I'm not sure it's a top-ten list, but Helen's post inspired me to list some of the most memorable running and biking (and maybe, maybe even swimming) from last year.
So, in as much of a chronological order as I can:
-The long run we did in Dahlonega. Lost of hills, farms, cows, completely new roads.
-Training for the marathon with Helen, especially the ten-mile run in the snow we did the week before the race.
-Ocean Drive Marathon, especially the moment around mile 26 when I told Helen she was going to win the race.
-The Cascades. Helen mentioned the Goat Rocks, which was amazing. Our hike the day before was pretty cool, too, when we made it up to the Pacific Crest Trail.
-Summer League Ultimate: coming back from a huge deficit to beat Trey's team.
-Anthracite Triathlon. Took 15 minutes off of my time from last year.
-Half-Wit trail half-marathon. Easily my favorite race of the year.
-My long ride in
-The long run Helen and I did on Halloween, when everyone was out in their costumes.
-Running in the foothills of
The funny thing, though, is that my memories are all kind of running together, and I think that's largely because my memories are about some of the things I did a lot of:
-The long runs with Helen – which probably happened more weeks than not this year. Some, like the Halloween one, stand out; but there's something nice about their consistency too.
-Biking my bread-and-butter loop.
-Running with the Wanderers. The Thursday night runs when there's light; the Saturday morning runs, which I've started going to.
-The loops that Helen and I run - the Gun Loop, the Pelham Loop, the "Coboden"
So as I look forward to 2008, I'm anticipating a whole bunch of new experiences, but also a continued commitment to the routines I've developed. Riding the loops when it's not too cold, running when I'm not too sore, swimming when I have to, ultimate when I can.