2012 highlights.

31 Dec

2012 a year in review

It’s the final day the final hours of 2012 and as I sit here watching football and waiting for the Iowa basketball game to start I’m doing a little reflection on what was truly a great year!

2012 was the year of Ironman! I have been racing various distance Triathlons for a number of years now but 2012 was the year I took on the ultimate endurance challenge of my first Ironman. I competed in Ironman Arizona in November it was the hardest and the most inspiring thing I have ever done. I can’t wait for my next Ironman! I completed Ironman #1 in a time of 10:05.
2012 was also a year in which I set a new PR for the marathon, this fall in Chicago I ran a 2:39 marathon and broke my old best time by about 2 minutes. I ran another Boston marathon in 2012 as well.
2012 gave me two overall wins in 5k races; New Prague 5k and the Mustache run 5k both in which I was the overall winner and broke the tape. And both I broke 17 minutes I think I ran like a 16:12 in New Prague and a 16:45 at the Mustache run.
August of 2012 a group of friends and I ran the Minnesota half marathon in ST Paul. I was the 2nd place overall finisher in a PR time of 1:17:48? Roughly beat my old PR half marathon time by like 5 seconds. And the beauty was I did not taper for this race and just ran it comfortable as a training run. and it was warm and humid and a challenging course.
I had a couple podium finishes in Triathlon as well. Taking 2nd place at the MPLS Triathlon at Lake Nokomis and 3rd place at the Lake Marion Triathlon, I also competed in the 70.3 Ironman event in Kansas and the 5150 US Championships in Des Moines Iowa.
I raced many other Triathlons and 5k, 10k, etc…running races. But the above mentioned are my highlights of the year.
As a coach 2012 was very good year as I helped coach a lot of athletes to PR times in the marathon and other events like duathlon, half marathon and 10 mile distances.

2012 was a positive year in Real Estate also (as I’m a Realtor with Lake’s Sotheby’s Realty) where we saw the market start to trend upwards and sales pick up. And as we head into 2013 I think things are staying strong in the real estate market and I’m looking forward to it.
Some other highlights of 2012; I took my 10 year old daughter to her first real concert and at my favorite club in the entire world. We saw Of Monsters and Men at First avenue and it was one of the best concerts I saw all year! Other shows I saw this year include Bob Mould, Psychedelic Furs, Jesus and Mary chain, Sevendust, The Bottle Rockets, Soul Asylum, The New Standards, and many others.

Some of my favorite albums of 2012;
Soundgarden came back with a killer new record, The three new albums by Green Day, Of Monsters and Men, Bob Mould new record “Silver Age”, Lumineers, The Avet Brothers, and the new Mumford and Sons album. Overall so much good music out there and I found myself buying a lot of classic albums this year as well.

So as 2012 comes to a close and we prepare to start a new year a new beginning I say thank you to everyone who helped make 2012 so special and I look forward to the new challenges of 2013! Which I have titled the year of speed!

Cheers and Happy New Year!
MB

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