Sunday, December 16, 2007

Auld Lang Syne

Again we come to the end of a year. This has been one of the best years of my life. The year included new friends, old friends, a marathon, three half-iron triathlons, an MS150, the triple bypass, and my very first Ironman. More important than the athletic finishes are the changes inside myself that come from the effort. I am different, and that is a good thing.

If I am even coming close to living my "best life," I do feel like it is none of my own doing; rather, it is the doing of the many friends who have encouraged me to go long and exceed my expectations and self-imposed limitations. Many of them are pictured in this slideshow, images of the year that was. To them, and to you, I am profoundly grateful.

Enjoy, and think on your year--both the one behind you and the one that is yet to be. Where will you be next December. Dream big. Go long. Exceed. Excel.

Go play.


21 comments:

Brent Buckner said...

"None of [your] own doing"

You wouldn't let a friend or family member get away with a statement like that! Credit to others for support and encouragement, but you're the one staying off the couch and living the life.

Fe-lady said...

Go play indeed....! Happy almost 2008...you had a great year! Amazing! (love the slide show!)

Rainmaker said...

That's an awesome set of photos - congrats on the great year!

Curly Su said...

thanks for including me. you had an awesome year. thanks for sharing.

21stCenturyMom said...

Love the slideshow. When I saw that picture of you coming out of the water at Wildflower in that horribly oversized wetsuit I remembered how umcomfortable and unhappy you looked that morning before your wave went off. And then there is the finisher pic at IMWI. Not the same guy at all. It was a huge year for you ,largely due to YOUR efforts, my friend. I'm happy I got to share the journey with you both on line and in real life.

Here's to more of the same in 2008!

Donald said...

What a beautiful year. Have another great one in 2008!

monica said...

i'm just gettin' started and getting' to know all you bloggers who have gone before me. makes me aspire to have such a slideshow when i'm done doin' what i plan to do!!! thanks for the inspiration.


way to rock the ac/dc jersey!!!

Taconite Boy said...

Hard to beat that year eh?

Nice show

Jane said...

I met the famous Greyhound this year! Also, you inspired to do all this!

supalinds said...

Awesome year!!

Tri to Be Funny said...

Geez--thanks for making me cry!! What a wonderful year you've experienced. Keep savoring it!

Speed Racer said...

I'm such a sucker for photo montages, especially if they're set to music. Sounds like a great year. Hopefully someday I'll be in a Greyhound photo montage too!

Allez said...

Very nice slide show!

pinkgurugal said...

way cool year. i was very moved. be proud of ALL your accomplishments this year! you are inspiring!

RunBubbaRun said...

Great slide show.

Incredible year indeed.

From signing up that day to crossing the finish line at IMWI.
What a day for a race!!!

Here's to 2008 nd the people we meet along the way.

Tri-Dummy said...

It was an honor to share some pavement with you this year...in more than one place!

I look forward to sharing some more with you next year!

CdA!

Nytro said...

seriously... how cute is superpounce?

adorable.

great year!

Iron Eric said...

Alright dude. What are you trying to do? Make us all cry? I mean come on.

These years go by so fast...it is so wonderful to see you enjoy them to the max!! We should all do it!

2008 will be another amazing year!!!

Rural Girl said...

That was awesome and moving. You have accomplished a lot and you're not done yet! Bring it on!

tri-mama said...

The times spent with you and the family go down as the all time greatest! Looking forward to another year of memories

Dying Water Buffalo said...

"where will you be next December"

so important to think about. thanks for asking the question. Also, great slideshow. I watched it and listened to the entire song :)