Wow, what can I say about the year 2013. I kept the momentum going from my increased fitness and weight loss of 2012, and had another break thru year. To share some background; in 2012 I completed the 60 day Insanity Challenge, dusted off the old mountain bike and road bike, ran my first 5k race since High School and finished the year off with the Les Mills Pump workout. I started 2013 off in the best shape I have been in since college. I should also mention that I accomplished all of that while finding a new job and relocating to Minnesota. I went into 2013 excited to see what else I could accomplish.
I went into 2013 knowing that I wanted to compete in some type of event and maybe ride in the Coper Country Color Tour. I know I still had to finish my relocation, i.e. buy a house and officially get settled here in Minnesota, but I didn’t want to let the move get in the way of my fitness progress. I had come a long way in my fitness in the past few years and had never felt better. I was determined to continue down my endurance path. I went ahead and signed up for the Chequamegon 40 Fat Tire Festival in Cable, WI and the Copper Country Color Tour as soon as registration was open. I will write another article about this later, but getting registered ASAP for these events helped keep my focus.
Having those events out in front of me kept me focused on riding, even though I was still getting adjusted to a new job, looking for a new home and finally moving and settling in to the new house. I probably rode my bike and ran more miles in 2013 than I had in the last 5 years combined. That isn’t necessarily saying a lot, but I learned that I could still push myself. I felt that I could push my body to new limits. I rekindled some racing spirit by completing the Chequamegon 40. I finally road the 200k loop of the Copper Country Color Tour, and even pedaled up Brockway Mountain Drive in the process.
Was 2013 a break thru year for you? What did you accomplish this past year? Even if it wasn’t a break thru year for you, maybe there was one thing that you accomplished this year that was new to you. It doesn’t have to be a race or big tour. It could have been a new distance or trail that you covered. Please share in the comments below what your big break thru or accomplishment was for 2013 and help motivate the other readers.
I’m excited for what 2014 will bring and the progress that I can make as an endurance athlete. I should use the phrase endurance athlete loosely when referencing myself, but it is the path I am headed down and the frame of mind that I am in. I started this website to help me track my progress, keep me accountable and motivate and share my experience with others. I’m not sure what this website will lead to, but I hope you are motivated and return.