It’s pretty hard to believe that another year has come and gone. It seems like the older I get, the faster the days fly by. Even so, I managed to fit a lot into that seemingly short period of time. I didn’t set any specific goals for the year (other than to survive, maybe), but if I had I’d probably be feeling pretty good about my progress. Here’s a look back at some of the things I accomplished in 2011:
I started this little blog.
I met a lot of people who changed my life for the better.
I completed my first Ironman.
I ran my first Boston Marathon and PR’d the crap out of the distance after being injured.
I exceeded my race goals over and over and over — and surprised myself with each performance.
I enjoyed the view from the podium. A lot.
I ran at least 850 miles, biked at least 3,550 and swam an undetermined number of meters (probably a lot). I say “at least” because that’s only what my Garmin registered.
I got over my fear of being clipped in, worked my ass off, and made the bike leg my strongest.
I rode 200+ miles in one day and survived just fine.
I climbed a lot of hills.
I joined a running group that I’m amped to train with.
I finally found my shoes.
I learned that you don’t wear underwear with bike shorts. Or with any workout clothes, really. Now I spend less time wearing underwear and do way fewer loads of laundry.
I discovered the wonders of the ice bath, post-run chocolate milk, and fueling for long training sessions.
I wrote detailed race plans — and actually executed them.
I experimented with a gluten-free diet.
I tried all kinds of new cross-training activities.
I found my mantra.
I finally reached a body shape and size that I’m happy with, and I learned to appreciate how my body performs. Oh, and to love my [substantial] ass for what it is.
I ended a rough relationship, left a job I didn’t love for a new one that I do, and moved into my own studio apartment. I’m a big girl now.
I was happy. Really and truly happy.
I developed into a strong athlete and a more confident person who still has a lot left to achieve — starting right now.