2011 comes to an end and its bittersweet honestly! This year has been absolutely wonderful. So many great things have happen to me and the people I love, and I am so thankful.
My sister and her boyfriend have moved in together, two of my best friends had babies, two are pregnant (one after a long road of trying to conceive), another great friend got engaged to the man she loves, my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a marathon-long trip to Italy, our dog Parker pulled through a very tough time, my sister adopted a kitty that was very much in need of a mother after losing hers in a terrible tragedy…and I’m certain there are tons of other wonderful things I have forgotten (if you were one of them, I’m sorry!).
As for me, I had an extremely successful first year of coaching, I got promoted at my “real” job, I was fortunate enough to qualify for Team USA in a race that was not my best, I completed my first bike races and fell in love with a new sport, I met lots of new people, some of which will be friends for life, I got a new coach who cares about me like family and would do anything for me, I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a training camp in Tucson, I got to know myself better than I did in 2010 and tried my best to be the best daughter, sister, athlete, friend, coach and role model I can be! I may never succeed at being the best, but I continue to recognize my faults and try to be a better person.
Athletically, this year was great. Training Peaks is a great system for athletes and one of my favorite features of the system is the ability to track your annual mileage and time spent training. I am a “log-nazi” as my athletes can attest, but I do lead by example from that regard. As most people prepare to (or already have) delve into NYE celebrations, I sit here recovering from a 100 mile ride this morning (feeling like I might be coming down with a bug). I didn’t have big plans (somewhat by choice, somewhat because every one of my friends is pregnant!) and I have zero complaints about that. As dorky as it may be, one of my favorite things to do on 12/31 is to total up all my miles and hours of the year spent training. 2011 included:
5,113 miles on my bike in 259 hours (19.7mph average)
1,107 miles running in 149 hours (8:01/pace average).
328,707 yards swam in about 125 hours (187 miles)
55 hours of yoga and strength!
So, I covered 6,407 miles in 588 hours or basically 24.5 full days of training and racing in 2011!!
This compares to last year where I completed:
5,445 miles on my bike in 293 hours
1,333 miles running in 212 hours
371,133 yards swam in about 148 hours (210 miles).
71 hours of yoga and strength
For a total of 6,998 miles in 2010 in 724 hours or 30.2 days of training and racing.
Obvious to see that 2011 included much less volume but a lot more speed (which is all relative). I focused on short course this year, but was still able to maintain pretty solid volume. Next year will likely look a lot like 2011, with perhaps even less volume. Stacey is much lighter on me with respect to volume than I’m used to so I’m already excited to my results of 2012!
All in all, 2011 was a pretty phenomenal year for me and those around me and I truly am so thankful. I well up in tears as I sit and think of it all – and those who know me, know I’m not kidding. I take after my parents – who are both a little sappy 🙂 As I always say, there are certainly things missing in my life that I one day hope to have, but I am enjoying the life I have now and am trying to be as patient as possible in waiting for the next phase of my life to come. Thank you to everyone who made this year fabulous! Onward and upward in 2012! Happy New Year everyone!