For a lot of reasons 2009 has been a pretty rough year, the economy tanked pretty bad and that made life pretty difficult for a lot of people, myself included in some respects. But if I look past that I can without doubt say that 2009 has been one of the best years of my life. I've made some great new friends and discovered some things about myself that have really surprised me.
It started in February when I ran my first marathon. I didn't know I'd end up running three more before the year was up. In March I bought a house. Wow, I knew that would eventually happen but didn't really expect it to happen last year. In March I got a dog. Blue can be a bit of a terror, he still doesn't like strangers, but he loves me. In June I did my first triathlon, that lead to 4 more including a half ironman and a fairly expensive Triathlon Bike along the way. Also in June I became an Uncle. My nephew Drew was born, I'm fortunate enough to get to spend Christmas with him and the family. In October I got talked into running a 50k trail run by my good friend John. That is 31 miles through the woods on a mountain. It was not easy, but man a lot of fun.
I hear a lot of people that have known me for years comment on how I'm always on the go, and how they never know what I'm doing next. As crazy as 2009 has been I've got even bigger plans for 2010. Only 5 things that I have officially signed up for, Houston Marathon January 17th, Mountain Mist 50k January 23rd, Mercedes Marathon February 15th, Ironman New Orleans 70.3 April 18th, and Ironman Florida November 6th. I'm sure my schedule will take me to some other places and I'm sure there will be many surprises along the way. I just hope I have as much fun next year and I meet even more really cool people along the way. Cheers to a great 09' and an even better 2010!