Happy Monday! With only 16 days until the new year I wanted to recap my year of running, biking, and swimming. It has been a good one. I have learned a lot as this was my first year of full training and racing. Unfortunately, it ended in injury, but I should have seen it coming since I was go, go, go.
Best race experience?
This is a tough one, since many races were a distance first. But, I would have to go with the Chicago Marathon. Nothing like running through your city for 26.2 miles with family and friends cheering.
My favorite race?
Naperville Esprit de She Sprint Tri hands down. Everything just clicked. I had solid training behind me and pretty sure this was my peak all year. I had a great swim, bike, and run.
Gotta say Big Shoulders 5K Open Water Swim. Most challenging race ever, mentally. So cold and choppy! Amazing experience.
Best bike in a race would be Galena. Wow! I struggled with the steep inclines, but the views were beautiful and I worked hard.
Best bike in training would have to be one of my last rides outside with my Dad in PA. It was a gorgeous day, pretty views, and quality bonding time. There were hills, which made it fun…we don’t get hills ’round here.
Hmm, can we change this to worst run? I have a lot of those….like my half ironman run at Racine when my laces were too tight and feet became numb.
A big breakthrough run for me though was during training for the marathon. I had big doubts that I would be able to run for 17 miles. It seemed so long and daunting. The furthest I ran before that was 13.1, both in races. I did it though and I had to do a one final lap around my neighborhood to get to 17. At this point I knew I was going to finish and chills ran throughout my body…I almost teared up too. Hahah!
Best new piece of gear?
Well, almost all my gear is new! New bike, new wetsuit, new shoes, new helmet. The list could go on.
I love, love, love my Roka wetsuit though. When I put it on I already felt fast and it really is the fastest suit out on the market. It is also a breeze to slip into and does not chafe. Wetsuit love!
Best race venue?
My first OLY…ITU Chicago. A swim next to the city’s skyline and a handful laps around Buckingham fountain.
Best post-race meal?
Burger and sweet potato fries after Ironman 70.3 Racine. I love burgers…
Best piece of running advise you received?
Nothing really stands out. My mantra throughout the season was consistency and patience. Relates to newbie runners and veterans.
Most inspirational triathlete?
Daniela Ryf. Can’t wait to see what she is going to do in the future…only 27!
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
The year of firsts!
How was your 2014?