January 2, 2012

New Year - New Focus

HAPPY 2012!!!


Before I get to my goals, can I just say that I cannot believe that it's the beginning of the new year already.  Where did the time go??  So many wonderful things happened last year from selling our house, buying a new house, my oldest starting Kindergarten, and finishing IMAZ!!!  It was definitely a crazy, BUSY, adventurous year!
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This new year is going to be a little different for me.  Usually, I pick an "A" race, figure out a training plan, and do races throughout the year that won't interfere with the "A" race too much.  This year however, I'm not going to really have an "A" race.  Plus, last year it was pretty much ALL about my training, and my husband didn't get to do some of the things he wanted.  So, not having a big "A" race will allow my husband to do some of the things he's wanted to do. Yay!  SO...my goal for this year is to HAVE FUN doing the things that I may not have been able to do in the past.

Here are some of the things I'd like to do this year:
1)  Trail Running:  I LOVE trail running.  But, in the past, I could never really do it for fear of getting injured and blowing my racing season.  This year, I want to do a lot of trail running and attempt a 50k, maybe even a 50M (YIKES!!!).  Here's what that may look like:
*  May 5th - Greenland 25k [HERE] (This is to get "my feet wet" in the whole trail running experience)
*  June 2nd- Golden Gate Dirty Thirty 50k [HERE]
*  June 15th- Fibark Trail Run [HERE] (My husband and I did this last year and we'd like to make it a yearly tradition)
*  Sept. 30th - The Bear Chase 50k OR 50M [HERE] - This is still up in the air and will just depend on how the summer goes.

One of my Christmas presents were these awesome shoes:

The New Balance Minimus Trail Runners.  They are light and super comfortable, and I can't wait to take them out on the trails!







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2) Sprint Triathlons:  I really like the sprint distance!  It's fun, short, and super fast.  Plus, you can do the race and still have the rest of the day to enjoy with your family.  This year, I really want to do some of the sprint tris that I haven't been able to do in the past.  In CO, there are several sprints every month over late spring/summer, so I have A LOT of options.

3) Camping/Hiking: With selling our house, buying a new house, and IMAZ training, we didn't get to do a lot of camping last year.  So, this year, we really want to go camping/hiking as much as we can!  Not having a big "A" race will let us do this whenever the mood strikes us! :)
4) Spending lots and lots of time with my three guys! With IMAZ training, I missed out on a lot of family time with my husband and boys.  Don't get me wrong, I am sooo glad that I did IMAZ because it was an amazing experience.  But, they sacrificed a lot in order for me to do that race.  So, this year I am going to focus on them and support them in what THEY want to do, and the thought of that makes me very, very happy! :)  

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years!  I have no doubt that 2012 is going to be an amazing year for all of you!
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28 comments:

Deb said...

Those sound like great goals! Life is all about balance, and this year seems like a balancing year in many ways for you. :)

Dawn said...

Those are some super great plans!!! I LOVE trail running! It has to be the best type of running out there;)
I like your plan for more camping/spending time with your guys. You have priorities straight!
Happy New year to ya!!!

Born To Endure said...

Sounds like an amazing 2012 coming up for you!!

misszippy said...

Love that you are going to get more into trail running. And in some great shoes to boot! I'd also like to get on the trails more often--kind of calls me.

And number four is great to hear also. So many people get really caught up in IM training/racing once they've done one and things fall apart on the home front. Good for you!

Julie said...

I was just going to ask what your plans were after your post on FB. :)This sounds awesome! I think you are going to love it! I do hope we get to do a race together some time this year though!

Andrea said...

More fun is always a good idea! Some athletes are a wee bit type A and could stand to give themselves a break. :) Not that I would know... Great goals, great post!

Megan said...

Nice plans! I got to do a little trail running last year, and I LOVED it! It's just about keep going and enjoying the scenery and not caring about how slow you're going. :) Happy New Year!

Kathleen said...

Sounds perfect! :)

J. L. said...

Sounds awesome! I think you're going to have a lot of fun with the trail running. I'm excited to hear how you like your new shoes. Happy New Year!

Diana said...

Sounds like you are in for another great year! Trail running is a ton of fun, enjoy!

Jill said...

I love the idea of no "A" race, I am not going to have one either, but do plan to have a lot of smaller races to get me better in shape. I may do an A race in the fall, will see.

Bear Chase was my first race back to the running world this year. Was fun, but boy was it HOT!

You should do Pikes Peak, it's a great trail race! :)

Happy New Year! Looking forward to running with ya this year - soon! :)

Colleen said...

Love your plan for 2012 - nice and relaxed. I think you'll love it! :)

Happy New Year Aimee!

Teamarcia said...

Looks like the perfect super-fun year! Lots of variety and tons of adventure. I love that sprint tri graphic--almost makes me wanna do one. Ha!
Happy New Year!

Missy said...

Looks like a super fun 2012!
Good luck in all your trail running. What a nice change of pace.

Beth said...

Your year looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! I love it. But now I want to do the Greenland 25k too!

TriMOEngr said...

I loved this post. Definitely wise to take on some new challenges while balancing it all with your family.

Wish it were Sunday... said...

Awww love the new pics across the blog! :) 2012 I want to look less chubby in the muddy! ha ha I love you!!! XOXO

Lauren said...

sounds like 2012 is going to be amazing!

keep me posted on the sprint tris- I would love to do some local ones!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I hope you have an amazing 2012

Christi said...

I love your goals for the year! Good luck in your adventures!

Jason said...

Great new and fun focus.

That tri logo is awesome.

Shannon said...

sounds like 2012 is going to be a good year! i also have more camping on my list for this summer :) can't wait!

Caratunk Girl said...

Sounds like an awesome plan for 2012!!

Kristina said...

Love the goals, especially acknowledging the need to let another person's goals/interest take priority. The training/racing cycle can be very time and self-absorbing. Some years, this is a good thing, but it's also great to be flexible.

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Alyssa said...

I love planning out my races for the upcoming year. I've done two trail races and it ended up raining pretty hard the day before one of them, so it ended up more of a mud run!

Suzy said...

Have a wonderful 2012. We are going camping for the first time this year. I'm not sure what to expect...I'm more of a hotel gal.

Alisa said...

Going to be an awesome 2012 for you!

I think you're totally up for a 50m!