Well 2010 has come to an end and now seems like a great time to reflect on last year.... Goals are a funny thing for me. It seems even when I reach them I always find something that I feel like I could have done better.
I'll start with the road running races that kicked off the year. The season kicked off with a 3 minute 5 miler PR at the St. Paddy's Day 5 in Spokane. My goal was to run sub 30 and I went low 28. You'd think it would have been a great feeling however... I was beaten by a dude pushing a stroller! WTF! Sorry for the harsh letters, but that hurts! I'm hoping the kid in the stroller was small but to be honest I never saw him since I was behind him the ENTIRE time!
Next up, was the Rapid Rabbit Run 5 miler. I finished 5th there the year before and it starts at East Valley High School (my Alma mater). Oddly enough as a baseball player there in high school we were forced to run it, and I hated running so much that a group of us ducked into a neighborhood about 1/2 a mile in and waited about a half an hour then jumped back in. My how things have changed. Anyway, back to the race. My goal for this was to finish top 3. I ended up winning it. My first ever overall win! This was a great feeling! I actually couldn't find much wrong with this one. I even got a trophy.
Two weeks later I did the Recycle Run. It was a dead flat 4 miler and I again took the overall win. I was able to run with more confidence knowing I had won a race the week before. The best part about this race? They give away recycled trophies and I got first pick. Naturally I went with the biggest one. The figure on top was of course a man in a wheelchair. Another great race.
After Bloomsday it was time to start the tri season. As I've said before I like to start my season with Onionman in Walla Walla. This year was
no different, however I'm horrible about procasinating and I let this race fill up before I signed up. This left me scrambling to find a spot. With a week left I finally tracked down a spot. A local triathlete named John Martinek wanted to get rid of his wifed slot. I met him at his house and got everything squared away. This left me without a hotel plan so I decided to drive down the morning of. I Got there with about an hour to go and got ready to roll. I wanted to go top 3 in my AG and I didn't quite get there. I finished 10th overall and fourth in my AG. I was a little disappointed, but it was still did better than the year before and I ran my best 10k ever. I thought this was setting me up for a great Ironman CDA.
In the week following Onionman things started to fall apart. My left leg was struck with ITBS. I shut down the running for the 3 weeks before Ironman and skipped The Moses Lake Tri. It was really a bummer, because I was running better than ever prior to this.
I think this is a good place to stop as this is getting a bit long. Next time I'll dig into Couer d' Alene the summer and my thoughts on Kona.