|January - the month of no sugar. Photo from http://www.catesnutrition.com/sweet-deception/
Started the year off in style with a 1am drunken barefoot run to Qdoba in Lexington, KY with a bunch of camp friends. First Master's practice back I got promoted to Lane 6 "and promptly died" (I am still struggling in that lane today!). Turned 27 and celebrated with a long solo road ride, complete with nosh at The Wolf (best granola bars eva!). Gave up sugar for this month (except my birthday) and was really encouraged by how I felt - try it sometime!
|February - Bonk Hard Chill 12hr AR. Arriving at the wrong checkpoint and realizing we have to turn around.
Celebrated my 1-year anniversary of orienteering with a women's win on the red course (and 4th overall) at SLOC's Cliff Cave meet. Reinforced that "a bad day in the woods is better than a good day on the couch" at the Bonk Hard Chill 12hr AR. Won my age group and was 7th overall female at Castlewood Cup 15k. Bought a Garmin 310XT, named it Rover, and hired my first coach. Also made friends with one of my favorite training partners - Megan!
|March - Red Course as part of Gateway Grunt weekend. Big mistake at 4 and bigger one at 6.
Kicked off my first month as a coached athlete with nearly 80 hours of training! Experienced my first MAF test, first flop swim, and last indoor soccer game. Put new blingy wheels on the mountain bike with the help of Ballwin Cycles. Spent a weekend in the woods at S-F Ranch to help SLOC put on the Gateway Grunt and learned that red courses can school me.
|April - swimming outside in Denver. Photo by Sonja W.
|May - Mission 18hr AR with Bill and Mike. This is prior to the world premier of Mike's muskrat song.
Despite a hurty knee, raced the Mission 18hr AR and got to swim for a CP, I was so stoked! Made some visits to SLIR and BJC to figure out what was going on with the knee, and didn't find out much. Finished 3rd female at ICCP MTB race and shared the podium with some speedy ladies. Started OWS-ing with Big Shark at New Town. Also at the end of this month I moved apartments for a cheaper and quieter place!
|June - Grandma's Marathon, mile 24. Finished just under 5hrs! Photo by Mom.
|July - STL's women's mtb scene is incredible.
|August - after Pigman I got to hang out with my cousins! They were awesome cheerers! Photo by Mom.
Spent a super training weekend in Branson with some fine chicas and got to preview a gnarly 70.3 course! Triathlon race season began late for me with Pigman HIM (S36:33, B2:50, R1:56, T5:27:58) , where I got to enjoy family and club support. It wasn't the best race ever, but no major disaster!
|September - Branson 70.3, running in a huge rainstorm!
Realized huge gains in the pool and PR'd my 1000y TT by almost a minute - 15:29! Started tweeting. Raced Branson 70.3 (S35:55, B3:30, R1:51, T6:01:19), which qualified me for the 2012 70.3 World Champs...and turned the slot down. I will have other fish to fry next fall, and hopefully they will taste like adventure racing.
|October - not my Halloween costume...my kit for ITU LC WC! Photo by Christy C-S.
|November - ITU LC WC. Photo by Jason D.
|December - putting it all together for a solid race at Castlewood 8hr AR.
That's all for 2011 folks! It's almost a wrap! Now get outside and enjoy the last few hours (and training opportunities) of the year!