Anyway, no time like the new year to start anew. :)
Review of 2013 Goals
My main goal for 2013 was to not allow myself to get too caught up in "the next big thing" and allow myself to focus on the task at hand. In the beginning this was very hard and I did find myself planning the next race before I even raced the one I was currently training for. However, when I didn't get into Vineman 70.3 in July I decided to aim for Big Kauhna 70.3 in September. I began training but also just having set a new marathon PR at Big Sur (a hilly course) I wanted to train for another marathon PR on a flat, fast course. I realized that I couldn't focus on speed as much as I hoped if I was also focused on training for a 70.3 (which I also wanted to PR). 2013 was the first year in a long time my back was giving me minimal problems and I wanted to capitalize on that and really focus on running so I swallowed my pride and opted out of Big Kahuna and felt a sense of relief as soon as I did. Thus, I would say by the second half of the year I achieved this goal and have successfully continued to move forward with this mentality.
Review of 2013
2013 exceeded my expectations in so many ways - athletically, personally and professionally. 2014 has a lot to live up to.
First time running in a tutu at the Tinkerbell Half Marathon
New 10k PR to celebrate my birthday
Longest trail run ever at the ITR Lake Chabot 30k
Becoming an ultramathoner at Way Too Cook 50k
After too many years off finally hitting the slopes
Lots of trail runs with friends
A new marathon PR at the Big Sur Marathon
Lots of trail running and exploring
After 3.5 long months getting my bike back with its custom paint job
Riding 72 miles around Lake Tahoe at America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride
Running the 2nd Half of the San Francisco Half Marathon and getting the "Half It All Medal" (running the 1st half and the 2nd half in consecutive years)
First and only triathlon of 2013 (and missing 3rd in my age group by 3 seconds)
5k PR on the 4th of July
Trails in Marin
Our dream vacation to Italy
Hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite
More trails with friends (see a theme?)
The first of many "scenic cycling" adventures - riding across the new span of the Bay Bridge
Napa Valley Ragnar Relay with team "Winos in the Night"
More "scenic cycling" across the Golden Gate Bridge
Cycling the coast at my favorite ride ever - Levi's Gran Fondo
"Scenic Cycling" - Tour of the Sacramento River Delta
Running above the clouds
Berkeley Half Marathon
Annual Turkey Trot Race
Running Leg 4 of the CIM Relay
Enjoying the last 49'er game ever (most likely) at Candlestick Park
And the biggest event in 2013 . . .
Due June 26, 2014
Happy New Year! Here's to an exciting 2014.