Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 Lessons

Go where most don't, you'll be rewarded.
Grand Traverse of Baxter Park
When you run a certain race enough times, you look forward to the little things.
Moose at the Mid-Winter 10 Mile Classic - that is Hard Core in Maineglish
Never miss an opportunity for a beauty break...
Daicey Pond, Baxter State Park
...or to skinny dip with friends in northern Maine in March.
Yeah, it was cold, but totally worth it.
Trust your crazy ideas, they just might take off (here's to you Fatty, you sure know how to get us to do crazy stuff to fight cancer).
I rode 100 miles on my trainer. 5 days before a marathon. Yup, I am a nimrod, and I am doing it again!
Caratunk has superwomen. 
Beth and I, Sugarloaf Marathon, my favorite marathon.
Nothing is better than getting greeted by a friend after a cold 16 mile run.
Bailey greeting me after one of my colder training runs.

When you get the opportunity to do the right thing, even if it seems small, do it.

Hummingbird rescue

If you can't get into an ice bath, take a stream bath.  The effects are similar, except your mind recovers more than your legs.
My private pool
Riding with friends is awesome.
Scouting Timberman bike course
Being at an Ironman start is hands down one of the most exciting things I have experienced.  Ever.
Ironman Lake Placid swim start
I am glad I took the left.
Crossroads - left means Ironman, right means...something else.
206 days until Ironman Lake Placid!!!
It was worth standing in line, right Jon?
Meat beaters after an 80 mile ride are a sign of love and support. 
My 87 year old grandmother, still there cheering me on!
Patience is a virtue.

I have a hard time waiting to recover after a race, Bailey is all about waiting.
We are pretty small in the scheme of things.
Hamlin ridge, Baxter State Park
Getting up at 3am and climbing a mountain in the dark in order to summit before everyone else - totally worth it.
Katahdin, looking toward Pamola Peak, Baxter Park Maine
Sometimes you have to get really close to something to feel its power. 
John and I, Grand Falls, Dead River
Hold on tightly to the ones you love.
Me and Pop
If you give something a try and think positively - good things happen.
I am on Team Trakkers!! YEAH YEAH YEAH!

Be thankful for all of your gifts...
Nana under ware and all
Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Year! 


Anonymous said...

Nice Post! Best wishes for 2011!

A Prelude To... said...

What a great post! Loved all the pictures. That one on Hamlin Ridge was awesome!!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Enjoyed the review. Great pics.

? I have signed up for Mt. Desert, have you ran it? If so, any, course - hilly I know, but any details?

Julie said...

Hi Mandy,
I loved reading this! What a fun idea for a post. I enjoyed looking at all of the pictures:)

Happy New Year....cheers to a fantastic 2011!

Aimee said...

I loved this post!! Great pictures and great lessons learned!! I know you are going to have an awesome 2011!! :)

One Crazy Penguin said...

These are great! You incorporated everything in a beautiful and seamless fashion.

Simply breathtaking pictures. My personal fave has to be "HAAHD CAW". Hilarious.

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

What a beautiful area you live in!


Great post. I need to email you for a good daily guide on how to spend 7 to 10 days in Maine this summer with the family.

Anne-Marie said...

This is a super post - lots of beautiful pictures and great insight!

If you think watching an Ironman is exciting... just wait 206 days until you are doing an Ironman... BEST feeling in the world! :)

The stream bath sounds amazing - much better than a bathtub icebath! "HAAHD CAW" cracked me up; when I saw the picture I assumed it was an acronym for something.

Happy New Year!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Great idea for a post!

I'm hoping to do the 100 miles to nowhere this year too!

Tri-James said...

A year well spent!

Unknown said...

Excellent Recap Mandy! I so need to visit Caratunk!

Oh and as I was looking at the pics that song, "Turn!Turn!Turn!" by the Byrds was going through my head - awesome!

Regina said...

Awesome, Mandy. Wow, it is gaahgeous (Mainenglish) where you live. love the nana pants!

Mike said...

This may have been one of the most profoundly moving posts I've read in a while. Thank you for the succinct words and the amazing pictures. Love Bailey too. Ended up with a Newfie over a Bernese but I love those dogs :)

Annie said...

Awesome post! Have a happy New Year!

Chris K said...

