Celebrating Heroes Sprint, with my sister and her husband (his first triathlon!)
Steelhead 70.3 Relay (swim & run), racing where I grew up
Rock n' Roll Brooklyn 10k, part of my epic marathon week
Army 10 Miler, an annual tradition
NY Runners for Staten Island volunteering when NYC Marathon was canceled
So while it wasn't technically a year of 0.0, the obligation of training and racing was lifted and everything I did was strictly for fun. I raced for joy, not a good performance. I trained for the marathon because I wanted to, not because I felt I had to. And when it was canceled, I immediately shifted my energy to helping Sandy-affected New Yorkers. It felt good to do what my heart told me to do.
A year off has taken a toll on my fitness and I'm starting the new season with an extra 15 pounds to lose, which is never easy. But taking a year off was the right decision and I don't regret it for a moment. It has allowed me to miss the sport and actually look forward to the discipline of training again. This year will be the year of my 5th Ironman and with new focus and new goals, you may be hearing a bit more from me. Happy New Year!