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
- Mont Tremblant
- Hong Kong
- Phuket, Thailand
- Phi Phi, Thailand
- Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Sydney, Australia
- 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.