Whatever Begins…

Whatever begins, also ends.     — Seneca

WELL, THE DAY HAD TO COME. Today was my 51st birthday, and my “year of being 50” has come to an end. And what an incredible ride it’s been, kicking off one year ago today with the 2011 Holiday Hustle 5K and ending with the same race last Saturday. (More on that one later – it was a really special race for me.)

With adventures in running, cycling, Aikido, novel writing, cooking, and calisthenics, it was a full and busy year, and I enjoyed every moment of it, even when I biked all day in the rain or gasped my way to the finish line and first aid station in the Ann Arbor Marathon. Somehow I stayed healthy and free of significant injury the whole time, and for that I am very grateful. And there are no sufficient words to express my appreciation for my family, who put up with my nights of training and weekends away from home, and worried about me biking 600 miles by myself but let me go anyway. And to my coach who helped me reach the goals I’d set for myself, and to all my friends who encouraged me, thank you all so very much.

So, what’s next? Technically, I still have a couple of goals left in 2012, with an Aikido test next week and the 2,500 combined run/bike miles. I will also be compiling my list of “50 things I did at 50” list and recapping the year’s highlights. In 2013, if all goes well, I will test for black belt in Aikido, and maybe have a go at a 50-mile ultramarathon. (Hey, I did a 50K this year, what’s another 16 miles on top of that?) And as for the latest craze in outdoor endurance events – so far I’ve resisted the siren call of the triathlon, but I get the feeling that sooner or later I’ll get sucked in. Maybe I can hold that off until 2014. But in any event, I’ll be blogging about it all.

Next year, too, I hope to get back to my fiction writing. Now that I’m 50,000 words into a novel, it wouldn’t be right to just set it aside. Lots of short stories to clean up and send out, too. And, of course, there’s always more interesting stuff to cook and more flavors of chocolate truffles to try. I’ll keep you all posted on those, too.

But for now, time to get some rest. Sensei celebrated my birthday tonight in class with a final set of 51 breakfalls and 51 buki strikes, and then I capped it off with 51 pushups. Watch out when I turn 100!

 

 

 

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8 responses to “Whatever Begins…

  1. I”ve been wondering how the national novel month went for you. The constant rewrites are the real challenges. congrats on a great 50 years.

    • Mark,
      Make that a “great 51 years”. Actually his 50th birthday celebrated the half century Jeff’s already been here. Gotta keep the statistics correct. It’s my job as everybody’s MOM.

    • Actually, NaNoWriMo went much more smoothly than I expected. The secret was to not worry about editing and just crank out the story. Even if I contradicted something I wrote in an earlier chapter, I just kept on going. Plenty of time later to fix all that. Thanks for asking!

  2. Well done, Jeff! And farewell to 50!

    • Farewell to 50??? How about 51,52,53,54,55,56 , , , right on up to and past 50-49?!?! Heh heh. It’s his mom speaking again.

      • Sorry, Mom – I’m with Leo on this one. My “year of being 50” felt special enough that it’s worth saying ‘farewell’ to. But certainly there’s a lot to look forward to!

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