I can’t believe we’re already at the end of another year….and what a year! I think it’s safe to say 2014 will go down as one of the most memorable years of my life.
What made 2014 so memorable?
It was a year of firsts; a year of setting aside my fear of failure; a year of giant leaps into the unknown; and definitely a year of pushing my limits.
January – We rang in the New Year in Mexico surrounded by Pablo’s family with the knowledge that our time with friends and family would soon to be limited by this little thing called Ironman training!
February – With base training well underway and the start of our official DC Triathlon Club Ironman Training program just around the corner, I finally made the leap and bought my awesome tri bike, Emma!
March – Ironman Training officially started, which meant that any given day of the week we were either swimming, biking, running, or sleeping!
April – As the training load increased, I increased my blogging to chronicle my adventure. After blogging for a few years on 3 different blogs, I decided to merge them all together and on April 15, Lean Green Island Girl was born!
May – A week before my first half Ironman, I headed to Chicago for a conference and decided to run the Soldier Field 10 Miler. I tried my best to slow down, but the excitement of the race got the best of me and I ended up with a PR!
June – June started with a bang with my first half Ironman, the Raleigh 70.3, which was AWESOME! Not only did it bring me one step closer to my Ironman goal, it also showed me that I was indeed capable of doing anything I set my mind to. While I loved the Ironman, 70.3 is definitely my favorite distance.
That same month I took another giant leap and quite my job, so I could go back to dedicating myself 100% to my own business. I missed the flexibility, creativity and control of being my own boss and had tons of new ideas. A few months later Behavior Basics opened its doors in Virginia.
July – As the peak of Ironman training approached, I took another leap, and joined the DC Triathlon Club’s Board. With my eye on expanding my private practice to include run and triathlon coaching, I was super excited with the opportunity to become the Club’s Director of Training!
August – August was both the best and the worst month of 2014, as it was the month we lost our best friend Kyle. Kyle truly was the best dog anyone could have ever asked for. We still miss him every day and the house is just not the same without him.
Just 2 weeks later, after training all year, we headed to Kentucky with one mission: become an IRONMAN!
September – Not ready to slow down after the Ironman, I decided to captain a team at Ragnar DC, which was a super fun experience that I would highly recommend.
October – I didn’t slow down very much in October either! After raising over $1500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as a member of Team in Training, I tackled the Marine Corps Marathon in late October.
October was also the month I accepted a position as an Assistant Coach for the DC Team In Training Ironman team!
November – Things finally started slowing down in November. I was bummed that I could not run in Curacao’s first marathon because of a hamstring injury, but November was still fun. We spent Thanksgiving with friends and I finally had some time for other activities like reading, cooking, crafting and knitting!
December – While the Ironman feels like it was ages ago (it was really only 4 months ago) and I sometimes struggle to believe I actually did it, I also know it has forever changed me. An Ironman, and the training that goes with it, challenges you, it rewards you, it breaks you down, it builds you up. I don’t think anyone can complete an Ironman and not be changed.
While we’ve decided to make 2015 an Ironman-free year, we will definitely be tackling the 140.6 distance again…maybe in 2016 or 2017. In the meantime we’re sticking to shorter distances, enjoying time with our family and friends and making plans to tackle some other fun adventures.
How was your 2014? Any awesome milestones?