2017 was a great year, as my blog, fitness and recovery go.
I set personal best for number of hits in a day (947), not including a South Park meme from 2014, which netted me 1,053 on the day. I set a new personal best for hits in a year (133,300 and counting) and I’ve actually got a company trying to rip off the name “Fit Recovery”. Talk about flattery! Chuckle.
It wasn’t looking so positive a couple of months ago. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to top my previous best in 2015 of 131,000 hits because the math just wasn’t adding up. I didn’t have that best 947 hits in a day either – in fact, I was actually down on hits going through the summer. Typically, my best months are May through August. This year I was down 1,000 to 3,000 hits in many of the summer months.
Then, November. I still don’t know what really happened. My daily hits started to climb. First I was topping 500 and 600 hits a day. Then 700 popped up now and again. Then 800 and I finally hit 900 a few times. The best was it really wasn’t a special post that was getting all of the hits, they were spread out – the only thing that got more hits than usual was my homepage. November was the best, in terms of hits, in the history of the blog.
As you can see, the good times continued in December, though they’re slowing back to the norm now.
Next up is fitness. While I feel a little chubby lately, and I’m eating the food to make it so, I’m only a few pounds over my racing weight of 175 pounds (I call it my racing weight but I don’t, and won’t, race) and even though I’ve taken the last week off, I haven’t gained any weight and have eaten responsibly (or close to it). That said, it was another personal best for overall mileage for the year:
As has been the case since I started riding, I’ve reached a mileage total I didn’t think was possible and I’m assuming next year will be my first year where I see my first decrease. If that’s so, I’ll be okay with it. I can’t believe I topped 9,000 miles and spent more time at work than I did last year in the process – something that I’m quite happy with. I also had a best ever month, September, topping 1,100 miles:
This year, I wasn’t any faster than previous years (actually we did have two B Group bests on Tuesday night where we broke the 1:19:00 mark for our 29-ish mile ride for an average of 22.1 mph) but I didn’t feel any “faster”. I was, however, able to spend a lot more time up front helping to pull the group. I did a lot of sprinting for City Limits signs with my friends and I did have a lot of fun with that.
Perhaps the most interesting fitness story for me was my doctor sending me to a specialist to have my heart checked because of an irregular EKG – something that he said was “either nothing, or something that could make you drop dead without warning”. I purposely slowed down for more than a month while my results were put together from an ultrasound of my heart. I kept a good attitude but I was legitimately scared about my future. As it turned out, the specialist told me to come back in 40 or 50 years when I started having problems. I’m 47, so that was pretty good news. In the end it was “keep doing what you’re doing and I definitely can live with that. I put the hammer down, as they say, the next day… with a smile on my face.
Finally, there’s recovery. Last winter I did another Fourth through Twelfth and concentrated on that which is most important for the rest of the year, the three aspects of the Twelfth Step: Spiritual Awakening (another one, the step doesn’t say you only get one), I’ve carried the message and practiced the principles in all of my affairs. I learned a lot this year and shared much of it here. I’ve made progress on being a better me, and that’s all a guy can ask for after a quarter-century of sobriety. I feel lucky to be me in this respect: Most people my age (my current age) are lucky enough just to get into sobriety so young. I’ve got a 25 year head start. As enjoying life goes, sobering up early feels like cheating life. Legally and fairly. It is good times and noodle salad.