Well, the 2013 season has officially come to an end.  The season started off with a big challenge–the tearing of my plantar fascia (the fascia in the arch of the foot) has been by far the most challenging injury I’ve had to date.  But I learned a lot about the anatomy of the foot, perseverance, and how much I love feeling healthy and racing at 100%.

The year finished on a high note, with a sunny trip to Miami and a last minute race in the Cayman Islands.  The Miami race started off well with a solid, controlled swim & bike where I went onto the run in 2nd place.  From there the sun came out and I had a slight ‘melt-down’ on the run but hung on for a 5th place.  I was seriously worried about how high my heart rate was for the entire half marathon!! It was a little disappointing that the ‘elements’ of this race got the better of me, especially since I had finally got in a good uninterrupted run block in before this race, but that’s part of racing.

South Beach Miami

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 Taking in the sun & heat…

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The Miami Heat season opener….from the nosebleeds….

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A little exploring of the Flordia Keys post race….

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And then over to the Cayman Islands for one last Olympic distance race that I received an invite from the Cayman Island Triathlon Association to do and I gladly accepted!  It was fun, I haven’t done a oly-dist race in a long time, so it flew by and I came out with the win! The Cayman Islands are a wonderful place…I’ll be back for sure!!

 How beautiful is this…photo credit: Wayne RobertsCayman Swim

 On the bike…a little wet…

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 Finishing off the run….

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 And my homestay pet of the trip…a little kitty named Monkey…

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 Now back to winter…time to pull out the sweaters…

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So that’s a wrap on 2013.  Time for a little break from SBR and some reflection.  2014 is a new year and new season. For now, I embrace winter and dust off the skis!

Thanks to all those who stuck with me and supported me through all the ups & downs this year.  You know who you are and you rock.

Lisa