On January 1, I decided to try something new when setting goals for the New Year. I created a list of 30 things I wanted to accomplish in 2010. Looking back, I didn’t do too well; only completing 8 of the 30 items. It was really a list of places and things I wanted to experience during the year. The list had no focus or direction. It was just a list of want-do-do’s. In my next post on January 1, I’ll talk about my 2011 goals and the method I used to build them and give them direction. I am pretty psyched on what is in store for me in 2011.
Cycling… That pretty much sums up the major focus of 2011. In 2009 I developed a love for cycling. 2010 was the year when I turned this love into a sport for me. Here are my cycling highlights for the year.
- Formed the Spin-offs, a cycling club for weight loss surgery patients, with two other friends.
- Spent my birthday weekend cycling the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail in Maryland with my pal Aaron.
- Cycled trails in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts for a week with may pal Rich.
- Rode in my first organized ride, the Sweet Corn Challenge in Richfield.
- Completed all 150 miles of the MS Pedal to the Point in August in better time than I thought I could do.
- Completed a metric century ride (63 miles) at the Hancock Horizontal Hundred. I so wanted to put my first century ride under my belt.
- Cycled just about all of the Towpath Trail, Summit Hike and Bike, and Portage Hike and Bike numerous times on my twice weekly rides.
- I met so many nice people and formed many numerous friendships with other cyclists.
Looking beyond cycling, my health improved as I cycled my summer away. My primary care physical and cardiologist are amazed at how much my health has improved. My cholesterol is at 130 and my blood pressure is 65/120. My weight has stayed consistent; actually dropping a bit as I enter 2011.
2010 had some sad moments. My mother passed away in late February at age 91. She suffered a long bout with Alzheimer’s Disease. In October, my partner Brett’s mother passed away suddenly at age 63 as the result of a brain aneurism and stroke. Life is short. Value your parents while they are alive and treasure their memories when they are gone.
As a blog reader, you probably noticed more infrequent blog posts. Time just got away from me. I have actually become a very active technical blogger about data modeling and the data professional community at my CA Technologies Community Blog. 2011 will see a transformation of my personal blogs and websites into a unified website concentrating on wellness, cycling, exercise, diet and weight loss support.