Oh the places I’ve gone. 2006 is almost in the books and it’s been one of the more memorable years for me. There were some monumental ups followed by some low points during the past 12 months. The focus of 2006 was centered on my Ironman Canada pursuit. All my free thoughts and time seemed to be dominated by my Ironman aspirations and preparations. My wife jokingly gave me 10 minutes a day to talk about the Ironman.
Honestly the past few years have been pretty good to me. All in all I have a pretty nice life so it’s really tough to complain about anything. I feel like I’m in the midst of a nice stretch of luck. I hope I can extend it through 2007. I want to thank my wife for being so understanding when it came to my "Ironman tunnel vision". Her patience during 2006 was just as important as the many hours I logged in the pool, on the bike, or pounding the pavement. Thanks Mrs. Lessinges!
The following is a personal list of some of the more memorable ups and downs during my 32nd and 33rd year on this planet.
Down: I learned pushing myself too hard while training for my first marathon back in April isn’t always a good thing. I passed out after a 20 mile run and ended up spending a few hours in a hospital. My blood sugar plummeted and I fainted shortly after I stopped running. I had to go through some rigorous testing while an ultrasound was taken of my heart.
Up: there was nothing wrong with my monkey heart and I was able to complete my first marathon on April 23rd without any injuries or complications.
Up: my lovely wife and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary on the island of Maui in April.
Down: a very sore ass got the best of me, preventing me from completing a triathlon for the first time ever. I have attempted 10 triathlons in my life and had completed all of them up until June of this year. I was competing in a half Iron distance triathon, the first triathlon of the season, and about 20 miles into the bike ride I had to get off my bike. My bum was so sore I couldn’t even sit on the seat so I jumped off my bike, stretched for a bit, and knew there was no way I could go another 40 miles without sitting on the saddle. I sucked it up and threw in the towel. I was bummed big time, but it taught me a valuable lesson about my bike training.
Up: angered by my lackluster output on the previous triathlon, I set a personal best time in the next triathlon of the season, improving my previous best time by five minutes and putting any training doubts behind me.
Down: we didn’t make much progress on improvements to the inside of our home. The triathlon training forced home improvements to take a backseat.
Up: we hired someone to redo our overgrown backyard. The waist high weeds were replaced by a deck, grass, sprinkler system, lighting, patio furniture, and smiles. I ripped out many plants in the front yard so we can start all over in the spring of 2007.
Up: I completed Ironman Canada on August 27th. My friend/Best Man Tod also successfully tackled the 140.6 mile course, making this one of the biggest accomplishments in our lives. We trained together all year so it was very sweet for both of us to finish in the presence of family and friends. I was happy to spend as much time as I did with Tod. I will miss him dearly in late 2007 when he goes to South America to work in the Peace Corps for a couple years.
Down: the "scenery" hasn’t changed.
Up: I did witness other scenery in my travels. I visited Las Vegas for the first time in my life with a bunch of my buddies. I also took trips to Canada three times, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Down: procrastination still haunts me.
Up: I saw a man about a horse.
Down: I still don’t own my own business and don’t know exactly what it is I want to do with my professional life.
Up: I am a prolific blogger. I suppose this could be a "down" depending on how you look at it.
I hope all of you had a memorable 2006. It has been fantastic getting to learn more about all of you via your blogs, emails, comments, encounters, etc. You’ve all been very supportive which I sincerely appreciate during this huge year for me. You made the seemingly impossible (Ironman) possible. It’s amazing what one can accomplish if you set your mind to it. Take care of yourselves and best wishes for 2007!!