Brag Your Bests
Well just like that, we seem to be at the end of another year. Flew by pretty quickly, didn’t it? I find when you’re into fitness, you set yourself goals and time limits and the months just seem to whizz by while you’re training.
I set myself goals at the beginning of the year and looking back, this has been a really great year of growth for me fitness wise.
Obviously, the biggest thing I did this year was the Etape du Tour. I started the year not a cyclist at all and had six months to learn the ropes before the 130km ride through the French Alps on July 7th. I spent hours and hours in the saddle, training. I did altitude training once a week, a four day training camp in Nice in May and basically spent every weekend getting lost on 60, 70, 80, 90 mile rides prepping for this thing.
Cycling is a whole other world. I knew it’d be a challenge going from being a runner to a cyclist and didn’t think it’d be as easy as just sitting on the bike and getting going, but I definitely didn’t anticipate just how much it’d take out of me. I wanted to jack it all in so many times in training, but was also determined to see it through.
The race itself was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I pushed myself to the very limit. I felt every emotion going – massive highs (admittedly those were mostly during the down hill sections) and whopping lows (pulled over on the side of the road half way through, sobbing). When I crossed the finish line, I was in bits – absolutely elated, exhausted and crying on anyone who happened to be nearby.
To say I was chuffed that I completed it would be an understatement. Out of the 13,000 riders that day, only 600 were women and I was one of them. Admittedly, having been through all that, I don’t think cycling’s for me, but I’m so glad I gave it a go.
I also completed the Paris Half Marathon in March. At that time, I was deep in cycling training, so hadn’t been focused on running at all. I had a blast in Paris. I basically danced my way around that race and absolutely loved it.
And of course, one of the biggest changes for me this year has been my leap into weight lifting. I definitely didn’t anticipate how much I’d love the feeling weight lifting gives me, but to literally feel yourself getting stronger is such a powerful thing. I have my coach Thru The Blue to thank for this infectious enthusiasm and for helping me to get my nutrition on track. Watching the impact the lifting is having on the rest of my fitness is so interesting for me too.
But I want to know about you! I hear about your training ups and down in the comments on here and Twitter, but I want to know the fitness achievements you’re really proud of this year. Did you get a new PB? Try a new sport? Or just have a new approach to your workouts that made all the difference? Go on, jump in the comments and brag about it!
What was your fitness highlight of 2013?