After posting the Best of 2013 last year, I decided it would be fun to look back through 2014 and reminisce my faves 🙂 The idea came from Abby over at Change of Pace who links up with Miss Zippy. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you definitely should!!
Best race experience?
Ironman Wisconsin was definitely my best race experience of 2014. I overcame obstacles, set a swim PR with a time of 1:21:52, an Ironman run PR with a time of 5:15:32, and an overall Ironman race PR with a time of 15:15:56. I met my race goals and had a near perfect day, while having a lot of fun!!
I have ran on the trails near our house many times over the years, but I had never run a trail race until this year. One month after Ironman Wisconsin, the Iron Hippie and I ran a 10 mile trail race in Cedar Falls, Iowa. We had a blast!! I love running in the woods where you have to keep your focus or this will happen…
The best bike of the year was post Ironman Wisconsin. The Iron Hippie and I decided to go ride at McFarland Park through the prairie and wooded areas. While we weren’t racing or completing a hard training ride, it was fun to ride our cross bikes on different terrain than we are use to. Being out in the fresh air surrounded by nature without many people around while on our bikes was AWESOME!!
The best swim of the year was definitely the Okoboji 3.5 mile point to point swim. I immediately set a PR simply by finishing this distance, but it was also a lot of fun to have Dad in a kayak next to me while I swam. I finished the 3.5 miles in a time of 1:49:33 🙂
Best brick workout?
The best brick workout of the year was our last big brick workout on August 16th. We rode 112 miles in just under 7 hours and then ran 9 miles at a 10 min/mile pace (which was our goal pace for race day). It was a near perfect workout and it gave me the confidence that would guide me to a successful race at Ironman Wisconsin.
Best group workout?
The best group workout was our second 100 mile bike ride on July 6. Since it was a holiday weekend, we decided to take advantage of the extra vacation day and get outside to ride. It was fun to have a few additional friends join us for a long day!!
Best new piece of gear?
This is SUPER easy…my new Coeur Sports tri kits!! L.O.V.E. LOVE my Coeur tri kits…no chafing, seamless chamois, perfect fit, fun colors, #stylishspeed…simply AMAZING!! I love them so much, that I have 4 of them…shh, don’t tell the Iron Hippie 😉 I love what Coeur Sports stands for and represents…#heartandcourage. ALL women who SBR (swim, bike, run) and/or do triathlon should wear Coeur Sports apparel…it is da BOMB!!
Best hydration find?
This is another SUPER easy one…Osmo Nutrition!! Because “Women are Not Small Men” there is a product line specifically for women. Osmo Nutrition kept me properly hydrated during my hundreds of hours of training and racing this year. I experienced one of the worst nutrition failures at Ironman Wisconsin 2011 and I am pleased to say that Osmo Nutrition worked perfectly for me and hydration failure was not an option at Ironman Wisconsin 2014!!
Best piece of racing advice you received?
“Just one more” ~Tim Jenks
This quote was with me during many training workouts and on race day as I had to do just one more loop on the bike, or climb Observatory hill just one more time. He will be missed, but never forgotten!
Most inspirational athlete?
She is not known around the world, but this year a former student quickly became the most inspirational athlete to me. Olivia was with her twin brother on a bicycle training ride when he tragically lost his life in June because he was struck by a vehicle. Olivia had the heart and courage to race a few short weeks later in the Junior Elite Triathlon they were training for. She was first out of the water and finished 9th overall (out of 75 participants) qualifying her for the National competition. I am so proud of her!!
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Epic, Fun, Inspirational
Tell me about your 2014 year!!