Evaluating 2012

Here it is: my annual self-evaluation and plan for 2013. Its really not about popping off about how great I did in 2012 as it is putting the plans for 2013 in place. Putting it down here makes it more likely that I’ll follow through.

2012 was the year of travel for the Downey/Wagners. Late in 2011 we bought a vehicle big enough to travel in style anticipating a couple long road trips and we used it to its potential. In July we loaded up and made the 29 hour drive to extreme southwest Florida to see my brother and his family. It was a good trip, but the drive was almost too long to do straight through. I’d do it again though.

August saw us going the opposite way to see our “adopted” family in California and attend a wedding. It too was a good trip and the 22 hour drive seemed like a piece of cake. There were a couple hitches on the trip home (one involving a meltdown on my part over a missing wallet) but it was a good trip.

In 2013 we’re pledged to take my brother-in-law to California by plane. You see, he has some special needs but he is finally game to ride on a plane so its going to be interesting. It will be fun showing him places I am sure he never dreamed of seeing. We may have to knock him out to get him on the plane but once we’re aboard it will be fine, I’m sure.

Over the winter of 2012 Kandy and I decided that we wanted new floors and the cheapest way was to do it ourselves. We also decided that we wanted wood floors. The only problem was that neither of us knew how to lay floors. It took a while but with some patience and a ton of advice from a Menards person we did it and it looks beautiful.

We wanted to put up a pergola on the back of the house but just never seemed to get it done. Our pledge is to start it as soon as the frost is out of the ground in 2013. Again, I have no idea what I’m doing, but that’s never stopped me before.

After the trip to Cali our grandson moved in with us. Braxton is only 2 so he had to bring his parents with him as well. They put their house on the market and it literally sold out from under them. Now they really can’t find a house they want and are still with us. I’m in no hurry for them to find a house as its has been wonderful bonding with the kids and spending so much time with B.

We had our last high school graduation party in 2012. The guest of honor is still with us while he continues school but I anticipate that when Braxton and his parents move Jake won’t be far behind. That’ll leave just Kandy and me in the house – that will be a whole new chapter that promised to be interesting. As much as I am not trying to get anyone to leave, I am looking forward to having that time with my wife. We’ve never had time to just be a couple and I am looking forward to having it.

I kind of let my cycling slide a bit in 2012 – I still raced some and did (not as well as I’d have liked but) OK but it was not my best effort. It started in the fall of 2011 when I really started to slide in both time and quality and ended up putting on a few pounds. Consequently, when I did race or go ride with friends the legs just weren’t there.

But, in 2012 I really upped my game with my yoga practice and made it a part of my daily routine. I also studied and taught myself the Tai Chi 24 form and have worked that and some qi gong into my morning practice. I joined a gym again and went sporadically until late November when I decided to quit messing around and go.

For 2013 I am determined to get back into decent shape. Nothing crazy and no humping to every race on the calendar but I want to do better than 2012. I have laid out a detailed training plan incorporating cycling, running, weight training and yoga/tai chi and am just finishing the first  microcycle. I think I am already in better condition than I was for most of 2012, certainly my base training is better that it has been for a couple years.

Oh, and I got a new tattoo – covering up an old one that needed to be gone. Now the new one needs a friend. I am thinking I’ll go back to the same shop in Cali again for the new addition.

There are a couple other things looming for 2013 that I just can’t discuss right now. A few people know what I mean, but suffice to says its Kind of a Big Deal, at least to me. I’ll let you all in on the secret regardless of the outcome at the end of 2013. You’ll all have to suffer until then.

Last – and most important – I need to work on being a better person. Not only for myself and my future plans but for my wife and family. There is always room for personal growth and improvement but in may case there is a ton of room for improvement. I am thankful every day that my wife has the ability to look beyond my poor behavior and see how much I love her and how much I want to do better. My goal is to not make her do that so often.

Happy New Year.

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