Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Year end Ramblings of a bike riding, gimped up, Norseman

Well 2008 is drawing to a close. What, if anything, can I remember about 2008? Maybe if I go month by month, I can come up with something.

January - Great month. My daughter was born on the 8th. After 8 years of trying to have a baby through various medical procedures and failed adoptions, we finally experienced the miracle of life. The greatest day of my life. I'll never forget the feeling. Less than a week later, my wife has emergency surgery because of complications with the birth. Things didn't look good for a while. One of the worst days of my life. I'll never forget the feeling.

February - Snow, snow and more snow. One of the snowiest winters in recent memory. Man did my shoulders hurt.

March - Bought my wife her Trek WSD 3500. Rode it home in the snow.

April - First ride of the season with Jonny K and Plopper. 40 degree temps. 25 MPH winds. Let Jonny K introduce me to the world of blogging (thanks Jonny).

May - Kind of a blur. Watched allot of Brewer baseball. My wife had her 1st (and may I add long awaited and well deserved Mother's Day).

June - Had my 1st Father's Day. Went to a reenactment of an 1860's baseball game. Now that was cool (going again this year). Horrible flooding! I literally saw people going past my house in canoes. FDLWI was declared a disaster area. Only by the grace of God did I not have ANY flood damage. All my neighbors did.

July - Again, kind of a blur.

August - Jonny K talks me into doing the Earth Ride in September. I start actually training to do the 25 mile ride. I love it. Start jogging in the mornings too. Really started to get into this blogging thing.

September - Do the Earth Ride with energy left over. See the Big Cat for the first time in years and am glad to see someone else I know with a passion for riding.

October - Ride the Wisconsin Offroad Series Wigwam MTB Challenge. First race I've ever done. realize I need work. Decide to do a bike build.

November - continued with training rides until the snow fell.

December - one word...ankle.

So what kind of fun are we going to have next year?

I want to ride more. My goal is 650 actual miles on a real bike (not including stationary and cross training). I want to do more charity rides. I want to do more MTB races and endurance challenges. I need to become more physically fit.

I want to read more and watch T.V. less (except for baseball - although I can listen to that on the radio).

I want to simplify my life and appreciate what I have more.

I want to continue blogging with all of my readers and I hope to continue to build this "Trail Dog Network" as I think of it. This blogging can be a pretty cool thing.

Had enough rambling? Okay. Happy New Year to everyone! May it bring you peace, joy, health, prosperity, and great trail conditions.




NorthWoodsGuy said...

Great post. You had quite the eventful year. And congratulations to the birth of your daughter!! It is truly a miracle.

One word on the ultra-sound pic - Ouch!

Looking forward to next years posts!

Happy New Year!!

Craigers said...

Thanks Northwoodsguy. The pic looks worse than it feels

Jonny K said...

Happy New Year to you and yours.

We're all very happy for the two of you that God saw to it to bless you with your daughter.

I hope to do some rides with you in '09.

Craigers said...

Thanks JK, same to you and your family. You'd better get on that bike of yours in '09. Just remember how great it was riding through the country side for Earth Ride last year. That'll help get you out and about.

Anonymous said...

So when does the book come out, I have enjoyed reading about and sharing with the "Trail Dog" the past 6 months of the year and look forward not only to reading about your adventures but hopefully adding to your riding adventures in 2009.
1.It was great to see you again during the Earth Ride.
2. I was excited to hear that your wife and yourself were able to experience the miracle that is your daughter.
3. I am glad to hear that you are all doing well.
4. I look forward to riding with you and your wife in 2009.
5.I look forward to sharing with not only you but the rest of the bloggers about our adventures.
6. I am glad that you survived 2008 and can learn from what has happened.

May you and your family have a blessed and safe New Year and remember "Happy Trails, Safe Biking and Get Bent"

Craigers said...

A book BC? That would certainly be an interesting fork in the road. I don't have any formal literary training however and I'm afraid it would end up being 200 pages of one run on sentence. I gotta ask about the whole get bent thing. Me being a scuba diver as well, getting bent is something that you DON'T want to do. Maybe for a future post I'll bring out some of my old underwater pictures from my last excursion if you guys are interested.

Anonymous said...

Nothing to do with diving I would sink like the "Titanic" has something to do with the mode of transport I guess?