Yesterday, I ran the Decker Challenge, which is a half marathon around Decker Lake in Austin. It’s got some rolling hills and one short and steep hill that I remember doing on a bike back in my early triathlon days. I went out yesterday morning not sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at how the day went.
The race didn’t start until 8:00 a.m., so it wasn’t a crazy early start. The temperature was in the low fifties the entire morning, which was perfect running weather. I got to visit with friends the entire way, which was lovely because I had quality time to catch up with both Kerry and Amy. The morning went quickly, I think because we were talking the entire time. And before I knew it, I was done with the hills and the race. I’m surprised to say it was painless.
I think Decker is my last race for the year. This wasn’t a spectacular racing year, though I did complete my fifth Ironman at my second fastest time. I didn’t do the half Ironman I had planned, and I skipped the Portland Marathon, so I definitely came up short on my goals, but it was a good year for other reasons.
I’ve decided that 2015 will be heavy on the racing front. One thing I learned this year is that I need training to be a central part of my life, no matter what else is going on. So next year I’m going big. Details to follow.