The End of 2009

Photo of the Day

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My Photo of the Day project was a success for 2009. I took a photo every single day of the year and posted them all to Flickr. I created this nifty poster-sized image below, which is being printed as I type and will soon be hanging on my wall. It contains all 365 daily photos.

Photo of the Day 2009

This project really took a lot more time and effort than I initially thought it would. On the bright side, I think I’ve improved tremendously as a photographer over the past year, and I have some really great photos that will last a lifetime.

I am tentatively planning to continue the project. My motivation has been to do so has not been great lately (and I’ve completely run out of ideas on a number of occasions), but I’ve recently found a few good sources for inspiration. So I do plan to continue for the foreseeable future.

Races

Date Time Place Div
Tecumseh Trail Marathon
2009-12-05 04:20:06 80/595
FOLEPI River Trail Classic
2009-11-28 00:22:38 15/439 2
Allerton Trail Race
2009-10-25 00:35:38 5/462 2
Danville Memorial Day 5K
2009-05-25 00:17:54 5/398 1
Rockford Marathon
2009-05-17 *03:09:05 15/249 3
Twin Cities Twosome
2009-05-09 00:18:15 3
Masters Swimming 500 yd TT
2009-05-07 *00:06:48 1/2
Tri the Illini
2009-05-02 00:55:05 10/301 2
Illinois Marathon
2009-04-11 *03:22:15 151/1620 24
Hillsboro Roubaix Cat 4 RR
2009-04-04 01:57:31 19/100
Land Between the Lakes 23K
2009-03-14 01:46:32 6/61
Masters Swimming 500 yd TT
2009-02-25 *00:07:10 1/1
Riddle Run
2009-01-31 04:56:42 1/10
Siberian Express
2009-01-03 00:50:49 25/398
*personal best for the distance

Running

Rob at Tecumseh Marathon

My running in 2009 was really one of extremes, both high and low. I started the year with some really strong races and a spectacular build-up to the Illinois Marathon, which ended in spectacular failure on my part. I bounced back quickly with a great run at the Rockford Marathon, only to notice a gradually worsening pain in my right knee (my good knee) less than a month later. This knee injury kept me from running for over 10 weeks, and severely cut back my cycling. Around Will’s birth I finally started running again and slowly built up both my speed and my endurance. I had a couple of good (though not great) races this fall before the horrible experience for me that was the Tecumseh Trail Marathon.

Despite the significant time off, I still ended up running about 17 miles farther than in 2008. I guess training for three marathons and an ultra-marathon will do that. I took it easy running for a few weeks after Tecumseh to make sure I wouldn’t injure myself again. I’m relatively healthy at the moment, but I’m far from peak condition. I really wanted to run the Siberian Express tomorrow morning, but a cold this week put a damper on that. Running is the one sport I have going for me at the moment, which isn’t saying a whole lot.

Month Distance # Workouts Avg per Workout
January 109.34 Mile 10 10.934 Mile
February 55.83 Mile 7 7.97571 Mile
March 108.792 Mile 10 10.8792 Mile
April 74.85 Mile 8 9.35625 Mile
May 64.5669 Mile 9 7.1741 Mile
June 7. Mile 1 7. Mile
July 0 0 0
August 16.3 Mile 5 3.26 Mile
September 39.78 Mile 7 5.68286 Mile
October 42.52 Mile 7 6.07429 Mile
November 112.5 Mile 11 10.2273 Mile
December 41.04 Mile 4 10.26 Mile
Total 672.518 Mile 79 8.51289 Mile

Cycling

Rob finishes the bike

Cycling was one of my disappointments for 2009. I started the year decent enough, but I was really concentrating a lot more on running for the Spring marathons. Once I injured my knee in June I cut way back on my cycling and never made up for it. I ended 2009 with less than half the miles on the bike as 2008. I only competed in one cycling race and one triathlon, despite my intention of focusing completely on these events after mid-May. Fortunately, both were fairly successful for me, so it wasn’t a total loss.

Sadly, I don’t think 2010 is looking that great for me. I’m horribly out of shape on the bike. I’ve struggled to keep up with my friends on the last few easy training rides I’ve done recently. I really need to get my act together here before it’s too late. 2010 starts now.

