There has been a lot of talk about 2016 being an absolutely terrible year. And to be honest, a lot of not so great things have happened. And it never helps when the year is capped off by the deaths of beloved celebrities. But there have also been many awesome things that happened this year. So I thought I would go through my list of accomplishments.
I completed my second year on the Coeur Sports Ambassador Team and was welcomed back for a third year. I absolutely love being on this team. Obviously I love the products that Coeur makes (if I could live in the joggers, I probably would) and I would be racing in their gear regardless of my affiliation with the team, but I truly love the beliefs behind this company. Their kits are made in the US. They support athletes of all shapes and sizes and are working to increase their size range. They aren’t just about the elite triathlete or the age grouper who ends up on the podium time and time again. And the team is made up of incredible women. At first, I was intimidated because I’m not a fast racer, but it quickly became clear that it didn’t matter. It’s about what you bring to the team. Sure, it’s great to see Coeur up on the podium, but it’s even better to see ladies in Coeur cheering each other on and being a positive force. Being part of this team has made me a better athlete and a better person.
Of course, the big accomplishment of the year – Augusta 70.3! I completed my first half ironman and it was everything that I had hoped and more. I spent the summer training like it was my job (well, not really, since I had an actual job to do so I could pay for my racing habit) and the work paid off. I beat every single one of my time goals, and know that in better conditions, I could race even faster. It certainly wasn’t a perfect day but I have no regrets about how I raced and I’m proud of what I accomplished. More importantly, I had family and friends come down to cheer me on, and that made those last miles even more incredible.
I also raced a few great half marathons and pushed through some less great triathlons. Now that I think about it, my triathlons this year were all in not-so-great weather. Let’s hope for a change in 2017.
My niece was born this year. So really, that trumps everything. And I got to spend a lot of quality time with my family. I think I saw more of them this year than in many previous years, something rare since I moved 700 miles away. Not sure if I can make that work again in 2017, but it’s always fun to try.