2016 Year in Review

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 | 0 comments

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General

  • The big one – I got divorced. I’m okay, thanks. Halle is making sure I don’t get too lonely and my friends have been wonderful allowing me to third wheel anything and everything.
  • The other big one – the house is sold. Well, pending for now, but I need to find something new and move within the next three weeks. Owning turned out to be an amazing investment, but the flip side to that is I can’t find anything suitable within my price range very easily. I’ll be moving to an apartment for at least the short term. Definitely not leaving Portland. Ideas for what’s next is buy a small place to live in/rent out part time, buy a condo and live in/rent out part time, put life into storage and travel, rent long-term and buy a cabin or something fun. In case you can’t tell by the options, my feet are itchy for some movement.
  • Family is all doing very well. Grandma moved to PA so I don’t get to see her much, but that just means I need to schedule a separate trip.
  • Fantasy football was nasty. Played in two leagues and in both had top picks not perform or go on IR. In the better of the two I ended up only starting a single drafted player in the final week of the season. Can’t win ’em all.

Goals/Achievements

  • R13667741_10154620525289396_6760467099498958483_oan 12 miles. I had no goal here so this is alright, but for real for real I’m definitely no runner any longer. Had I not been sick to close out the year I’d have gone out to the track to pop off a sub-6 mile just to prove to myself I still have it, but it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe I’ll get that done early in the next year.
  • Biked 6,041 miles. Two years straight of big leaps here and I expect next year to follow that trend. Really starting to feel strong on the bike. I have to thank my indoor trainer for a lot of this mileage; it has enabled me to ride when I otherwise wouldn’t want to or be able to. Moved up a category in cyclocross, the only discipline I really focused on.
  • Swam less than half a mile. After two years of no swimming whatsoever, we’ve got data again! This was a single trip across the Willamette. I’d really like to get into a routine of open water swimming, but I’m not going to fret if it doesn’t happen.
  • Hiked 15 miles. That’s terrible. I’m ashamed of this.
  • Spent 15.5 hours snowboarding. Quickly approaching “not a beginner.”
  • Weight dropped to a low of 162 and an average of 165 or so. This did wonders for my cycling power to weight ratio. I’m currently at “holiday weight” so no good year-end number to note, but I’ve clearly made a breakthrough after years in the low 170s. Eating cleaner and burning more calories is the trick.
  • Burned 317,000 calories. 10% jump from last year.
  • Read 24 books. Well, 23 at the time of this writing, but I’m finishing another today. I’ve found this to be a healthy number, which I’ve been hitting year after year. Outliers was the best book I read.
  • Rated 140 titles on Netflix. Must-see titles according to me are Captain Fantastic and The Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
  • Reviewed 7 businesses on Yelp. I’m over it. I still use it for recommendations, but am not interested in sharing my opinion as much anymore. Farewell, Gold Elite status and the perks that come with it.

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Monthly Highlights

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2017? More miles, a road upgrade, becomes a “masters” racer (I’m supposed to start slowing down? PFFT!), more adventures, everyone having kids/having to step up the Uncle Mikey game. Looking forward to a fresh one.

Previous years in review: 2015201420132012201120102009200820072006.