I was looking back at my race calendar the other day. When I started this journey in 2011 I ran 11 races that year. In 2012 I completed 21. In 2013 I ran 13. So far this year I have only completed 7 races so far with 4 planned by the end of the year.
When I first started I wanted to complete as many as possible. I was eager for the new experiences. Some I did for time and some I did with friends just to enjoy and take it all in. I tend to do more local races then destination races just because I have yet to find that illustrious money tree that I am sure we are all looking for plus the time away from my family and work is difficult to balance in.
After a while I dipped my toe into other challenges such as obstacles, trails, duathlons, paddleboarding and even a sprint triathlon. I have taken something from each experience whether it was friendships or knowing that I am capable of doing more.
Even though my numbers have dropped from when I first started it does not mean I am less eager. I am just a bit more choosy. There are not many races that I like to repeat. I like variety and I constantly keep my ear out for what is coming up next.
My goal at this point is to simply continue pushing forward. To learn more about my body and what it is capable of. I want to get stronger and faster. I still want a sub 2hr Half so I am planning on running one Half a month starting in September through Spring. In the back of my mind I would like to train for a solo 70.3 Half Ironman. This may not sound like much to some but coming from someone that is a very weak swimmer and struggles for the time to train for one sport much less than three it is quite a task. I also enjoy blogging and encouraging others. What I put out I get back tenfold in encouragement and support. For that I am quite thankful.
Just have to remember the Journey is the Reward, it’s not always about the numbers.
What is on your goal list for the remainder of 2014?