There, now that that's out of the way, I thought I'd write about what my plans are for moving my body in meaningful ways this year. I have a few that I'm excited about, and now that I appear to be over (or nearly over) my plantar fasciitis issues it seems I can enjoy things a bit more without worrying about foot pain. I'll be writing in depth about plantar fasciitis later on this year once I'm sure I'm over my 9 month battle with it so I can review what I tried, what worked and what didn't. Anyway, onto 2017:
- Gran Fondo. What is a Gran Fondo you say? Well it's sort of a recent phenomenon in group participation events where you cycle over a long distance in an organized group ride. It isn't necessarily a race (though it can be for some) but more of an organized endurance event on a road with thousands of cyclists generally travelling over 100km and climbing hills. Since I don't consider myself very competitive on a bike (I use it for cross training mostly when I can't run) I'm doing this simply out of curiosity. So I've joined Zwift after my purchase of a Wahoo Kickr trainer where I'm logging plenty of miles and I signed up as a member of my local cycling club. I hope by joining them I can learn to be comfortable riding with other cyclists as most of my outdoor cycling is done solo. My biggest source of anxiety comes from riding shoulder to shoulder with other athletes (or rather wheel to wheel) and not wanting to crash or cause a crash. My wife and I are doing a gentle short course Gran Fondo in August on our wedding anniversary (just 45km) which I view as a low pressure introduction to the sport and a great way to spend a weekend with the woman I love. In September the plan is to ride the Vancouver to Whistler Gran Fondo which is 122km (mostly uphill) from sea level to the top of a ski resort mountain. I haven't registered yet, but I will.
- Sprint triathlon. I'm not sure which one yet, but my wedding season (in case you didn't know I'm a wedding photographer) is actually pretty light this summer so I may get to participate in a triathlon. Normally my summers are so booked I just can't fit in the mainly fair weather sport. My swimming isn't exactly on point. While I've been in the pool most weeks, I haven't been on an open water swim in over a year. A sprint triathlon seems like a good goal for now. I have three different events scouted out and I'm sure one of them will land on a free weekend.
- Running. Two goals with low pressure are doing my first Ultra (I haven't chosen one) as a participation event (just finish it) and the Victoria Marathon. I have no need to race the Victoria Marathon, I just want to do it as it's local. I can honestly say I'm indifferent about the time I do it in, I don't think I'll try and compete properly at a marathon again until I'm in my next age bracket in 2018.