2013-It Was a Very Good Year

Year in review! I wanted to break it down month by month, if for nobody else but myself. If you know me in real life, you know all of these things already, but some of my blog friends only met me in Sept or Oct, so a lot of this is new stuff that shows a side of me you possibly haven’t seen yet.

January-slow month! I found out that for 2012 I was a nationally ranked triathlete-anyone is if they complete 3 USAT sanctioned races. I was 1904 of 2082, but that’s such a small, elite pool of women, I was really happy. January was also the month I started teaching classes at the YMCA. It’s been scary-I’m not good at being the center of attention or in front of crowds-but a really, really good thing for me. January I logged 34.92 run miles and 38.25 bike miles outside, in addition to plenty of gym workouts. I also took my friend Allison to a swanky “cake festival” for her birthday:

plate one of possibly too many
plate one of possibly too many

February-even slower! We settled on a honeymoon destination of Italy/Ireland. I ate things, cooked things, and possibly drank things. I also ran 25.35 miles outside and taught several terrifyingly awesome classes at the YMCA. What do you do when you’re stuck in the longest short month ever and it’s freezing cold out? Make yourself a wall to celebrate your past victories, with plenty of space for the upcoming race season.

don't mind if I pat myself on the back!
don’t mind if I pat myself on the back!

March-March was a fun month. Jeff’s birthday involved having friends over and lots of fun, and then for my birthday we took a week long trip to Boston with my friends Angela and Allison. Museums, boats, witches, and beer. And lots of seafood. I ran 33.28 miles, biked 51.78, and walked all up and down the east coast.

Laura's birthday lunch of choice? Adult lunchables!
Laura’s birthday lunch of choice? Adult lunchables!
Jeff was so excited for our lunch he couldn't see straight!
Jeff was so excited for our lunch he couldn’t see straight!
My favorite meal of the trip-Legal Seafood on the harbor. So good!
My favorite meal of the trip-Legal Seafood on the harbor. So good!
the house we rented for the trip. We had the whole first floor-Airbnb rocks!
the house we rented for the trip. We had the whole first floor-Airbnb rocks!
Union Oyster house. Their clams were all sandy and gross, aw shucks!
Union Oyster house. Their clams were all sandy and gross, aw shucks!
Jeff loves all things maritime. Yay boats!
Jeff loves all things maritime. Yay boats!
I'm a huge project runway nerd. I may have squealed when we happened upon Mood.
I’m a huge project runway nerd. I may have squealed when we happened upon Mood.
The only way I could have geeked out more was if I'd gotten to pet the store mascot, Swatch. Oh, wait, I DID!
The only way I could have geeked out more was if I’d gotten to pet the store mascot, Swatch. Oh, wait, I DID!
Our day of walking around NYC made us tired. We found the best view in town to spend our last moments until the bus ride home.
Got this photo from my brother while he was dogsitting. Foster drinks because Mommy leaves.
Got this photo from my brother while he was dogsitting. Foster drinks because Mommy leaves.

April-April was spent training for my half marathon, bridesmaid dress shopping, and preparing our monster project for the year. The previous summer was terribly dry in Nebraska, and I was quite distracted from my homeowner duties by lots of biking and running, so the first level of our backyard was a dead, scraggly mess. Jeff and I decided it would look much better bricked in as a patio. So began a project you’ll see repeated throughout here. I ran 50.04 miles and biked 104.26.

tilling the patio area
tilling the patio area
a few bricks down, a million to go
a few bricks down, a million to go
spoiler alert...we didn't pick these.
spoiler alert…we didn’t pick these.

May-Half Marathon, Lucky Bucket 7k trail run, .  I biked 231.31 miles and ran 40.79. I was a part of the National Bike Challenge on Endomondo (our city took first!) and had gotten into my IronMan training,  and it really shows here! I was excited to run the half, and I didn’t set a PR, but thanks to my friend Kristina for running every step of the way with me, I did get in another sub 2:00 half-1:58:31 to be exact. Jeff was waiting at the finish line and much bacon was consumed post-race.

am I DONE yet?
am I DONE yet?
This had to be pre-race, because I cursed that bib placement when I got too hot for my hoodie.
This had to be pre-race, because I cursed that bib placement when I got too hot for my hoodie.
Laura can't have nice things-shoes were full of mud!
Laura can’t have nice things-shoes were full of mud!
I was pretty proud of the flowerbed I built! Dug that thing up by hand.
I was pretty proud of the flowerbed I built! Dug that thing up by hand.
Pre-Half Marathon Carb loading. Tiramisu.
Pre-Half Marathon Carb loading. Tiramisu.
I was the queen of sand mountain! And then we had to haul it all to our backyard.
I was the queen of sand mountain! And then we had to haul it all to our backyard.

June-Ran 29.53 and biked 279.54 miles-yay bike challenge! I also had a pretty fantastic weekend the first of June-PR’ed my favorite in-town 10k at 54:00 flat and the next day was the second time I ran the Omaha Women’s Triathlon. My times were S21:24 T1-2:02 B-53:39 T2-1:24 R-27:20 F-1:45:51. For reference, the previous year I did S25:51 T1 1:25 B-53:09 T2-50.8 R-28:44 F-1:50:01, so I improved a good 4 minutes from year to year. And most of that was in the swim, all thanks to my friend Jen. You’ll see her below, she’s the one surfing in her wedding dress. My friends are awesome. Jeff and I also squeezed in a weekend trip to Kansas City before wedding craziness took over our lives. We stayed at Southmoreland on the Plaza, and I’d totally recommend it to anyone. Cute rooms, the best breakfast I’ve ever had at a hotel, and SO close to everything without all the city noise.

