On this New Year’s Eve, I can’t help but reflect on how much I’ve grown in 2011 and how awesome the year was. While 2009 was the year of firsts and 2010 was the year of obsessive burnout, 2011 was the year of balance. Here are some of my best, and not so best, moments.
September 2011 – Carpinteria Triathlon Sprint
The Carpinteria Triathlon is my favorite triathlon. Period. It was very fitting that this year was the first year that I swam the entire ocean swim freestyle. No more side stroke and kicking with my legs. This translated to more energy and a much improved run time. While still not a PR, my finish time proved that swimming efficiently has a great impact on the other two sports! Read my race report here.
Camarillo Duathlon – August 2011
The Camarillo Duathlon was the event that I’ve been eying since I set my goal to complete my first triathlon a few years ago. Whether it was cancellations or my travel schedule, I was never able to make it to the event. Feeling the need to reconnect with myself, I got myself down to Camarillo and had a great time. Even though I did the sprint, this event drove home how much I love competing and no matter how busy the schedule gets, I must make time to compete and keep up with my training. Read my race report here.
Santa Barbara Triathlon – August 2011
The home town event was a wake up call. Having come off the Camarillo Duathlon, it was time to get back in the water and finish my first tri of the season. At the Santa Barbara Triathlon, wasn’t prepared for the embarrassment, a product of my lack of training (particularly ocean swims), poor dietary choices, and busy schedule. Seeing the pictures of me with a farmer’s tan wearing a race jersey two sizes too small is highly motivating to get back to my 2009 level of fitness. Read my race report here.
Next Generation Fitness Analytics: TrainingMetrix, LLC
2011 was also the year that I turned my passion for data, analytics, and fitness into a reality. By forming an LLC dedicated to helping athletes of all types leverage workout data with analytics, I found my calling. TrainingMetrix is the product of what I couldn’t find. Over the past few years I had struggled to find an analytic solution that worked for me, so I built one using Excel. I am now in the process of turning this into a marketable Excel template and web app. Check out TrainingMetrix.
2012 and Beyond
I am looking toward 2012 with great inspiration. I see the next year as a blank slate for some pretty awesome things to happen on. From expanding TrainingMetrix to completing my first long course triathlon (yep, I am going long!), to even holding my own duathlon as race director, I am planning to reach high and never look back.
I hope all of my readers can look back on 2011 and come away with some awesome moments. If you have some less than awesome moments you can’t shake, leverage them for the better and look forward.
Happy New Year to all! Let’s make 2012 the best year ever!