Updated: Dec 31, 2019
2015 has been quite a journey for me. I have accomplished so many goals of mine this year. Goals that have been on my list for the past 5 years or so. I have worked so hard to get to this point in my life. I survived a house fire (with my bike in tow), while interning and obtaining my Masters degree, and still was able to continue on with my training to race in over 50 combined races (over 13.1 miles) since 2010 including:
3 Marathons 24 Half Marathons 23 Triathlons/Duathlons:
The year started out with a rough race at the Austin Marathon where I was surprised that I even finished (the mind really is so much stronger than the body). I podiumed or placed in the top 10 at 4 out of the 5 triathlons I did this year. The fifth was the Ironman where all I wanted was to finish, and I did in true TriBarbie fashion. I might have said during the run "one and done", but that was just the crazy talking. This Ironman was the culmination of many years of training and a goal I set for myself when I saw Mirinda Carfrae win her first Ironman World Championship. I thought if she could do it (being short like me) then so can I! It's wonderful to know that forever I will be an Ironman and I think my favorite quote to reference in all of this is the one Sean Astin said at the Ironman World Championship. "For the rest of my life I'll know I did that, and no one can take it away."
It was also a year of realization. I experienced some unfortunate personal stuff that affected me in so many ways, but what it didn’t do, was deter me from my goals. In fact training and racing (as well as therapy) helped me to get through these hard times. If there is one thing I know now, is not to let the past affect you in the present. The past is in the past for a reason, so keep it there! This was a huge awakening for me as someone who has experienced some traumatic experiences, but the best part of going through it was knowing how much endurance training and racing helped me stay happy.
Next year will be interesting and exciting to see where it takes me. I am focusing very much so on improving my strength this offseason by working out every day with Tone It Up (seriously their workouts are tough) while also getting my run streak on this month. For 2016, my goal is to become stronger and more powerful on the bike and that base is built now so I am enjoying working with power and (finally) understanding it better thanks to my Garmin 920XT which has been a fun toy to play with. But in the meantime, I am going to enjoy the holiday season, taking a much-needed vacation, while celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years with my loved ones. That and running in this gorgeous weather we are experiencing.
But in the meantime, thank you for hanging out with me.