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Reflecting on 2018 and Looking Ahead

Reflecting on 2018 and Looking Ahead

Across the New Yr, I all the time like writing a yr in evaluate submit as a time to mirror on the great, the dangerous, and the shocking happenings of the yr.  This submit was a bit delayed this yr as I used to be devoting a lot of my power to reworking my weblog’s look.  However I completely wouldn’t miss writing my annual abstract, even when it’s a few days late!

On the finish of 2017, I described my yr as “not what I expected”.  Whereas yearly has its surprises, 2018 didn’t have as many plot twists.  As an alternative, a serious theme of 2018 was digging deeper into some themes that began in 2017.  2018 was a yr of great depth.

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The most important fitness-related factor I did was undoubtedly operating.  2018 was solely my second yr of operating, however I ran 743 miles over a complete of 145 hours and 43 minutes. (Don’t do the maths for my common tempo, haha.) That was greater than twice the operating I did in 2017!  I ran a whopping 61,217 ft elevation achieve, the equal of greater than twice the peak of Mt Everest.  I accomplished three races, together with PRing my half marathon at 2:18:27.  And I ran each single mile outdoors.

One other spotlight was operating under the rim of the Grand Canyon for the primary time.  I ran twice under the rim, together with one 18-mile run all the best way to the Colorado River and again.  Regardless that I principally walked again up, I accomplished the journey in 5 hours and 20 minutes.  Operating the canyon is an extremely particular pastime for northern Arizona athletes.  It’s a strong, formidable, lovely expertise.  I plan to return a pair extra occasions within the coming months earlier than it will get too scorching.

Except for operating and extra operating, I lastly moved as much as degree three in aerial silks after taking four(!!) degree 2 courses.  Even after over 2 years of follow, silks continues to be scary and filled with extremely awkward bruises, however my consolation degree is slowly enhancing.

Early this yr, I began my foray into mountain biking as a low-impact exercise as a consequence of a knee damage.  Now it’s one thing that I take pleasure in and do for its personal sake.  I purchased my very own bike in June and rode 314 miles in 2018.


We went again to New Zealand for the second time in April, this time focusing on a smaller area on the South Island.  We spent the night time on a ship on the Uncertain Sound, fought mud and rain as much as Lake Marian, biked the Millennium Monitor in Wanaka, and climbed to the highest of Isthmus Peak.  I additionally received to spend a lot of the journey with my brother, an ex-pat who I not often see.

I met up with my sister at Mt Rainier Nationwide Park in Washington in August for three jam-packed days of unimaginable mountaineering.  We lucked out with almost good climate and managed to cowl 33 miles and over 8000 ft of elevation achieve.  This journey was one in every of my favorites ever.  My sister and I’ve traveled collectively a few occasions, and the experiences are unforgettable.

In September, we joined my in-laws in Livingston, Montana for a household wedding ceremony.  We hiked across the space, discovered the cutest boutique in Bozeman (should you love woodsy scents, purchase this candle), and made a few journeys south into Yellowstone Nationwide Park.  I even managed to keep away from any grizzly encounters whereas mountain biking solo.

Beaver Falls - How to Plan a Trip to Havasupai

Lastly, I lastly snagged permits and made the journey to Havasupai on the finish of October, probably the most superb gems of Arizona.  We sat out at Havasu Falls for sundown one night time, made pals with our campground neighbors, and hiked out for a pleasant splash in Beaver Falls one morning.  I even received to satisfy an Instagram good friend in actual life.

Private milestones

In November, I moved to a brand new division at work after over three years on the identical staff.  My new job includes working on broad tasks that cross a number of technical departments, like coaching or technical writing.  Since shifting into science in school, that is my first job that doesn’t contain working in a lab!  I’ve been working in labs since 2007, and it’s a bit odd to be absolutely away from the bench.  However up to now, I’m actually having fun with my new position and am working on some thrilling tasks.  And I even have an workplace with a window!

This yr additionally introduced progress in my images.  Final yr I lucked out with some ridiculously good alternatives with mild, however this yr I nonetheless labored to shoot even in lower than optimum circumstances.  I additionally upgraded my gear this yr from entry degree to a extra intermediate set-up.  I now shoot primarily with a Sony A7II and both my f/four 16-35mm or f/four 24-105mm.  Though it’s heavier than my A6000, I completely love my new set-up.

I discovered numerous essential classes about myself this yr, which is a combined bag of empowering and painful.  A type of classes is realizing the extent to which I permit others to undermine my emotional experiences.  For instance, if I (non-aggressively) inform somebody they upset me, then they inform me that I’m one way or the other flawed (overreacting, being too adverse, and so on), and even simply react extra coldly I anticipated, I instantly cede my floor.  I really feel responsible for ever having had the sensation and instantly assume that the opposite individual’s model of the story is right.  I inform myself that the rational, gracious factor to do is to decrease my very own emotions to make the opposite individual extra snug.

