Last year I set myself some goals… and none of them actually happened. I came close, but, well, life happened.
The running goal was 1000 miles, but I only managed 810 (November/December total: 135 which is pretty good, considering), my third-biggest year to date. Had it not been for my month-plus of convalescence in June and July and the floods in September, perhaps things would have been different… or perhaps not.
I’d also planned 2000 miles on the bike. Certainly I rode far more than in any previous year, but still only managed 1160 miles (140 in Nov/Dec). The goal of ten new summits turned into only seven (though admittedly, after ten years exploring the Front Range, new summits are getting very hard to find!). I got in a few decent backcountry ski trips, but didn’t ski down any large mountains (or even small mountains) as I’d hoped.
Looking past the numbers, it was still a good year from a recreational standpoint. The high points were definitely a half-dozen really nice trips with good friends, half of them exploring new places and the others revisits to local classics. There were a number of really sublime, fun runs in the local hills during all conditions, with friends and solo. My April streak and early-season ultra were motivation enough in the first half of the year and a stretch of really beautiful late-season weather didn’t provide a White Christmas, but it did let me finish off the year in style and good company.
What’s next? Once again, I don’t know what the next year will bring in terms of family and job. This could be my last year in Colorado, or not. I don’t want to make any firm plans yet. Nor am I going to state any particular mileage goals besides saying that 800 miles of running was a nice, comfortable number. Perhaps I’ll have a goal of 100 km per month which works out to 62 miles/month or 745 per year. To that I’ll add the nicely-qualitative goals of “some cycling”, “some mountains (new or old)”, and maybe “some climbing” as well. More definitely, I have plans to take the family on our first winter hut trip, go skiing (front- and backcountry), and lots more camping than we accomplished last summer.
Here are some photos from the year’s adventures!