Remember when I did this? Â Or this?
Totally obnoxious, I know.
And you can bet I’d do it again, given the opportunity (tho’ I did miss the 2010 map). Â I’m petty like that.
This past year was a little bit different, in terms of motion and my interest in tracking it. Â I mean, I did manage to get to a nice destination or two:
But mostly, my focus this year was on smaller units of measure. Â I turned into something of a data junky, taking my previous interest in creating GPS tracks in interesting new places to new heights. Â This new habit ranges from the silly to the, well, I’m kinda glad I’ve got proof of thisÂ (because I don’t plan on doing it again).
For the most part, my riding was great this year. Â It started off strong, with a fantastic week of riding in California (Mt. Tam, Monterey, and Santa Barbara). Â It just got better from there. Â I rode hard and regularly, often with a friend who was good at pushing me hard without getting too annoyed in the process. Â Without being too complimentary, I’m sure I’m better off for it.
On the racing side, it was a decent year. Â No particularly standout performances, but I have to admit to being pretty happy with a top 10 showing at Leonardtown. Â I finally pushed myself into Cat 4, so next year should be a new round of exercises in suffering for the glory of 32nd place, but at least it will be away from the crazy squirreliness of Cat 5s. Â In the end, it was 5,000+ miles of riding and (this is the one I’m really proud of) 200,000+ feet of climbing. Â 2012: less pedaling, harder pedaling. Â Still haven’t figured out the exact plan for racing.
Running took a back seat this year, despite my best (half-hearted?) efforts. Â As great as I felt about pulling off the Marine Corps Marathon in 2009, I just don’t think I’ve got the time/capacity to do something like that again. Â On the other hand, the ability to knock out a nice 5-10 miler in a strange new city is about as good as it gets, and I’d like to be able to maintain that in perpetuity. Â So this year? Â My “long runs” weren’t that at all – 5-8 miles, max (and I can recall exactly how much that 8 mile run hurt). Â 2012: get comfortable with 10 mile runs again.
I did log another set of dives this year, one set off Oahu (which was so-so) and another off of Maui (much better). Â I’d entertained some ideas about taking advantage of my proximity to the sunken U-boats off the coast here this year, but I think I need to spend some more time in the water before taking that on. Â Diving just isn’t something I can pursue locally (because as much as I dig it? Â Cold low visibility water just isn’t that motivating for me.). Â That said, I think I’ll have at least one fantastic opportunity in the near future to log some more dives, and I hope to finally make it out to dive off Catalina with a friend.
So that was 2011 in motion. Â Smaller steps than years past, but many more of them. Â 2012 should bring a nice balance to things. Â Looking forward to it.