Sunday, January 2, 2011

day 1

Hello blog!  I have missed you.  I can't believe my last post was a month ago.  December was rough - busy, stressful and recovering from injuries.  Since CIM was a month ago I won't bore you with the details of the race - it was my first DNF at mile 13.1 - my back and foot could not make it one more step (see previous post for why.)  I was disappointed of course and while 13.1 isn't 26.2 it is better than zero.  I was diagnosed with a bad case tendinitis on the top of my right foot like I expected so I spent December recovering.  In fact I have not worked out since my run at CIM (I am going stir crazy) but tomorrow I will hit the ground running again.  I think I have fully recovered!

2010 was by far one of the most difficult years I have had in a long time.  It tested my patience, my strength and determination.  I took (and failed) the California bar twice, had to leave a job and co-workers I loved, left my house in the hands of renters and met only one of the original fitness goals I set out to accomplish.

I believe it takes years like this to test the true person you really are and I believe I am going into 2011 a stronger person.  It is hard to admit failure but I only hope it will make my successes that much sweeter.

I am approaching 2011 a little differently than years past.  Instead of posting a race schedule or mileage I want to hit I am just going to take it a little at a time and see where the year takes me.  I have a few definite races set in stone - the Oakland 1/2 Marathon on March 27, the Cinderella Challenge on April 2, the Big Sur Marathon on May 1, the Wine Country 200k ride on May 7 and Levi Leipheimer's King Ridge Gran Fondo Century on October 1.  I have a few other things I am tossing around as well but am not quite ready to go commit just yet.  I DO KNOW I will definitely be spending more time on my bike this year, I am going to take a stab at trail running, and I still have my eyes on a 70.3.  My first goal though will be passing the California bar which I will re-take at the end of February - it is getting personal now. :) 

Amongst the disappointments of 2010 it wasn't all bad . . . .

In March I got to relax in Arizona and see the Oakland A's Spring Training. 

In April I got to visit Alisa in Portland for a weekend of shopping, eating and a 1/2 Marathon.

In late April my mental strength was tested at Breakaway . . . 

In early May I got to spend 30+ hours and199 miles as part of team "That's What She Said."  Will never forget running over the Golden Gate Bridge with my girl Katie at 3:30 in the morning!


In late May I got to spend a weekend in Napa Valley for one of my best friend's bachelorette party.

In June I got to run a 5k with one one of my best college girlfriends.

The next day Kevin and I did our first Mud Run.

In early July I got to be a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding.

In late July I got to watch Tara and Alisa kick butt at their 1/2 Ironman!

In August I started training for my first century ride.  Samantha and I had some wild times and I will never forget our "Crazy Badass" ride.

After a year of living apart Kevin and I were finally reunited.

In September I rode 60 Miles for Cancer Research.

In October I raced like crazy - Week 1 was the San Jose 1/2 Marathon

Week 2 - I redeemed my Breakway failure and kicked butt at Levi Leipheimer's King Ridge Gran Fondo

Week 3 - I rode 105.7 miles in Foxy's Fall Century with the best teammates a girl could ask for.

The next day I ran the Nike Women's 1/2 Marathon for a 118.8 mile weekend.

In November I threw Kevin a surprise 30th Birthday party in Lake Tahoe.

We kept our tradition of running a Turkey Trot alive.

 And rung in 2011 in style.

Here's to 2011!
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6 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are ready to make 2011 your year :)

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  2. I can sympathize with some of your 2010 stress and I am so excited you are going into 2011 armored with all you've learned. I know this will be a great year for you!

    So happy that you feel recovered and ready to get back on the bike (or on the road!) and I'm excited to follow your progress.

    Bring it, 2011!

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  3. Happy new year!! I think taking it one day at a time is a great idea and wish you the best in 2011! I hope your injury continues to heal!

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  4. Look at everything you achieved in 2010! Life is always going to hand us some ups and downs but we find a way to make it through.

    Looking forward to some time together in 2011 - we are going to rock it this year.

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  5. I have my eye on the gran fondo too! I definitely want to get out on my bike more and would love to ride with you sometime :)

    Hoping you're feeling recovered and your new year is off to a great start!

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  6. Boo to the bad stuff of 2010, but it looks like you still had an awesome year. Here's to 2011!

    I am excited to see you at Oakland AND Big Sur!! Woot! And it sounds like maybe SFM, too :)

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