This year, I’m feeling a tad lazy. Looking at every month individually seems daunting and overwhelming.
What can I say… the year had many ups and downs, there were highlights and there were lowlights, but overall, I think there were probably more highs than lows.
From a racing perspective, I started the year with a bang, cracking off some new PBs at the 5k and 10k distance and feeling really pumped and strong about how things were going to play out. When the actual triathlon season hit, I never really felt like I lived up to my potential and struggled with really pushing myself to the edge. I’m not sure if it was a fear of “the pain” or just a bit of burn out leaving me without the real desire to push myself, but I’m pretty sure it was more mental than physical.
Anyway, that rambling aside, rather than recapping everything, I’ve decided to look back at at least one good thing from each month. So without further ado, here goes…
I finished my yoga teacher training and really started looking ahead to IMC and New Zealand. The “build” was officially underway!
My cousin Cam started off his year of butt-kicking goodness and I predicted we’d see him in London. For the record, I was right.
I set a new PB at the Bazan Bay 5km and enjoyed every minute of it!
I went to Boston with my family to cheer on Kirsten at the scorching hot Boston Marathon. It was awesome. Also, when we got home I managed to set a new 10km PB! That felt pretty good.
Shane and I got really honest with each other and figured out how much fun training for an Ironman can be with your spouse when you don’t make it a competition. Oh, and May 16 came and went once again.
June was pretty great as a whole. Just go back and read all the posts from the month. I dare you.
Oh, also, one thing that has kept me entertained since June is the fact that my post where I told the internet about my ginormous bladder and why I don't generally pee in my wetsuit has apparently led quite a few people to my blog. The following are just a few of the searches that have shown up on my blog ‘stats’ recently:
- how to pee in a wetsuit
- little amnesia pool with legs sticking
(I have no idea what the eff this one means, but it cracked me up. Hopefully the person found what they were looking for).
- pee in wetsuit
- peeing in wet suit
- pissing in my suit
- wetsuit tickle
- bladder triathlon pee
I had one of my best 160km bike rides ever… and reminded myself how much the Poopie List can truly make me smile and laugh.
Recent Bowerman Award Winner (!!), Cam Levins (another hot search term) went to the Olympics. So Soo Sooo exciting!
Oh, and of course, that little thing called Ironman Canada came and went. Since we are only focusing on the positive, let me remind you how awesome my swim and bike were. Really awesome.
I took a bit of time post-IM to relax, enjoy some time with friends, and then attempt to switch focus to short-course racing.
October & November
New Zealand, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND.
Yeah, it was freakin’ awesome!
I got my eyes lasered (I can see! Great Success!!), didn’t swim once, barely rode my bike, hardly blogged, and well, I really embraced rule #3 in this article.
This sloth-like existence also helped bring me to the realization that I was perhaps a bit burned-out and in need of a good break from the structure and the pressures we weekend-warriors tend put on ourselves as athletes (or is that just me??).
I also spent my first Christmas away from my parents, instead celebrating with Shane’s Dad and step-Mom in Penticton. It was the first time being back in Penticton since August and it brought about the harsh realization that perhaps I still am not fully over my screw-ups at IMC this year – but that I really should be.
So, here’s to moving forward while still enjoying memories of the past (but not dwelling on them).
Here’s to 2013. A year I expect will be full of exciting new challenges and adventures.
Oh, and did I mention? I gave Shane the best present ever this year.
|Rusty is a Boxer. |
Rusty as a Boxer.
(Artwork by the fabulous Cat Parker)