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Theme of the Year - HILLS

Welcome to 2014!  Ok, it is a bit late but better late than never?

2013 ended pretty uneventfully for me.  After having a terrible run at the Fall Classic Half Marathon, I made an appointment with my Dr. to see why I was struggling so much.  Blood tests revealed I was completely normal.  Ugh!  My iron levels were a little low but not enough to explain why my running was suffering so much.  After another visit to the Dr and some more questions and test, I was put on an inhaler.  Seems that when you can't get enough oxygen into your system because your lungs are tight, you don't perform very well when running.  Well, let me tell you, this inhaler has made a world of difference.  

Christmas and New Years came and went very quietly.  Most of December saw me working out regularly but not at the same intensity and volume as in the summer.  I also took time out to eat and drink pretty much whatever I wanted.  

Although I no longer make New Year's resolutions, I did get right back on the fitness bandwagon come January 1st and have stayed there ever since.  

My first race of 2014 is next weekend at the Langley Historic Half Marathon.  This is my first time running this race and it looks like a hilly one.  Perfect to prepare me for some of my big races in 2014.  

The theme of the year - HILLS.

Here is what my 2014 race season looks like:

February 16, 2014 - Historic Half, Langley BC
April 6, 2014 - Fools Run (Half Marathon), Sechelt BC
April 26, 2014 - Delta Sprint Triathlon, Delta BC
May 3, 2014 - St.George 70.3, St. George, Utah
July 6, 2014 - Maratona dles Dolomites, Alta Badia, Italy
July 27, 2014 - Ironman Canada
August 24, 2014 - Challenge Penticton Relay (swim), Penticton BC

Passo Giau


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