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Jan 03

2011 In Pictures

Totally stealing this idea from Katie (without the gratuitous ass shots of course).

January

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Started off the year with the cold, cold, cold Portland Winter Run.

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Immediately after the Portland Winter Run, we headed off to adopt this little furry bundle of joy.  He has grown a bit since then, but will still sit any lap available whether he fits or not.

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Ended January with an awesome blogger meetup at the Frostbite Marathon relay.

February

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My Christmas present of a new bike finally arrived at the bike shop! Bike porn galore!

Broke my toe. Tripped over the dog and went foot first into a heat register. (Despite getting shit about posting the foot picture back in February, I decided to repost it. Deal with it.)

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I was too stubborn to miss a month of racing despite the broken toe so I hobbled through the Heart and Sole 5k to keep the streak alive.

March

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With the toe finally back to normal, I busted out a near PR 5k at the Irish Jig.

April

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Had an awesome blogger meetup at the Glass City (half) Marathon with Tom, Colleen, MattyO, Heather, and BDD.  We had a great time and I even managed an awesome half marathon PR.

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We had a spring thunderstorm where we learned that the end of the rainbow was actually in our front yard.  Time to start digging for a pot of gold? Gotta pay for this sport somehow.

May

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Ran the Calvin Spring Classic 5k for the first time and ran with Rob and Sheri as well.

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Ran the Tulip Time 10k and 5k respectively.  I would have had a 10k PR except a volunteer routed us the wrong way and we accidentally cut off about .5 miles. 

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Rode 155 miles around the entire county hitting all four corners.  The 145 mile course wasn’t enough so we *purposefully* got lost and added 10 miles onto the course.

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Rode 23 laps around Reeds Lake as my 100 Miles of Nowhere.  Crazy but fun.

June

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Knocked the Grand Rapids Triathlon Half Ironman out of the park with my first sub-5 hour 70.3.

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Celebrated 5 years of home ownership!

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Did my 2nd ever Olympic distance triathlon and despite a suckfest on the run still managed a nice PR.  Too bad it was the last year for the race because it was an awesome event.

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Signed up for my 2nd Ironman race before even finishing the first one.

July

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Celebrated 6 years of wedded bliss!

August

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Actually took a vacation! Of course there was plenty of running, biking, and swimming on said vacation.

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Shocked myself with my first sub-19 minute 5k at the Siren Chase 5k.  I ended up placing 7th overall and 1st in my age group.

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Despite a cancelled swim, I had a great race at Ironman Steelhead 70.3.  Bailey made his spectating debut as well and was a trooper the entire day.

September

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I became an Ironman! Swim Report. Bike Report. Run Report. When is the next one?

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Recovered from aforementioned Ironman with a beer and football recovery program at the Holy Land Notre Dame.

October

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Did the bike leg of the Run, Ride, Row triathlon down in Berrien Springs.  Had a great time racing and hanging out with the Wood’s and Smith’s afterwards.

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Took some time to go on a nice fall color tour on the bike.

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Rocked another Grand Rapids Marathon and scored a PR at the same time. I also signed up as a lifetime entrant so I better keep up this whole running thing.

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Celebrated Bailey’s first birthday. Even if he didn’t want to.

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Bailey ran his first 5k at the appropriately named Bailey’s Doggie Dash.

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Continued to embarrass Bailey by dressing him up for Halloween.
I had absolutely nothing to do with this.

November

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Jennie and I successfully cooked our own Thanksgiving dinner for the first time.  No one got sick and it was delicious!

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Before Thanksgiving Dinner, Jennie, her brother Brad, and I ran the Anti-Turkey Trot.  I won the 10k race! Woohoo! Brad took 4th overall in the 5k and Jennie rocked her first ever 10k!

December

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We made and decorated some kick ass gingerbread houses with Matt and Jenn Smith.

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Bailey helped pick out the perfect Christmas tree.

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I celebrated Christmas with my favorite girl and the best puppy ever.

