Monday, December 08, 2008

2008 in Review

17 Races Completed:
  • 7 marathons (3 sub-4 BQ race times!), a half marathon and a 5K
  • 3 half iron tris and a sprint tri
  • 4 bike time trials

    Two of Three 2008 Race Goals Met:
  • Run at least 5 marathons - Check!
  • Work on speed and do shorter distance races - Incomplete. Did some bike time trials but managed only one 5K and one sprint tri before I pulled a hammy and had to lay off speed work :-(
  • Sub-5:45 Half Iron tri - Check, 5:42:32 at Miami Man!

    First year I tracked my training (except for vacations). As of today:
  • Swam 196,906 yards. Will break 200K this year!
  • Biked 2540.30 miles.
  • Ran 723.95 miles.
  • Other workouts 34.58 hours.

    A Year of Patience:
  • Signs of plantar fasciitis at the start of the year. ARGH!!!
  • Bike crash in February (no upper body workouts for over a month due to bruised ribs and major loss of confidence on the bike!).
  • Stepped on glass while barefoot at the Gulf Coast half iron tri in May (foiled race goals).
  • Pulled hamstring end of July (greatly reduced running but an opportunity to improve my swimming).

    An INCREDIBLE Year for Blogging and Giving Back:
  • Made it to the finals of the second Evotri sponsorship contest. Thanks again to everyone who voted for me and got others to vote for me!
  • Logged over 100 hours helping out with local races. Thank you Track Shack for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of your staff!
  • Supported some awesome blogger friends by coaching and donating to their fundraising efforts. Congrats to Petra, Fe-lady, Iron Eric, Tammy, MarathonChris, Stef, CewTwo, Maddy, Planet3rry for challenging yourself to meet new goals and helping others!
  • Opened EnduranceSportsBar.com to have an additional outlet for inspiring/motivating others. Is one blog ever enough?

    Please help me give away four $25 gift certificates by voting for your favorite blogger in two polls currently at the Bar. Just click on the image below. (Voting ends Sunday, Dec. 14, at midnight Pacific Time) THANKS!!!

  • 35 comments:

    Gotta Run said...

    And I thought I was busy this past year!! Do you ever sleep? LOL!!

    You had one amazing year! I just know that 2009 will be another great one coming your way. Excited that we will toe the line together. :)

    TJ said...

    Great 08 Shirley.
    Will be following along in 09.

    Road Warrior said...

    My goodness, you have had one amazing year. I hope when you look back that you're as proud of your accomplishments as we all are of you.

    Amazing 2008, Shirley. Can't wait to see what's in store for 2009!

    Jenny Davidson said...

    One blog is never enough!

    Congratulations on a great year.

    Calyx Meredith said...

    So glad I found you in '08! What a year you've had. Can't wait to see what '09 brings. (I'm definitely hoping for fewer bullet points under your injury column!)

    Brent Buckner said...

    That's a fine year!

    Runner Leana said...

    What a fantastic year Shirley! Despite a couple of set backs you really did an impressive job training and racing. You are such an inspiration!

    DaveP said...

    The thing I am most impressed with is that she has put up with me for another year and we are still happily married.

    Thank all of you out there in blogland for supporting her. It means a lot.

    Dave

    Viv said...

    What a great year Shirley, well except for the hammy, glass, and crash but to achieve most of your goal is great! So glad I found your blog...I will belooking forward to follow you you on your next accomplishing year.

    Tammy said...

    Wow that's incredible. Great year 2008, Next year is going to just Rock. You go Shirley. I'm really glad I was able to meet you as well. You and Marathon Chris and everyone else who follow your blog. You all have been a true inspiration to me this year through all my ups and downs.

    Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

    That was a truly incredible year, especially with the injuries and such. Well done. Can't wait to see what you pull out of your hat for 2009. :-)

    Eileen Swanson said...

    Sweet year!! Woohoo, cheers to an even better one....

    XOXO

    mrjwhit~ said...

    WOW! You were a busy gal. Way to go!

    X-Country2 said...

    What a great 2008! Good luck in '09!

    peter said...

    Nice yearly wrapup. That's a lot of goals and most of them met. Wow!

    Smithposts said...

    Incredible 2008! Not only an accounting of your wins but your contributions too! You have touched so many people who are striving for their own successes. What a year!

    Cliff said...

    wow.that's quite an accomplishment.

    Btw, i voted :D

    Arland said...

    Wow Shirley, you make marathons seem like a walk in the park! Congratulations on a great year of endurance sports. I want to be like you when I grow up!!

    *aron* said...

    you are so awesome!!! CONGRATS on a great year! cant wait to see what 2009 will look like :)

    ShirleyPerly said...

    Thanks everyone!!! With all the setbacks I seemed to have this year, it was a good thing I was doing other things to keep my spirits up. Even when I could do little else than sit and type, I could still be a part of a wonderful community.

    Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

    Is your year already over, or do you still have till the end of December (to break the 200k swim barrier)?
    Anyway, it is good to keep records. Knowing that you are doing so no doubt got you out of bed to train some days you would not have wanted to. For me, one of the records I have had to keep is related to my work, which has meant that today I had to miss swimming so that my work record would not have a poor showing (and to try to keep the clients happy, too). Thanks for the comment about the Mac. I am using it now and more or less can do everything I was doing before. Fortunately, there are three other Macs in our household and each family member has a lot of experience with them. When I am less busy I will look at things like "i-Movie", etc.
    Enjoy your trip to Kona. Hope the waves are calm for you.

    Shannon said...

    Congratulations!

    I can't wait to hear about your plans for 09'.

    Rural Girl said...

    You've definitely been busy and accomplished a lot. Keep on showing us how to get 'er done in '09!!

    Girl on Top said...

    You are one wild woman!

    Girl on Top said...

    You are one wild woman!

    AddictedToEndorphins said...

    YOU are AMAZING!!!:) Great 2008! Wait til 2009!

    RBR said...

    I want to be you. I will never be as fast as you, but I hope I can be as hard working, giving, fun loving and AWESOME as you some day!

    Great season it was has been a pleasure to be along for the ride and I will be here for your even more amazing 2009 season!

    Susan said...

    What an impressive year! And I am most impressed with the level of calm and "just another day in the life of ShirleyPerly" this blog maintains. Most impressive!

    Sunshine said...

    What a magnificent year! Some goals not met in quite the way anticipated.. but some exceeded. Oh my, we can hardly wait to see your January marathon.

    Stef said...

    Thanks for the shout out Shirley!

    You had such a smashing year! Can't wait to meet you at B2B!

    Ryan said...

    Wow, what a great year. Congrats to you and lets make 09 even better. We WILL meet up this time at B2B for sure!

    Cory said...

    Awesome year. I have been keeping up, you are an inspiration.

    RoadBunner said...

    Oh my gosh! You have definitely been a busy bee this year. It must feel very good to see it all written out like that.

    mrjwhit~ said...

    Girl, you are a busy lady. Way to go. Very impressive.

    Julianne said...

    Boy, you were busy this year! 17 races and 7 of them marathons? Wow. You are my hero!!!