Goodbye, 2017.

So, it’s been a great year.  It may seem weird to say that considering some crappy things happened…but overall, can’t complain! Especially when it comes to racing!

For my races this year, I did 3 bike races, 1 10k, 1 5k, 2 half marathons, 2 road relays, 2 sprint triathlons, a 10 mile trail race, a marathon JUST FOR ME and a half ironman distance triathlon.  I also was the race director for the Great Gator 5k with over 400 participants, and coached for the Sports Backer’s half marathon training team for the Markel Richmond Half Marathon.  WHEW.

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I walk away from the year with a 10k PR of over 2 minutes (1’00’07), a 5k PR of 4 seconds (28’24), a Pink Power Sprint Triathlon PR of just under 6 minutes (1’27’19) and bar-setting PRs for the Robious Sprint Triathlon (1’57’43), the marathon distance (5 hrs 25 min), and the half iron distance (7 hrs 45 min).  I plan on going after PRs in all those distances (except the half iron) in 2018.  My biggest goal being the Pink Power PR (hoping to shave 10 minutes off).

I had a few really rough races…most notably the one I never started- the Shamrock Marathon, haha!  But, seriously. I struggled through the 10 mile trail race and both half marathons I ran this year.  Didn’t even come close to a half marathon PR in either race this year.  The half iron was also very grueling due to my knee.  But, it’s okay. You can’t win them all, right?

The year isn’t over yet, but I’ve run 750 miles, biked 640 miles, and swam about 33 miles. I’ve experienced a TON of burnout and while I was hoping to do a total of 2017 miles, I’ll miss my mark by about 500 miles by the time the year is out. And I’m okay with that. I’ve asked a lot of my body, and mentally, a lot of times, I wasn’t ready to keep training.  I’m hoping in 2018 with the drop back to the shorter mile races that I might reclaim more totally consistent training since I won’t go from one gruelingly long event to the next.

Big things I’ve learned:

  1. Don’t start over next week, just do each day as if it were its own.  
    • It’s so easy to “scrap” a week (even mentally) because you missed a workout, or ate horribly or anything like that. But, it doesn’t have to be a waste.  You have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, forgive and forge forward.  I’m not perfect and never will be, so following my training schedule to the crossed T may never happen, but I can do my best and not fold when I miss a day or can’t finish a workout.  Tomorrow is a fresh start.
  2. Always run for fun.
    • The races I go into with a great headspace, thinking I’m going to have such a fun race,  are the races I come out with a triumphant finish.  The ones I go into with worry and clouded by expectations are always the ones that end up with me caving to the mental pressure.
  3. Doing the same thing over and over again will never yield different results.
    • I’ve spent so much of my time being in my comfort zone…running only until it started to feel uncomfortable…and I can’t expect anything but what I have from that.  I’m not going to improve if I don’t start chasing my goals seriously….and maybe chasing some fast people would help a bit too.

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I’ll finish out the year with the start of “5k Palooza”. I’ll swim a 5k and then bike a 5k on New Years Eve day and then run a 5k to start out the new year Jan 1.  Like a year-straddling triathlon!

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