It has been a wonderful year, 2009, looking back. Athletically, I finished some amazingly difficult races and placed at most of them:
Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
Worlds Toughest Half Ironman, Auburn CA
Pier to Peak Half Marathon, Santa Barbara CA
Endurance Challenge Half Marathon, Sausalito CA
I was busy training several athletes for their races- most notably, Anthony Barton qualified for Kona as a 40-year old, practically twice this year, but got the "earned" spot at IM AZ2. Marisa Lopez completed a grueling Marathon in Big Bear, CA. Amy Mayfield completed the Nike Womens Half Marathon AND the Pier to Peak Half Marathon this year. John Muse also completed a 4:07 Marathon in the 50-year AG and is going again in March for the sub 4 mark at the ING Marathon.
Being my own "boss" has also helped me to focus on what I have always known I was good at- and that is coaching Volleyball. I started Montecito Volleyball Club this year up here in the North County Region (SCVA). I have 1 team- a 16-1s team, and our first tournament is January 9, 2010. I was also the Head Volleyball Coach for the Girls Team at CATE School in Carpinteria, and we made playoffs for the first time in several years. That was a great accomplishment and I made many friends and was able to train many talented athletes there at that school.
Looking forward to 2010, I am going to enjoy my sister Taylor's last season as an Oregon Duck- she is a Senior guard for their basketball team and is going to set the record for all-time 3-point leaders. I am going to do the Catalina Marathon in March on my 31st birthday, and then do some smaller sprint and Olympic distance triathlons over the summer. I really want to focus on making the volleyball team and programs out here successful.
Hope that you take some time to reflect on your year and write down some of the things you are most proud of. I am blessed in that I am able to work with so many people each day that want to better their health. That is exciting for me.
Here's to a wonderful 2010!
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