December 2009

Bike Distance # Rides Avg per Ride
Bianchi 19.4 Mile 5 3.88 Mile
Thundercougarfalconbird 65.82 Mile 3 21.94 Mile
Total 85.22 Mile 8 10.6525 Mile

January – December 2009

Bike Distance # Rides Avg per Ride
Bianchi 611.15 Mile 139 4.39676 Mile
Big Red 12.07 Mile 4 3.0175 Mile
El Fuego 75.2 Mile 8 9.4 Mile
Pocket Rocket 329.78 Mile 44 7.495 Mile
Thundercougarfalconbird 1857.4 Mile 46 40.3783 Mile
Total 2885.6 Mile 241 11.9734 Mile

Month Distance # Workouts Avg per Workout
January 139.41 Mile 22 6.33682 Mile
February 232.35 Mile 23 10.1022 Mile
March 411.9 Mile 26 15.8423 Mile
April 372.18 Mile 27 13.7844 Mile
May 347.83 Mile 24 14.4929 Mile
June 209.21 Mile 23 9.09609 Mile
July 206.74 Mile 12 17.2283 Mile
August 275.94 Mile 22 12.5427 Mile
September 287.11 Mile 21 13.6719 Mile
October 219.2 Mile 23 9.53043 Mile
November 98.51 Mile 10 9.851 Mile
December 85.22 Mile 8 10.6525 Mile
Total 2885.6 Mile 241 11.9734 Mile

Swimming

Rob starting 500 freestyle

I had a good start to the year swimming. My swims mysteriously stopped around August 12 for some reason. Anyway, I swam a personal best of 06:48 for 500 yards in May. I did swim 25% farther than I did in 2008. I really need to get back into this. Again, 2010 starts now.

Month Distance # Workouts Avg per Workout
January 1.87452 Kilo Meter 3 0.62484 Kilo Meter
February 14.9504 Kilo Meter 6 2.49174 Kilo Meter
March 19.5224 Kilo Meter 7 2.78892 Kilo Meter
April 13.3502 Kilo Meter 6 2.22504 Kilo Meter
May 12.7806 Kilo Meter 7 1.82579 Kilo Meter
June 17.15 Kilo Meter 8 2.14375 Kilo Meter
July 15.55 Kilo Meter 6 2.59167 Kilo Meter
August 7.9 Kilo Meter 3 2.63333 Kilo Meter
September 0 0 0
October 0 0 0
November 0 0 0
December 0 0 0
Total 103.078 Kilo Meter 46 2.24083 Kilo Meter

Walking

Stroll

I didn’t plan to keep track of walking stats, but now I’m kind of glad I did (at least after my June knee injury).

Month Distance # Workouts Avg per Workout
January 0 0 0
February 3.75 Mile 2 1.875 Mile
March 0 0 0
April 8.51 Mile 4 2.1275 Mile
May 6.7 Mile 4 1.675 Mile
June 11. Mile 3 3.66667 Mile
July 29.52 Mile 10 2.952 Mile
August 35.02 Mile 14 2.50143 Mile
September 29.82 Mile 12 2.485 Mile
October 19.42 Mile 9 2.15778 Mile
November 41.17 Mile 12 3.43083 Mile
December 29.65 Mile 8 3.70625 Mile
Total 214.56 Mile 78 2.75077 Mile

Skiing

Skier Rob

I’m certainly not good at skiing, but I enjoy it. There was just very little snow in 2009.

Month Distance # Workouts Avg per Workout
January 26.67 Mile 6 4.445 Mile
February 0 0 0
March 0 0 0
April 0 0 0
May 0 0 0
June 0 0 0
July 0 0 0
August 0 0 0
September 0 0 0
October 0 0 0
November 0 0 0
December 10.36 Mile 2 5.18 Mile
Total 37.03 Mile 8 4.62875 Mile

Scooter

Urbana welcomes you

It sure seemed like more than that. Well, it was a transitional mode of transportation anyway.

Month Distance # Workouts Avg per Workout
January 0 0 0
February 0 0 0
March 0 0 0
April 0 0 0
May 0 0 0
June 0 0 0
July 13.4 Mile 4 3.35 Mile
August 0 0 0
September 0 0 0
October 0 0 0
November 0 0 0
December 0 0 0
Total 13.4 Mile 4 3.35 Mile

Blog

I ended the year with roughly half as many blog posts as last year, with the rate of entries really dropping off in August. William has tried to pick up some of my slack with his blog.

Additionally, I assume you have noticed how all the titles of all my blog entries begin “The …”. It has been a lot more difficult to maintain this naming scheme than I originally thought it would be two years ago. In fact, there are a number of times when I thought about writing a short entry but never got around to it because I couldn’t think of the right name. I think it has been holding me back a little. So it is with mixed emotions that I declare this will likely be the last entry to strictly follow that convention.

3 thoughts on “The End of 2009”

  1. AWESOME ‘end of 2009’ — DD only tracks his golf games and even misses a few — you are AMAZING! Along with your mom, i say Here’s to 2010!!
    hugs, auntie

  2. Ha! My swimming suffered the same fate in August. I remember saying how I was going to try to swim once a week on my own through the fall – too easy to fall off the wagon when there is no structure and other fitness priorities. Are you back with masters in a couple weeks?

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