I was out for coffee (read orange juice) on Saturday morning and we were talking about 2009. She was saying that it was a non-event year for her and I agreed. I felt like I have not achieved much this year – especially compared to other years. And then I actually thought about it.
What the HELL was I thinking – this has been a huge year for me!
Firstly sometime last year I discovered I actually quite liked cycling – who’d have thought! Then in January I realized I more than quite liked it I was thoroughly enjoying every minute of it!! This helped a lot with the Ironman training!
That brings me to point number 2. I completed my second Ironman. This time I did not feel like I was faking it and was very proud of my finish. I trained hard and enjoyed it. Even though it was an absolute cooker, nearly 40ºC on race day and at one stage I was questioning my sanity I loved the race. 13hours 32 minutes later – I will now proudly say I am an Ironman. After the first one in 2007, I was bit embarrassed to say I was an Ironman. I finished in 16hours 36minutes but I really could have put more of an effort into my training. I kind of felt that somehow I was not really worthy to say I had done one. Doing a second one and doing it well proved that the first one was not just a fluke.
Sports wise I had a lot of personal bests. Not only did I have a PR in Ironman of over 3 hours but I also had a PR in every other distance I entered. Who knew that training worked! In the 21.1km I managed to get under 2 hours which I was very pleased about. In the 10km I managed about 54 minutes and in the Olympic Distance not only was I 3rd girl out the water, do a 54 minute 10km, come 6th girl over all but I also managed to finish it in under 3 hours. Happiness is!
Also in April I graduated – I FINALLY received my degree. A Bachelor of Commerce in Tourism Management! Yes it took a while but I did it correspondence, I paid for it myself and I finally got it. Whether or not I will ever work in tourism again is another question. But at least I got the degree.
Then the BIGGIE, on the 16 June I found out I was pregnant! The baby is due on the 18 February!
And I guess that is pretty much it. So it looks like the 1st 6 months were a lot more eventful than the past 6 months.
I am very excited to see what (and who) 2010 brings. It should be a good year!