See Ya, 2017. Hello, 2018!

5 01 2018

I always like re-reading my year in review posts, so despite being a few days late, I’m going to share some highlights from my year. I’ve structured this year’s a bit differently than I have in the past- I took a page outta Beth‘s book and modeled mine after hers.

First, some stats on 2017:

Training:

I swam: 168 miles

I biked: 3,031 miles

I ran: 809 miles

(these numbers don’t include indoor trainer miles)

Wow, that’s quite a lot! My bike miles are essentially like riding from Florida to Washington State!

 

Racing:

In 2017, I completed the following races:

  • HITS Olympic triathlon (January)
  • Best Damn Race Half Marathon (February)
  • Clermont Olympic triathlon (March)
  • IM 70.3 Florida (April)
  • IM 70.3 Wisconsin (June)
  • IM 70.3 World Championships (September)
  • IM 70.3 North Carolina (Beach to Battleship) (October)
  • Tampa Bay Times 10K Turkey Trot (November)

Phew. That’s a lot of racing! But, it resulted in a new PR in the 70.3 distance and in doing so, I FINALLY broke 2:00 on the run. I finally learned how to race the 70.3 distance, thanks to trying again and again and again and trusting my coaches. I learned so much from them this season and I can’t wait to see where 2018 takes me and my racing.

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I also was lucky enough to race in the 70.3 World Championships. Hands down, my favorite race I’ve ever done. (IM Cozumel is a very close second though!) Not only did I experience a world-class race, but I also learned to race without putting pressure and expectations on myself that typically end in disappointment. With no pressure, I enjoyed every second of my race and it was amazing. At the same time, it lit a fire under my butt to try and qualify for 2019 in Nice, France. We’ll see if I can make that happen late in 2018 or early in 2019.

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Travel:

I went up to Madison, Wisconsin 8 times in 2017. I also got the pleasure of being in Minnesota for a few days in April, and I was just home in New Jersey for Christmas. I took one international trip to ITALY! Ah, I’m drooling just thinking about all the good food! Bill and I went to Rome, Florence, Pisa and the Cinque Terre.

 

 

 

Life Events

2017 was a big year for Bill and I. We moved from Tampa to St. Petersburg and it has been awesome to live on this side of the bridge. Sorry Tampa, but St. Pete is better:-)

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And, surprise!

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Bill and I eloped in December!

 

No fuss. No pomp and circumstance. Just me, Bill, our friend Domenique and the county clerk. Super simple. (and way cheaper than a “real” wedding).

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So, switching gears a bit…

5 Things I’m looking forward to in 2018:

  1. Ironman Wisconsin. This race is my big race of the year, and I am pumped. Seriously, this finish line. I am super excited to hear Mike Reilly call my name as I cross the line of my second Ironman.
  2. Bad Ass Women’s Retreat – Next month (!!) I’m headed to Austin for the first time, which is exciting all by itself. However, I’m going there for a women’s retreat with some of my favorite female triathlete friends! Several of my TriMarni teammates organized this weekend of awesomeness which is going to include some run, bike, swim, but also some yoga and a cooking class! Heck yes! I am so so excited about this!
  3. Ironman 70.3 Haines City– Funny how a race I told myself I would Never do has ended up on a list of things I’m looking forward to in 2018! This is a TriMarni Team Race and we are going to SHOW UP! There are 20-some of us who are going to be there and it is going to be awesome!
  4. Triathlon CAMP! I plan to attend TWO camps this season, both in Greenville, South Carolina. Bring on riding in the mountains! They are going to be several days of HARD work, but gosh they are SO worth it!
  5. Last but certainly not least, spending time with Bill. As of right now, Bill doesn’t have as much travel scheduled for 2018, which means we’ll get to spend more time together! Hooray! I’m excited to explore all the fantastic things St. Pete has to offer with my new husband:0)
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