Friday, December 30, 2011

The Old, The New, The Good, The Bad

It seems it is that time of year again where blog posts talk about 2011 in review or plans for 2012, so why would I not participate? 


The year started off on a great note, having just returned from a mission trip to Africa.  I went straight into training for my first year on Team Trakkers.

I was posting weekly summaries of workouts and putting up some content on my blog. 2011 looked strong!  I got my new ride.

I compiled a list of Trakkers Favorites to workout to: Trakkers Music and reviewed some products:

My training progressed and before I knew it, it was race season!  The Kestrel Airfoil Pro was ready to roll:

The first race of the season ended up with a 1st in AG(due to the first 2 getting top 3 overall) Then it was off to Knoxville… All I can say, is daym!  I was in pretty solid shape and have some work to do!

Knoxville was my first REV3 Race… and I was very impressed with how well things were run.  A+++++ Organization!

I had a disappointing race in New Brighton, but bounced back with an Overall win in Mason City Iowa.  Then the big news…. We found out my wife was expecting! Twins was just the added bonus! 
It never seems to fail that with good comes bad.  July came around and smacked me hard.  Leaving me with a broken collar bone and multiple surgeries to repair.

After the crash… everything went downhill quickly.  A much longer than expected recovery period took its toll on me, and I was mentally crushed. 

The good news, our twin boys were on the way, and growing well.  After a million doctors appointments, the boys were born on November 29, 2011. Both boys were healthy and after two weeks in the NICU, they got to come home and join the family. 


I have a number of goals/resolutions/plans for 2012.  First and foremost is to be the best dad I can to Carter and Caleb.  I love watching them grow every day.  They are truly a blessing in my life and I  could not imagine it any other way. 

I am excited to be ‘back’ on Team REV3 for 2012.  The returning members are what got me through my injuries last year, and looking forward to good things this year. 
My race schedule is far from set in stone, but here are my thoughts for events, peppered with a few local races as well.
  • REV3 Knoxville Olympic – May 6
  • Mason City Triathlon
  • Camp Courageous Triathlon – August 5 – Possibly
  • REV3 Wisconsin Dells Olympic – August 12
  • REV3 Cedar Point Half – September 9
Since 2011 added some pounds, I am also aiming on being back to race weight for Knoxville!  I have my work cut out for me.  But a goal is a goal!  I will post some more specific goals in the coming weeks.
I am very excited to see what else 2012 has in store! Until then… Go Hawks! 


Maggie December 30, 2011 at 7:37 AM  

Your baby boys just made me "awwwww!!" out loud! So cute! Congrats on a good but tough 2011 and here's to an even better 2012! See you at Rev3 Knoxville!

Alisa December 30, 2011 at 8:16 AM  

Your kiddos all of them are adorable, you and your wife are very lucky.

I was injured much of 2011 as well, I'm ready for 2012!

Laura Mount January 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM  

Go Jeff Go!!!! love the photos of the kiddos! :)

Carole Sharpless January 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM  

Okay - I know I should be saying "Jeff is SO CUTE!!", but you know the parents are always trumped and the KIDS reign.

Happy 2012, amigo!

Jansi January 4, 2012 at 10:28 PM  

Loved reading this. Ups and downs. But God carried through. By the way, I forgot to tell you that your boys saved their dad even on their first day itself. That's the day I prepared Indian food for you. :)

Pamela McGowan January 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM  

Congrats on the twins! They are adorable. Nice goals for 2012. I'll see you at Knoxville and CP for sure! Happy training!

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