2012 had many layers and, well, opportunities for growth. Hard stuff and good stuff. I opened a folder yesterday where all my photos are backed up and looked at the entire year in thumbnail-sized images. The overall impression of this sea of glimpses into my year was sunshine, so it made me think again about the line: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the
light gets in."
For the past few years, I have created year-end recaps of all of my races and training. This year, my training was a little different. My running was solid through the marathon training and then into training for the half-iron triathlon. I biked more and swam more, and then everything slowed a bit when I moved out.
My running totals have been around 800 miles annually for the past few years, and this year I only ran 673 miles, but I did bike 703 miles and swim 47 miles, so I guess that is where my extra running time went.
I feel like I've reached a new place in regards to fitness: I don't need a training plan or a race on the calendar to keep me motivated. I still run or do some kind of workout every day that I don't have the kids, and I crave exercise in a way that always replenishes my desire to exercise. I'm certain I will run some half-marathons and probably do the Pumpkinman Tri again in September, but I'm not feeling like my usual race-crazed self.
I'm reflective and hopeful as I move forward into 2013. I have a lot to be grateful for, especially the people who have surrounded me with love and have buoyed me up along the way.
Here are my favorite moments from the year.
I won a freaking trip to Sayulita, Mexico to learn to surf. Did that seriously happen?
Yes it did, in April:
During my week with Las Olas, I did a lot of yoga, learned to surf, sat on the beach, ate a lot of fish tacos, lounged around in a bathrobe, and met and connected with a group of strong, awesome women including Jessie and Jaime, now life-long friends.
I also ran the Sugarloaf Marathon in May on a hot, hot day, but still smiled the whole way.
SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS! (Dear God. 6 months from now we'll be back there)
|our favorite summer place: Schoodic Lake.|
|Ange and Beckett in Schoodic.|
|Contra dancing at the American Folk Festival|
|lunch on the dock at Moxie Lake.|
|Reed passed his deep water swim test on the FOURTH TRY!|
|Suzanne and I biked many many miles at ungodly early ours. Here we our in the willy-wacks at 5 am.|
|swimming in Thoreau's Walden Pond.|
|summer picnic at Wonderland.|
|my mom, who continues to amaze me with the strength of her love and support for me and my kids.|
In 2012, Reed learned to ride a bike without training wheels
And went to KINDERGARTEN:
And Skyler changed from little-girl to big-girl.
|at her first piano recital|
and completed my first Half-Iron Triathlon, all with the support of my friend Susan who went south with me for the race weekend.
My whole family spent a week on Moosehead Lake:
|and I got to ride my bike with my sister.|
And then... Happy New Year.