Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Word of the Year

I don't know what it says about me that I'm publishing my word of the year for 2016 actually IN January (as opposed to, say, my typical blogging schedule, which would result in this post going up in April). But I knew what the word would be, from the second I thought of the topic for this post.



You got that right Garth

I can't explain what I think might happen in 2016.  At least, I can't YET.  But I will.  If it happens, it's going to be a doozy.  If it doesn't, it's fine.  I've got a handle on things.  Life isn't as hard as it was in 2013 when I took my little offline trip to hiatus-ville.  But damn.  If this happens, then it's gonna be good.

If it doesn't happen, then that's just typical Tai Life(tm), taking change and making, um, nothing.

See?  He's holding some CHANGE.  AH HAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHA (*shoots self*)
What that means for future races in 2016 is this:

A)  Temporary hold on any triathlons (I'd been planning on at least 2 Sprints, and possibly an Oly).

B)  Minimal race plans, barring a few I couldn't avoid because of prior commitments.

C)  Trying to ramp up training without know what I'm training FOR.  I mean, I know a LITTLE bit of what my race schedule will look like in 2016.  But not a by a lot.  And pretty much for only ONE month:

I know, I don't get me either.

So far, 2016 race plans include:
  1.   *Cherry Blossom 10 Miler --  3 April 
  2.   North Face Endurance Challenge 50K -- 9 April
  3.   George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler -- 24 April
  4.   *Lawyers Have Heart 10K -- 11 June
*indicates I've already signed up!  I'm not SURE I want to do the 50K 6 days after running 10 miles, but I don't think it will be that onerous, barring injury.  The North Face race is quite a hilly trail course, so I'd have to be careful and much slower regardless.  The Lawyers Have Heart thing is something from my work, where I got roped into being the captain of a team, and we're turning it into a reason to have brunch/mimosas afterwards.

But -- no longer fall distance races yet.  That will come.  I might take advantage of the JFK 50-Miler's easier qualifying standards and run it this year, but I need to think about that.  I can't make plans too far in the future.  Yet.

Because change is on the horizon. 

And for better or worse, I think it's going to define 2016.


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