On Tap for 2012

I can’t believe it, but 2011 is almost over. In just 3 short days, we’ll be bidding adieu to this year and welcoming in the next one.

Personally, it can’t come soon enough. It’s not that 2011 was a horrible year, but it certainly could have been better. From the horrible gum graft to the knee surgery with the horrible recovery that I handled absolutely horribly (and when I say, “handled absolutely horribly,” I mean that in a clinical “required therapy and drugs to escape my worsening moods and crankiness” sort of way) to the craziest semester ever that also included a month-long cold that was followed by several weeks of crazy heartburn/digestive issues (which a visit to a different doctor determined was not pleurisy, but horrible heartburn as I suspected).

While it wasn’t all bad, I’m definitely ready to move on. So! Here’s what I’ve got on tap for 2012, which is going to be infinitely better than 2011:

  • The wonderful folks at Brooks have invited me to be a part of the ID program again for 2012. They’ve moved me into the “trainer/coach” category, which includes an incredibly generous sponsorship. If y’all haven’t tried out their shoes or apparel yet, I highly recommend it. They really do make some wonderful stuff: I used it before I was sponsored by them, and I would continue to buy and use it even if I wasn’t.
  • I will be getting back into running like I mean it this year. I’ve currently got plans to run the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon in June, and I’m sure other races will find their way onto my schedule as well. (I’m also contemplating (ahem) running a serious trail race with Tracy for 2013, which will give me a good excuse to do lots of fun trail runs this year as “training” and “base building.”)
  • I joined a cycling team! After dragging my butt out on a “meet the teams” ride with a local women’s team to learn more about bike racing, I was invited to join Team Group Health for the 2012 season. It’s a wonderful group of women that are all incredibly supportive and fun to hang out with, even if I am getting dropped like a rock on all of the team rides so far. On the plus side, knowing that I’ve got a fun group to ride with is getting me out the door to do far, far more riding this winter than I would normally do, on routes that I wouldn’t normally ride. I do plan to enter a couple of races once the season picks up, but my big goal here is just to get back in shape and learn to climb hills so that I can keep up with the team for the whole ride.
  • I’m also going to keep up a regular strength training and lifting program. My foray into the The New Rules of Lifting was short-lived, since I discovered that I really hated working out in the middle of the day and in the on-campus gym. I’ve got a couple of leads in inexpensive gym memberships near my school apartment, so I’m thinking I’m just going to suck it up and pay for a nice gym with better hours so I can get in a good routine with it.
  • In a similar vein, I’m currently working through the P90X program and loving it. My husband borrowed a copy from a friend of his who had done it, and after weeks of listening him tell me I should check it out, I finally did. For an at-home DVD program? It’s pretty good. The workouts are killer and there’s enough variety that it’s not too terribly boring. I’m a month into the program (although I’ve been less than diligent about it with all the traveling), and I’ll post a full review of it when I’m done.
  • I’m going to continue coaching! I’ve got a core group of ongoing clients right now and I’m really enjoying it. I’m excited to see how things go once the racing season starts up for them. I’ll be rearranging my coaching page next week to make it easier to navigate and sign up for services, so stay tuned for that announcement.

In non-athletic endeavours:

  • I’ll be “working” half-days in the on-campus neuro clinic next semester, seeing actual patients. I’ll be working closely with a clinical instructor, so I won’t be totally tossed in there to sink or swim, and I’m really excited about it. I had a great neuro rehab instructor this fall who got me really interested in neuro rehab, and I’m glad that I’ll have a chance to get some good neuro clinic experience in before we select our fall electives.
  • Over the summer, I’ll be “working” in a local outpatient orthopedic clinic for my first full-time internship. They’re going to put me in front of real patients! In public! For 40 hours a week! HOLY CRAP, Y’ALL.
  • I’ll get to hang out with lots of my fellow Sigma Psi alumnae on a cruise to the Bahamas in March, excellently timed to coincide with my spring break.
  • Irwin and I will take a trip to New Jersey this summer to see my mother-in-law get remarried.
  • I’ll be heading to New Orleans in November to attend The Blathering. I’ve been assured by a friend that I will indeed love it, and Irwin’s just happy for any excuse to head there, even if I will be ditching him and leaving him to eat his way through town on his own for most of the weekend.

I’m not saying that 2011 was bad – after all, it included a trip to France and an awesome summer research experience – but I’m just incredibly excited for what next year’s going to bring.

What’s on your calendar for next year? Any big goals you’ll be tackling? Fun trips you’re planning? Tell us all about it in the comments!

12 Responses to On Tap for 2012

  1. Susan says:

    Holy cow! You’re going to have a very busy year. And you’re going to The Blathering (jealous!). I’m putting together my list of goals this week – more exercise is definitely at the top of the list.

    Happy 2012!
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    • Dawn says:

      I can’t wait to see it!

      I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures in NOLA and tweet abundantly. You’ll feel like you’re there!

  2. Tracy says:

    Contemplating?!? You’re IN IT!
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  3. Morgan says:

    I know all too well how much a year can suck like 2011 did but the good thing is we’re both going to kick some major ass in 2012! Get it girl!
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  4. Rachel says:

    If you are seriously doing the Stage races in 2013, I will seriously keep up my running and come do them with you. Chattanooga is only 1 hour from ATL!!!!
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  5. Hillary says:

    You’ve got a great 2012 ahead of you! I think it’s cool that you’re going to get to start working with patients.

    My big 2012 fitness goal will be to get back in shape after having this baby. They just put me on bed rest and I feel like I’m going to be starting over from scratch, which is a little intimidating.
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    • Dawn says:

      Starting over from scratch is definitely intimidating (and frustrating!), but you’ll get there. On the plus side, it’ll make you take things slowly, which will give you time to adjust to your new life with the baby. (Also: YOU GET A BABY! That’s way better than, say, knee surgery.)

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