What a year!

As 2009 winds down I find myself reflecting on a lot. There were so many highlights – I really don’t know how I am going to top it in 2010.

I entered some open water swim races – all in the name of getting to Ironman.  Competed in some bike races and even won a silver medal at the provincial Time Trials again in the name of Ironman.  One of the best treats was applying for and getting accepted as a sponsored athlete by Nathan. If anyone had told me I would be not only successfully complete Ironman but also be a sponsored athlete I would have laughed so hard – but it just goes to show you that with hard work and eternal optimism you can achieve anything you set out to do.  I am still amazed and very curious as to how far I can push. 

So what is up for next year – plans – so many plans. I am back to leading half marathon clinics but I am also in talks with my riding coach on how to go about getting certified to teach/coach beginner triathletes. We are going to sit down and lay out a game plan to help me move into that direction. One of the things I realized while training for Ironman is that I am happiest when I am working out/training and so I want to find a way to make that a bigger part of my life. Leading half marathon clinics for the last 4 years has shown me that I have a knack for coaching – at least at the beginner stage.

From talking to people in my running clinics and just in general there are a lot of people that are interested in starting tris but really don’t know where to begin. Most of the coaches out there are for middle/long distance experienced athletes but there is not much out there for those just starting out.

For actual races the big race for next year that I really want to do is Stormy 50 Mile Ultra Trail race. http://homepage.mac.com/designr2/stormy/

I have done this as part of a relay team but in 2010 I would like to do it as a solo race. I mean you have to up the ante after Ironman…. Whether I register or not will really depend on how the next few months go as I really focus on rehabbing my leg and to that end I have signed up for a program called BSF - Building a Strong Foundation.  I am hoping it will really help with my hip and pelvis.

Other races ·
  •  Victoria Half Ironman as a solo race - I believe the riding girls have laid this as a challenge race and oh how I love a challenge and a wee bit of competition. 
  • Pacebunny – Vancouver Half marathon
  • Osoyoos as a relay team - Relay team's goal is to beat my hubby Joe.
  • New York Marathon - just because I have heard it is amazing and I have to run at least one marathon a year. 
  • Bike Time Trials – Barb will advise me which ones I am doing but I plan on defending my silver medal
  • Cypress Mountain Hill Climb - only one place to go but up on this one. 
  • Canada Day 3 km Swim Race
These are a few of the races I plan on for next year - I am sure there will be others.

Finally thanks again to Team NATHAN, Sugoi, GU, Canadian Running Magazine, and END  for the amazing opportunity and support it was an honor and a priveledge to wear the uniform and included with such and esteemed group. 

Remember you define your own humanly possible.

See you in trails and on the road.

Shaun

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