Its hard to believe I have hit my 100th post. That and I cant believe y'all have stuck around for 100. My first post was in August 2007. I did 2 posts and then didn't do another one until February 2008. At first, like everyone else, this started out as just a way for me to log my training on-line. Since then it has turned into so much more. When I added the "Sites I Stalk" feature, I was shocked to find out that I currently read (and usually reply) to 100 Blogs. No wonder I am stuck to this computer in the evenings!!
When I first got into triathlons last year, I hung out reading the message boards at Beginner Triathlete ("BT"). One day, after posting my info on the Introduce Yourself topic in the Georgia forum on BT, I got a PM from Sarah. It turns out that Sarah went to someone with the same name as I, about the same age, but at a different HS in the county (Broward County, Florida). I found Sarah's Blog and started reading it regularly, but I think I was too shy to post any replies.
Eventually, I decided "I should set up my own training blog". So I set it up, posted something... and didnt post another thing for 6 months.by then, I had done my first triathlon, my second tri the week after my first, my first half marathon, and a second half marathon. All those milestones, and I hadnt blogged about a single one.
Then, I realized, if I was ever going to get others to read and reply to my blog, I was going to have to read and reply to theirs. This started me on a sorta chain letter type approach. I found several from Sarah's blog, including Wes's. Initially I was focused on finding local peeps. Eventually, I realized I shouldn't limit myself to local bloggers. From it just snowballed and now I am up to 100 blogs I read. Thank goodness for google reader.
Blogging is such a great experience. I have made new friends, met some great folks, and learned so much. I have even been able to share some of my limited wisdom to bloggers as well. I look forward to many,many more posts.
Before I share my favorite of my first 100 posts, I think I am coming out of my training funk. I had a pretty good run interval session this morning. My legs felt fresh and ready to sprint. It works out that this is actually a recovery week in my 70.3 training. If I can stay out of the pool this week, ice my shoulder daily, and dont make an attempt at the pushup challenge (like I did on Sunday--Stupid me), I should hopefully be back in the pool next week.
Without much further adieu, here are my top ten favorite of my first 100 posts
The naming of the bike
New 10PR in a training run
I love Blogging(Got lots of great advice)
1st Annual Phat B's Mock Tri(Met Several Bloggy Peeps)
Lost in Transition
Best Long run ever and dinner with the blogger Iron Girls
Chattanooga-My first Oly and Photos
Me and my Garmin have it out
4:30 AM isnt all that bad (for all the you must be crazy comments I got)