So I set out some goals
Biking: PMC, starting out of Sturbridge MA - the full 192 miles, 2 or 3 Century rides - TBD I'm over TFCE, and I'd like to to Mt. Washington again but it is the week before the PMC and I don't know if that is going to give me enough recovery time. I have to do some research and make some decisions before the end of January. 2,016 miles on the bike, it MAY be doable with one or two spin classes a week and commuting into work on the bike in the summer.
What happened? I did the 192, against my Physical Therapists direction. 1,567 on the bike
Running: Full Marathon - targeting the Indianapolis Marathon in September. Possibly at 50K in the fall - I'd love to run the Delaware Water Gap 50K.
What happened? Injury, no marathon, no 100K, no 50K, a couple 1/2 marathons before it went pear shaped. 713 walking miles and 954 running miles for a total of 1,667 on my feet.
2,016 walking + running miles: This is a HUGE stretch goal for me. 2015 I achieved 1,679 miles between running and walking. Will I make it? I'm not sure. Will I try? Yes. I've set up my training log to keep track of the running and the walking miles and what I need to hit each week to achieve it. It is essentially 12 walking miles per week and 27 running miles for 52 weeks.
All these miles put me at 4,036 miles for the year, about 800 more than I'm trending. That means about 80 more hours on the bike and about 130 more hours running through the year. It will be interesting so see how committed I am.
What happened? I totally recognized this as a possibly un-achievable goal. I was on track until I got sidelined in June... Could I have done it? Probably. I was certainly tracking appropriately for it until July 8th when my bank ran out. Will I try this again? Probably not, it took the fun out of an enjoyable activity for me. As for the bike, well the hip takes a lot of repetitive strain so that was out the window before it even started.
Bottom line, this isn't pass fail for me, I had a pretty good year, I learned a lot about my self, I can now, for the first time in a long long time touch my toes immediately after a run not after holding a stretch for 5 minutes! I think that's good. I have a better appreciation for my body, my mind, ice packs for injury, beer, and going for what I really want.
I'll call that a success and move forward into 2017.
So what do I want to accomplish in 2017?
Every race is fun. I'm not going to place, I don't have the drive to do the work to achieve this. I do think that races are for everyone, from the top 10 to the bottom 10. If I can't enjoy it, I'm not doing it!
Run, Walk, Ride, Hike, explore and enjoy the great outdoors every single day, in one way or another.
Rest when I need it, and try and not beat myself up for it.
Drink good beer.
Beth, looking forward to this really big year of the 5-0!!!