New Day, New Year, New Look

With the welcome of a new year, on this the first day of 2013, I decided to change up my blog layout a bit as well as add a new picture. The rainbow shown in my banner is a picture I took in September on my way to the spa in the Pocono Mountains. I chose the rainbow for several reasons. Scientifically, a rainbow is a spectrum of light and rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of the sky directly opposite the sun. As a spectrum, it covers an array of colors – an array of topics for my blog. Frequently I write about struggles and challenges and how overcoming them will teach me to gain strength – when times are dark and the light, or sun, seems to be behind me what is opposite of the sun is the rainbow reflecting the light. The rainbow reminds me to look for the light, not into the darkness. In the Bible the rainbow is a sign of the covenant God made with all life on this Earth that He will keep His promises. A reminder of faith. A reminder to Believe.

Before going forward I would like to share how much I covered in 2012. On the side of this page I keep a log of the distances I have covered year to date in swimming, cycling, running, and walking or elliptical if I am unable to run. The log is still on the page and has been reset for 2013. In 2012 I covered a total of 2,925 miles exactly. Even though I had a frustrating swim yesterday, the distance I covered brought me to a whole number. Again a reminder that new levels can be reached from the lessons of challenges. In 2011 I covered 2,275 miles. I knew I wanted to exceed 2011’s distance in 2012, but I had not set a distance goal. I am still not setting a goal of distances for 2013. My goal is to stay healthy and cover as much distance as possible – both linearly as well as experientially.

Now on to 2013 – this morning I ran in the Commitment Day 5K sponsored by my gym Lifetime Fitness. There were 5K runs scheduled today in 26 cities nationwide with the goal of using the run or walk as the beginning of committing to healthy living. It took place in Downtown Cleveland under overcast skies and chilly temperatures in the mid 20’s. I ran well, it was not a timed race and after a month of easy running, I was glad I was not going for a personal record. I did finish under 31 minutes, with my pace at 9:55 minute miles. I was content with my time. Also today began my triathlon coaching schedule with my triathlon coach and on the calendar was a 3,100 meter swim. I headed to my gym after the run and got my swim in. It was a good endurance swim, I noticed my times were a little slower since I had just run hard. Time is relative though, my “slower” pace was 2:04 per 100 meters – my goal pace just last summer. I hope to be writing this time next year that my current goal pace of 1:55 is my “slower” pace.

I look forward to all 2013 has to offer. As the rainbow represents – the spectrum of events and experiences to come, the reminder to look for the light in the darkness, and above all Believing – in the good, the blessings, and the hope to come.


Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

12 thoughts on “New Day, New Year, New Look

    1. Thank you! It is very basic actually. I just use the Text widget in paragraph form. I do manually edit it every day. On my iPhone I use Stephens Creek Athlete’s Diary to log my training so it keeps count for me. I wish I could upload from Garmin direct!

      1. Which Garmin do you use? The 910 is what I have and it counts everything. If you upload to Garmin Connect you can analyze sports to get data. I also upload to Training Peaks (I am a bit of a geek…) the fitness summary can also keep track for you. Hope that helps!

  1. Love the rainbow! A few years ago I was at Mount Ararat (on the border between Turkey and Iran) and after a thunderstorm a beautiful rainbow appeared. Out of the thousands of photos I’ve taken overseas the rainbow at Ararat is my favorite (and what a perfect spot for a rainbow anyway).

    1. Yes! It is believed that Mount Ararat is where the first rainbow is believed to have been given. What an amazing view to behold. Thank you for commenting!

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