2016 in Review

This year would have had to go seriously wrong to come anywhere close the life-changing havoc that 2015 wrought. Luckily, it didn’t come anywhere close. It was actually a nice tame year which is just what we needed really. We did some travel, we hosted lots of friends, we kept expectations light and we kept it simple.

The big travel trip was out to California where we traversed the coast from SF to SD visiting family with a quick two day side trip to Disneyland.

We hosted many friends at the house, despite the ongoing construction (finally done!), for pizza, dominoes, New Years and just because. We never regretted making the effort, despite the FEMA-level disaster area the kids always made in the basement. That’s why we bought this house, right?

I baked many loaves of bread and even more pizza and continue to love this hobby and learn something new with almost every bake.

On the health front, it was all about learning to live with this chronic disease. And live in a way that brought me satisfaction but also didn’t compromise me or my family in any way. I think I mostly did that, but it’s going to be a journey. I’m learning just when I think I have a handle on how to deal, it will throw me a curveball.

I ramped up slowly, but ended up running 11 different races: 4 5ks, a 5 miler, a 10k, a surprise 8 miler, an old fashioned 10 miler, a destination half marathon and 2 sprint triathlons. I put up the most running miles since I started tracking, a whopping 1,174 miles on foot. I need to perhaps balance that with more biking next year as I only did 799 miles on the bike. Given a choice, I always go with running first over biking. I’m not sure what my swim totals were, but they were low, too.

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2017 will bring a milestone birthday for me and I’m thinking of a big goal as a birthday present to myself. More on that later.

MIKE'S WINDOW