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In Life as well as in running the secret is Pace.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012



I could call it the year of failure…

I failed to

1.      Finish my 1st “A” race this year
2.      I failed to improve my swimming AT ALL!!!
3.      I failed to PR even one race
4.      I failed to even start 2 of my “A” races GFT and the Jax Marathon.
5.      Came in last by over 30 minutes at an open water swimming race

But upon further reflection…  sport does not define me…  support me or quantify me…  it is my hobby…  plain and simple

Instead of the year of failure I think I’ll call it a year of enjoying… the year of exploring…  and a year of self-discovery….  A year of awakening and enlightenment.

1.      This year Judi and I had 52 weekends of training together…  that is precious time and timeless memories.  Most weekends it’s more than training it’s some kind of adventure we devise.
Mayport Ferry

2.      Judi ran her first marathon
After 20 something miles I'm not very funny
3.      We discovered new trails
4.      We experienced dozens of sunrises
5.      I recovered from an injury that knocked me out from running for almost a month
6.      Rode over 120 hilly miles on a hot August day and followed that up with a little run
7.      Discovered cyclocross
that's right my kid does cross too

I have learned that my body is not a diesel engine that just needs fuel and ignition…  it is much more like a precision automobile..  that need routine maintenance (strength and stretching)

I have become more cognizant of what I put in my body…  striving to eat whole live raw food, almost no red meat, drastically reduced the amount of processed food I eat.

As I take a final glance over my shoulder at 2011…  and turn to embrace 2012… I whisper to myself….  “yeah…  let's go”


Lesser is More said...

I'm pretty sure since it was your first long swim race, that counts as a PR, so there you go - no longer a PR fail. Being able to swim 2+ miles is pretty darn tough for anyone, let alone a non-swimmer.

Looks like 2012 will be the year of epic adventures with that long race you signed up for.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

This is an awesome post with your perspective on the year

Matthew Smith said...

Way to go on spending all those weekends with the wife. That's good stuff. And, I like the "Finely Tuned Automobile" analogy. I agree.

it's all about pace said...

Yo Lesser.... it was not my first long swim race... =:-\