After a year where not much went to plan, everything is reset for 2020. Lowlights of 2019 include my slowest half marathon ever and getting pulled out of the water in a triathlon!
But this year, despite the crazy weather and even crazier times generally, it feels like I’m on track. I’m not quite back on the horse enough to expect a PB in the sprint triathlon in 2 weeks, but I’m confident I’ll drag around OK, and the long game training plan to finally do a half under 2hrs is on track for September.
And as I reflect on this, in terms of not having the 2019 I wanted, I do remember that compared to real lows I might have I am fit and healthy enough to complete the events I did (even finished the bike and run after I got pulled out of the water!), and make progress on the things that need years of effort, like completing the interim work so I can grade for the 3rd dan black belt in taekwondo this coming June And I did a full year of football refereeing, which is a lot of steps plus a whole new skill set that I’m taking the first steps to developed.
So I was in the game, I didn’t pick up any injuries or have any significant health issues. I’m one of the lucky ones. And even more so to mostly be watching the fires from a distance, and not have everything pulled from under in one horrifying disaster. So I feel fortunate that all I really need is to regain some momentum and head forth into 2020. And in the meantime, I will continue to count my blessings and provide what support I can to those who are doing it much much tougher, particularly volunteers of all sorts who give so much to help others.