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  1. BDD

    Congrats on an awesome 2011 and I wish an even better 2012
    BDD recently posted..Happy Holidays

  2. Jeff

    Great pics and wonderful memories!

    Forgot about that 155mi ride — that is crazy!
    Jeff recently posted..Texas Half Marathon Race Report – 3rd Place Overall

  3. Matt Smith

    I think I remember every one of those posts. I even got in several of them!

    Nice work on taking so many pictures. I always appreciate posts that have a ton of them to make things interesting.
    Matt Smith recently posted..Christmas Fun

  4. lindsay

    favorite girl implies there is more than one…

    this was (surprisingly) a fun recap. (i admit at first i was like geeeeeze this is going to a mile long with all these photos, but in the end i liked it). i’m just too lazy to go through pictures to actually do it.

    do people in michigan not hang ferns on their porch? is that just a southern thing? i’m glad you guys have a porch though. i have a thing for porches, even if i never use mine.
    lindsay recently posted..goodbye 2011

  5. Erika

    I loved this! Looks like you had a great year overall and had a ton of fun! Cheers to a great 2012!
    Erika recently posted..Happy Birthday to me!

  6. Carolina John

    But really, what good is a “year in pictures” post WITHOUT any gratuitous ass shots? You’ve got to give the ladies what they come here to see!

    Great year! Going sub-19 and ironman is quite a good feat. Really well done Kevin!
    Carolina John recently posted..New Years Redux

  7. Emily

    I almost stopped reading after “without the ass shots.” Just so you know.

    Seriously, though, congrats on a great year! And Bailey is the cutest.
    Emily recently posted..No, Really, I Will: The Plan For 2012

  8. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    What a great way to review 2011 and the pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing (well everything but the toe)

    I also never saw the 13.1 meetup with BDD being hidden. That is awesome.

    Been a pleasure getting to know you and looking forward to more in 2012 and actually shaking hands in 2013.
    Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race recently posted..Ironman Texas Training – Week #2 VLOG

  9. Morgan

    I love a picture wrap-up, reminds me of all the great things that happened for you over the course of the year. Cheers!
    Morgan recently posted..Eve on the Ave 5k Race Recap

  10. Christina

    I agree – pics make posts awesome. Really need to remember a camera more often. Because I’ve only been following since about mid-summer, it was nice to see the quick recap of the first half of the year. Happy New Year!
    Christina recently posted..MMNW + Just Dancing

  11. adena

    Loved this!!
    adena recently posted..no.matter.what

  12. katie

    yup, you need more ass shots.
    katie recently posted..December recap: this is not a 2011 recap post

  13. James F

    I am really liking these year end review posts full of pictures. I got to get more pictures at races!

    Great year and have a better 2012!
    James F recently posted..Fear The Hat?? Wait, what?

  14. Colleen

    You guys are awesome… love that you take so many pictures. We have to get better about this! :)

  15. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Great post! The pictures were all awesome..you two are too cute!!
    Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) recently posted..New Year – New Focus

  16. Elizabeth

    Stop living in the past. 2011 is sooooooo yesterday. It’s 2012, old man. Time to buy Skyrim…or at least learn what it is. ah j/k j/k. Congrats on a great 2011. You did a lot of great things. Hope 2012 brings more PRs, more pizza, and LOTS more doggy costumes.
    Elizabeth recently posted..And I ran…

  17. mandy

    I so loved this (THIS is what I wanted to do! But I was iPad disabled haha)

    You had an awesome 2011!! 2012 is going to be even better!! I love the baby Bailey picture!!!
    mandy recently posted..Welcome 2012!

  18. Jon

    What a year you had Kevin! Two things I noticed most: Bailey tripled in size, and you lost 1/3 of your size.
    Jon recently posted..Worldless Wednesday: THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!

  19. Kristin @ Lazy Marathoner

    Great pics! Did you know I’m from Berrien Springs?! I can’t believe you did a race there. That’s where I spend Christmas each year. Happy New Year!
    Kristin @ Lazy Marathoner recently posted..New Season, New Goals

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