So many amazing things happened this year. It’s really fascinating how much writing this blog makes me appreciate how insanely awesome my life is: I live in one of the most picturesque outdoor communities in the world, I have a job that I love with co-workers who are fantastic and inspiring, I’m surrounded by the greatest friends, both near and far, I get to travel ALL THE TIME, I have the flexibility to be spontaneous and adventurous and the best part, I finally bought something (camera) I’ve been dreaming of for years.

While I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions because I feel like they do people very little good, I do like to challenge myself. I like to sign up for goal events every year, I like to be healthy, I like to laugh every day, I like to find new things to learn, I like to exercise.

My goals for last year were to set new heights in swim yardage as I trained for the Ironman Relay I was swimming in (in May we ended up moving our entry to 2012) and to run 500 miles. I realized this week that I was 5 miles away from hitting that goal so I took Andy out for a five mile run this morning. Success on both accounts.

I am clearly still so far off from competing with the uber-trained athlete that I was in 2009 it’s comical. Where did I get all that energy??

My goals for 2012 are as follows and they are somewhat lofty:
1. Re-train to swim in the Ironman (Vineman) Relay with Ellen and Al. Best my yardage from this year.
2. Run 3 half marathons in states I haven’t ticked off the list yet (woefully behind on this life goal to run a half Marathon in every state).
3. Become a better photographer. I’m taking a digital photography class this winter at the local community college. I plan to follow it up with a portrait class in the spring. I was thinking about doing a 365 project: 1 photo a day, 365 days but I think with everything else I have going on this year, that I’ll table that one for another year.
4. 60 days on the mountain. I barely missed this in the 09-10 season at 58 and came in at 61 for the 2010-11 season. This year, I am out of town for about a week and a half in January and a week in March. With no snow yet and no snow in the forecast, this might be a difficult goal. I’m at 8 for the season leading into the new year, which means I need 12 days a month for the next four months and either 4 days in May or 4 extra days somewhere else. Do-able for sure, but I think some extra dawn patrols might have to be squeezed in to make it happen.
5. Raise $1000 for Disabled Sports in the Ability Challenge.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope your 2011 was as incredible as mine!