I approached my goals for 2011 differently than in the past. Ending the year with a pretty severe injury and having to re-take the bar again, I didn't want to set myself up for failure. Instead, I focused on setting small goals throughout the year based on my back recovery and getting my career on track.
I did lay out a few small goals to get the year going and I can proudly announce I accomplished them ALL! That feels SO good to say after the disappoints and failures of 2010.
1. Complete Oakland 1/2 Marathon, Cinderella Challenge, Big Sur Marathon, Wine Country Century and Levi's Ride.
DONE! Due to my never-ending back injury saga I didn't run/ride all these events like I hoped BUT I completed them all and had a blast.
2. Spend more time on my bike.
DONE! I did 5 organized bike events this year - one being another century ride - plus two triathlons. I also hit my goal pace on my bike for my 70.3 - at least 15 mph for 56 miles!
3. Complete a 70.3.
DONE!! Recaps here and here. I am so happy I was finally able to accomplish this goal which had originated in 2009. I can't wait for the next one.
4. Dive into trail running.
DONE! I squeaked this in just in time and completed the Brazen Racing New Years Eve 10k. Race report coming with the Brazen Racing New Years Day 10k. Brazen Racing might just be one of my new favorite race organizations - it was awesome!
5. Pass the Bar.
DONE DONE DONE!!! Despite knowing that for some this was an easy, "pass on the first time no big deal" event, this accomplishment for me still makes me giddy. I even took it one step further and even have an awesome job!! This made my year.
|This picture will NEVER get old!|
1. New PRs
- In 2012, I will be gaining a "3" in front of my age and losing a "2" which means I will be moving into a new age group and hoping to set new PRs in each of the following distances:
- Half Marathon
- As they say, I hope things get better with age. :)
2. Become a stronger cyclist.
- This is a little difficult to measure as organized bike rides are just that, "rides" not "races," but my Garmin distinguishes between "overall time" and "time actually riding the bike" so I am hoping to see faster "time on the bike" times for the distances as the year goes on. I also hope to become a stronger climber. Again, slightly hard to quantify right now in terms of measuring results but I think this will be a good one to incorporate into specific rides as the year goes on.
Bro Bono Work
- First, I cannot stress how much I am enjoying my job. I am extremely lucky to have landed it in this economy and I don't take it for granted for a second. I have an incredible, patient, smart boss and mentor and wonderful co-workers who put up with my incessant questions. Despite some long hours and struggling to find that "work/life" balance (my own time management) I truly enjoy going to work everyday. However, outside of work I would really love to take on some cases pro bono and help give back. I have always felt strongly about public interest work and now I am in a place where I have the time and resources to give back in this way.
While I was in law school I picked up a bunch of new hobbies - sadly, I never had the time to actually cultivate them. FINALLY, I can make them a priority.
1. Re-learn to knit.
2. Learn to use my camera. (I have a beautiful DSLR camera and use the auto setting)
3. Get caught up on all my photo albums. (I am still working on 2009)
4. Limit computer usage (I can get lost online for hours)
Easy enough right? I can't wait to get started! And for a trip down memory lane, here is some of the highlights of 2011.
January and February
I did a lot of studying.
I hobbled through the Oakland 1/2 Marathon but had a blast.
Rode 65 miles in the Cinderella Classic
Headed to Michigan where Kevin was a groomsman in one of our good friends' wedding
Had a great weekend in Carmel running the Big Sur 9 miler
Rode 100 miles in the Wine County Century with my favorite riding partner
Passed the bar (I won't make you look at the picture again)
Celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary whitewater rafting
Got sworn in as an attorney
Rode 71 crazy, cold, wet miles in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride
Rode my bike around 17 mile drive
Started planning my sister's wedding
Did my first Olympic distance triathlon - the California International Triathlon
Took a much needed vacation to Costa Rica
Rode 65 miles in the Tour of Napa
Made it to the summit of Mt. Diablo on my bike (the hardest 10.8 miles of my life)
Finally got to cross the finish line of a 70.3 - Big Kahuna
Started my new job
Hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law and new nephew
Rode my favorite 60 mile ride at Levi's Gran Fondo
|Oh, and met this man|
|and Levi himself|
Was lucky enough to run the Nike Women's Half again
Became a godmother
Took Kevin whale watching for his birthday and got incredibly sea sick
but we saw a great white shark
Enjoyed watching our 49ers have a wonderful season
Became an Aunt and Uncle
Continued our Thanksgiving tradition with a Turkey Trot
Spent a weekend in Lake Tahoe
After 4 years of producing the Nutcracker at my old job, got a treated to the REAL one in SF
Got completely spoiled and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family
and finished the year with a 10k on NYE
Cheers to a wonderful 2012!