Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year's celebration. I have had some pretty amazing adventures over the past year and over the past week. I ran the Houston Marathon. I ran the Houston Rockets 5k Fun Run with my son. I coached a new group of 26 Team in Training participants to finish their first Olympic distance triathlon. I rode the MS, MS 70 with Greyhound, Carrie-Tri to be Funny, and her Hubbster-Shawn. I survived an embarrassing bike crash to finish the Buffalo Springs 70.3 triathlon. I put on another kid's triathlon for Kiwanis. I rode my bike over the Continental Divide with Greyhound and turned around and did a century ride over the Aspen pass to Glenwood Springs with him the next day. I PR'ed at Ironman Cozumel. I have swam, rode, and run more than any normal person should have to and the best part was that I wanted to.

And today is my USA Triathlon Birthday!!! Today I turn 40 years old!!! When other people are lying about their age and taking drastic measures to make themselves appear younger than they really are through medical intervention and Spanxs, I am embracing my completion of four decades of life and I am excited about what the next four decades will bring. Today I move up an age group and hopefully I may have a shot to move out of the back of the pack to the middle of the pack. Today I have been racing long enough to have been in three different age groups. Today I will throw my name into the Kona lottery. Today I will start my new training plan with my coach that will focus on running so that I can bring my running up to par with my swimming and my biking. Today is exciting!

So what are my goals for 2010? They are not what you might think.

  1. Race local--unless I get a Kona slot in the lottery I may not be racing outside of Houston.
  2. Overcome my fear of baking bread. I will master it!
  3. Become a better runner and hit a 4:00 marathon goal. That is taking 30 minutes off!
  4. Become SCUBA certified with my son--FUN!!!
  5. Apply for and complete a USA Triathlon Level II Coaching Certification and a NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification.
You may notice that there are no named races on that goal list. I am running the Goofy Challenge next weekend at the Disney World Marathon Weekend with my Team in Training buddies and the only goal there is to have fun and finish before they shut down the course. Other than that, I have NO races on my race calendar. It is kinda weird and kinda liberating. The plan is to stick with some local 5K and sprint races that I can do with my son. His swimming is awesome, I have a 10-speed bike he can ride now that he is only two inches shorter than me, and we only have to work on some running.

I have some plans for this blog as well. I want to be more consistent with my posting and I will be adding some special features that some of you may enjoy checking in on. I am not letting the cat out of the bag just yet on what those features are but be looking for them in the upcoming days and weeks.

Until my next post, have a great day and you stay classy San Diego,

Liz :0)


Kelly said...

What a great year!! Let me know if you need encouragement in the bread department...I make all of my family's bread, and I love doing theraputic.

Christi said...

Great goals for the new year! I wish you the best and hope you have fun accomplishing them!

Spokane Al said...

Your plans sound terrific although I do worry about you loosing your first year in your new age group!

Have a great year and I will be looking forward to following your adventures.

Grant A said...

Great 2009 and good luck in 2010 with your goals! You will hit them, for sure.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Good luck on those goals Coach!

Rainmaker said...

The bread one is pretty funny.

Good luck at Disney!

Maroussia said...

It will be great to watch Houston Rockets, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.