25 Dec
Published by ballesterosdm

It's been more than 9 years since I started writing in this blog (a few more if we take into account its predecessor). Since then, I have written an entry at least once a year. It's already December, and I have decided to do a brief summary of 2016 not to break that honourable tradition.

I could say that 2016 has been a year of changes.

After ten years training Karate, in January I decided to stop. I'm quite sure that sooner or later I will start again, but the truth is that since I moved to London it's never been the same, I had never felt as involved as I was in Gijón.

Anyway, since I'm a bit of an itchy feet, in January I also decided to start training with Premier Tri, a triathlon club in Southwest London. When I went to the trial session I realized that that was exactly what I was looking for, a very relaxed atmosphere that made me feel at home from day one. Obviously, I have improved a lot (I have already done a few Olympic distance triathlons, and next year I want to do my first half), but the main reasons why I keep training it's just this good atmosphere and the good moments... let's face it, I don't have a great future in triathlons! :D

Changes, because in May the former landlady told us that she needed the flat, so we had to move houses. Truth is that we didn't move far from where we were and we are still in Battersea. We are in a much better place now, but economically it's been also a considerable difference. After 3 and a half years living here, and given the price of renting, it's time to start thinking of buying a property, but with Brexit just around the corner, it's worth waiting and see what happens.

Another recurring topic in this blog is sailing. Although sailing hasn't been one of my priorities in 2016, earlier this year I passed the Marine Radio Short Range Certificate exam, one of the steps I need to get any of the Yatchmaster certificates. Without a doubt, the experience of the year, was crossing the English Channel in a weekend (in total almost 200 nautical miles). You can have a look at the track in http://www.movescount.com/moves/move99759586 and http://www.movescount.com/moves/move99758255. It was a very good experience, but much harder than I had anticipated, specially the outbound leg, where we had rough weather conditions and choppy sea, I have to admit that, for the first time, I felt seasick... but it was a bit weird, instead of feeling it in the boat (as normal people do), I felt it as soon as we stopped in France (can it be called soresick??). Anyway, I was OK, after a couple of hours of sleep on the way back.

Well, more things have happened this year, as for instance my first Mediterranean Cruise, but this is already too long.

See you next time!


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