Everyone is posting year-end reviews, and it got me thinking on the way to work today.

I know I’ve been a pretty non-existent quiet blogger lately and I am sorry for that. My job entails a consulting like piece and I get put on projects. The project I have been on since  June has got me driving an hour each way, plus at least 9 hours at the office. That’s 11 hours of my day gone without factoring in eating, sleeping, my workouts and breathing. Needless to say free time hasn’t been seen around my house.

Anywho, I’ve had a pretty incredible year as a person and endurance athlete.

I think 2012 was the year that B and I truly settled ourselves into Dallas (6 years after moving, ahem) and finding our circle of friends that I’d injure other people for. The friendships we have really grew this year and I know that my life is full of people who I can count on. If you are reading this, you are included. All of you have enriched my life and made my heart full. Thank you for being a blessing and loving me as much as I love you.

As an athlete I took some big risks this year that scared me. I signed up for my first 70.3 and completed it. Then I did another one that kicked my tail but proved with hard work, my cycling could improve. That scared me and yet with hard work and one foot after the other, I achieved my goal. I could do this.

With all of the work I put in on my second half ironman, I signed up for a few of my favorite local sprints and set PR’s left and right. I know my new bike isn’t making me fast, but I’m so much for comfortable and confident on it I crave the speed and I want to kick ass through the burn. I also really learned for the first time on a sprint what a true burn for me is – and I pushed through it. Sometimes I get afraid of what that pain may feel like and if I’ll be able to handle it – but pushing through and getting on the podium is so worth every second of pain.

After a ridiculously fun spectathleting experience, I signed up for a full IM. Once you do a half, you start thinking maybe a full isn’t so crazy. Then you sign up, wait 6 months to start training, and realize you are indeed, crazy. But I did it. And in 2012 I started training for it in December. So a month in and I’ve had my moments of freaking out (see above where I talk about trying to fit everything in) but otherwise I’m pretty excited about my body getting stronger.

I enjoyed coaching for my local running store this year. I love coaching. I love showing people that I believe in them the way others believe in me. That changes people when you show them that you believe in them. I loved getting to know other runners and helping them achieve their goals. I look forward to coaching as long as they will have me!

Overall 2012 is a highlight year of learning to believe in myself and doing things that scare the shit out of me. I love how supportive all of my friends are and how when I ask if something is crazy (knowing that it is) everyone encourages me to do it. Then they believe in me so much that I start to believe in myself.

So thank you, all of you, who have helped me believe in what I can do and for making my heart full. I owe all of you for a pretty damn good year.


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