Thanks to Abby at Change of Pace for this post’s inspiration!! She recently posted about her year of running with a triathlon twist and gave credit to Miss Zippy. I am posting my year of triathlon, but with a few of my own bonus “bests.”
Best race experience?
I had quite a few PRs this year (including shaving 26:51 off my 70.3 distance time), so one would think it would be hard to pick just one race, but this is actually an easy one for me…
Not only did I have to qualify to compete in this race (by placing 2nd in my age group at the Lake Geode Olympic-distance Triathlon), but I did so by setting a PR (shaving 11:46 off my previous Olympic-distance time). USAT Age Group National Championships was an AMAZING experience…awesome race venue (Milwaukee, WI), friendly and helpful volunteers, fierce competition, perfect racing weather and yet another PR in the books (shaving another 4:37 off my Olympic-distance triathlon time).
In 2013, I raced two marathons, one half marathon and a 5K to bring in the New Year, but my best run wasn’t a race. My best run was with the Iron Hippie and our two black labs. We ran through Carr Woods for a short, late afternoon run this fall…leaves crunching under our feet, perfect temperature, setting sun through the branches of the trees, uneven terrain, quiet surroundings…PERFECT!!
Was without a doubt the Two States Ride with the Iron Hippie back in June…there was little vehicular traffic, we rode a perfect distance (70 miles), the company was great, we got to experience new scenery…this ride was simply wonderful!!
There really isn’t any particular swim that stands out to me as being “the best” this year. This summer I really enjoyed starting my day with a swim in the outdoor 50 meter pool at 6 am.
Best brick workout?
I LOVED (and at moments hated) the 3×60/20 brick that I completed on May 19!! This brick consisted of 3 sets of a 60 minute ride followed by a 20 minute run. Set #1 was completed in zone 2, set #2 was completed in upper zone 2/lower zone 3 and set #3 was completed in mid to upper zone 3. While it was a very CHALLENGING 4 hour workout, it was also very REWARDING!!
Best group workout?
Six friends set out on a leisure century ride around central Iowa on a HOT July 5th day. We started with 6 cyclists, but shortly before mile 40, one cyclist had to head home and go to work. About 5 miles later, another friend met up with us after he got off work, so our numbers were back up to 6. Great time with awesome friends!!
Best new piece of gear?
Best piece of racing advice you received?
I think the best advice I’ve received has come from a variety of sources…Just Believe. When you believe in yourself, anything is possible!!
Most inspirational athlete?
While Chrissie Wellington is not racing IRONMAN any more, she is definitely my most inspirational athlete. Her compassion for sport, love of people, positive attitude, strong will, outstanding character and amazing smile are very motivational and extremely contagious. With every workout that I do, or race that I compete in, Chrissie is at the forefront of my mind with a big smile and the following quote,
“It’s when the discomfort strikes that one realizes a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all.” ~Chrissie Wellington
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
PR (personal record), FUN, STRONG
Tell me about your 2013 year and then link back to Abby’s and Miss Zippy’s posts!!