Quick StatsTotal races: 20
- Orienteering: 2
- Running: 8
- Biking: 7
- Adventure races: 3
- Volunteering: 4
- Night bike rides: 3
- Times crying during night bike rides: 0
- Races my family watched: 1
- PRs: 4
- Times placed in AG: 3
- DNF: 1
- Pounds lost (from my 10/12 high): 20
Repeat races: Carnage at the Creek AR, Tour de Donut, Broemmelsiek Challenge, Dirty Kanza, Thunder Rolls 24-hr, Cyclocross-Gordon Moore, Perfect 10, Skippo 30K, PMETR
New to me races: SHivering Icy Trail Run, Lightning Strikes adventure camp (volunteering), Ava Brown Memorial 5K, Cedar Cross, Firecracker 10K, Cyclocross-La Vista and Rock Springs, MO Cowbell Half Marathon, Edwardsville Neighbors in Need 5K, Little Woods Ultra
January: The year started with some snowy trail runs, but the story of the inaugural SHITR (Shivering Icy Trail Run) was one of really cold rain rather than the white stuff. 43 like-minded crazy people showed up to run a half marathon on the trails...in the dark. Even though I spent much of the last 4 miles moving at a painful limp rather than running while being pelted by sleet, that race remains one of my favorites for the year.
|Having fun at the MLK ride|
|Team Virtus hits Cleveland and Ray's Indoor Mtb PARK|
The month wrapped up with a trip to Missouri for Bob and Cara's wedding and a very fun day with my teammates.
|A rare group photo that doesn't include spandex and/or dirt|
|Bike parking while we visit an old cemetery|
|Much-needed ropes practice|
|Trekking towards a CP|
|Chuck riding a valley somewhere near Hermann, MO.|
|It doesn't get much more fun than hanging out with this crew.|
|Adam and Travis ford the creek|
|My kids have never thought to write one of these notes, but only because of my stories about how the bad economy has led to tooth fairy cutbacks and excessive workloads.|
June: What do you say about a second straight DNF at Dirty Kanza?
|This pretty much says it all.|
July: I surprised myself by setting a new 10K PR (56:19) in the Firecracker 10K and came in second in my AG (and 9th woman overall) in the Tour de Donut bike race. That AG place is the race finish I'm proudest of for 2013, because it's the only time it wasn't a result of small numbers of competition.
August: I did some running in preparation for October's half marathon and rode bikes with my kids, but the big story of August was the Thunder Rolls 24 hour.
|I had this look on my face in almost every single picture for 24 hours.|
September: Cyclocross, cyclocross, cyclocross. I still pretty much suck at cross, but thanks to the numbers game I managed to finish 3rd in cat 4 and 4th in open during back to back races at Rock Springs Park.
|Don't let the podium picture fool you...that's 4th out of 5, including one DNF|
October: Jacob had a great time at Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at the beginning of the month, and then I raced the next day.
|Pictures like this make me incredibly happy.|
|Goofing around pre-race|
|My time is actually 6 minutes faster than the clock shows due to the wave start.|
|Exploring Busch Wildlife|
December: Can you say coolest month yet? It certainly was as far as temperature is concerned, but the last month of the year was pretty fantastic. The Castlewood 8-Hour with Team Virtus (starting temp: 10*)...
|It was a balmy 21* by the end of the race.|
|One of my favorite running pictures|
|Finally experiencing some orienteering success|
|My longest run of the year, with the added bonus of having my family there for parts of the race.|