January 1, 2010

The End of 2009

Photo of the Day


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.


Tecumseh Trail Marathon
FOLEPI River Trail Classic
Allerton Trail Race
Danville Memorial Day 5K
Rockford Marathon
Twin Cities Twosome
Masters Swimming 500 yd TT
Tri the Illini
Illinois Marathon
Hillsboro Roubaix Cat 4 RR
Land Between the Lakes 23K
Masters Swimming 500 yd TT
Riddle Run
Siberian Express
*personal best for the distance


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.

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January109.34 Mile1010.934 Mile
February55.83 Mile77.97571 Mile
March108.792 Mile1010.8792 Mile
April74.85 Mile89.35625 Mile
May64.5669 Mile97.1741 Mile
June7. Mile17. Mile
August16.3 Mile53.26 Mile
September39.78 Mile75.68286 Mile
October42.52 Mile76.07429 Mile
November112.5 Mile1110.2273 Mile
December41.04 Mile410.26 Mile
Total672.518 Mile798.51289 Mile


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

BikeDistance# RidesAvg per Ride
Bianchi19.4 Mile53.88 Mile
Thundercougarfalconbird65.82 Mile321.94 Mile
Total85.22 Mile810.6525 Mile

January - December 2009

BikeDistance# RidesAvg per Ride
Bianchi611.15 Mile1394.39676 Mile
Big Red12.07 Mile43.0175 Mile
El Fuego75.2 Mile89.4 Mile
Pocket Rocket329.78 Mile447.495 Mile
Thundercougarfalconbird1857.4 Mile4640.3783 Mile
Total2885.6 Mile24111.9734 Mile

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January139.41 Mile226.33682 Mile
February232.35 Mile2310.1022 Mile
March411.9 Mile2615.8423 Mile
April372.18 Mile2713.7844 Mile
May347.83 Mile2414.4929 Mile
June209.21 Mile239.09609 Mile
July206.74 Mile1217.2283 Mile
August275.94 Mile2212.5427 Mile
September287.11 Mile2113.6719 Mile
October219.2 Mile239.53043 Mile
November98.51 Mile109.851 Mile
December85.22 Mile810.6525 Mile
Total2885.6 Mile24111.9734 Mile


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.

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January1.87452 Kilo Meter30.62484 Kilo Meter
February14.9504 Kilo Meter62.49174 Kilo Meter
March19.5224 Kilo Meter72.78892 Kilo Meter
April13.3502 Kilo Meter62.22504 Kilo Meter
May12.7806 Kilo Meter71.82579 Kilo Meter
June17.15 Kilo Meter82.14375 Kilo Meter
July15.55 Kilo Meter62.59167 Kilo Meter
August7.9 Kilo Meter32.63333 Kilo Meter
Total103.078 Kilo Meter462.24083 Kilo Meter



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).

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
February3.75 Mile21.875 Mile
April8.51 Mile42.1275 Mile
May6.7 Mile41.675 Mile
June11. Mile33.66667 Mile
July29.52 Mile102.952 Mile
August35.02 Mile142.50143 Mile
September29.82 Mile122.485 Mile
October19.42 Mile92.15778 Mile
November41.17 Mile123.43083 Mile
December29.65 Mile83.70625 Mile
Total214.56 Mile782.75077 Mile


Skier Rob

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

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January26.67 Mile64.445 Mile
December10.36 Mile25.18 Mile
Total37.03 Mile84.62875 Mile


Urbana welcomes you

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

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
July13.4 Mile43.35 Mile
Total13.4 Mile43.35 Mile


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.


Anonymous said...

It's been a remarkable year in so many ways. Congratulations! Here's to 2010!


Anonymous said...

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

Scott said...

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?