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 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 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!