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Posted Dec 31 2012 12:00am
As I sit down to write up my year in review and make some decisions about my goals for 2013, I am feeling a little discontented.  My last few months have been decidedly slack. I've hardly been on my bike and even my running has been haphazard.  I've not been working very hard at healthy eating, especially in the past month, and I feel tired and indecisive about what I want for my focus next year.

Last March, I decided I didn't want to be counting calories all the time so I tried to just eat what I wanted (within reason) and hope that my training would take care of any extra calories.  By summer, I still hadn't lost the 5lbs I had gained the previous fall. I gained another 2 lbs in Sept-Nov, and 2 more in December. It's clear I need to go back to the drawing table with my eating habits. More on that tomorrow but suffice to say, I'm kind of excited about my plans.

I didn't race as much as I have in previous years, especially in triathlon, although looking back I can see that I did have a few accomplishments (like my first marathon!) and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed myself at the few races that I did do.
 

I spent the first 5 months of the year training for my first marathon.  I put all my energy into my running and only cycled as cross training.  Ultimately, I was really happy with my race and had a blast - I definitely want to do that race again.

May 27, 2012 - Abbotsford Run for Water Marathon - 5:04:54 (1st marathon)

After the marathon, I took a few weeks to recover and since it was June, I was way too busy at work to focus on training anyway.  Once summer holidays arrived, I was busy with a family wedding and a couple of trips away. Before I knew it, the Apple Triathlon was looming and I felt very unprepared.  I almost decided not to race, but in the end I decided a fun race was better than no race so I hit the pool/lake a couple of times and did it anyway.  After all, I had a free entry this year and it would be a shame to miss a year right?


August 19, 2012 - Kelowna Apple Sprint Triathlon - 1:37:33 (slow but fun!)

September was another busy month back to work and as usual, I could barely get my runs in let alone do proper training.  I ate vegetarian for a month and although I enjoyed it, I gained another 2 lbs. Despite everything, I did manage to get my long runs in on the weekends and had a super race in Victoria on Thanksgiving weekend.

October 7, 2012 - Victoria Half Marathon - 2:14:31 (a course PR)

Since then, I've been running but that's about it.  As I mentioned earlier, I'm now up about 9 lbs. It's clear, I have to go back to counting calories and watching what I eat because working out isn't enough to keep the pounds off if I just try to 'eat healthy' most of the time and enjoy life once in awhile. So - what do I want to accomplish next year?  There is certainly room for improvement in a number of areas and I have a lot to consider. 

Tomorrow I will blog about my goals for 2013. Happy New Year everyone - I wish you all the best in the upcoming year!

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Here are my totals from the Beginner Triathlete website for the past 5 years. I'm not super religious about tracking my strength, yoga etc workouts but my Swim, Bike, Run stats are pretty accurate. It's kind of interesting to see patterns over the years.

Bike:
35h 16m
843.27 KM
Run:
121h 04m 41s
1041.5 KM
Swim:
7h 05m 35s
14500 M
Strength:
Core Training:
Elliptical Training:
Rowing: Skate Skiing:
Stretching:
Hiking:
Walking:
Yoga:


2012 Totals  - about 188 hrs Swim, Bike, Run +

13h 22m
0h 40m
1h 13m
2h 05m
0h 20m
2h 50m
2h 00m
0h 30m
2h 10m


Bike:
70h 48m 50s
1699.06 KM
Run:
100h 45m 05s
871.45 KM
Swim:
8h 57m 07s
20750 M
Strength:
Core Training:
Elliptical Training:
Rowing: Skate Skiing:
Stretching:
Volleyball:
Walking:
Yoga:


2011 Totals  - about 180 hrs S, B, R

13h 25m
2h 20m
3h 20m
1h 10m
3h 30m
2h 50m
1h 30m
8h 50m
4h 25 min


Bike:
100h 50m 17s
2366.49 KM
Run:
88h 00m 43s
690.33 KM
Swim:
45h 37m 53s
96600 M
Strength:
Core Training:
Elliptical Training:
Hiking:
Massage:
Rowing:
Skate Skiing:
Stretching:
Volleyball:
Walking:
Yoga:

2010 Totals - about 234 hrs S, B, R

6h 05m
1h 30m
8h 50m
2h 15m
2h 00m
1h 10m
7h 45m
20m
1h 30m
55m
7h 50m
Bike:
102h 06m 13s
2152.08 KM
Run:
65h 42m 47s
502.33 KM
Swim:
20h 10m
41250 M
Strength:
Core Training:
Dancing:
Elliptical Training:
Golf:
Hiking:
Misc.:
Plyometrics:
Rowing:
Stationary Biking :
Stretching:
Walking:
Yoga:

2009 Totals - about 188 hrs S, B, R

9h 52m
30m
2h 20m
4h 03m
2h 00m
2h 25m 29s
20m
15m
1h 42m
45m
1h 15m
30m
5h 50m
Bike:
117h 51m 59s
2743.65 KM
Run:
62h 18m 13s
508.07 KM
Swim:
36h 38m 01s
64450.00 M
Strength:
Sports:

2008 Totals - about 216 hrs S, B, R

26h 35m
24h 05m
Bike:
155h 13m 29s
3472.71 KM
Run:
18h 04m 02s
156.36 KM
Swim:
Strength:
Sports:
2007 Totals - about 173 hrs (S) B, R
none
3h 00m
3h 35m

       
So what will 2012 hold for me? I guess we'll have to wait and see. :)
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