Sunday, January 1, 2012

Farewell 2011/Welcome 2012

Wow!  What a year 2011 was - a complete 180 from 2010.  I sure hope this good fortune continues into 2012.

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.

2011 Goals

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!
Without further adieu, here are my goals for 2012:

Athletic Goals
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:
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • 70.3
  • 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.
3. Continue exploring trail running.

Professional Goals
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. 
Personal Goals
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!
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  1. What a great year for you!! So happy to share in some of those experiences with you - Hello McDreamy!

    Here's to 2012 and new goals with accomplishments!

  2. Hi, Kristen.

    I just came across your Blog because I was searching for a 'good quotes' collection from the movie, "Hood to Coast". Although I haven't yet found what I originally set out to find, I discovered your Blog, scrolled through your list of completed goals through 2011--Congratulations!--and found this to be a joy and a treasure. All your pictures, captions, and comments were inspiring enough to rival the quotes I was seeking. You've done a marvelous job here. I hope your journey continues to be as full and that you will share the rest of it here, as well. It was truly inspiring. I expect I'll share it with some of my training buddies on FB.

    Have a wonderful rest of the year!


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