2011 what a year!
Just not so long ago in 2010 I was half way to the weight I am now. I started running in February of 2010. I went out and picked up some runners, and a $20 mp3 player and loaded it with C25K. Running was tough, actually it was down right miserable. It sucked. Run 30 seconds straight? Are you kidding me? I have a hard time running 5 seconds straight. This was going to be a challenge. But I would go out 3 times a week with my sister and do our C25K. One night in the hot tub my friend running the Ottawa Marathon in May, mentioned that I should do the 10k. I told her I would do the 5K. My sister said the same thing. I was drunk as a skunk and, lets just say my running friend didn't believe me. I went a day and I registered for the 5K.
I ran the 5K and I loved it! Then I had a plan, in 2011 I’ll run the 10K, in 2012 the half and 2013 I’ll run the full. At the end of 2010 I ran the 5K army run.
At the end of 2010 I signed up to run with team Diabetes for the 10K for Ottawa race weekend in 2011. So far this was my only race planned for the year. At the end of February, my relationship with my girlfriend came to an end. With all the free time I had I could focus more on running.
Kevin got ahold of me on facebook freaking out over Ben’s video. Kevin had started a drive, a drive too lose 85lbs. He was doing it by running! We got together and went for a run one day. We kept in contact about running and eventually started our tumblr blogs. In March we ran a 5K, in April another 5K.
It was fun, but I wanted more. I wanted to see what I was made of, what I could push myself through. One conversation topic that Kevin and I talked about was Ironman. More him then me, I had zero desire to do a triathlon. That changed at the end of April, when I told Kevin I was looking for a bike. I was looking for a road bike, and eventually got a message from someone I didn’t know.. Tridad. With his help I went out and bought a triathlon bike. In May I did a 70K ride for The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. That spike my interest even more for triathlons.
I came across a company that puts on triathlons and running events as well as kids events. http://somersault.ca/ This was great! So I signed up for a tri, eventually grabbed all my gear, one piece at a time over a period of months. In the meantime I had to fill my schedule with racing. After my 70K bike ride, I ran a 1KM with my son, Ottawa race weekend 10K, Ottawa Race weekend half-marathon, Do it for dad 10K, Do Life 5K Toronto, and the Spartan Sprint 5K.
I was enjoying my summer and I knew it wasn’t over yet. I had run so many races, it was mind boggling. But the best was yet to come.
Exactlly 1 week after the Spartan I completed my first Sprint triathlon. Of course I registered for 2 more after that. After my 3rd triathlon, that was it for the tri season. I was/am sad. It’s such a great sport even if I’m not good at swimming.
By this point I had signed up for the army run half-marathon and the full colours marathon. I got those out the way in a few short weeks, then came the 9-run-run half marathon with Kevin and Chris. The day after the half, I ran/walked a 5K with my son. Last but not least I ran the Soaring Wings Virtual half Marathon! That was my last official/unofficial race that I ran for 2011.
So lets recap quickly official races for 2011
1-1K (Willie Kids)
5-5K’s (St Pats, Minto, Do Life, Spartan, Cash Store)
2-10K’s (Ottawa Race Weekend, Do it for dad)
4-Half Marathons (Ottawa Race Weekend, Army Run, 9-Run-Run, Soaring Wings)
1-Marathon (Ottawa Fall Colours)
3-Sprint Triathlons (Graham Beasley, National Capital, The Canadian)
1-70K Bike (Cn Cycle For Cheo)
17 races (11 medals) races in 2011 compare to 2 races(2 medals) in 2010, I’ve come a long way.
2011 medals, the bottom 2 are 2010.
I just want to give a huge thanks too everyone in this community. Everything from, tips and tricks, to what you eat. All the way too pushing too become stronger and better. You do not realize how much impact you had on me in 2011. I want to say thanks again and here is looking for too a good 2012 racing season.
2012 Registered Races so far as of this posting.
Jan 15th RnR Arizona
May 27th Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon(Everyone should come, Kevin is paying your entry fee and he wants you there!)
August 19th Ironman Mont-Tremblant.