<img src=”http://s36.photobucket.com/albums/e45/21stCenturyMom/Racing%20Pics/th_2007Composite_sm.jpg” I’ve probably lost all my readers by now while you gave up on me ever posting again. Maybe you thought I decided to hibernate for the winter. It feels a little like I am hibernating but I’m not. I just got blogged out during NaBloPoMo and my life has been a little…how shall we say.. quiet for the last 10 days. I decided that it was time for the year in review.
This was my first real triathlon season. Prior to this year I did the Tri for Real sprint distance triathlon (700 yard swim, 18-ish mile bike, 4 mile run) in 2000 and then again last year. I PR’d last year by 23 minutes and by then had started reading triathlon blogs so that was the race that gave me the bug.
This year I raced 6 triathlons, 3 half marathons, 2 bay swims, 1 5K, 1 12K and one 4 mile run. That is more racing than I have done in my entire life before 2007 combined. So how did it go? You can find the boring old numbers after the jump if you are interested. They don’t really tell the story, though. That part takes words.
The best part about this season is that I had one. I did it. I toed the line time and time again and raced and of that I am proud.
The not so good part about this season is that time and time again I let my self doubt and a lot of low self esteem and internal self deprecating dialog hold me back. I didn’t really train because I figured ‘why bother – you suck any how’. I learned a lot about the depths of my image issues and managed, finally, to realize that toeing the line counts and that just having enough faith to make the effort is laudable so yay me! This is a first.
I also learned that if I put my mind, heart soul and body to this and really try I could be somewhat competitive. That’s how I took 2nd at Bethel Island. I raced. I could at least give the women in my age group vying for middle of the pack slots a run for their entry fee and next year I intend to do just that. I have a lot more ability and drive than I have ever tapped in to so next year my goal is to really train and to race hard – to give myself some credit to succeed and to train to that end. That will be another first.
Right now I have only 2 events locked in for the season – The Sharkfest Swim (currently sold out!) and Vineman 70.3 (about half sold out so if you want to do it get on it!). I also expect to do the Bay to Breakers, hopefully with a bunch of bloggers in Tutus. I am currently awaiting for the Dec 15 Escape from Alcatraz random drawing. I SO hope I get in. If I don’t get in to Alcatraz (and perhaps even if I do) I may very well do Wildflower Short Course again just to transcend my horrible experience from last year. I won’t go down until Saturday, though because that camping was kind of awful. 1 night of that is quite enough, thank-you-very-much. I will also do the Tri for Real because that is my “A” race where it all started.
I want to thank each and every person who has encouraged me and told me I rock and reminded me that just showing up not only counts – it’s HUGE! It has taken me quite some time to get the message but I think I’m there!!
To the extent that I have been hibernating I am going to do it for a few more weeks. I’ve been swimming 3 days a week and I’ve done a bit of running. I’ve gotten on my bike exactly once since SOMA. I did not go for a ride this morning with my favorite person to ride with because it was cold and I just don’t feel like it. I feel sort of bad about that but oh well. I did not do the Bah Humbug 5K last weekend which was a mistake because I could have placed really well and a lot of people from Forward Motion were there and it would have been fun but I’m broke so oh well again. There’s always next year and next year is going to be great!
|4-Feb||Kaiser Half Marathon Run – Half marathon||3693/67||2:23:35|
|15-Apr||Brickyard Run -4 Mile run||32/4||41:34|
|6-May||Wildflower Triathlon – Olympic||1019/25||4:39.54|
|22-May||Bay To Breakers Run – 12k||7838/168||1:22.31||10-Jun||Sharkfest Swim – 1.5 Mile Open Water Swim||161/15||50:17||4-Jul||Run San Ramon Run – 5k run||129/8||29:49||21-Jul||Tri For Fun #2 Triathlon – Sprint||NA/NA||1:25||(it’s for fun! They don’t track times or places||29-Jul||SF 2nd 1/2 Marathon Run – 25k/Half marathon||1496/40||2:28.05||12-Aug||Folsom International Triathlon – Olympic||153/10||3:33:41||(a 66 minute PR over Wildflower – booyah!)||16-Sep||Tri for Real #14 Triathlon – Sprint||117/6||02:06.2||(2 minute PR over last year)||29-Sep||Bethel Island Triathlon – Olympic-ish||39/2||3:10:22||First Ever Podium Spot – Huzzah!!!||30-Sep||TI 2 Y Swim – 1.5 Mile Open Water||156/10||01:11.2||(stretched on wrong side of mats – D’OH!)||21-Oct||Nike Women’s Half Run – 25k/Half marathon||4183/2346||2:29.32||28-Oct||SOMA Quarterman Triathlon – Olympic-ish||512/9||3:52.31||(2 minute PR over last year)|