I haven't had much time to reflect on the year yet.
It made for an awkward New Years Eve as I really didn't feel like a year had gone by. I am not sure what causes us to use January 1st as some deadline for reflection and resolutions but it seems to be ingrained.
Overall I am really happy with my progress this year. I obviously stepped it up quite a notch with race mileage in both the tris and running but was able to get in a few faster races too.
Major highlights from the year were obviously competing in my first half ironman, trail marathon, 50k, and 50 mile races. As a bonus I managed to PR a half marathon and ran two BQ marathons.
I met a ton of people locally and via blogland who I am truly grateful for. Doing all of these events is so much more meaningful when you are competing alongside friends.
I keep striving to find a balance between family, work, and training, oh and doing other things I enjoy like blogging, reading, and partying. I haven't got it down yet but I am getting there.
1 half ironman
3 half marathons
1 10 miler
1 sprint tri
1 marathon relay
Best Race of 06
Probably a tie between Boston and River Run
3:31 at Boston was an improvement over last years Boston by 18 minutes. At the time I was disappointed not to get a PR but I ran a tough race and am very pleased with the result (Plus I looked cute in my wild bill tee)
PRing at River Run was a double edged sword. I was ecstatic to run so fast when I was feeling like I might not be capable but that race was the beginning of all my end of the year injuries. Next year I should probably consider a different half as I always screw something up at this race.
Most surprising result
Definitely JFK. At the beginning of the year I hoped to run 9 hours here and/or place 1st in my age group. After all my injuries and extremely light training I backed off my goal to 10 hours. Coming 23 minutes from my original A goal having never even run a 50 mile week in 06 really told me something about myself.