Review of 2015 and Goals for 2016

There are an abundance of review posts from bloggers across my social media currently. I love reading these reflections and intentions for the past and upcoming year. It’s time to join the party and add my review of 2015! 

I’ve had an epic year to say the least, these are some of the highlights…

  • I’ve taken part in 18 races (5 runs, 5 swims, 4 cycles and 4 triathlons)
  • Got Personal Best times at 5k and 10k runs 
  • Worked with a personal trainer to get strong
  • Worked with a nutritionist to get healthy 
  • Been mountain biking for the first time
  • Been camping for the first time
  • Completed my first sea-swimming event 
  • Met four Olympians (and held their gold medals)
  • Been awarded ‘Member of the Year’ at Havering Tri
  • Won ‘Fitness Blogger of the Year’ with MyProtein
  • Overcome a stress fracture in my femur 
  • Tried out new fitness activities including Exerceo Training and Aqua Fit Cycling
  • Been to Wales, Ireland, Lanzarote and had 7 weekends away in the UK
  • Climbed Snowdon
  • Had my home and garden completely redecorated and refurbished 
  • Got a new tattoo
  • Raised money for charity in a ‘Will of Iron’ challenge
  • Learned to bike race
  • Been elected Media Coordinator for Triathlon England: London Region
  • Swam the distance of the English Channel (in a swimming pool) over 12 weeks
  • Designed and develop the club kit for Havering Tri
  • Bought a new car

Review of 2015 Goals

Twelve months ago I set myself some areas to focus on for 2015. I’m pleased to say that I was successful in each of these goals…

Complete 3-4 Olympic distance triathlons- DONE
This year I completed the ITU London Triathlon in May, Cardiff Triathlon in June and London Triathlon in August. I also had scheduled in the Diamond Triathlon and Hever Castle Triathlon, but I switched these to a swim-only event due to my injury. I really enjoyed each of these races, finding the distance challenging but completely do-able. 

Make the most of training camp in Lanzarote- DONE
The week I spent at Club La Santa in March was fantastic for boosting my fitness, confidence and skills ahead of the triathlon season. You can read my re-caps part one and part two

Learn to tumble-turn- DONE
I’ve finally cracked the tumble-turn! It took a bit of practice and attitude adjustment- my mindset was “I’m a triathlete, I don’t NEED to tumble-turn”. Once I had changed the way I was thinking, I actually started making some progress with this swimming skill. 

See a physio- DONE
It got to the point where I couldn’t avoid it any longer! When I got my stress-fracture in August, I knew something was badly wrong and this wasn’t just a “niggle” that I could ignore. Gary at Excel Physiotherapy has been brilliant for helping me to strengthen and rehab my hip. 

Focus on cycling- DONE
Cycling has definitely been a bigger focus this year, both indoor at Cycle Rhythm and outdoor on my road bike. I’ve ridden my furthest distance, I’ve been out on regular club rides, I’ve cycled up a mountain and I’ve worked on my technique on the indoor bike trainer at Vincini Cycles. 

Goals for 2016

Looking forward at the next year, I don’t want to overload myself with goals, resolutions and changes. I’m happy with the progress I’m making in all areas of my life. I’ll continue to work with my nutritionist, I’ll carry on training with Havering Tri and I’ll keep writing for Triathlon England. 

Complete first half-ironman
My one real major goal for this year is to complete the Cotswolds 113 on June 12th. It’s a challenge I’m excited and nervous about in equal measure. I’m starting to work with a coach this week, who will give me a weekly training plan building towards this ‘A’ race. I’ll also be having a swim analysis with Swim for Tri in mid-January, to really hone my technique and give me areas to focus on for improvement.

Launch my female-specific triathlon kit range
I’ve been talking about it for months, but haven’t made much solid progress in getting the range manufactured. I can see a real gap in the market for female-specific tri kit and with my background in design and manufacturing, it’s something I’m passionate about working on. This year will be the year that it launches!

Beyond these two goals, I’m happy to go with the flow and see what 2016 brings. 

How was your 2015? What are your goals for 2016?

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