This year was a BIG year for me. I’ve looked back at the most recent events and wondered how did I make that happen to only have to go all the way back to the start of the year to realize when and where it started.
On January 1st 2017 I had set a goal of running 17 miles. It wasn’t just to run a ridiculous amount of miles to kick off the new year. I was using it as a marker to say this was going to be a year of really going for those “things” that had been pulling and tugging at me for awhile. A Facebook post with the hashtag #BigThingsIn2017 would remind me as much.
Those “things” were intertwined in both my personal and professional life. For there to be success I would have to find a way to balance both. In October 2016 I’d finally decided it was time to throw my hat back in the ring and signed up to race IRONMAN Mont Tremblant. That Fall my Endurance Training business, 18 Maple, was growing roots and positioning itself to start becoming a recognizable name and brand under the CPC umbrella.
February saw the official launch of 18 Maple Endurance Training. The mission of which is to provide individualized training programs as unique as the athlete requesting it. Specializing in IRONMAN, Half Distance Triathlon, Marathon and Half Marathon programming. With the launch of 18 Maple came an incredible logo and icon that catches the eye and pops off of the custom tri kits and jerseys rocked across many finish lines this year.
18 Maple had eight individual athletes training one on one successfully cross local, regional, national and international finish lines. Additionally, 18 Maple helped a handful of other endurance athletes successfully cross their finish line goals through the 18 Maple memberships, educational workshops, or classes offered by CPC. In August the 10 Week Hartford Half Running Programming was launched in which eight more individuals took advantage of specifically planned day-to-day workouts, access to CPC classes, access to the 18 Maple staff now featuring running specialist & Registered Dietitian, Carolyn Stocker, as well as educational opportunities provided specifically to help those athletes cross the finish line in Hartford.
Striking a balance between my responsibilities at CPC and 18 Maple, attempting to go not just for a finish at IRONMAN Mont Tremblant but a qualifying spot to Kona, and giving myself time to breath was very difficult. It’s safe to say I didn’t do it as well as I should have. Big goals became very overwhelming and I found the only way to keep moving forward was to continually make smaller ones. If 2017 has taught me anything is to take care of the little things, trust in the process, and trust in yourself. When creating, launching and wanting everything 18 Maple to be perfect froze me in my tracks I had to back up and go small. Do the little things to help build it. When the idea of what I would have to do to qualify for Kona became to much I had to reminded myself to trust in the process and that the next workout was what was important. Everything would fall into place.
Eventually everything fell into place. 18 Maple, while still small and less than a year old, has created some traction. By no means is it in a place that I feel comfortable. There is still much to be done, but based the 3 IRONMAN finishes, 1 IRONMAN World Championship Finish, 4 Half Iron Distance finishes, 1 USA Triathlon Olympic National Finish, 4 marathon finish lines, and over 10 half marathon finishes in 2017 I feel confident in the direction 18 Maple is going.
On a much more personal note I have to thank everyone who supported me on own personal quest for Kona. I was backed by several amazing local businesses that truly helped take a big burden off of my shoulders over the course of a year. Financial support was provided by Charter Oak Financial and Continuum Performance Center. Technical support provided by Family Bike. SWEAT Power Yoga became not only a go to for weekly restorative work but a place to acclimate for the heat of the Queen K. Lastly, I must thank all of the individuals that provided donations big and small to help get me to Kona. I was humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. 2017 was indeed a big year and it is my plan to ensure that 2018 sees just as much growth and success.