Some folks get nervous about a new year. Not me, I get excited – it is a time to start over and set new goals. With 2010 officially here, and I figure that now is a great time to reflect on 2009 and to lay out my 2010 goals.
I am happy with my 2009 training season. I got back on the horse after more than a full years hiatus following what I call the 2008 Goofy Challenge Debacle (GCD – that should be a blog entry in itself, the short version is a half marathon one day and a full marathon the next with bad nutrition and poor training leads to disaster. I finished, but it wasn’t pretty!) I got over my dislike of running (burn-out that resulted from GCD), got stronger on the bike, and improved my swimming in technique, speed, and confidence.
Hopping back on the horse in May, I had my first tri under my belt in June. That is when my new obsession started. People in my small town think I am a freak because I run in the snow, bike in the rain, and swim across lakes, but at least I am giving them something to talk about.
Accomplishments for 2009:
- Getting back into training, eating a little better
- Pirate Triathlon (sprint – 1st tri!)
- Trek Across Maine (180 mile 3-day bike ride)
- Maine State Triathlon (sprint)
- Lobsterman Triathlon (Olympic)
Step into 2010, and I am happy to say that I still am happily training and improving, with a whole new set of training and race goals ahead of me.
- Avoid injury, train smart, eat smart
- Mid-Winter 10-Mile Classic
- Polar Bear Triathlon (Sprint)
- Sugarloaf Marathon
- Pirate Triathlon (Sprint)
- Lobster Ride (century ride)
- Timberman Triathlon (Half Ironman)
- Lobsterman Triathlon (Olympic Distance)
- MDI Marathon
Yeah, I am biting off a lot here, I know. If you don’t aim high, you are missing out on opportunities you didn’t know you had. I am trying to gear up for Ironman in 2011, and this type of schedule will set me up for it as long as I can stay healthy.
I wish you all a happy, healthy, year filled with happiness, laughter, and good times.