Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2013 Racing Statistics

I did this last year and it was fun! So here it is again.

Races/Events participated in: 14
Races "raced": 7
DNFs/DNSs: 0!
Volunteered at: 3
Miles raced: ~542


Distances:
10k: 1
Half Marathon: 2
Marathon: 1
Sprint Triathlon: 2
Olympic Triathlon: 1
Half Ironman: 2
200 mile relay: 1
50 mile bike: 1
Metric Century: 3


New to me distance: Marathon


States run in: Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin



Weather:
Hottest Race: Great Illini Challenge  (95 degrees with a heat index of 105 + very little shade and running during the hottest part of the day) also so hot that my phone overheated

But I still got this trophy
Coldest race: f^3 Half Marathon
Windiest Race: toss up between Potosi Brewery Ride and the Udder Century



Longest: Ragnar Relay

$$$:
Races for free: 3!
Race entries I paid for others: 1 for Matt
Total spent: $740.87
Average cost per race ($740/14): $52.92
Average cost per mile ($740/542): $1.37
Cheapest Race: Arlington 500 bike ride ($10) and South Shore Half Marathon ($20 day of)
Most expensive race: Great Illini Challenge ($166.63)

Schwag:
Participation medals: 7
Age Group medals: 1



PRs: 
10k* - 56:56
Half Marathon - 2:00:10
Marathon* - 4:22:23
Sprint Tri - 1:25:10 (the distances all vary but I had faster paces)
Olympic Tri - 3:00:51
Half Ironman - 6:08:29
*indicates new to me distance

Placed in Age Group: 2

Friends:
Races run alone: 5 
Races run with others: 9  (did not necessarily run next to but met up with)
      -Kelly, Kim, Rachel, Erin, Laura, Heather, Lauren, Matt, coworkers at Ragnar, lots of bloggers at Venus de Miles + many others I'm sure I'm forgetting now

At the South Shore Half in Milwaukee

Races run without music: 9
Races run in costume: 0 - must change in 2014!


Best of:
Medal:

Shirt:
Just because the back says "DIG THE BIG PIG GIG"
Picture:

Race Goodies: IronGirl closely followed by Venus de Miles

Race photographer: 

Mascots:
Herky all the way
 Post race beer: 
Cave Ale
Theme: 
Udder Century and the cows
 Most relieved to be done:

Ragnar 3rd leg over
Race Buddy:
I still need a picture of us in our matching trisuits
Notes:
  • I lost one pair of sunglasses due to a bat this year. In addition to the bat I saw 4 weasels, a snake, 2 opossum, many deer, and plenty of other animals this year.
  • I ran with a lot of friends this year for training runs and I loved it.  I need to do this more. 
  • I was very close to a lot of my goals this year including breaking 2 hours in the half marathon and breaking 3 hours in the Olympic triathlon.  I know I can get there but 2014 is going to be focused on the Ironman so I don't know if it will happen this year.
  • I'm still getting faster and I can push myself harder than I think. Mental strength will be important this year!
  • I spent countless dollars on new equipment and clothing.  Next year I should track that. On second thought, maybe that's not a good idea.
  • I participated in 6 more races than in 2012 (14 vs. 8) and only spent about $40 more. I've already spent over $700 for 2014 though. 
  • No injuries this year!







Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A new year

A good chunk of time has passed since I last wrote. Too much time!  A lot has happened, but at the same time, it feels like not much has changed!

Instead of recapping all of 2013 and linking to a bunch of blog posts I just give you the short version:
  • I rode my bike a lot and learned how to crash less *knocks on wood*
  • Met new bloggers and made new friends
  • Raced a lot including lots of great races and a few not-so-good
  • Traveled to San Francisco, Park City and Seattle
  • Signed my life away to Ironman Wisconsin
  • Ate, drank, and enjoyed life
Google created this recap for me



I took all of last week off and spent my time in Iowa celebrating Christmas with my family and friends.  This year I managed to attend 7 different parties! I think I needed the whole week to recover. 

The temperature took quite a swing mid-week too. On Monday, Matt and I went skiing in the 3 below zero weather.  I forgot my goggles and instead tried to wear my sunglasses.  


Frozen solid on the inside. On Tuesday it was so cold my eyelashes froze while I was walking with my mom. 

Later on in the week we got a heat wave! My family went snowshoeing at Swiss Valley Park near Dubuque. My coat had to come off because I was getting so sweaty. 



The hills made it a good workout.  The funny part is when my brother almost slipped down the bank into the creek.  

All the sunshine and heat made the snow all melty and we built some epic snowmen with the neighbor boys. 





















Which Trenton tried to destroy with a mallet. 


Going back to work on Monday wasn't easy.  Good thing I had today off so I can ease back into working a full week. 

Here's to 2014! And more blogging in 2014! 

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