2019 Year in Review:
- Jan 2nd, 2020 at 2:06AM
So 2019 was a very good Kenzai year for me. Started off with KB2 January-March...I really liked the program and it was what I consider a good step up from KB1. We had an awesome "dream team," on Team Aspen with rockstars Kathleen, John, Jon-e, Jean-Marc, Margot, Elodie, Amy, Shane, Cora, Lynn and all the rest. Leaned up going into the spring.
Then came the Ranger Challenge with Kenzai stalwarts Martin, Fish and Jon-e. Got some great running in at the BEAUTIFUL Lunken field loop, a 5 mile mainly flat track where I was able to maintain a sub-8 minute mile for the duration of the 5 mile final exam.
After that was some maintenance workouts, kettlebells at Home Base®, various workouts at Carter Fit, One More Rep, yoga at Move Your Hyde, some running here and there, outdoors stairs and the like.
Visited some friends in GORGEOUS Boulder, CO at the end of May. Highlights were running the Boulder Boulder, hiking up in the snow to Hallett Peak (12,713' ASL), and general hiking shenanigans.
In June, Aimee and I visited Iceland for 10 glorious days of camper van lifestyle fun!
Late July I hopped on Beach Blast for 28 days of fun, sweat and general leaning up before late summer arrived.
Late August-> Early September I met some friends in Jackson, WY and we climbed to the summit of the Grand Teton (13,776' ASL). No small feat, this is a technical rock climb that has a long approach with a heavy pack, and variable weather. Shortly thereafter my brother-in-law Jon-e and nephew Ethan met me out in Colorado. We managed to bag the highest peak in Colorado (Mount Elbert, 14,439' ASL). We also hiked a few 13ers and finished off the trip with a multi-pitch technical rock climb...Jon-e and Ethan's fist multi pitch climb and also their first climb outdoors. I also hit the Colorado fitness testpiece Manitou Incline hard and set a PR of 32:52 up this .88 mile and 2000' vertical "trail."
Late September I was back in Colorado for some hiking, more Manitou Incline shenanigans (where I destroyed a coworker who challenged me to an Incline, "race.") Great American Beer Fest followed, which is always a good time.
I got talked into signing up for Kenzai Run in October and actually really enjoyed it. Until I went to participate in a 27K trail run race here locally, where I broke my ankle. Definitely the low point of the year.
Not to be deterred, I jumped on T-Shirt Blast in early November. This was just what the doctor ordered, I was very happy with the program and the results.
In December I had some surgery to remove varicose veins in my left leg. It left me with some discomfort for a few days, but was back to HIIT, Maintenance and Kettlebell workouts with only 3 days of down time.
I probably could have slid another program in there somewhere, but the timing just didn't work out. If Kettlebell 2 had been offered in late June or early July I would have hit that for sure. But another time.
2020, I am looking forward to kicking it off with Chisel on January 20, followed by either KB3 or Iron in April. Then I will look at doing a new program perhaps in July or August, slot a Blast in late summer, then finish the year with a re-do of Run.
I had the great pleasure of a few IRL meeting last year: Miranda and Nate in May in Rochester, NY. Wardo in June in NYC, and Watson "Pepper," J in October in Asheville. I'm looking forward to more in the future for sure!
Last but not least, it was a great year being able to be AT on KB2 early in the year, as well as an AT for group of KB1ers who wrapped up shortly after Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to training some programs again in 2020, if they'll have me!
Happy New Year everyone! This will likely be my last post on the old site, trying to fully migrate to the new app!