Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year (I'm back!)

Happy New Year! It's been a crazy busy six months and I completely fell off the blog. Grad school = 6 month blogging sabbatical. The last six month shave been a crazy whirlwind of class, tests, and 12 hour clinical shifts. Even though I don't comment often, I promise I'm still reading and enjoying your blogs!

Studying red bloods cells make me crave donuts

In my last post I left you hanging about Vineman 70.3. Here's a very short race report for you: It was hard, awesome, and very fun. The weather was perfect and the course was great.

My training in the month leading up to the race could be described as a very long taper but I'm happy to say that I still finished in my goal of under 6 hours. More specifically:

Swim: 30:44
Bike 3:08
Run: 2:06
Overall: 5:58:47 (age group 21/81)

After Vineman I didn't get on my bike again until my break in September. I rode twice and then not again until mid-December. I also went hiking in Muir Woods, visited my best friend in Seattle and witnessed by brother get married in Northern Minnesota.

 Space Needle, Seattle

 Muir Woods

Muir Woods

 Minnesota Woods

I read a poem at the wedding (and cried with happiness)

Palisade Head, Lake Superior

 I have managed to swim and run regularly and did the US Half Marathon in November and the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay in December. I spent many weekend mornings running the trails in the Marin Headlands. I love trail running. It is hard and I am slow, but I an run for 2 hours and never once get bored. How could you with views like this?

I went to Connecticut and NYC for Thanksgiving. The weather was unseasonably warm and I enjoyed a long run in my old stomping grounds, Central Park.

I've had most of the month of December off from school so I've been enjoying the California "winter."

Running near the bridge, December 9th

Cycling in Napa, December 10th

Then I went to Minnesota for a real winter vacation.

We celebrated the New Year back in California with  a 40 mile ride on December 31st and a long run and Aquatic Park swim on January 1st. The water was a frigid 50.9*. I was smart enough to wear a wetsuit, but 4 of my fellow club members skinned it. BRR!

Now I'm getting geared up for the start of another quarter. This promises to be the hardest one yet with back to back 12.5 hour clinical shifts. Hopefully I'll be back again before summer :)


Stephanie @ LiveLikeAGrrl said...

Congrats on surviving Grad school! I just wanted to say what a sweet bike you have! (I have a Slice as well, so I have to give a shout out to the best bike ever!)

Amy said...

Welcome back to blogging!! Best of luck with this quarter...those shifts sound crazy! :(

Ironman By Thirty said...

Wow!!! You have been busy!

Welcome back and Happy New Year!


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