Rather than say "I'm back" (again), I'll just jump right in. :-)
I've got most of my 2012 races lined up with two "A" races: Ironman Boise 70.3 on June 9 and a local fall half iron race (to be determined shortly after the first of the year).
I'm so excited about racing again and returning to the 70.3 distance! I love that distance for so many reasons . . . all of which I'm sure I'll touch upon here over the next year.
For now, it's that time of year: lactate threshold testing! I have swim/bike/run tests this week and for ONCE I'm not nervous, afraid, or stressed out about them. This is totally NEW for me and I have to say it's much better and takes a lot less energy than all the worry and self-judging I used to do over these tests.
In a nutshell, my approach is:
1) SHOW UP fully and follow the test instructions to the letter
2) Do my very BEST during each test
3) Send the data to Coach -- after that it's out of my hands