2009 was my second year in the sport but a year of firsts. I did my first half Ironman in April after an expedited eight-week training period that only got me about 80% ready for the race. I would have trained more if I hadn't been busy moving into my first solo apartment. After nearly 35 years on this planet I had never lived alone and the settling in period involved countless hours of painting, breaking down boxes and making trips to Bed Bath and Beyond. In June I drove to Lake Placid for a training camp and stayed with virtual strangers who immediately became my friends and helped me celebrate my 34th birthday in a highly memorable way. On the day of my birthday I swam the Lake Placid course, covering the 2.4 mile distance for the first time and just one year after my first swimming lesson.
There were other firsts along the way, including my first solo long ride, but the most significant first was my Ironman finish. Anyone who has shared this journey with me knows how close I came to not being able to race. That finish, and entire experience, will always be incredibly special to me.
I've come a long way from my lazy past and have a long way I still want to go. As I wrap up the year, here is a look at my training numbers. I'm really proud of what I was able to do and look forward to new challenges in 2010.
2009 Training Totals:
Bike: 228h 26m 34s - 3,253.51 Mi
Run: 115h 15m 46s - 717.34 Mi
Swim: 55h 56m 32s - 169,734.9 Yd