Keeping It Fun in 2012

by - Friday, January 06, 2012

I have never had such a hard time writing out my goals for the year.

I'm so Type A that by this point, I usually have my entire race calendar planned. But this year, the drive to have my whole year scheduled from Day One, just isn't there.

It's weird.

And I think it's because I'm cheating on running with swimming and biking.

Philly half

Running used to be my one and only love. I would pick out races freakishly early and get super excited about them. I'd plan out a race calendar, start figuring out training plans, the whole nine yards. But not this year.

Instead, I'm having a ton of fun experimenting with triathlon training. I've really enjoyed my pool workouts and the couple of rides I've gotten in on the bike.


So, I'm embracing my indecision and I'm officially dubbing 2012 the year of mixing it up and keeping it fresh.

My two goals are simply avoid burnout and have lots of fun along the way.

This leaves me the flexibility to pursue whatever fitness endeavors I'm in the mood for at the time. If I want to tackle a marathon, I will, but if I want to spend a ton of time on tri's that's OK too.

No pressure. Just have fun. And ideally, run lots of races with friends!

Hot Choc 15K
Me, Hannah and Meredith after the Hot Chocolate 15K

On that note, I have registered for three races in the first half of 2012:

The GW Parkway Classic - a 10 mile run in April that I'm doing with a coworker

The TriRock Annapolis Sprint Tri - My first tri ever! 500m swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run in May that I'm doing with my cousin's husband.

The DC Tri - My first Olympic Tri! 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run in June that I'm doing with a friend.

I'm super excited for the two triathlons, and the GW Parkway Classic is one of the DC races I've wanted to do for a while.

I'm sure I'll end up with lots of other races on the calendar as the year progresses, but in sticking with my goal, I'm going to try not to plan them too far in advance. I want to keep things fun and fresh this year.

If you have a race you're doing in the DC/MD/VA- area that is super awesome that you think I should do too, let me know. I love racing with friends and can be talked into almost any race.

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