2017 has been a year of big accomplishments. The one I'm most proud of can be summarized with a single picture.
Since starting Weight Watchers in May of 2017, I've lost nearly 60 pounds, 20% of my body weight. I'm the lightest I've been in a very long time, and it's looking like I will soon no longer be able to register as a Clydesdale when racing triathlons. Per USAT rules, the Clydesdale division for men is 220 pounds and up and right now I'm sitting at 225.
The next day I finished my second Disney World Marathon, my fourth marathon altogether. My only goal for the race was to have fun and finish. I crossed the finish line in 6:58:29.
April - Star Wars Darkside Half 3:21:37
In August I raced my first tri since 2013. Moving to Florida, buying a new house, and work commitments kept me away from triathlon for 4 years. I knew it was finally time to get back into it and by mid year I was ready to race. I had hoped to race at least another in 2017, but I couldn't find one that worked with my schedule.
August 12 - Central Florida Sprint Tri - 1:26:51
In September, I turned the big 4-0. To celebrate turning 40, we took our first Disney cruse. When the cruise ship stops at Disney's private island, they put on a free 5K, including a free finishers medal. The race starts around 9 am, and it was already very hot. I finished in 29:23 which was my fastest 5K since all the way back in 2013.
September 29 - Castaway Cay 5K - 29:23 (Fastest 5K since 2013)
For Thanksgiving, we headed back to Georgia to see friends and family. I ran the Gobble Wobble Half and broke my 10 year old PR and ended up 3rd in my AG
November 23 - Gobble Wobble Half Marathon 2:09:14
2017 was a busy year with many big accomplishments. I lost 60 pounds, raced my first tri since 2013, and ran my fastest 5K since the same year. I capped 2017 off by breaking that 10 year old half marathon PR I thought I'd never break. I am heading into 2018 with my head held high and I am ready to make 2018 even a bigger year then 2017.
What about you? What was your biggest accomplishment in 2017?