2015 was a different kind of year for us. We didn't race very much at all (I raced the same amount of times as 2014, and Mike raced even less) and my goals were different than Mike's goals. I trained for two big races that he didn't do (and a third that was used as a training run), which caused some difficulties for me training-wise.
After my 50 miler, we took a break from training for a full week. We still haven't really gotten back into a normal training routine, but we will be soon. We did take time to travel this year and we started hiking, a lot.
I'm not sure what this year means for my goals for next year, though I do know that they will be more "experience" based. I am looking forward to training, traveling and exploring in 2016! Now let's see how 2015 actually went.
Around mile 21 of Stone Cat 50 Miler
- Finish a 50K with a smile on my face. Check! I finished the Pineland Farms 50K and CanLake 50K, both with a smile on my face!
- Run the entire length (out and back) of the Seneca Trail at one time (approximately 27 miles). Check! After my failed attempt earlier in the year, I can proudly say that I ran the entire length of the Seneca Trail on September 26th.
- PR at least one race distance. Check! Though, it is kind of cheating since my new running PRs are all in distances I have never raced before including an 18 miler, 25K, 50K (though I did PR the second time too) and 50 miler.
Finishing up our DoubleMussel weekend
- Race and train with friends as much as possible. Check! Mike and I did train by ourselves a lot this year, but we ran trails, swam, did FIT1 and raced with friends numerous times.
- Swim a total of 110 miles, bike a total of 3,500 miles and run a total of 1,300 miles. Not accomplished. At the time of writing this, I have 57.03 swim miles, 1,420.57 bike miles and 1,116.36 run miles. I am proud of what I accomplished given that we had a less intense racing year, but I think I am going to forego mileage goals next year.
- Race in two new states. Half accomplished. We raced in Alaska in August, but we did not race in a second new state.
- Ride around two more of the Finger Lakes. Half accomplished. We rode around Hemlock Lake in July.
- Complete a half Century ride a month. Not accomplished. This year our training did not include as much cycling.
- Complete one Century ride, for fun. Not accomplished. Our longest rides this year were our two bike legs during our 70.3 triathlons.
- Log swimming, biking and running miles every month. Check! Technically, I did miss swim miles during November. However, every other month had swim, bike and run miles.
- Support Mike and friends at races I'm not participating in at least twice. Check! I supported Mike at the Fly by Night Duathlon and we went to support our friend, Greg, at an Olympic distance triathlon and our friend, Andy, at his Ironman. Additionally, I paced a stranger during his 100K race in August. That was a great experience and I would recommend that everyone do it!
- Place in my age group at least once. Check! I actually thought this was a long shot, but I placed third in my age group at the HITS North Country 70.3 and I placed first in my age group at the SOS Triathlon.
- Finish a 70.3 in under 7 hours. Check! I finished the HITS North Country 70.3 in 6:34:58 and then two weeks later I finished the Musselman 70.3 in 6:15:57.
- Become a Survivor. Check! I loved this race, it was amazing and I hope that we race it again someday!
- Decide on and register for Ironman #2 (for 2016). Check! While in Mont Tremblant supporting our friend, Andy, we registered on-site for Ironman #2. I am excited to start training in March!
- Set a course PR at Keuka Lake Intermediate triathlon. Check! I finished in 2:58:08.
- Volunteer at a race at least once. Check! We volunteered at the inaugural Ontario Summit Trail half marathon and marathon with our friend Greg at an aid station and we volunteered all day at the Rochester Triathlon in August (the day before a trail race).
- Make strength workouts a regular part of our training routine. Check! While we fell off track in the beginning of the year, we have since made FIT1 a regular part of our routine. We go once a week, unless we have a big race, and it is a great addition to our training regimen.
- Remain injury-free. Check! The worst thing that happened to me this year was getting sick the week of (and during) my 50 miler. It took a lot out of me, but I am ready to get back into things again.
Hiking in Alaska!
- See at least one new lighthouse. Check! We saw two new lighthouses in Maine - Doubling Point Lighthouse and Squirrel Point Lighthouse. We also saw the Rockwell Lighthouse in Alaska (which may or may not be considered a real lighthouse depending on your source) and over Thanksgiving weekend we saw three new lighthouses in Rhode Island - Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse, Castle Hill Lighthouse and Beavertail Lighthouse (we could also see a few lighthouses in the distance on the water).
- Go hiking in Alaska. Check! Our trip to Alaska to visit Crystal and Joe was amazing and we got to go hiking with them and their friends numerous times.
- Hike at least one new mountain in Maine. Check! Technically, I already hiked this mountain but never with Mike. We hiked Flying Mountain while in Maine in May.
- Hike at least two of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. Check! We hiked five of the High Peaks - Porter and Cascade in July, Tabletop and Phelps in September and Big Slide in December.
- Do one thing, that's not planned for 2015 yet, that "scares" me. Check! I registered for the Stone Cat 50 miler lottery, was picked and ran the race. Also, I shot a gun (more than one) while in Alaska. That definitely scared me!
- Organize and display our race bibs and medals. Half accomplished. Our bibs are organized and displayed, but our medals are still sitting on a desk in a pile. I am going to order a hanger for them soon.
- Get rid of, donate and/or sell at least 10 items in our house that we no longer use. Check! Mike and I recently cleaned and organized our house. We donated multiple bags of clothing (we actually did this at the beginning of the year and again yesterday), we threw away old items that we no longer need or use (and can't be donated), we shredded old papers that we no longer need, we recycled boxes and bags and I have two huge bags of books to donate. We also sold our Wii and Wii games a few months ago. We still have some items that we can donate, throw away or recycle and we hope to be "done" with these things soon.
- "Unplug" more often. Half accomplished. There were many times we were unplugged, while in the mountains, with friends and family, racing, etc. I blogged less and we were on our phones less (most of the time). However, I think we can do even better at this next year!
Goodbye 2015, you were good to me!
Now that I have gone through this list again, I actually did accomplish a lot this year. We raced, trained, traveled, hiked, volunteered and even recovered and relaxed. Overall, I would say that it was a well-balanced year!