Once the dust from last Sunday’s race settled, I went through a bit of a period of disappointment. Trying to examine what I could’ve changed, yet trying to still be proud that I did something big. Dallas was my 14th marathon, and even though I didn’t reach my time goal, that’s still kind of a big deal. So I decided to do some reflecting on my year as a whole to help myself move on past the post-race funk.
2016 was a big year for tri-ing new things and facing fears. (See what I did there.)
I conquered my first open water swim. In a group. Of strangers. Very fit triathletes. I didn’t die from embarrassment.
I did my first Olympic triathlon – which coincidentally was the first time I swam a mile.
I rode in my first bike rally. It wasn’t what I thought it would be, but I survived. I also learned not to grip the handlebars too tightly.
I completed my first half Ironman. Now that was a hard day, and I didn’t even know I could do it.
Until I did.
I set a new PR at the Hot Chocolate 15k back in February. And I took a “shot” of M&Ms in that race too. That was a first, and not recommended. At least not at a fast pace.
I also drank a whole lot of chocolate milk this year! 🙂
The triathlon adventures brought renewed passion to my running. I have decided to continue to pursue my running goals while keeping up my fitness in the pool and on the bike. I learned that I can continue to improve in many ways and continue to find new goals to challenge myself.
It’s been a pretty busy year, and I’m looking forward to 2017!