A lot of people looked back and did a year in review for 2009. I didn’t write one for various reasons, mostly because I was away on vacation and had a hard enough time posting about the things I was doing! 2009 was definitely a year with highs and lows. I managed to set a slew of PRs in all kinds of distances, I raced my first and second Olympic and half Iron distance triathlons, and then I capped my big racing season off with registering for Ironman Canada 2010. I also ran some races that were really hard. The Lake Stevens 70.3 did not go how I anticipated it would go at all and it was a really tough race (Part 1, 2 and 3 of my race report). Kind of a tough way for my “A” race to go, but it happens. It was a good learning experience towards the ultimate goal of Ironman.
I came home from my Lake Stevens/Washington/Ironman Canada trip and my brain needed a break. After racing so much from 2007 onwards with no real break I was starting to feel a little burned out. Once I took a few weeks off I found I was still floundering on motivation. I didn’t have anything concrete on the horizon to train for. For the last couple of years I’ve raced at Disney World in January but this year I decided to skip that event for a lot of different reasons:
- I wanted my vacation time to go somewhere else besides Disney this year!
- I didn’t feel the need to run another marathon before Ironman Canada.
- Training through two winters in a row was tough – missed long runs thanks to snow dumps and longer treadmill runs than I would have ever imagined. Yuck.
I really did miss having that goal to something to train for through the final quarter of the year though. Work kept me occupied, but since I didn’t feel like I had to get out there and get a run done…it didn’t happen.
I’m sure the post race blues will hit me after Ironman, but I’m setting a goal for myself to keep me motivated through the fall. It is time for a rematch my friends! In 2011 I’ll be taking on the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge for the second time! I always knew I wanted to give it another shot after I raced it in 2008 and 2011 seems like the right time. After all, I’ll have some idea of how to run a marathon on tired legs by then, right? And training with my coach Angie will likely make this race a whole other experience! I’m planning to add on the Family 5K that weekend as well to round out the experience to Dopey proportions.
I’m signed up. Who else is in? :)