2016 Recap

Time is almost up for 2016. I was looking back through my year, and though I didn't really plan it that way, it turned out great! I just focused on a few quality local events that I enjoy, at least one marathon, a century and a triathlon, and sprinkle on a few other fun things. I started off the year with a trophy in the run department, did a fun century ride in the spring, took up SUPping in the summer, and qualified for USAT Age Group Nationals in the fall. The SUP took over my swim time, but I found a new way to enjoy the bay and the outdoors and support swims! My mom, sisters and I completed the 2016 miles in 2016 as a team and are going to do it on our own again next year. I used my phone as a fit tracker. Google fit seems pretty accurate when I compared it to my Garmin totals. According to Google Fit, I ended up with about 2,206 miles of cycling, mostly commuting.  Very low mileage on the run, only 729, mostly because of strength training at the gym. I did 12 weeks with a personal trainer, Gabrielle, who is with World Gym on DeHaro now. Working with a trainer or a coach is a great investment in your fitness.

DSE Rainbow Falls 5k, 5th pl f
Oakland Running Festival, 1st pl masters f
Chico Wildflower Century
DSE 50th Anniversary 5k, 1st AG
SF Marathon
Dolphin Tri vs. SERC, 1 point for SERC!
Marin County Tri, 2nd AG, Qualified for USAT Nationals!
Krampus Cross Country 10k
Did 2016 miles in 2016 with my mom and sisters!
2016 Miles

When I look back on 2016, I remember all the fun times I had in the bay with my swim family, quality time outside on trails with pup and riding up and down hills with friends.

Wishing all a peaceful and Happy New Year!

My Strava Year

December Recap

December was a busy month, basically prepping for the new year. This time of year there are less events and training slows down, so I use this time to nestle in and do some home improvements. My main thing is minimalism and time management, so I try to organize my life and living space around all these different activities: work, cook, eat, sleep, dog, run, swim, bike, SUP, camp, art, journal, host. I did Twelve Days of Decluttering with Bella Organizing where we cleaned and organized a different section of our mess each day. This was very helpful because I cleared out some more stuff and did some deep cleaning and inventory. I found that by focusing on this project for a series of days, I started to get clever ideas and dreamt about closet hacks. I feel like I have a lot more space in my closet and now won't be scrambling around for everything when I need something, because it is all in one area and I know exactly where things are. Here are some photos.

My dog helping me recycle

It was a nice mellow Holiday Season and got a chance to rest. I baked some cookies and bread to share and spent some quality time with puppers running on the trails. We made our Christmas wreath from the Presidio.

Ecology Trail

First frost

Another thing I tried was getting up extra early and running with Back on My Feet. That was a great experience and I look forward to more runs with them. Group training helps keep everyone motivated.

Running with BOMSF

SF City Hall
The bike commute this time of year is great, not that many cars. I was gifted a Lumos helmet and bright front light, which not only makes me feel safer, but I actually look forward to commuting at night now! I have received compliments from drivers on my new helmet.

To cap the month off, went swimming in the Bay to celebrate Coach Jake's birthday! It was so cold, I could only last 10 minutes without a wetsuit!


Krampus Cross Country 10k

Checked off my holiday fun run with this weekend's Krampus Cross Country 10k!  The trails were a little muddy after the rains but that just added to the adventure. Ran into George Rehmet, Laurel and other members of SERC who were delving into on-shore activities. Squeaked in under an hour (59:40) and found a woodallion on the trail, which I traded in for a prize! I was a little out of shape but I love running in the Presidio so this was great motivation to stay active during the cool and wet month of December.

Post run treats and prizes!

Krampus Medal

Krampus Brooks Tech-tee


November Recap

Swimming in the Bay
November was a time of transition. I'll admit, it was a bit stressful! I have always felt the environment and social justice never gets the respect it deserves, and this election cycle was no different. This is why we can't ignore politics, because it directly affects us. People and the environment are literally under attack. Time to ramp up our efforts to preserve and protect the planet! Clean water doesn't happen by accident. It comes from the efforts of people that have fought to protect it. Luckily we have tools to build community around these issues, just as we do with our running and triathlon communities. Let's use them!

Some things I did this month:
  • Started thinking about next year's training and events
  • Switched to a credit union (divest from fossil fuels and banks that support them)
  • Donate to Oceti Sakowin camp
  • Enrolled in Clean Power SF - Super Green program
  • Cutting out red meat and dairy
  • Did more sketching, motivated by art activism

Here is a recap of the month in photos:

Swimming in the Bay

Stand Up Paddling at Alcatraz

Dog runs
Indoor Training with Trainer Road

Making art postcards in support of the Standing Rock Sioux, who are on the frontline for our fight for climate / social justice and water protection

Think globally, act locally!

June in Pictures

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