** I know this is posting on January 4. I was having too much fun in Tahoe to get this updated earlier… **
Enough about what I didn’t do in 2010. It was a pretty monumental year (they all are, really) and it is fun to marvel at the great life I have and the cool stuff we do. I make it a point every day to be grateful for what I do have and not focus on the lack.
So, as a blogger, here’s my obligatory recap of The Year 2010:
I added a new “sport” in January: yoga. I’m still lukewarm about it, but I can tell a big difference in my flexibility and my ability to shut my head off (most times). I even set a mini goal to be able to get into and maintain a headstand, which I accomplished by September. Core strength is my weakest link and I continue to be reminded how critical it is for everything fun I want to do.
I participated in a swim clinic with the El Dorado Hills Tri Club in February and it changed my triathlon life. Completely unrelated, The 5th Annual Sisters Trip with my mom, her sister, my sister, and sister-in-law-to-be happened mid-month. We traveled to the Russian River Valley and rented a cottage there, drinking copious amounts of wine and pretty much peeing our pants all weekend. I’m not joking about that last part. We brought Depends. We used them.
Training started in earnest in March and continued through April in preparation for Wildflower. We made our last trips to Tahoe and otherwise I settled into a rigorous training schedule, including track workouts to build running speed. Even knowing how effective they are, I hate track workouts and am dreading them already.
May brought with it the first race of the season – Wildflower! It was a fun triathlon and, as always, we had a great time hanging with the Santa Barbara and Kansas City friends at Lake San Antonio. It was my first Olympic distance tri and I learned that I really enjoy that distance.
I spent June preparing for my big race of the season on July 4 – the Half Ironman in Vancouver, BC. We try to travel internationally at least once a year, and this trip counted towards that (although it kind of feels like cheating). The triathlon was a big success and enough selective memory has kicked in that I’m anxious to sign up for another one. I’m even kicking around the idea of Ironman Canada in 2012.
July was pretty epic, all things considered. We took a week-long vacation to/from Canada for my race, then came home and got ready for the Vineman 70.3 that Greg participated in. Barely recovered from that, we packed up our bikes and headed to Iowa to ride RAGBRAI. I stayed in Iowa several extra days hanging out with my family in Okoboji.
The last half of the year was a whirlwind. I participated in an all-women’s triathlon with Caryn in August, then Greg and I did the Oyster Race for the second year in September. In between the two, we installed a synthetic lawn by ourselves. And don’t forget the biggest and worst news of the year — Argus’ cancer diagnosis in October. I did a 9K race in November, followed by a half marathon. I thought that would be my last race of the year, but my mom planned a family scavenger hunt in Lenox over Christmas. My team – The Devious Elves – won!
I went for my last run of the year on December 31 and loaded the data into Garmin Connect because I’m OCD like that. Just for fun, I ran a report for the full year and came up with these stats:
Activity Count: 258
Distance: 4000.7 miles
Time: 354:27:39 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 204,896 feet
Average Speed: 11.3 mph
Average HR: 136 bpm
Calories Burned: 263,998
Pretty impressive! And this doesn’t take into account my swimming workouts… or the days when my Garmin was lost during RAGBRAI… or the number of fear calories burned. It also does not count the number of glasses of wine consumed, which is probably a good thing!
What a year!