Monday, January 6, 2014

Year in Review - 2013

I found it a little depressing reviewing last year's goals/resolutions.  I set the bar fairly high and had a wide range of goals.  I think I learned one really certain thing about myself this year - I can set one big hairy ass goal and achieve it, but I don't tend to do well with lots of smaller goals.  So I think for my year in review post, I'm going to focus on all of the things that I did accomplish. So to look back at a year that was full of some pretty great stuff:

January - Attempted first half marathon.  Being a cheapskate who has what SuperKate calls FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), I tackled a grass-roots trail race at night in the sleet: Shivering Icy Trail Race (SHITR).  I failed to finish in these miserable conditions, but it remains my longest run (or slow miserable trudge) to date: 11.9 miles!

February - Team Virtus helped kick off the month with the SuperCentury on Super Bowl Sunday - though I didn't attempt 100 miles on my bike that day.  I still got in a long workout and it was fun tweeting back and forth throughout the time.

March - Had a great trip to Nebraska to see friends and colleagues at the SWE Region I conference.  I also had another great St. Pat's 5K with my girl.  She really is on the verge of outrunning me!

April - Completed another duathlon, a fun 5K with my daughter and Team Virtus friends, and reminded myself yet again that gravel sucks (and I can't keep up with my strong biker friends).

May - I started the month volunteering at Cedar Cross which was a total blast (even if wicked cold).  The same weekend I completed my first pool triathlon at TriZou (and froze my knees on the 40 degree bike ride).  I also had my worst bike crash to date on Mother's Day weekend after which I dug gravel out of my elbow for a week.

June - June 1st I attempted my first bike century finishing 85 miles when flooded roads and tornado winds the night before precluded the full route.  Ended the month with our first full week family vacation ever - a wonderful time in Branson.

July - I repeated the only race I've done 3 times - Show Me State Games tri.  I was a little disappointed that my time didn't improve more, but finishing is still a pretty big deal for me.

August - Turning 40 had me a little out of sorts, but spending the night before my birthday doing a trail race with Susan (and choosing the shorter route this year!) made it a little better.

September - Had a blast with my entire family at the Epic Mud Run.  I am regularly reminded that my daughter will soon be a better athlete than me and my son may always feel a little about exercise like I do (that it is a bit of a chore).  But fun, mud and family are a great combination!

October - Finally achieved my BHAG of the year with the Ride the Rivers Century checked off my list!  It started cold, but the sun warmed us up and finding someone to ride the final 25 miles with really made the difference in my outlook even as the wind had me wanting to chuck my bike into the Mississippi River.

November - My trip to AZ to visit friends and enjoy the beautiful weather was a much needed recharge of my mental batteries even as I spent each day hiking and sight-seeing.  I came home appreciating my family and my marriage in a whole new way.  Ended the month with a fun Pie Run on Thanksgiving with my sister where I ran an entire 5K without walking!

December - Weather canceled out the Jingle Bell Run in Columbia, but XLMIC helped get me out the door with her JB Hell virtual race (twice due my inability to read dates) while Kiley at Daily Vitamin F got me going on Christmas Eve/Day and New Years Eve/Day with her Holiday Virtual Race series.  And once again, Amanda at Run to the Finish and her Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge kept me moving.  These all played into my final goal of keeping up a workout streak through the end of the year (which is still going btw).  Even when I was getting a sore throat or tired from dealing with Christmas stuff, I managed to squeeze in a couple mile walk or half hour on the bike trainer or something!  Super proud of this!

I kind of got out of the habit of updating my swim, bike, run totals a couple months ago, but have written down enough information to go back and add it all up.  So....drum roll final totals for 2013 are:

Swim = 12.4 miles
Bike = 1360.2 miles
Run (including some walking/hiking miles) = 318.9

Solid numbers with nothing to be ashamed about.  Just not as high as I had hoped either.  Now to contemplate my 2014 goals.


  1. Keeping a streak going over the holidays is no joke. I did a lot, but it was more like playing than working out. And I've had several days off.

    I do better with minimal goals, too. I think I set three last year, and only one was super measurable. I like that wiggle room. :) Also like you, I had way more bike miles than run miles. Good luck figuring out this year's big goal!

  2. You had a great year! Keep that streak up!

  3. DO NOT be ashamed of those stats!!!! Great job girl!!!!!

  4. That is a very solid year in my opinion. Good work!