It should surprise no one that I'm a goal-driven person. I don't always achieve my goals, but I really enjoy the process of setting a goal, working towards achieving it, and the self-reflection that follows regardless of whether I achieve or don't achieve the goal. This past year, I was looking for a new goal besides an annual mileage target. In addition to my annual mileage target, I decided I would also try to ride for thirty consecutive days.
2017, I'm not sad to see you go. It's been quite the year. As I do every year, I like to reflect on the outgoing year. I've already posted my favorite music from 2017 and now it's time to reflect on other highlights from 2017. I spent an hour or so looking back at pictures from the year when I realized photos would be a great way to tell the story that was my 2017. So without further adieu, below are a few personal highlights from 2017.
As I do every year, I like to look and reflect on the year. For me, this process usually starts highlights from the past year. Given music is such a big part of my life, for the past several years I have highlighted favorite albums. This year, I decided to just look at the data, namely the number of plays an album had to determine my "top 9." It's interesting to look at it this way - there were a couple surprises in terms of the actual order, but no surprises in my top 9.
2017 has been a blur. I haven't necessarily prioritized things that bring me joy this year, including writing on this site (my last post was 01 Jan). I'm conscious about the lack of balance, and that's why I took a much needed mental health day. Taking a mental health day can only mean thing for me - a long bike ride. Today's destination was Mt. Baker. It's been three years since I last rode Baker, so another visit was overdue. And, to make this mental health day even more special, six of my friends were also taking a mental health day.
Since 2010, Rapha has been challenging me (and thousands of others) to ride 500km over the last eight days of the year (between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve). I've always wondered if I could complete the challenge, but I've never seriously attempted it. That is, until this year...