I have realized after not hitting any of my mileage goals for the past three years (with the exception of my cycling mileage goal in 2014) and always stressing out about it, that some of the pressure I put on myself is unnecessary. This doesn't mean that I'm going to stop tracking my mileage, I am just not going to set some arbitrary number that I need to reach by the end of the year. This year was actually my lowest mileage year for running, with the exception of 2012, since I started tracking yearly mileage. The crazy thing is that I did two 70.3s, the SOS Triathlon, two 50Ks and a 50 miler, yet knowing that I didn't accomplish my goal again was always there in the back of my mind.
Mike and I also realized that there is a big world out there. 2015 brought lots of adventures, including traveling and hiking. I would love to travel to other countries (not including Canada, though there are amazing places we have yet to explore there) and to visit (and race in) all 50 states someday.
Over the past few months, I have learned that material possessions are not as important as the memories that we make. I believe that I have always known that, but being in the woods for almost 12 hours running a 50 miler, hiking for hours and feeling like it flew by, riding for fun around a lake and so much more has sparked something within me. We may not end up living as minimal as some, but in the future I hope that when we look back on our life we can say we are proud of the adventures that we had, rather than the material things that we bought.
My goals for 2016 will be simpler, but still motivate me, challenge me and inspire me to be the best that I can be at this moment.
- Finish Ironman #2 with a smile on my face.
- PR the Half Ironman and Ironman distance.
- Complete the Great Range Traverse in the Adirondacks (approximately 25 miles, depending on the route).
- Section hike more of the Appalachian Trail.
- Ride around two more of the Finger Lakes.
- Race, train and go on adventures with family and friends as much as possible.
- Be in the moment while with family and friends.
- Volunteer at a race at least twice.
- Unplug more often (I am contemplating going cell phone and laptop free one night a week).
- Continue to declutter, organize and donate/get rid of items in our house (hopefully start the sell our house/buy a new house process as well).
- Plan something epic for 2017.
That's all for 2016. I'm sure some mini-goals will come up as I go, but I am happy with my decision to keep this next year simple. At least as simple as possible while training for an Ironman!