TGC 2014 – A Year In Review

Well, in just a few short days 2014 will be done and over with. It’s been a pretty good year that’s seen a lot of ups and downs, and now I’m looking forward to what 2015 has to offer. So I thought I’d take a few moments and recap some of my highlights from 2014.

I went into 2014 fighting some hip bursitis and a knee injury, so my running was taking a bit of a hit. But even so, I got to scratch a race off my bucket list by running the Seneca7, which was a totally awesome relay race.

Shortly after that, I got to scratch the Rat Snake Reverse Triathlon off my list too. This was one of the craziest races I’ve ever run and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a serious challenge.

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After that, Husbandface and I celebrated our first year of marital bliss by seeing Jack Johnson in concert and running the BASE Race 5k in Cooperstown.

I also raced my first 70.3 at Ironman Syracuse where I had a near perfect race and finished feeling incredible and ready to take on the world, and many more triathlons.

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I had about a three week recovery from there before moving into a four straight week racing streak. It started with the Mini Mussel triathlon, a fabulous little race where I nabbed third place novice female. After that I had what I believed during the race to be my worst race ever. I was completely miserable during Delta Lake Triathlon and fighting the urge to DNF the better part of the second half of the race, only to end up winning my age group.

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Week three out of four of my race streak saw the the Cubby Chase 10k, where I again had a pretty awful race. I struggled a lot and the humidity got the best of me. After that I finally concluded my race streak with my benchmark race, Iron Girl Syracuse. While I didn’t place as high as I had hoped, I still had a pretty decent race and was able to take a few more minutes off my time from previous years.

After Iron Girl I spent a weekend in Albany getting certified as a USAT Triathlon Level 1 Coach. I still have a couple of open slots for athletes for 2015 for anyone who’s in the market for a coach, find out more here.

After IG I ended up with an injury that took too many hoops to jump through to finally get a diagnosis, including an ultrasound for a blood clot and an MRI mishap that ended with me swearing at the technicians. Oops.

My first post injury race was a super fun mini vacation 5k Husband and I participated in. It was The Yuengling Lite Oktoberfest 5k race at the famous Steel Stacks.

This fall also saw the end of my time at the Council and my accepting a new teaching job. I’m totally thrilled and pretty happy at my new district. I’m also coaching track, because why not =)

And even with a crappy diagnosis and endless PT, I barely slowed down (totally untrue, my speed is trashed, but I kept on motoring along) I did have to defer my entry into Finger Lakes Triathlon to 2015 and opted to volunteer instead. But I still managed to run Empire State Half Marathon. No PR here, but a decent race all things considered.

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The Hubs and I took off for our Disney vacation shortly there after. We had such an amazing time and did and saw so many cool things in California while we were out there. We did a couple of days in San Diego including the Zoo and the Midway. We saw a Lakers game, a live taping of the Conan O’Brien Show, and of course, did a bunch days at Disneyland and Universal Studios. Oh, and we raced the Inaugural RunDisney Avengers Half Marathon of course! And while I may have run my personal worst half marathon, it was definitely the most fun HM I’ve ever run.

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And of course, as usual, I closed out my racing season with the It’s A Wonderful Run 5k through historic Seneca Falls. The perfect season ending race!

My race season this year may not have gone totally as planned, but that’ okay because it was a damn good year none the less.

I’m not sure what 2015 has in store for me at this point. I’m still doing some preliminary planning and because of my long season that ended with an injury, I’m trying not to let myself go crazy registering for anything until I’ve scoped things out first. Keep your eyes peeled for some banter about goals too, it’s definitely coming!

What was your biggest racing success this year?

What was your high and low of 2014?

What are you most excited about for the new year?

7 Thoughts on “TGC 2014 – A Year In Review

  1. That’s a solid year Courtney! My high was was Lux 70.3 and my low was Boston. I’m excited to start building up my running mileage again now that my knees seem to be on the mend.
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  2. Looks a busy but fun year. Hope the ups outweighed the downs. Congrats on the 70.3. Amazing accomplishment.

    Glad that even your personal worst was a ton of fun. That’s what really matters.
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  3. Looks like you had a great year, in spite of some injuries! Congrats on working through those!
    This year was my first year running and doing some triathlons, so there were lots of highs: including my first half marathon and my first triathlon. Looking forward to some more good times in 2015!
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  4. Despite a few injuries, you had a GREAT 2014 year!!

    My biggest racing success in 2014 was definitely Ironman Wisconsin…I set a lot of PRs (swimming, running and overall race PR) and did not have the nutritional failure I had while racing Ironman Wisconsin 2011.

    The low point of my 2014 racing season was having to pull myself out of Ironman Kansas 70.3 due to a knee injury. I knew I could have raced, but that would have set me back COMPLETELY and I would have been risking a DNF at Ironman Wisconsin.

    I am super excited about training and racing happy and healthy in 2015…Ironman Boulder is my A race and the Legend Tri 100 is my A- race. Here’s to a GREAT 2015!!
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  5. Congrats on a great year!

    My High: PRs in three distances (half, 5k and 1 mile).
    My Low: Calf strain and missing the marathon I was training for.
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  6. Wow! What an incredible year you’ve had!!!! I’m totally inspired. I’ve run dozens of races this year. Next year, I’m moving in to triathlons!!!
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  7. I won my AG at the Sharkfest swim 6 days after I placed 3rd AG at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon! I also qualified for nationals! Bring on 2015 right? Happy training and racing!

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