1. Run a marathon - my basic goal is just to finish, my "B" goal is to finish under 4:30, and my "A" goal...let's just say that the shorter the time, the happier I'll be. That said, I'll consider it a success if I cross the finish line after running (going) 26.2 miles. Check! Finished the LaCrosse Marathon in 4:53, good enough to check off the "C" goal and leave me excited for another marathon.
2. Participate in an adventure race - I have one planned with my brother and would love to do others. We'll see what the year holds. Check! Check! Check! I did The Deuce, a Team-Virtus non-race, in March; the Berryman Adventure 12-hour (14.75 hour, but who's counting?), and the Castlewood 8-hour. Adventure races are my new favorite thing.
3. Complete a sprint triathlon - I know it was only a virtual one, but the virtual half ironman showed me that I am perfectly capable of finishing a tri. The swimming was the biggest thing getting in my way, and while my swim was slow, I got it done. I have my eye on one in Carlyle. Fail. I did no "official" trialthlons, though I did finish my friend Mike's Private Half-Ironman. Triathlons are NOT my new favorite thing, but I'd still like to try one that I've actually trained for.
4. Ride a century - I'd like to continue doing one of these a year. Haven't even looked to see which one might catch my eye. Fail. The first year since I started riding that I didn't do a century...and this year I could've done it on a road bike instead of hybrid. My longest bike ride was the 56 in the half ironman. I did get to do a lot of bike riding this year, but very few rides that were over 30 miles.
5. Improve my mountain biking skills - this goes hand in hand with #2, which doubles my motivation. It's also completely attainable because (a) "improve" is mighty general, and (b) there's lots of room for improvement. Definitely check! There's a long way to go, but I've also made a lot of progress. My handling and confidence are way better; now I need to work on strength and getting comfortable with speed.
6. Go to the gym/strength workout at least 1x week - Strength training is a huge gap in my exercise agenda I was doing great with this throughout the summer until I fell and hurt my shoulder. Once I was out of the routine I never went back and got re-started. Fail.
7. At least 1/2 hour of yoga 1 x week - See above. I'm about as flexible as a frozen rubber band. Total fail. I think I did part of a yoga DVD once.
8. Continue to set PRs - also very attainable because I intend to keep competing in new distances and therefore set PRs by default. :) That said, I'd like to reduce my 5K time. PRs set in the 5K (took 1:45 off) and the Pere Marquette race (46 minutes faster, though that was largely due to much better race-day conditions).
9. Join a running club - the support and camaraderie would be great. I don't know why this is such a big hurdle for me. I'm a much better "virtual" joiner than real-life one. Check! One of the best moves I made all year was completing this joining goal. I joined Team Revolution (a women's bike group) and the Metro Tri Club, and the friendships and training and fun I've had as a result have made this one of the best years of my life.
10. Make a new recipe at least 2 x month - I cook "real" meals most every night, and one of the biggest stumbling blocks for me is coming up with something new. I have stacks of recipes I've clipped from the newspaper and magazines. I'm going to start pulling one out, making it, and then either getting rid of it or writing it into my cookbook. Fail. Maybe one new recipe. Plus, I bought an acorn squash to try something new and it's now rotting on my counter. Double fail.
11. Start working towards my Master's degree - I've been saying this for 9 years now. I never thought I'd be someone who didn't go back to school, but life gets in the way. I have one less excuse this year because I have a tuition waiver from hosting a student teacher. Incomplete. I was accepted to grad school this fall and will start in January.
12. Keep "Fun Kate" front and center - It's too easy to say no to new things or goofy things. I want to keep and cultivate a spirit of fun and adventure. I've really been conscious of this since it hit me that I only have 2 years left until both my older boys are (hopefully!) away at college. I want them to remember me doing things with them, not just watching them. Check, mostly. I've definitely spent a great deal of time out of my comfort zone this year and wrapped myself in the adventure spirit.
Of course, I have lots of other things I'd like to see happen in 2011...lose weight, get finances in better shape, get organized, etc. I'm sure I'll be seeing those in 2012, 2013, 2014.... Yep.
I definitely overdid it last weekend, and it took me until about Wednesday before I felt like myself again. All I had planned for this weekend was to go to a one-hour orienteering meet, my first solo venture. It was going to be a very relaxing weekend, sleeping in both days, can't remember the last time that happened.
And then something different came up for Sunday.
And then Robin emailed about riding at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
And then Lindsay emailed about running on Saturday.
And you know I have a problem saying no. What to do, what to do?
I ended up skipping the Saturday ride. It sounded like so much fun, except that if the trails weren't frozen enough we'd be riding the roads, and the thought of a road ride in 30 degree weather (especially if I was dressed for the trails) just wasn't that appealing. Meanwhile, I never get to see Lindsay anymore, and the thought of sleeping in since we weren't running until 9...it was pretty sweet. I actually considered meeting Robin's group at 7 and riding until it was time to meet Lindsay at 9, but my boss just yelled at me for overdoing it, and last weekend suggests that maybe she was right.
So we met up at 9 at the local singletrack. It was still chilly enough that there was ice in the puddles.
|Lindsay bravely tested the ice. Since it cracked we decided to avoid running on (in) it.|
|<3 Trails <3|
After spending some time on a sewing project (which you may or may not also hear about tomorrow, especially if you're my friend on Facebook or like SuperKate on Facebook), I went outside to play some football with my boys. Boys vs. girl. I'm sure I don't have to tell you I got creamed.
|I'm about to get tackled.|
|Not quite the Heisman pose|