2013 retrospective…I’m not sure how it actually happened but my 2013 multi-sport season is now in the rear-view mirror. And, when I look back there at what transpired— I’m surprised, a little exhausted and possibly slightly proud of my old self and what my “old” body was able to accomplish.
There was much training, friendship and racing involved this past season including: Trail runs, epic mountain rides, running races and Elephant Rock cycling festival.
Mostly all happy times, with one BIG sad spot that brought tears to an otherwise fantastic season.
This sadness was related to the loss of my #1 cycling buddy and fellow Masters swimmer Randy Herndon. Randy lost his life in a tragic cycling accident in Boulder in mid-August of this year. He died too soon, but died doing something he LOVED. Randy did not live his life on the sidelines; he lived his life 100% engaged. I will fondly remember him for his crooked smile, quick wit, encouragement, kindness and mental toughness. I’ll certainly miss him but he’ll be in my thoughts and bring a smile to my face and heart as I push forward on my multi-sport journey.
The highlights of my season included 7 multi-sport events. WHAT?! Yep, that’s right 7 multi-sport events between June and September! Sounds a little crazy even to a triathlon addict like ME! Was each training and/or race day rainbows and butterflies? Did I start each training session thinking yippee I get to do VO2 Max this swim workout or rejoice the opportunity to do those long fartlek run sessions…heck NO! But, I think I can honestly say that I remained committed to my plan, followed what my coach set forth. I did not miss a workout, I did not skimp, wimp or otherwise cut any corners. I worked hard.
Now, did I accomplish all my goals? NOPE. I’m still a penguin runner, though thankfully no one actually called me that this year. But, I did hit the BIG goals. So here’s the crib note version of the season’s races:
- Boulder Sprint
- Boulder Peak (Olympic) – Qualified for 2013 Hy-Vee 5150 US Championship
- (2) Aquaman – 1 mile swims and 5K run
- Ironman Boulder 70.3 – Qualified for Ironman 70.3 World Championships
- IronGirl Sprint – Qualified for 2014 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships
- Ironman 70.3 World Championships – Won AGE GROUP…just kidding!!!
Yes, sir-ee Ironman 70.3 World Championships…ME and the Who’s Who of triathlon, who’d believe that would ever happen to me, a Sophomore age grouper and penguin runner? World Record set by ME? Baa Haa Haa, NO!!! But, I did feel super fortunate about being there surrounded by the best of the best at the ½ Ironman distance.
So there’s the abbreviated story and I’m sticking to it. Details of races and training to follow.