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2012 races and searching for balance

Monday, December 31, 2012

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In 2011, I lost 40 pounds and discovered a love of running. In 2012 I kept running and added a love of triathlon.

The fitness moments I want to remember:
emoticon January: started teaching at the Y
emoticon February: braved the MN cold and ran outdoors
emoticon March: horrible HM that taught me valuable mental lessons
emoticon April: bought a road bike & started reading about tris
emoticon May: amazing HM experience with hills & rain
emoticon June: Grandma's Marathon, my 1st 26.2 in 4:04:16
emoticon July: Sprint tri, 1st out of the water in my age group
emoticon August: Olympic tri in 2:51, holy buckets! That was hard.
emoticon September: did a real pull-up
emoticon October: TC 10 mile in 81 minutes, 7 minutes faster than last year
emoticon November: started a triathlete ST program
emoticon December: crossed 1,077 running miles for the year

That's a pretty good year of events. What's even better is that I shared so much with people that I love. DH, my dad & sister, new & old friends.

I didn't lose any weight this year. But I did stay safely in a maintenance range. Much more important than the number on the scale (and I do care about that a lot!) is living a healthy, meaningful, balanced life. While that list of monthly events may seem like a lot to some, it's not everything I wanted to do. I cut back on races, I changed from an aggressive tri training plan to a beginners half way through the summer, I stopped teaching regularly at the Y. Now I just sub. I'm still trying to find that balance. And my guess is that it will be a forever developing process.

I know that I am lucky that so much of my social and family life is about fitness. There is no way that I would have accomplished these goals without their support. 2013 will be a year of more racing, more personal challenges, another marathon with DH, and unknown fun!

2013 will not be the year I tackle 70.3 (half Ironman distance). I don't want to dedicate that much time to training. At first I typed "I can't" and then changed it to "I don't want to." There is a big difference. It will not be the year I join the Thurs. night cycle group. My daughter has ballet & tap on Thursdays. And she is ridiculously cute and funny.

It's easy to get caught up in racing and want to do more, more, more. My hope is that 2013 is a year of balance. I will continue to challenge and push myself. But not so much that I burn out or miss too much family time. I'd like to write race recaps well into my 40s and 50s and continue to have this be my way of life.

Happy 2013 Sparkfriends!

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    Happy 2013 to yooouuu!

    balance balance and more balance-I hear ya sista-that is MY motto for the year. balance of everything I want to accomplish and not getting too caught up in the me things....since there are 6 of us in this family:)

    I LOVE your list, you should be proud. I cannot wait to see what the new year brings you.

    Hugs M
    1875 days ago
    Great job!! And your goals are perfect! Keep up the great work!
    1879 days ago
    You are an inspiration to me! Way to go on your 2012 accomplishments. I can't wait to see what you accomplish in 2013!
    1880 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Not only isyour list impressive, i love that you were able to identify something every month. Continue to improve every month. I have no doubt you could half iron *if you wanted*. But you would miss Thurs ballet. We all make sacrifices. Dont throw your happy family memories out in favor of athetics, thats a foolish sacrifice. Balance is awesome.
    1880 days ago
    Wow, you accomplished something significant every month! Great year! Happy New Year.
    1881 days ago
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    Wishing you more fun and accomplishments in 2013
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    1881 days ago
    Best wishes for much balance in your life!!

    Note: Don't just wish for your 40s and 50s, wish for your 60s, 70s, 80s, too. I didn't start running til I was 61. Retirement is a great time for running!! One of my favorite books is Galloway's Running Until You're 100. I just may do it! You can, too.
    1881 days ago
    What a wonderful, positive journey you've been on. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!
    1881 days ago
    Amazing year!!
    Go Girl!! 2013 is awaiting you!!
    1882 days ago
    You had a great year in 2012 that is for sure! I really really like your perspective on some of your goals. I love that you prioritize meaning family is #1 but are able to still push yourself as well. I feel very much the same about going for a full IronMan, I cannot miss the kids soccers games...right?! I wish you a wonderful 2013!!
    1882 days ago
    That is awesome! It sounds like it was a great year for you! I'm in a similar position with my life and my fitness too. Sometimes I think I get so hooked on exercise that I don't put in enough family time. I can stay fit and also find a way to enjoy my children while they are young and need me. It's so easy to get caught up in all this fitness and racing stuff, and at least it's a healthy addiction, but I do think it is a good idea to cut back sometimes and do what you feel is right with your life. Happy New Year!
    1882 days ago
    What an inspirational blog! Loved reading your fitness moments. I am searching for balance in 2013 as well. Cheers!
    1882 days ago
    You both amaze and inspire me! 2013 is going to be emoticon !!
    1882 days ago
    You are amazing and truely an inspiration! Balance is the key in 2013 for me too!
    1882 days ago
    I have no doubt that 2013 will be a year of balance for you (with a few accomplished challenges mixed in!) :) Happy New Year to you & your family!!
    1882 days ago
    wow! your accomplishments are emoticon ! you are right about balance; by it's very nature, it is a process. and it is so easy to get caught up in our commitments that our lives can tilt one way or the other. the journey is all about striving to get the balance right. good luck and have a wonderful 2013!
    1882 days ago
    Awesome job!!!!:-)
    1882 days ago
  • LADYBUG1107
    Congrats on a great 2012. Have a great 2013.
    1882 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/31/2012 10:13:16 AM
    How wonderful that you've accomplished these great athletic feats. Even more wonderful is your insight and willingness to keep things balanced. I hope 2013 brings you everything you're looking for!
    1882 days ago
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