I’ve all the time had a unconscious perception that strolling again my very own emotions makes me a sort, understanding, and humble individual.  I by no means thought I used to be shutting down my very own emotions, as a result of I expressed them within the first place.  I’m discovering that that’s not the entire story.  Though it’s wholesome to confess once you’re mistaken, I swing too far to the opposite finish of the spectrum by mechanically assuming another person’s interpretation of a state of affairs is extra legitimate than my very own.  I’m slowly studying to permit myself to face agency in my very own expertise even when challenged.

This idea additionally pertains to trusting my instinct.  Like most individuals, my instinct is often proper.  And but, I’m so fast to doubt myself.  I’m studying to concentrate on once I’m burying my instinct with different individuals’s opinions or my very own rationalizations.  I’m studying to pay attention and belief myself and to carry more room for myself and my very own actuality.  In doing so, I’m slowly empowering myself to validate my very own experiences once I don’t get that from others.

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2018 was a comparatively quiet yr on AA.  About midway via 2017, I began to sluggish my publishing cadence, a development that continued this yr.  The period of time I now spend on my weblog is far more moderated to permit myself the time and power to help my different obligations and pursuits.  This yr, I wrote the bottom variety of posts ever at solely 37.  I admit that makes me unhappy (and slightly responsible), however as the remainder of the publish suggests, I wasn’t precisely sitting nonetheless. ?

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Lows of 2018

Though the above may sound rosy, certainly not is it the entire story.  The yr had loads of lows, too.

I used to be lucky to have one other comparatively secure yr with none main crises or upheaval to adapt to.  Nevertheless, I truthfully wouldn’t name it an incredible yr general.  As I discussed within the private part, I’ve been negotiating lots of private progress that may at occasions be very painful.  To be trustworthy, I really feel like I’m a methods away from a spot of contentment.  I’ve felt and proceed to really feel a deep longing to be extra at peace, and whereas I’ve been doing essential work to get there, I’m undoubtedly not there but.

The yr began out on a low word as I used to be sidelined with an LCL (knee) damage for all of January and February.  I couldn’t even stroll down the corridor with out hobbling.  Despite the fact that my damage didn’t final so long as many do, these weeks felt like an eternity.  When you’ve been injured, you realize the sensation.  Thankfully, I’ve been injury-free since.

Additionally early within the yr, a member of the family skilled the sudden, sudden lack of an expensive pet that broke my coronary heart.  It’s arduous to observe family members undergo that a lot ache, particularly when you possibly can actually perceive the attachment and sense of loss to your animals.

My yr at work was truly actually tough.  The strain on myself and my staff stored rising and rising, and it acquired extremely irritating.  On prime of that, I needed to struggle my method out of the toughest state of affairs of my skilled profession and discovered a whole lot of painful, onerous classes alongside the best way.  Though issues are wanting extra constructive now, virtually my whole yr was spent in a reasonably low place professionally.

What’s subsequent in 2019

I’m extremely stoked for an additional yr of rising as an athlete.  After virtually 2 years of operating, I’m beginning to catch clearer glimpses of what I is perhaps able to.  I assumed I used to be pushing myself already, however I’m seeing the subsequent degree of what exploring my limits may seem like and it’s thrilling.  I’m getting quicker and stronger even via the winter when operating outdoors is hard.  I haven’t determined on my actual objectives for 2019 but, however I do know it’s going to contain some critical mountain operating.  Watch this area.

I’d actually like to enhance my bike expertise this yr and proceed gaining extra confidence.  To provide myself a aim to work towards, I’m contemplating signing up for my first mountain bike race.  Committing a race is all the time an amazing motivator, to not point out often a enjoyable expertise in and of itself.  Plus, time on the bike is superb low-impact cross-training for operating.

This yr, I acquired an additional week of trip day without work work in comparison with my ordinary PTO, and I absolutely intend to make use of it!  As thrilling as worldwide journey could be, I’ve actually come to understand how wealthy with alternative touring inside america is.  I plan to focus extra on home locations this yr–my listing is so lengthy!  Though I don’t have something nailed down simply but, I’ve received my sights set on Yosemite (once more) and Alaska.  Different frontrunners embrace Portland/Hood River/Bend, the North Cascades, Glacier Nationwide Park, and the Tetons.

In 2019, I’ll additionally rejoice my 5-year running a blog anniversary in April!  It’s arduous to consider AA is almost 5 years previous.  However on the similar time, a lot has modified since then that it seems like a lifetime in the past that I took the plunge.  There’s a excessive chance of sentimental posts coming in April. ?

Thanks for studying this yr!  How did your 2018 go?  What are you most excited for in 2019?