2013 in Review

I did­n’t post a set or goals for 2013, but I did review my goals for 2012 and I feel pret­ty good about work­ing on some of those goals in 2013, as well.

In fact, I think with regard to my per­son­al health, this past year was a very good year for me. Track­ing my activ­i­ties and food made a big dif­fer­ence. Also, I attend­ed a good form run­ning clin­ic and began work­ing on my run­ning tech­nique to pre­vent injuries. Pos­si­bly as a result, I set a PR this year in the Turkey Trot 5k &emdash; run­ning it in near­ly 25 min­utes (I’m num­ber 61 over­all). Last­ly, I recent­ly com­plet­ed an Iron­man Chal­lenge1 at our gym: swim­ming 2.4 miles, bik­ing 112 miles, and run­ning 26.2 miles over the course of the month (I fin­ished it in 22 days). I’ve also man­aged to eat (a lit­tle) bet­ter and have even recent­ly cut soda out of my reg­u­lar diet.

I cer­tain­ly go a lot more expe­ri­ence this year with XML pro­gram­ming (and pro­gram­ming in gen­er­al, also learn­ing some JavaScript along the way). I’m not expert, but I’ve learned enough to com­fort­ably be able to manip­u­late HTML and XSL:FO out­put at work.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I can’t say that I made much of a great effort into vis­it­ing friends & fam­i­ly, nor in cre­at­ing more2. I cer­tain­ly failed to blog reg­u­lar­ly here or post updates on the kids. Those are all things I’ll have to work on in 2014.

  1. Angela signed us both up, with­out me know­ing. Which was sort of pay­back for sign­ing her up for a marathon all those years ago. []
  2. Unless you count build­ing LEGO kits with my kids because I think I must have done a hun­dred of those. []