2013 in Review

I thought I would highlight some of 2013 since it is coming to a close in a couple of days.

The DL Experience – Spring Break to Lake Lure and Asheville NC

This was the first big trip for Duran and I and one that would include a lot of riding! We had plans to use it as a mini training camp before the season starts but as it turned out with weather and all it was more of a biking trip than an all around triathlon training week. It turned out great and I gained a lot of fitness and confidence before the season started!

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The Boston Marathon

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Boston was not an ‘A’ race on my schedule but it was Boston so I obviously wanted to do well. I only did one 16 and 18 mile run as my “long” runs before and had just come off a huge bike week in the mountains before the race.

I raced well and performed with the fitness that I had. But, Boston will not be remembered for my race time there or how well I ran. It has a much deeper meaning and will be a day I will never forget.

Climbing Mount Mitchell

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Duran and I headed back to Asheville for one main purpose. Climb Mount Mitchell. I did not write a blog about the climb but it was the weekend before Raleigh 70.3 and we started off on the Parkway in Asheville and it was basically a 3+ hour all uphill ride until you reach the top of Mitchell and then about an hour ride all downhill ride home.

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This was another one of those confidence boosting rides and mentally challenging rides to do but felt great once back home – the worst part was probably descending Mitchell – I really need to get better at going down.

Top of Mitchell

Ironman Raleigh 70.3

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This was only second half and my first ironman race I had ever done. I had a feeling I could be in the hunt – but wasn’t quite sure how the day would play out. Much to my surprise I had a very good race and qualified for the 70.3 Worlds in Vegas by coming in 2nd in my age group which I proceeded to pay for that day and ended up not making it out to race because of the cost of the trip.

Ironman Lake Placid

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Placid was my first full Ironman and although it did not go quite as planned, I still had an amazing time and a fairly decent race.

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Beach to Battleship

My first overall female win! I raced a lot in the Fall and was coming up short to some speedy girls for 1st place but finally managed to pull off a win in Wilmington with a PR half marathon.

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Ironman Cozumel

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Cozumel was going perfect until it wasn’t. I learned a lot from this race and know what I need to dial in and focus on for 2014 if I am going to make it to the next level and get to Kona like I want to.

Those are my triathlon highlights for 2013 and I am sure there are to be plenty more in the next year. Just for fun – one of my favorite pictures of us after Placid.

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