Um, you made a mistake in uploading one of your pics, there was caption that you'd show 3 girls skinny dipping in northern Maine in March, but I only saw 3 fully clothed girls. Can you please fix that or I'm gonna have to ask for my money back.

BTW, that Baily is now my 2nd favorite dog in the world.

Unknown said...

Mandy, this is probably the best recap/reflection post I've read! :) Hope you have a fabulous New Year's and looking forward to all of the things that 2011 will bring to you!

Julie @ HotlegsRunner said...

I love your private pool! I do that too but only in our swimming pool =)

Patrick Mahoney said...

Awesome post. I remember some of these photos from earlier posts and in all cases it was really awesome to see them again.

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

what an awesome year you have had and just think, 2011 is going to top that! Happy new year!

LMC said...

This is one of the best year end blogs I've read. I love the pics, although, the hummingbird picture almost made me cry (yeah, I'm a sissy when it comes to birds)! Your surroundings make me want to dream and you motivate me to act on those dreams. Thanks for that! Happy New Year!

Jon said...

Awesome post, Mandy! SO glad you took that left turn and then waited in line with me for 4 HOURS! haha!

You had quite the year. Next year you are gonna top it all off!

Matty O said...

I am sorry, but NO ONE is going to call this out???


"Sometimes you have to get really close to something to feel its power." ... THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!!!!!!


Congrats on 2010 girl. 2011, that is gonna be the one we ALL remember :)

Teamarcia said...

What an amazing year you had and it sounds like 2011 will be even more amazing. Happy New Year!

Christi said...

Great post! You are going to have a great year!

And this year I am going to volunteer at IM Louisville just so I can have that awesome start experience myself. Then come 2012 that race is mine. You have inspired me!

The Green Girl said...

Wow, my eyes filled with tears and I have chills now. I loved it - what a year you've had. ::hugs::

MissFit Island said...

Really Great Post!

KovasP said...

You had a haahd caw year, Mandy and an even more exciting 2011 coming up - enjoy every minute!

TreeMapper said...

What a beautiful way to round out the year. Inspirational, funny, emotional, heart-warming, and just plain odd - just like you my friend.

Never stop being who you are, 'cause you are the best!

Run Strong my friend, run strong...

Molly said...

beautiful post, Happy New Year Mandy!!!

Velma said...

I am so going to steal this idea! Love the undies!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Mandy, John, and Baily, NIce! We do live in a beautiful part of the country it is nice that we can share that with others so many take it for granted and dont get the rewards. Nice pictures and articles wishing you the very best for 2011. Cathy Allen

DRog said...

205!!! hahahaha

excellent recap and as always I just love your photos Mandy. Baxter State Park! what a shot we def are pretty f'n small in the big scheme

It looks to be a great 11' !

Unknown said...

What a wonderful post!! Totally inspires me to get out there and LIVE in 2011. Thanks!

Unknown said...

*Swoon* Love Maine *swoon* Happy New Year!!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love this post. You are so adventurous!!!

*~*~* Tracy said...

Wonderful post. Beautiful photography. Maine's tourism council should hire you.

It looks like 2010 was an incredible year for you. Can't wait to see what 2011 brings!

Jason said...

This was a great post Mandy. And when I saw the Team Trakkers part I wished really hard for the team I applied to. Find out in a couple of weeks.

Here is wishing you, John and Bailey (maybe in that order, maybe not) a very Happy and Safe New Year!

And I just love each and every picture and word you put on this post.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

You are going to have a great 2011!

Christy said...

Love the granny panties! LOL!

Happy New Year!


Maria said...

What a great list of lessons! Its awesome that you can learn so much from your experiences! I'm so excited for your adventures in 2011...IMLP baby!

Unknown said...

Love 'em all! Especially the skinny dipping! You're the best and here's to 2011!

Anthony said...

Looks like a great 2010!

Katherine said...

What a great 2010! Here's to hoping you have an even better 2011!

Black Knight said...

Sorry for the delay in commenting but at home I have a Mac and I don't succeed in posting the comments on your blog (I don't understand why).
I like this kind of post full of pictures and quotes. As animalist I appreciate the photos of Bailey and the little bird.

Unknown said...

love the year in photos. Wait.. are you WEARING the underwear in that last one? When I saw it the first time I thought you were holding them up, but it definitely appears that you are WEARING them in the this one. CLASSIC. love it!

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