That's my girl, surfing in her wedding dress!
That’s my girl, surfing in her wedding dress!
Yes, I seriously posted a photo of me in a swimsuit. To show that I'm the only crazy out there not using a wetsuit. This always bugs me at tri's, but not enough to actually buy a wetsuit.
Yes, I seriously posted a photo of me in a swimsuit. To show that I’m the only crazy out there not using a wetsuit. This always bugs me at tri’s, but not enough to actually buy a wetsuit.
Could I BE any goofier looking? Don't fall off the bike, nerd!
Could I BE any goofier looking? Don’t fall off the bike, nerd!
There better be some good freaking sushi in my future after this!
There better be some good freaking sushi in my future after this!
Best. Breakfast. Ever. Jeff agrees.
Best. Breakfast. Ever. Jeff agrees.

July-Ran 57.99 and biked 339.91 miles. This was my biggest training month, like, EVER. SO much preparation. That’s really all I did, besides eat things. And build the patio.

IronMan planning session.
IronMan planning session.
ALMOST done!
ALMOST done!

August-Ran 50.53 and biked 270. This was the month of bridal showers, big triathlons, and bachelorette parties. I wrote a whole recap of the IronMan, so you can read that if you want. Suffice to say, much as it goes for lots of things I try, it didn’t go exactly as I’d hoped, but I still came in with what I thought was a decent time-7:24:56. Yep, that race was almot equivalent to an entire work day. I’m really glad I did it, but at this point I’m not convinced I’ll ever do that again.

carb loading. It's important.
carb loading. It’s important.
tri suits are SO flattering.
tri suits are SO flattering.
running it in after a LONG day. Is the monochromatic look slimming?
running it in after a LONG day. Is the monochromatic look slimming?

September-Ran 6 miles (according to my trackers…I may have slacked there), biked 70.19, and walked all over Europe. My numbers dipped like crazy, but I feel like I may have been a bit busy that month…Jeff recapped our honeymoon pretty fantastically on his blog, but I’ll throw in a few photos for good measure.

almost time for "first look"!
almost time for “first look”!
Our wedding party.
Our wedding party.
Mr & Mrs Anderson
Mr & Mrs Anderson
St Peter's bacilica in Vatican City
St Peter’s bacilica in Vatican City
Selfie at the Colosseum
Selfie at the Colosseum
Castle Malahide
Castle Malahide
Trattoria Morgana...amazing food.
Trattoria Morgana…amazing food.
cacio e pepe...favorite Italian meal. So simple, but so delicious!
cacio e pepe…favorite Italian meal. So simple, but so delicious!
I think we ate some meat...
I think we ate some meat…
happy girl.
happy girl.

October-Ran 20 and biked 13. October was a rough month for me. Coming down off of 2 super busy previous months was nice, and I capitalized on the much needed rest. I ran the market to market relay for the second year running, and again it about destroyed me. It’s a roughly 80 mile relay race between Omaha and Lincoln. Last year, my appendix almost ruptured 2 days later, and this year, my endometriosis started flaring up like crazy during the week after. I couldn’t do anything more than go to work and then lay on our couch at night clutching all things heating pad. I usually make it 12-14 months between surgeries for this disease, but I didn’t quite make it to 11 this time before we had to have fairly immediate surgery. In my doctor’s words, my endometriosis was severe, and my ovaries were a disaster. I felt better pretty quickly after surgery, but it was a tougher go-round than some of my previous ones, and my workout logs showed it.

gorgeous October hike at Indian Caves
gorgeous October hike at Indian Caves
relay DONE!
relay DONE!
No Coffee No Smiley.
No Coffee No Smiley.

November-Ran 26.36 and biked 39.62 miles. Trying to get back in the swing of things, when the swing fell out from below me. Had my post op meeting with my doctor where he determined there was really no more point trying to put a band-aid on things that would never get better. We scheduled my hysterectomy for the 30th of November and it went pretty well, all things considered. Spent most of November trying to get my head right and spending time with friends and family.

We're the 3 best friends that anyone could have...
We’re the 3 best friends that anyone could have…
Jeff and I at our favorite local watering hole.
Jeff and I at our favorite local watering hole.

December-Ran/Walked 42 and biked 14. Most months I left my walking out of the tally, but this month it was important as it was all I could do. It’s been a terribly hard month for someone as fidgety and impatient as me. I don’t sit still well, I don’t think traditional rules of healing apply to me, and I try to do everything too fast. As a result, my recovery had some setbacks and they were mostly my own fault. Trying to do too much too soon resulted in quite a few miserable nights, days, and frustrated one frustrated girl. We had a great Christmas together, and I’m so excited to start 2014 feeling mostly healthy and knowing for the first time in 12 years that there’s not a surgery in my future.

If you made it this far, I’m truly impressed. I wanted to give myself a monthly play by play of the year that was. There was so much good in this year that it seems trivial to even mention the not so awesome stuff. I have goals for 2014 and I hope to meet them all. But if I don’t, as long as I’m mindful of my actions and try to treat everyone as I’d like to be treated, live my life to the fullest, and fully enjoy myself I’ll consider it a success. We’re spending our New Year’s Eve the only way you should-surrounded by close friends & family, enjoying good food & drink, and possibly playing some games that prove we’re all of the same dirty mindset. Hope you’re ready, 2014, we’re coming to get ya!

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