Best Race Experience?
It is always so hard to pick a "best" race since there are so many! I guess as far as the "experience" goes, it would have to be the MDI Marathon.
Friends and running!
Finishing my third marathon
I ran the entire marathon with friends by my side, Isaac was with me the entire time and Crystal was with us for almost 21 miles. I had a HUGE PR (by over 29 minutes) and finished under 4 hours and 20 minutes, something I didn't really think I could do.
This was also my hometown race, so that makes the experience even more special for me. If I could re-live this marathon over and over, I would.
Worst Race Experience?
Honestly, not too many bad experiences this year. I was a little bit disappointed in myself at the B.A.A. 10K since I didn't achieve my goal of a 53:xx 10K time. And it was ridiculously hot that day!
But we got to be with our friends, so it wasn't all that bad.
Best run, swim or ride?
I've had so many great training runs, swims and rides this year! I think that any time we worked out with other people was a quality time in my book, and it happened a lot! We met up with people for training rides, open water swims and group runs constantly.
Trail friends, a long training ride and a run with Crystal and Joe!
The one run that does stand out in my mind as a "best" run was the 18 miler that we did in the middle of the week since we were going to be surprising my mom at a Boston Red Sox game that weekend. The pace was killer for a mid-week long run!
Best new piece of gear?
This one is easy, our new tri bikes!
I love my Trek Speed Concept 7.0 and Mike loves his Felt B12, it was definitely a wonderful decision to go the tri bike route!
Best piece of triathlon-ing advice that you received?
I can't really think of anything specific, but lots of people encouraged me and told me that I could continue to train without Mike while he was recovering after his bike accident. Specifically, Crystal, Amber and Mike were there for me when I doubted myself, and was scared to train alone.
After my first solo ride
Most inspirational runner/triathlete?
This year, I am going with Crystal.
Love this lady!
We like bright colors!
Not only has she excelled in running, she is crushing goal after goal. This lady is amazing and I strive to be half as wonderful as she is, in life and in running.
In 2013, I had the honor of running with her multiple times. We met up to run (and tri) six races (our seventh will be this weekend!) Mike and I paced her to her first marathon finish, an experience that I am never going to forget. She went on to crush her marathon PR at the MDI Marathon, and I know that more great things are to come for her!
During the Hyannis Marathon
Ha, post-marathon faces!
I am honored to have Crystal as a friend, and as an inspiration!
Here are just a few, I will recap more when I talk about my 2013 goals.
Becoming a Half Ironman
Placing in my Age Group at the Rochester Tri
FINALLY, getting my sub-2 half marathon!
The worst thing that happened to us in 2013 was Mike's bike accident. I am thankful that I didn't actually see it happen (I rode up to it after he had already crashed), but it was still one of the scariest moments of my life.
The scan of his fractured mandible
In the end, the worst that happened was that Mike has a pretty significant scar under his chin. He was still able to compete at, and finish, our first 70.3 two and a half weeks after the accident. The experience forced me to train alone, as I already talked about, and proved that I am tougher than I think. I still do worry about Mike, especially on the bike, but I know we can get through anything!
Supporting Mike on a training ride after his accident
Surprise of the year:
You can probably guess what I am going to say, falling in love with trail running!
Even though we had gone trail running prior to this year, and even earlier in the year, I didn't truly fall in love with it until after the MDI Marathon. I have been enjoying exploring the trails and running with our #trailsroc friends!
How has your year gone?