Thursday, January 6, 2011

2010 Year in Review!

First of all, Happy New Year!

Thank you all for taking the time to review my blog. This whole blog thing is new to me and while at first I was a little hesitant to pursue it I can say now that I am enjoying adding to it. I am looking forward to future contributions. I am excited to receive any kind of feedback, good or bad.

I would mark 2010 as my return to racing. I ran a 1/2 ironman in May of 2006 and then took an extended break from triathlon. I competed in a race here in there but I really did not compete in a "season." In 2008 I decided to sign up for Ironman Florida 2009. I had to sign up a year in advance since it sells out in a matter of hours. I fully intended 2009 to be my return to racing, however as the season came and went I ended up signing up for just one race, Lake Lure Sprint, as a prep race for Ironman Florida. Not really much of a prep race - one hour of racing does not really prepare you for 10 hours of racing a month later, but it did help me get my feet wet and remind me of how to set up a transition. It was also a great confidence booster as I won the race feeling comfortable on both the bike and the run. While I was incredibly nervous about Florida, Lake Lure really did help me feel ready to race and it worked! Ironman Florida is where I surprisingly qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii! Thanks to the move to Charlotte and a new job I was able to compete in a number of races in 2010 as I spent the year preparing to go to Kona. The season kicked off with a lackluster race, the Huntersville Sprint Triathlon. I was really disappointed with the race despite winning the open division, mostly because I felt like crap during it. It was a pool swim and a time trial start which I usually enjoy but I didn’t find a groove during the swim and subsequently felt "off" the entire race. I then went up to Virginia to race in the Kinetic 1/2 Ironman a month later. It was a fun race for me and my mom. It is a very spectator friendly race course with a three loop run. Each loop started with a short but steep hill for my mom to taunt me on as I struggled up. It was brutal for me and enjoyable for her! I raced in two sprints before I headed out to compete in the SC 1/2 ironman in Greenwood, SC. This was to be my pre prep race for Hawaii. I had always wanted to race in the SC 1/2. I have raced in the international distance triathlon at the same location (usually held in June – The Festival of Flowers Triathlon) and I knew it would be a well run race on a great course under intense conditions. It is a hot and hilly course, a perfect place to test my nutrition plan for Hawaii. Five races down and only one to go! Oddly enough it seemed like Hawaii snuck up on me - as if it was all of a sudden here even though it never left my thoughts. It is hard to imagine years of hoping to qualify for Hawaii, to find yourself qualified, and then lined up at the start with no where to go but forward – IN HAWAII! What an experience! I would not trade it but I would like to do it again . . . oops did I just say that out loud?

Still from NBC's coverage of Ironman World Champions - yeah this is my game face

I have a lot of great things coming for 2011! I can't wait to tell you all about them!