Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Best of 2013!

Well this could almost be the highlight reel couldnt it? Ive been pondering my next blog post for too long so best thing to do is to DIVE IN head first, right?

Being that Thanksgiving flew by as did the entire month of OCT and NOV, here I sit in nearly Mid December thinking " whoa how did this happen? " Work has been so busy and so fun and I promise you that taking an off season opens up so many doors and so much freedom that it almost makes me wonder why everyone doesnt live in the north where the climate pretty much mandates that you cant ride and run and swim outdoors year round. As much as -5 and -25 windchill isnt fun, the sun is the brightest i have ever seen on these days as it bounces off the snow.

So. Back to the best of 2013. I have to say this was a pretty incredible year for me. Training and racing wise mostly, and also personally. I had alot of support in all those areas and you know who you are, but i wasnt sure how i was going to get thru 2013 minus my biggest fan. At the same time I know I am tough as nails, but we all know that sometimes being tough just means you get thru stuff it doesnt mean you actually are happy. There were many ups and maybe a few more downs personally but honestly what came of that in the last few months has been nothing short of a blessing.

Racing? well I could not have asked for a better year. Starting with the fact that i was injury free the entire year and actually got stronger and faster at the ripe young age of 47? I will take it. More reason to believe your PT when she says you need to do strength 3 x week till failure and more reason to believe that doing Ironman year in and year out ( for me at least) isnt a good idea if you actually like to run and ride fast again. Again relative terms.
So here are some fun pics, maybe repeats from earlier but for me it sums up a great year of family, friends, training and making peace with myself:)

Who doesnt love an outdoor pool in January when you visit Florida to drive your parents around? 

COOKIE CABIN!!! Just a short ride up to get to that cookie!
March/early April 2013
Nobody makes it up Lemmon without a bike partner. thanks Liz! 

First race ( du) of the season late may. And man was it hard to muster that smile for  Drew!  The saying " you get faster it gets harder " is true.


First and last half of the year. early June at Liberty:) water had us scared it was so cold but got it done. 
Post Waconia late June, me and my rockstars that made me go faster and nearly break a leg trying to outsprint a 23 yo. 


Short time out for some fun cabin time with sisters and dad and Ruby and nephew:) One bonus of short course is i wasnt tied to wkrouts over 2 hours. I know i will miss that this summer! 






Being pushed so hard by Liv and Cathy at lifetime in july was suerly a highlight. We had waited hours for the rain to let up and felt so lucky we got to race. I couldnt have been happier to win the masters title here as i was always afraid of this course. So the best way to deal with that? Sign up:)


Milwaukee AG nats, my A race in 2013. I must say that was a FUN BIKE RIDE!!! 


finishing on the red carpet was the best! 

I lied, hanging with my pals from all over the US was the best! 

And to top it off to finish top 3 next to these rockstars brought me to tears. Lifetime Maple Grove solidified that i truly love the OLYPMIC distance! 

And for about 4 weeks i became a true runner. Running the TCM 10 miler:) Jen got me thru the entire season and i am forever in awe of her coaching skills. Plus she is a great friend.

So while that montage was heavy on races and me smiling, it really just clicked along for me. I love it hot, we had some races ( one i missed including up there, but yawn i know this is getting long) where it was 45 deg at the start and the water was over 70. Hello July ?? I had so much fun in a season where i purposely said I was going to just mess around, race and stay healthy.

Off season meant staying on the bike as long as i could,  meeting steve and pam and Kj to swim just enough to earn some coffee and also continuing to run into our great lovely fall. The snow has fallen and outdoor runs are tougher but if its above zero and its not too windy I head out. Cant beat that fresh air and the possibility of Vit D being absorbed into the small patches of exposed flesh.

Off season also meant hanging with friends and family, visitors from all over, meeting new people and realizing that life with triathlon is pretty darn nice, but life without all the racing is pretty darn nice too. I am doing an Ironman next July and I am super excited to travel to a place i havent been. To race my heart out and before that train and see where it lands me. But i also for the first time know i wont be doing Ironman forever, so its nice to know that I am privileged to do this, its a gift not my birthright to do this sport and do it well. ITs also fun to think about spending a summer running more, or travelling or just moving for no purpose. But not this summer:) This summer has open water swims written all over it. That is after the ice melts in about 6 months:) LOL.

Thanks for reading and hope you all have a great holiday season.

11 comments:

Jennifer Harrison said...

What a great year for you, Julia! you are an athlete that gets better with age! And, that is impressive.
Merry Christmas and Happy 2014!!

Steve said...

Congrats on staying healthy last year. At our age that is not always easy. :)

Good Luck with everything.

Beth said...

Such an awesome year! I want to always be competing and smiling and healthy just as you are in this sport... :)

cheryl said...

Thats a pretty good year! Here's to a great 2014 too!

thepumpkinsdiary said...

This year has been awesome.. and tough, I know! Next year will be extra special :) Now go enjoy your balmy temps and have some FUN! xoxo

Betsy said...

You are such an incredibly positive person. I'm glad that you had a great year. You deserve it!

The Miller Family said...

Congrats on a great year!!! Looking forward to seeing you in 2014!

erin said...

Stellar year, Julia! I'm so glad our paths crossed at Liberty and Waconia… it's been fun to connect with you :) You are what I aspire to be when racing… graceful, happy and healthy :) Next year's gonna be even better… excited for you! And, for lots of open water swims!

Jumper 2.0 said...

Where's the like button?
Still owe you a hug!

Eclectchick said...

Way to go and happy 2014 to you, Julia! Next year's lookback blog edition will include the Birkie Korte. Yea!

Caroline said...

LOVED this recap - a true illustration of just what a strong, smart, FAST athlete you are - so many reasons why I look up to you! I can't wait to see you at camp!!! MISS YOU!