Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 Surprises in 2010

Wow, what a special year 2010 has been, not so much because of what I did but rather because of many things I did not expect. Here are my top 10 surprises in no particular order:

1. Finished my 8 year long 50 states marathon quest with 8 sub-4 marathons (3:39-3:58). They were the fastest multiple marathon race times for me since I got into tris back in 2006. Thank you, Coach Bill, for getting me to the finish lines and more!

2. Entered a bikini contest! Holy moly, this is something I never thought I'd do but it was to help a friend raise awareness for a good cause, not to show off my old body. Still, submitting my photo to be voted on publicly was one of the hardest/scariest things I've ever done. I'd rather run a marathon or do an ironman!

3. Ran my first ultramarathon. Thought my legs would be wanting a bit of a rest after my 50 states were done but no...
Derby 50K (actually 31.5 mi), 4:45:18, 4/19 Female.

4. Joined Facebook, finally. Finding it to be a wonderful way to stay in touch with friends and make more friends. Unfortunately though, it's taken nearly all my time away from blogging :-(

5. Found a great tri club. After years of merrily training mostly on my own, I joined a new tri club at my Y, had loads of fun training with others and I even got up the courage to do some short races. EEKS!

6. Did a 21 events this year! Started the year focused on getting my 50 states done and thinking running 8 marathons would keep me from doing much else. Boy, was I wrong...

7. Visited Australia. I tagged along on one of my hubby biz trips and got an unexpected trip of a lifetime!

8. Signed up for the Boston Marathon, again. I am really not a fan of big, expensive races but the chance to meet up with friends I'd probably never see in person otherwise was too much too resist. Now I'm just going to have to make that race worth every penny ;-)

9. Was a part of Bree Wee's Spreading Aloha to the Marshallese project. This was my first time bringing holiday cheer to folks who don't have much and the best Christmas for me in years!


10. Heard about Team Mango Racing's new half & full iron tris in Kona mid-February starting in 2011. No qualifying, no residency requirements and no race fees. It's a dream come true for someone who loves racing without much hassles or hoopla. (And I now have a new big goal that will probably keep me busy for years :-)

Happy New Year & may 2011 be full of nice surprises for you!!!

31 comments:

Pancit said...

Wow! What a great year you had! I'm so glad I met you. (Well, kinda sorta met you. LOL!) Many blessings for another great year! And hopefully I can really meet you when you visit Austin. :-)

Meg said...

I just saw your happy smile on Bree Wee's blog the other day and I was wondering what had happened to you. You haven't been sitting around, that's obvious! I also reread your swimming adventures that you have posted and I appreciate the time you took to record your swimming experiences leading up to this year. I'm totally NEW and starting swimming has been a challenge so it's good to get some long term perspective from you!
Happy New Year, Shirley!!

Petraruns said...

What a year you've had! What experiences and achievements - well done my lovely. And I, for one, cannot wait to see you in Boston and am SO grateful you're going to the trouble to get there. Happy new 2011 lovely Shirley!

DaveP said...

I'm just amazed she is still putting up with me.
Love,
Dave

Road Warrior said...

Happy New Year, Shirley. It was so nice to have dinner with you and Dave earlier this year. Looking forward to seeing you again in Boston!

Lisa said...

Happy New Year! May 2011 be equally fantastic for you!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Happy New Year!
You did a good thing with the Bree Wee project.
Good for you.

nylisa said...

Fantastic, Shirley! Happy New Year to you!

renemayerfl said...

Hi Shirley,
cool blog! Hope to see you on the roads in Central FL in 2011!

renemayerfl said...

and I bet you have a great 2011!

Molly said...

You kicked butt this year - what a wonderful celebration you had all year long! Great job - can't wait to see what you do with 2011!

Susan said...

Excellent list, my friend! Thanks for inspiring me, as usual! :)

Lily on the Road said...

What a year...how are you going to top that? Really, why would you want to? Wishing you and Dave a Very HAPPY, LOVING, WARM NEW YEAR!

Maria said...

What a great year you had! Thank you for letting me tag along on your adventures!
I can't believe you've finished your 50 marathons in 50 states...You are truly a woman made of iron!
Happy New Year!

Jennifer Neu said...

Happy New Year - Wow congrats on finishing your 50 state quest in 2010!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Great to hear from you and all the best in 2011!!!

lindsay said...

yes i do miss you on the blogosphere, even though i do get to 'see' you occasionally on facebook. congrats on a great 2010! phew, your 50 in 8 yrs? i need to step up my game apparently! :)

maybe we can meet up in boston! i'm not running, but hoping to spectate...

Kate said...

Congratulations on completing your 50 states quest! Looks like your trip to Australia was fantastic, too. Happy new year!

Aron said...

what an exciting year for you!!!

I miss you here in blogland but at least I get to see you on FB :)

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Those are some great top 10's!!! i am sure if you really sat down and listed all of the greats from this past year the list would be very long :)

Marlene said...

What a year! I hope you are thoroughly and pleasantly surprised throughout 2011 as well!

Kate said...

Thanks for the comments and jacket suggestion. That sounds like just the ticket. One more thing on the ever-expanding "to buy" list! :)

Regina said...

Love me some good surprises and your rock! well done kid!

lizzie lee said...

Awesome recap... Congrats again for conquering your 50/50... and for winning the bikini contest (I assume you did win it)...

Great year, please, bring and share more surprises in 2011!!!

PS: Yes, I missed you blogging!!!

Shawn said...

50 states is awesome - 50 state sub 4 is mind blowing to me. You rock lady!

lizzie lee said...

Did Humble Triathlete stop blogging?

ShirleyPerly said...

Lizzie, yes, for now. This year I just have too much going on trying to sell our house and move to Hawaii, and no big race goals (just doing a few races only for fun, no PRs).

Will be following folks on Facebook, however!

dangel said...

congratulation!!.. you done well.



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Sunshine said...

Not on Facebook... yet..
but wanted you to know we think of you.
We may finally run in Casper.

Best wishes.

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

Shirley, keep up the blogging. Facebook is fine for snippets of information, but there is nothing like a good blog post!

peter said...

Glad to see you finished the fifty club. Good times!