As far as this past year is concerned, I did not quite reach my goals set when I started this blog. But, alas!, such is life. I've learned quite a bit, especially what it means to be an Age Grouper that works a full (+) time job and tries to do relatively well. Challenges are to be overcome.
Zone3Sports will continue to be by club by choice when it comes to swimming, even though the Saturday morning (6:00) swims are quite hard to get used to. I have been improving and thus, will continue. Cycling has always been my strong suite, and maintaining is the main goal for the winter. Euro-Sports boot camp and riding with Lou on weekends will have to do for the short term. I will be picking this up more as the season matures.
I have also registered for the Ottawa Race Weekend half marathon, where it will be interesting to see where
my running fitness will leave me (*hoping for sub 84 minutes). A few other cycling races thrown in the mix should also help in building character and figuring out my level of fitness. Meech Lake Triathlon is probably another race I will do for fun - what an amazing race!
A bet/challenge/common goal set with Trevor is also pushing us towards the Chicago Marathon in October next year. This would be my first marathon. Ever. And if running your first, might as well make it a World Major! I am looking forward to see how this turns out. I am slowly letting go of the idea that my first marathon would be during an Ironman. As much as I'd love to Julie Moss it - first Ironman in Kona AND first marathon in Kona, I don't think this is so realistic nowadays. My dad ran his first marathon is 2:41:14, so the bar is set quite high. I think I have made peace with not beating that on my first attempt, but a sub 3 hour would be very nice! Ouf.
So, there it is, in a nutshell. Writing anymore would only be good to put you to sleep. More to come on individual portions next year - as I am hoping to have a bit more time to blog (among other things) through improving work-life balance quite a bit. I don't know about you, but I'm excited!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!