STRONG IN 2018

I’m excited to see how 2018 will finish! I’m ready to embrace all the great things about this year coming my way.

But first….December. The kids are out for just over 4 weeks in December. It’s a very, VERY long time for them to be out anyway – but throw in some Christmas chaos and it makes for a very long break. They have done lots of different things such as… swimming, bowling, 5 days at a trackout/camp, rocket launching, learning new card games, used a new Wii from Santa, made cookies, hiked, and played with their favorite toys…..boxes & recycle stuff from all the gifts. :/  I’ve also been in PT for a rotator cuff injury that I’m hopeful will be better soon so I can get back in the water!! Kinda’ pissed about that. Really miss swimming right now but it’s not forever. And my PT said that it would be totally ready for the season next summer.

So my word for 2018 is STRONG. I was looking at my Garmin data from 2017 and the thing I was the most consistent in tracking was swimming. From Jan 31 through Oct 7 I documented nearly all my pool swims, minus a few here & there. I swam 39 miles based on what I recorded. HOLY CRAP, THAT’S A LOT OF SWIMMING! And then I started seeing other similar posts about swimming 100, 120 miles, etc. which makes my 39 miles pale in comparison. But wait, it’s so true that comparison is the thief of joy. Those other miles are from people training for full Ironman(s), probably with swim experience, and probably with the natural gift of athletic ability. Part of being STRONG is putting that type of nonsense and comparison to the side and focusing on how F cool it is that I swam 39 miles!

So here are the official goals for 2018:

  • Continue to represent Velocity Sportswear for the third year in a row!
  • Possible team tri for Raleigh Half Ironman again (?)
  • June 24th Smile Train Tri
  • September 16 OBX sprint tri
  • October 13 Wilmington HIM with my hubby (swim & run….so that means I’m committing to my first 13.1 mile run!)

To get ready this winter I needed to have a space for the treadmill & bike trainer so I set up a commitment space. No excuses if it’s down the hall! It’s hard to see but on the front/top of the treadmill my youngest made a sign that says “strong”…and The Hulk is pictured below as well. He will be my inspiration while I’m building back up on the trainer this winter. I’m excited for some new endurance challenges this year!

 

 

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2017 wrap up & 2018 plans!

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Gotta’ say I’m proud of myself for accomplishing some great endurance sport goals this year. My first big swim (Raleigh Half Ironman 1.2 mile swim in Jordan Lake, NC)…..my first Olympic distance completed (Outer Banks, NC)…and my first “classic distance” tri as a recovery goal after surgery. All 3 events were open water – 2 ocean, one lake. Here’s a cool recap of pics from the season. Always sporting the #trimafia gear through Velocity Sportswear – their gear is fantastic!

CHECK OUT MY 2017 SEASON PICS HERE!

For whatever reason I’ve been struggling with what my plans for 2018 will be. But for whatever reason the light bulb went on & I think I’m pretty close to figuring it out. I think I have about 6 events I’m planning on again this year. My bigger plan is to hopefully complete a 70.3 Half IM distance event by 2020, but to do that I have to take steps in that direction. Last year’s big 1.2 mile swim was huuuuge for me & felt impossible. In 2018 I’m looking at another big scary thing – a half marathon!

I have decided my word for 2018 is STRONG. I want to focus on strength training through the winter & apply that to my swim strokes, cycling, and stability for running. I’m continuing with my 3rd year as a brand ambassador for Velocity Sportswear – great people, glad to be a part of the family! Always loving their shirts – especially my newest, RAISE THE BAR! Pic taken in the dark at 6am after a  brief workout, of course!

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2018 Tentative Plans:

January 15, Indoor Tri at LifeTime
March – TBA
April – lots of fundraising Walks for work
June 24, Smile Train Triathlon sprint
September, Mud Run with family or friends
September 15, OBX sprint
October 13, Wilmington Half IM as a team (swim & run)

…and maybe another brand ambassador gig. Not sure yet, but I’m looking at one! We’ll see what happens there!

Occoneechee Mountain, NC

It’s not exactly a mountain. Big hill, yes indeed. But it’s close to being a “mountain” for the middle part of NC, and definitely a really beautiful place! The weather was crazy perfect and there was still a lot of color left to see in the leaves.

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After losing Tina and feeling so sad it was nice to have 2 hours of being physical in nature and being in the ground. Little Frank had the best time. =) It was great having him out there and loving life with us.

Check out these pics…

I also started thinking about plans for 2018 and what goals I want to commit to. I want to nail that down soon so I can start thinking about what to do and how to make that happen. Stay tuned for a list of the dragons I’m gonna’ slay next year…

But for now, I can’t believe all of this beauty was only 40 minutes away. The kids thought it was about 7 hours away based on all the whining. : / WE ARE GONNA HAVE FUN DAMMIT!!

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