Sometimes, we all get so wrapped up in our day-to-day grind that it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, and it’s only when we hover above all the minutia and really take a “bird’s eye view” that we can see how far we’ve come!
2014 was an #epicwin year for me!! I accomplished so much!
Personally, I celebrated both my 1 year and year and a half anniversaries of wine-sobriety. That’s right, sports fans, I have not had a drop of vino since May 5, 2013. And that’s a HUGE deal for a chick who, in my hey day, used to pound down at least 4 bottles of wine per week!
Deb and I celebrated our 4th year together, which makes me a really lucky gal, four times over!
Josh headed off to middle school and is doing terrific. What a great kid he is!! He was diagnosed with ADHD and gluten/dairy intolerances this year and has just taken it all in stride. Amazing! Erin headed off to the University of Maryland (College Park) on January 3rd and is a Junior majoring in English and doing incredible. Nicki is a sophomore at Stetson University double majoring in Religious Studies and Psychology and is also excelling. We have 3 really smart kids!!! 🙂
Business-wise, 2014 was a breakthrough year for us! The speaking calendar was full, including a huge national convention in Dallas in August, and several regional trainings for the same company. We launched several new products, and organized a 5K race to raise money for domestic and family violence awareness. It was so successful and garnered so much positive attention, that we incorporated our non-profit entity, Building Remarkable Communities, Inc., and are organizing an entire racing series in 2015 consisting of 5K, 10K, and 15K running events spaced 3 months apart so people can progressively and safely train to the next distance.
Athletically, it was an awesome year! I came into the year a newbie runner – previously having run no more than a really, slow, sloppy 10K . In February, I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Then I took some time off from racing pursuits to train for my karate black belt test in July (which I somehow passed). In August, I picked Swim-Bike-Run back up in a major way to prepare for my first solo Olympic Distance Race at Battle of the Bridges. Then in October, shifted into pure running mode, as I prepared to take on my longest distance run ever – a full marathon – at the Space Coast Marathon. Along the way, I ran a couple of half marathons and some 5Ks (including a PR 5K at the Operation Changing Lives 5K ). And to put the proverbial cherry on top of 2014, in October, I was named to the 2015 Swim-Bike-Mom Ambassador Team, which means I, along with 27 other amazing women, get to spread the word that triathlon is for every woman – no matter their size, shape, age – triathlon is a big tent and there is room for everyone!
2014 in Review:
Swam: 17.98 miles
Biked: 1,156.72 miles
Ran: 573.11 miles
Longest Swim: 3200 yds
Longest Bike: 112.01 miles
Longest Run: 26.2 miles
Looking to 2015, I can only say BRING IT ON!!! Officially, I will be virtually running the 3 races in our race series; I am running a half-marathon relay at the Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend on 2/1 with my friend and swim buddy, Megan White; Gulf Coast 70.3 triathlon on 5/9; and Beach2Battleship 70.3 triathlon on 10/17. There will likely be some additional sprint and oly triathlons, as well as some half marathons and other 5K/10K events TBD.
My goal in 2015 is to run 100 miles each month – not sure how that’s supposed to happen, but I am assured that it can be done.