Last year, my race schedule was anything but a schedule. The few races I did were mostly last minute decisions and I bagged quite a few of them last minute. That doesn’t mean this year was without its highlights!
-I was 5th in the swim at the Life is Good Tri!
-My relay team took first place overall at the Belmar Tri!
-I finished the Philadelphia Half-Marathon with little training and was NOT injured!
With everything that 2012 was, I am glad it is over. 2013 has started off quite nicely in the fitness field.
-As a kid, and a teenager, I always wanted to take dance. I never did but in December, at age 31, I began taking ballet classes. I love it! It is an adult class and NO we do NOT wear tu-tu’s! I am also doing Barre Fit and it has been amazing for toning up and getting fit. I see such a difference! I go two or three times a week and it is great. Not only is it whipping me into shape but it is really helping with my core, balance and flexibility as well.
-In addition to the ballet and barre classes, I have been hitting the gym two times a week, no matter what! Between two jobs, that can be difficult, but I know I want to get back to a fitter and healthier me this year. One of the additional motivations to stick to this schedule, is that in March I will be heading to Mexico for a friends wedding and I need to be in bikini shape three months earlier than I am used to!
-I have been base building for my April half-marathon. Short but quality runs, building back up my endurance and getting my legs back into gear! The real training schedule starts this week. I am really looking forward to nicer weather so that I can complete all my runs outside and only have to worry about the gym when I want to swim.
-I am continuing to see my Sports PT every other week or so for ART and Graston. I use the foam roller every night and use a LAX ball for trigger point a few times a week. I thought the foam roller was the enemy but as it turns out, the LAX ball is the devil! It is worth it, though. My very biggest goal of all, is to stay injury free!
-I am done doing triathlon. Yup. Done. You know what…I really gave it a good try; I really wanted to like riding a bike. But I just hate it. I did four years of triathlons. And I enjoyed it and I was good at it. Except the biking. And I don’t even want to be good at it, because I don’t even like it! You know what I do like? Running and swimming. Relay tri’s are still going to very much be a part of my life. And I am determined to find more Splash and Dash races so that I can still compete in both sports I enjoy.
I feel like for the first time in 5 years, I am doing everything right. Looking back, I feel like something was always off. There was never a time where everything was on point. This year is going to be different; at least I am giving it my all to be that way. Sticking to a strict training plan, increasing my core and flexibility, keeping my nutrition plan together and continuing ART and Graston to keep from getting injured.
So what is on the agenda for 2013?
Atlantic City Half-Marathon
Philadelphia Half or Full Marathon (I’ll be deciding this for sure after the RU half.)
I am still looking for a May 10-miler and I know there are a few tri’s I will be swimming for as part of a relay and there is a possible 15k in the fall. And of course some local 5k’s that will be week or day of decisions. I am excited to be training and I am looking forward to racing, but the last thing I want to do is overwhelm myself. I have to constantly remind myself that I am, in essence, starting over. I don’t want to push too hard, or race too much or risk burn out or injury.
How is your 2013 shaping up? Are you doing anything new this year?