The year started well with a successful completion of a round of the Whole 30. I lost between 15 and 20 lbs depending on the day and when you count my start and end date. However, I’ve since slid back into old habits of stress eating and sugar fixes.
Since February, I’ve:
- Trained for and raced my first trail half marathon (great fun, painful but lovely)
- Completed 2/3 of a 1/2 Ironman (swim and bike) and got 3rd place female relay (yea Mira!!)
- Took first Athena at the General Smallwood event, Oly distance tri, raining nearly the entire time.
- Competed at Eagleman 70.3 and had a PR in the swim (39 min) and bike (2:55) and finished in under 7 hrs.
- Swam more than 2 miles at the Luray Swimfest.
I also reached out to the people with whom I’d like to spend my 50th birthday and got momentum going for our epic adventure to go to surf camp and relax, recreate, and soak up as much beach life as possible. We’re heading to Nosara, Costa Rica in January to celebrate my fifth decade.
Professionally, I’ve taken a few training classes (I’m now Prosci Change Management certified) and launched a major project to wide aclaim. Who knew I’d become so comfortable in an Information Technology setting.
This year, I picked my races by my “firsts”; first race (a previous version of General Smallwood); first Half Ironman (Eagleman 70.3); first trail half marathon (North Face Challenge, great swag). I wanted to challenge myself, see if I could push myself to hit my best times or do better than I had originally. It was a good time to set high goals and push myself to achieve them.