Monday, December 31, 2012

a year in races

This is always one of my favorite recaps to write.  
My year started off by running - and just barely PRing - a four miler on New Year's Eve with an awesome group of girls.  This is still one of my favorite races from 2012.
After that race, I hunkered down for quite a few months into training, emerging untapered and with a still-healing calf in March to match my half marathon PR and cheer the poet onto a big marathon PR.
April brought my first 10 miler - another fake PR run at MAF - my very first swim meet, and the first sprint triathlon I had done since my very first.  I learned that I had completely forgotten how to hurt on the run (and writing this now, I realize that I still haven't remembered).
May was less fun as I kicked it off by puking my way through 70.3 miles.  But later the month brought a confidence-building century and easy-paced open water 5K swim to kick off an awesome training weekend with friends.  I still have no idea how there are zero pictures from that weekend.
June was all about ironman.  I swam, I biked, I ran, and I finished the day happy.
July brought another swim meet and August had me jumping into a sprint, where I finished both on the podium and by qualifying for AG Nationals as I raced alongside the poet, who was completing his first-ever triathlon (welcome to the dark side).  
I was pretty cranky about training the rest of the month, but somehow magically managed to pull a decent day square out of my ass at my September 70.3, PRing each leg for a significant overall PR.
Looking back, I pretty much shut down after that race.  Life stress ramped up in a dozen different ways and training took a backseat to all of it.   I was completely unprepared to jump into a 5K but did so anyway, and then managed to get two legs into another 70.3 before I decided not to barf my way through another half marathon.
I realized that mentally, I was done at that point in the year and spent some time in deep rest.  I ran a 10K watchless and completely for fun with a friend in November, and then alternated getting sick and driving across the country for the rest of the year.
I learned a lot about racing this year, about training and scheduling and balancing it against life.  After ironman I was done.  My season was over, and by forcing myself back into training all I did was make my fall full of crabby training sessions which turned into half-assed attempts at racing.  This year I hope to plan better, race smarter, and realize when it's time to shut things down for a little while.
How were your races in 2012?  What does 2013 look like for you?

14 comments:

  1. I know we all look for ass in your photos, but one of the first things I look for are the Dorothy Cycling Shoes. They mesmerize me every time you post a picture of yourself in them.

    Happy New Year my friend!

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  2. Love all the pics! Happy New Year. Cheers to 2013!!

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  3. I think it was a great year for you overall. And no injuries--yahoo! Good luck in 2013 making good on all that you learned in 2012.

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  4. you became an ironman this year. There is no need to focus on anything else. Ironman was great so you had a great year.

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  5. Truly, it wouldn't be a year without ups and downs and repeated lessons, right? I had a year that sounded surprisingly similar but without as much racing or training :P I did win a race though! And yes, there were more people there than just me :)

    Happy New Year to you! Enjoy your new place and new headspace :)

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  6. Reading your post made me realize I have been following your blog for quite some time! I am so excited for your entire race season-I think it was pretty successful if you ask me.

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  7. Nice recap. I think I too hopped back into it too soon after IM NYC and was just a sleepy mess all through the fall. Hopefully I'll learn better this time around!

    PS. I am ALL for a training bike trip in Boulder!

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  8. So inspiring!! I totally would crap out after the Ironman. Isn't that half the point?? Bet your 2013 will be inspired with your new surroundings!!
    Trying to fit a half-ironman into this year or next, but haven't signed up for one yet! Any faves?

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  9. A great year for you - happy new year!!!

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  10. The Ironman alone makes 2012 awesome for you. The rest was just icing.
    I currently have nothing planned for 2013 but I also currently have several windows open looking into spring half marathons. I may also do a tri again.

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  11. I only did two and they both sucked! I'm done with Spring races now, they're too damn hot for me. I need to find a winter or autumn marathon with no fucking heatwave!

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  12. This post and all your expressions crack me up, have I ever told you how I sometimes stand in the mirror and try to make a good "expression" face the way you can? I'm serious. I just do not have a good face like you do. Also, I'm so happy that after such an insane year for you that it all ended on such a high note. It feels like you are right where you need to be. Cheers to an amazing 2013 doll!

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  13. Awesome recap!! You had a great year with races I can't wait for your 2013 endeavors!

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  14. A fantastic year! All the best – in tris and in CO! – in 2013!

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