2013 was an incredible year for me.  I feel like I managed to cram a decade of living, or more, into 1 year.  Finishing an Ironman has to be the highlight of my year.  I’ve dreamed about it since I heard about triathlon but never imagined it was something I would actually be able to do.  I felt much the same way about running a BQ time, would be great, but not something I could do.  In both instances I managed to push my bodies limits and raised the bar for what I think I can achieve.

My passport also got some work in 2013.  I visited:

  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Mont Tremblant
  • Muskoka
  • Hong Kong
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Phi Phi, Thailand
  • Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Singapore
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Gili Islands, Indonesia
  • Vang Vieng, Laos
  • Vientiane, Laos
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Bangkok, Thailand

Here are some of my 2013 highlights:

  • Ran Central Park
  • Saw a Knicks game at MSG
  • Ran a sub 1:30 half marathon
  • Attended the US Open (both golf and tennis)
  • Went sub-5 hours at Ironman Mont Tremblant 70.3
  • Qualified for Canada’s age group triathlon team to compete in the 2014 World Final
  • Finished my first Ironman (sub 11-hours)
  • Qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon with a 3:02:54 run at the Hamilton Marathon
  • Bungee jumped
  • Pet a tiger
  • Ran across Harbour Bridge in Sydney with the Opera House in the background
  • Learned to surf
  • Climbed a volcano (Mt Batur) to watch the sunrise, and had breakfast cooked over the steam from the volcano
  • Snorkelled with incredible marine life in Thailand and Indonesia
  • Ate some interesting/delicious food in Asia
  • Tubed down the Mekong in Vang Vieng
  • Visited Angkor Wat

And I met a countless number of amazing people along the way.

2014 brings a new set of challenges and opportunities.  As I write this I am currently unemployed (Bare Foods went just before I left for Asia).  My trip to Asia exposed me to a whole new world, and I experienced things that I had only seen on TV.  It shifted my perspective and made me rethink what I really want to do with my time.

Besides sorting out my work situation I also need to get back into shape.  It has long been a dream of mine to earn the opportunity to wear a maple leaf and compete.  As a youngster I had dreams of pulling a hockey jersey over my head, but at this point I am happy settling for a triathlon singlet.  I managed to qualify because of a bit of a soft field, but I’m motivated to put on a good performance in Edmonton to not embarrass myself.

2013, thanks for the memories.  2014, lets get to work.