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Good morning, Me!

How are you? Have you had your coffee yet? Are the kids off to school? Good. Because I’ve been waiting all year to tell you all this stuff I’ve been holding in and I need to get it out.

I hate to be so brutally honest, but you kind of started 2010 like a scaredy cat. I was a little worried about you. You bought a wet suit for your tri training, but you were afraid to get into the water because everyone kept talking about sharks. Plus, the training last year was along the murky causeway and it was disgusting and someone got stung by a Man O War and you came face to face with a giant jellyfish and your head got all messed up. This was actually your biggest hurdle in 2010, your own self, girl!! 

But then someone else hated swimming at the causeway too (I remember you were really thankful for that since you were new to the group and you didn’t want to be the one to say something) and suggested Honeymoon Island instead. So you found an E-book online that talked specifically about sharks at Honeymoon Island, and it said yes, there are indeed sharks, but they don’t care about you anyway and there were statistics on shark bites along florida since 1882 and only 4 of those were fatalities. Your head enjoyed statistics. You didn’t really voice your fears out loud to anyone in the group because you were too proud, so you just bucked up.

You got over it and you got to a point where you could just swim and wipe your mind blank. I was really proud of you for that!! After all, you didn’t wanna look like a big ninny in front of everyone in the group because you’re such a headcase and all. (You know I’m kidding. Sort of. It’s a good thing you know my sense of humor!)

Well anyway, not only did you train in the open water, you also got a few lessons from one of the big swim coaches in the area who helped you with the mental part of it! Good for you.

Oh, and you got down to your goal weight! You went through some ups and downs to get there, but you really did buckle down in the end! I’m proud of you! And hey, good move going back to Weight Watchers. You know you’re silly trying to go it alone. You’re a “structure” girl when it comes to eating.

This was also a really cool year for meeting your bloggy friends! You went to Fitbloggin, you crossed the half-marathon finish line with your Sisterhood sisters in San Diego (I can’t believe you guys got that huge company to sponsor you!!!) and April was there when you finished the St. Anthony’s Triathlon! (She’s awesome, isn’t she?) And you finished the St. Anthony’s Triathlon!!!! That’s HUGE!! It was awesome that you completed such a big goal at the beginning of the year because you could relax and have fun doing smaller ones for the rest of the year. That training got pretty grueling! There were times that you thought maybe you were crazy to even try it!!

After St. Anthony’s, you did a couple more sprints tri’s over the summer and finished the season with the last one in October and you made a new PR in all of them! At this point, you still don’t believe you have as much cajones as you do. But whatever, headcase.

By the way, your family is really proud of you. Your son did his first kids’ race. You celebrated 5 years of marriage with your husband and your years  together just keep getting better and better! He’s really awesome, but you know that already. And his company did really well this year, so you can stop worrying about that.

You have really gained a sense of self this year! Your freelance work really started to take off now that the kids are in preschool in the mornings. And you were finally able to enjoy your training because you weren’t afraid of it anymore! Look at everything you’re doing!

But that’s probably the biggest lesson you’re going to learn this year. You have some big cajones. Now if you’d only just stop sitting on them…

Well, I can’t wait to see you next January! (Which is today for me!) It’s 2011 now, and you should just about be ready for that Disney Marathon…


(By the way, you did find a running buddy to run those long ones with you. Whew!)


Future Me