Saturday, January 5, 2019

2018 In The Rear View Mirror

"99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” ― George Washington

I debated doing one of these posts.  I stopped keeping track of mileage and updating my graphs earlier this year, not only can one KonMari their stuff they can also KonMari their life, shedding things not bringing joy!  It was a great year of getting rid of what was dragging me down, making battling my corrupted immune system more miserable than it needed to be.

What data do I have to show?  Strava!  Whoop!

Strava did a pretty decent recap for me and I'll go with that. Strava has been very helpful in documenting the sharp decline in my endurance. I am honestly happy to have this record, it has demonstrated the last three years were not the normal aging process, and has proven very helpful by factual data for conversations with my Rheumatologist!

2018 Year in Review - Strava Animation

288 - Days Active
78 Miles - Longest Activity
136,573 Feet - Elevation Gain
416 - Hours of Activity
2,423 - Miles

Quite possibly continuing to push through the top of a dropping threshold then spending days or weeks recovering only to once again push through an even lower threshold, demonstrates my progressing insanity,  who am I to judge my own sanity?  I'll leave that to people who enjoy that sort of thing.

So there you have it.  2018 is done and dusted, the good, the bad, and the sad.

My least favorite time was watching my beloved Gus quickly decline and having to put him down, he did go in the middle of a snowstorm, his timing continued to be impeccable, a white dog getting lost in the whirling flurries of snow.   

It's hard to say if the Airstream or summiting Mt. Washington was the highlight.  

What does 2019 have in store?  I'm pretty sure it has running, biking on the road, biking off the road, hiking with Jax and Dave or solo, lots and lots of camping, beer, s'mores, campfires, knitting, reading, the possibilities are endless, however I recognize my energy is not and I will pick and choose mindfully.

Beth, Closing the book on yet another year, with the ground under me, far far better than the alternative.

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