Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

2009 was a good year.

Professionally, I joined Valley Cardiovascular Specialists and moved into my office in West Hills.  I've been fortunate to work with wonderful people, including Ashley, my receptionist, and Keely, my medical assistant.  I have had the opportunity to get to know and take care of some terrific patients.

Athletically, it was a challenging year, and yet one of great accomplishments.  I DNF'ed a marathon and came back to complete a marathon two weeks later to prove I could do it.  I learned what it was like to be a cardiac patient with my arrhythmia and ablation.  I completed two half Ironman-distance triathlons, one of which was a personal record for me, and the other is considred the second-hardest triathlon course in North America.  I even learned to not take myself so seriously by running a marathon in costume.

My most proud athletic accomplishment of this year: taking forty-five minutes off of my marathon time from 2008, getting down to 4 hours and 12 minutes for a marathon.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming year of challenges, of meeting and caring for new patients.  I'm excited to finally be able to call myself an Ironman (or Ironwoman, which is it?) once I complete Ironman Lake Placid in July.

Happy New Year... and may your 2010 be filled with health and accomplishment!

3 comments:

Matt said...

Great job in 2009! Looking forward to reading about your races in 2010. And I think you're right about being well-rested for races, it really is important.

Vegan Valerie said...

Thank you for sharing your experiences, Heather! You inspire me! Happy New Year to you, too! :)

Mater et Magistra said...

Hi Dr. Shenkman,
Your blog has been an inspiration to me. See you for my two-month appointment this week.
Barbara