Give a Cheer!
Jeff B didn’t let an injury derail his plans and smartly managed injury and still made it to his goal races.
Accepting the Challenges
Emma had a big life event in 2018!
Jen G’s goals were derailed by injury. She explains:
Consistency Pays Big Rewards
Leslie reminds us that the choices you make don’t have to be big ones. She says:
Linda M demonstrates to us that you can make a difference in YOU every single day!
Kristen J put in a lot of work and it shows. She had a fantastic year! She explains:
And since the 2018 CLA Team Challenge was a big success last year, we’ll be offering a version of it again this year. Stay tuned!
Anthony says “My top 1 success in 2018 is my failed marathon.” And he used this failure as a catalyst to make changes.
Scott B was in a bike crash early in the year and broke two ribs, a collar bone, but most unexpectedly the doctors found an aneurysm. He was able to continue training once healed from the bike crash. In May, the aneurysm had grown.
“Top of list would be the recovery from open heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm and new aortic valve for stenosis. During the surgery the doctors were shocked that I could run at all. I now have Gortex on the inside (aorta replacement) and a pig valve. Recovery was truly unbelievable to the doctors that I returned to work 3.5 weeks after surgery and was doing the grandpa shuffle at the 3 week mark. The continued training and my health provided me with the ability to heal quickly and return to the training. I have recovered 1 min/mile of the lost pace. Still have a ways to go but ran my first race at Thanksgiving, and preparing for 204 mile adventure relay in the spring (on a 12 person team). Hopefully then a Olympic Tri 2 weeks later.”
WOW! This is still the first word that comes to mind when I think of Scott. In the several years we have been working together Scott has done some amazing events, juggled a tough schedule, taken time to really enjoy family and had some significant setbacks yet Scott always shows up to do his best. He misses workouts here and there, he modifies as he needs but I know he gives it whatever he can. I too was in awe along with his doctors at all he was able to do before and how well he is coming back after his surgery. I can’t wait for a GREAT 2019 Scott! Cheers to you!
When Life Throws you Lemons
And with this exercise, it is natural that I have been asked about what my successes for 2018 were. There were a few fun goal events, there were setbacks and lessons learned but at the end of it all, what did I consider my biggest successes?
It would be simple to say my biggest success of 2018 was finishing my first ever 100 mile trail race! It was amazing!! Much like my first Ironman, I know it will stay with me for a long time.
One of my best lessons and thus successes this year was accepting some of the challenges that were thrown at me and forced me to approach my training a whole different way. Travel with my family, a ruptured plantar, other health issues and wanting to be present for my athletes meant my training had to take a back seat much of the time. I learned to be more flexible with my own training, fitting in what I could when I could. In doing this and in hindsight, I realized this allowed me to pay more attention to my body and my brain each day and make adjustments to training.
In the past I, like many athletes, might have overridden my body to get in that workout because it was on the schedule or because I did not know when else I could do it. In the end, I did have some down time because of the fluke foot injury but I also had some of the best weeks of running I have had in years.
I re-learned the value of cross training. No surprise to many of you, I love to train but also like many of you I don’t always love to do all the things I should. When I injured my foot my option was to ride my bike. I had not ridden this much since training for Ironman 5 years ago and I had forgotten how much I can enjoy a few mindless hours on the bike on a summer day. The cycling made me stronger and is one of the biggest reasons I was able to come off injury to do the Wonderland Trail and the Tunnel Hill 100 miler.
Underneath this though there are several lessons that I think are even more important.
Injury, life and circumstances forced me really evaluate what would let me train and prepare for a 100 miler and make it to the start line. I had to pay attention to my body and do just enough yet not too much. I had to stay positive and focused. And it worked.
It was such a valuable lesson, that I’ll be working on having all my athletes really consider how they can bring patience and emotional resilience into their training. This is just the start!
On to 2019!
It’s always satisfying to see the huge range of both failures and successes that my athletes have in any one year. I definitely add failures as a valuable lesson. It’s with the failures and challenges that we all learn and make adjustments to achieve those daily successes which add up to great things. I challenge each of you to dream big and take on a challenge that scares you just a little in 2019. Great things can come from it!
If you can’t think of a goal, let me know! I would bet we can come up with something and we’ll be offering some 2019 themed challenges which have running, strength or cross training goals so there will be something for everyone.
Everyone has something to celebrate and it is such an honor to work with all of you!
Cheers to a great 2019!!!