very very long time.
Let's start with what I accomplished this year:
I entered, and completed, three IRONMAN events - Victoria 70.3, Calgary 70.3 & IRONMAN Cozumel and I threw in my first ever GranFondo, with a gorgeous ride on the Sea to Sky highway up to Whistler.
With each successive accomplishment, came more and more training. I put in a lot of distance this year. I mean a lot. Rarely did I drop below 500km a month, even in those off months where motivation was low and the schedule got really really flexible.
The numbers speak volumes and with this handy little tool from VeloViewer you get a nice little depiction of some of that effort:
If we dig a little deeper, I get some astonishing numbers that I never thought would have been produced by me. I'm in no way trying to make this sound more impressive than it is, because there are people that I'm sure have much bigger numbers and all that. But I really am impressed by this given my previous physical output in the last 15 years. It makes me happy - except for December, but it was cold and I just accomplished something big.
Total Activities: 314
Total Distance: 7,561.37 km
Total Time: 348:45:35 hrs
As if all that wasn't enough, it appears my efforts have earned me some pretty cool IRONMAN achievements:
All World Athlete Silver - Overall & All World Athlete Bronze - 70.3.
Unexpected. Humbling. Rewarding.
It has been a good year.
Of course, not all good. I didn't break my sub-5hr 70.3 goal and I was a little shy of the sub-12hr 140.6 goal. I had some glute issues that plague me all year and at times the commitment and training took a toll mentally.
I look back on 2016 with humility and a feeling of accomplishment that fills me with great pride and fulfillment.
It has been a year of hard work and achievements that were earned. Not given. Earned.
I look forward to 2017 with the drive and motivation to use 2016 as the building blocks to personal fulfillment and exceeding the accomplishments of 2016.
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo what does 2017 hold in store for this member of Team Unicorn Sparkle Adventure????
Time will tell ........................
I hope you keep reading, following along and maybe even consider tackling a grind of your own.