Thursday, December 27, 2012

How to Top 2012

I have had one of the most outstanding years this year and I'm not sure it is possible to have a year that is even better.  The little things are what I will remember... For instance this year included zip lining, vacationing in DC, kayaking, fishing, karaoke, trips to Chicago, meeting new amazing friends, building relationships with old friends and lots of love!

Sure I was plagued with injury and now I'm spending this final week of 2012 sick but these are not the things I will remember. I should also acknowledge that 2012 has brought loss, tears, mistakes, frustration... but you have to put life into perspective. What is really important? I think the experiences I listed above are what matter.

Of course this blog is about my quest to becoming an athlete and here is what I have to say about that; Athletically not much has happened this year. I did my first Olympic distance triathlon, and had some of the best spectators a person could ask for. I also ran a half marathon and a few other small races but because of a stress fracture and PF that knocked me off my feet (literally) I did not accomplish anything all that grand.

So, you may ask, how am I going to top all the amazing things that have happened to me in 2012? My answer is simply this... I don't know and quite honestly my main goal is to continue living the way I have been living and I'm sure everything else will fall into place.

This wouldn't be a year end post if I didn't at least acknowledge my goals from last year and what I have accomplished.

2012 Revisited

Run Faster: I was accomplishing this until the stress fracture. Now I'm back to my 13 min/miles and loving running again. So, failed but with good results.

Run Chicago Marathon: Had to pull out of training due to very serious PF. I'm back to running now and will attempt Chicago in 2013 (if I remain uninjured).

Olympic Distance Triathlon: Wow, I did accomplish this and 30 minutes faster than anticipated! Never felt more accomplished!!!

Run a mile a day: Well this was just stupid to begin with... 72 days and over 250 miles in I found myself stress fractured. Will never attempt this again!!!

I had a mileage goal but I can't find it. I do know that I did not accomplish it. Need I mention the injury again? Probably not, but here is what I did this year: 698 mile ran, 30 miles walked during my recovery period, Over 1,000 mile biked, over 60 mile swam, Over 20 miles on the elliptical (again recovery workouts). That is over 1,800 miles logged. Not too shabby!

Blog 1 time a week:  I came close to this goal, but I'm going to be more realistic next year.

2013 Plans

Run uninjured and will shoot for 1,000 miles in 2013
Olympic Distance Triathlon
Chicago Marathon
Cap City Half Marathon
Blog twice a month

Sure I have athletic goals and let me be clear, my athleticism is only part of who I am as a person. I will still focus on developing myself as an athlete but more importantly will focus on my relationships, on my growth as a person, on the people I care about and hopefully that will lead to another 2012!

I sincerely thank all of the amazing people who are in my life and have entered my life this past year. It is because of all of you that I can boast about the great experiences this year!!!


  1. I love the way you put this! As I expected, glass half full not half empty from you. I count becoming friends with you as one of my best accomplishments this year! And I am secretly glad you did not get TN. Just sayin'!

  2. Fantastic goals for 2013! I am excited, as always, to follow your journey!