So it is time to recap 2012…
Life Throws You Curves…
2012 brought me some big changes…
1) My grandfather passed away. He was my rock, the most influential person in my life. The last few weeks with him were very hard, and saying goodbye to him deeply affected me in a way I didn’t expect. I think of him every day, and miss him so much.
2) I got a new job – still as a forester but in a much diffferent capacity with much less freedom than I am used to having. This completely threw my schedule and life for a loop. I like the job, it was just a big adjustment for me.
2012 was basically a total non-event for me as far as training and racing goes. There isn’t a lot to recap that I am proud of on that front. Let’s see…
1) I DNT (did not train) for Ironman Mont Tremblant and not suprisingly DNF’d.
2) I gained about 15 lbs DNTing and EEIS-ing (eating everything I see)
That pretty much sums up my training/racing for 2012.
Friends & FUN…
What I didn’t do in training, I made up for in meeting with friends, time on the river, and wandering around in the mountains.
1) I met up with SO MANY awesome blog friends at IMMT, I definitely am happy I went and frigged around on the course for part of the race. The best part of that event for me was seeing and meeting Jeff, Annie, Kevin, Jenny, Jon, Beth, Michelle, Peter, Fran, and ADENA!!!!!
3) I actually got on the river a lot this summer - which is awesome. The best trip for me by far was John and I taking my 87 year old grandmother down the river…
4) I can never get enough of wandering around mountain peaks…
I came back from IMMT feeling pretty down.
And just plain old out of shape.
In September, I signed up for the gym. This meant getting up at 4am and driving an hour just to get there.
The surprise (to me) was that I did it.
I begain to feel stronger and just…better. I was feeling like an athlete again.
At some point, I stumbled onto Vinnie Tortorich’s podcast.
I was hooked.
I followed his advice of cutting sugars and grains out of my diet - I tweeted, FB’d and generally stalked him and Anna trying to soak up all the advice they have to give (I was even interviewed on his show!)
I lost over 20 pounds since tuning in and following along. My training for Ironman Lake Placid (only 209 days away) is going strong, and I have never felt better.
What a great way to close the door on an old year and open it on a new one.