I learned a lot about myself and what I want and where I want to go with my life.
I finally hit a wall and realized that I can't avoid that balance of real life vs triathlon life. There is a needed separation between the two, and real life needs to take first chair. Triathlon is just a hobby, after all. (albeit a time consuming one!)
If you are unhappy, first figure out why, then change things so that you are happy!
If there is something that you want, GO GET IT!!!
I finally realized who "my people" are. If you are a beer drinking runner/swimmer/cyclist/triathlete dork who doesn't mind staring at graphs and nerding out over zombies, welcome to my club! (I am currently taking applications for membership....)
I realized that yes, you can spend $22,000 a year on Ironman and triathlon. I did not spend anywhere close to this much, but I realized that it is totally possible.
My pride has been my biggest downfall. My knee injury was prolonged due to my hubris and lack of respect of listening to others. I also wish I had a crystal ball.
Saddle sores suck, and yes, they do prevent you from riding at your potential.
ALWAYS wear sunscreen between the hours of 10AM and 4PM, even if it is pouring rain for 90 mins and even if there is a 5% chance that it will become bright and sunny for the next 4.5 hours. It happened, because there was a 5% chance.
Eating 11 Gu's in one day IS possible. I don't recommend it.
There is no one magic food. There is no one way to train. EVERYONE is different and has different needs/goals.
Going out of your comfort zone sucks, but in the end it bears fruit and you will learn something about yourself that you never knew you were capable of.
If you have a coach, listen to him/her! This is why you have a coach!
If I thought that I worked hard this past season, this next season is gonna make 2011 look like cake!
Don't always expect success 100% of the time.
I find it funny that you figure out how to do something properly immediately after you completely fail at it the first time. Learn from your mistakes, anyone? Unfortunately sometimes it takes 13 months before you can apply that learned mistake!
Avocado and red wine and dark chocolate are some of the best things on earth.
Meeting other bloggers is awesome. Nuff said.
I am proud to say that I have actual friends spread out all across the country, and a lot of them I have met through the internet. Creepy? Fortunately none of you are! (so far....) :)
Finally, I really just want to PR every single distance I attempt in 2012!
Wishing you a happy and fruitful and uber successful 2012!!!!