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Thursday, December 29, 2022
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Top Articles of 2022

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This year, I decided to take a look to see what the blog portion of my website did over the course of 2022.  What articles seemed to resonate with people?  Which ones were, well, not so great?

I wrote 52 Coach Tip Tuesdays, 42 Athlete Race Recaps, two Race Reports, and a few other articles as well.  But as you’ll see from the Top 10 List below, not all of the most-read articles on FullCircleEndurance.com were published in 2022.  

When I made the professional transition back to Full Circle Endurance after working with Team MPI for several years, one of my big goals was to create a “library” of my written articles that people can easily access anytime they like (if they so choose).  The fact that the website is functioning how I hoped two years after making that change is something that makes me really happy.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Most Visited Articles on FullCircleEndurance.com in 2022!


#1 - A Comprehensive Guide to Cycling All 11 Finger Lakes in Upstate New York

In 2020, I rode around all 11 Finger Lakes in Upstate New York.  I had an inkling that others might want to embark on this adventure, but may want some guidance in terms of planning it.  I wrote this post hoping to help others who wanted to complete this quest and this article has consistently been a top-visited one since I wrote it.  In fact, only two other pages on my entire website (the landing page and Events/Clinics) have more visits than this article!


#2 - Athlete Race Recap: IRONMAN Waco, Clark 6-Hour Classic, & Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run

I wrote this Athlete Race Recap about IRONMAN Waco, the Clark 6-Hour Classic, and the Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run in 2021, but it ended up being often visited in 2022 as well!


#3 - Endurance Athletes and Recovery from COVID-19

COVID-19 was and continues to be a significant virus with a wide-range of impacts for all people, and athletes are no exception.  Contracting this virus is a big deal, even if we don’t want to admit it.  (And believe me, I’ve interacted with my fair share of people who don’t want to admit that they’re human and that this virus is a big deal, even for them.)  What COVID-19 does to the body - both in the short and long-term - is significant.  This post, which I do update to reflect new data and understanding of the virus, is my “What now?” post for athletes who are questioning how to safely and wisely return to activity after contracting COVID-19.


#4 - Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon

This article was one of the rare times I shared a personal race report.  I did so because the journey for me to get to the starting line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon was long, difficult, and worth it.  I completed this race 53 weeks after my COVID-19 fever broke and 11 months after I was diagnosed with Long COVID.  I was hoping to share some encouragement with others who might be struggling with returning to exercise after a long or chronic illness.


#5 - Athlete Race Recap: Chocolate Challenge 5K, Lonetree Sprint Triathlon, Little Elm Lake Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio, & IRONMAN Lake Placid

This Athlete Race Recap, which summarized the Chocolate Challenge 5K, the Lonetree Sprint Triathlon, the Little Elm Lake Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio, and IRONMAN Lake Placid, reflected the racing of many Full Circle Endurance athletes, which is undoubtedly why this post was so visited.


#6 - Athlete Race Recap: Gorges Ithaca Half Marathon, Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon, YMCA Race Weekend, Thousand Islands 10K, Chew Valley 10K, IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman, Keuka Lake Triathlon, Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4-Mile Swim, & Escape from the Cape Triathlon

In what might be the longest article title on the website, this Athlete Race Recap from June 15, 2022 recapped nine different races taken on by THIRTEEN different athletes!


#7 - Athlete Race Recap: WTPS Montreal, A Tri in the Buff, Henderson Harbor Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 Musselman, & Boilermaker Road Race

The weekend of July 9, 2022 was another busy weekend of racing; ten Full Circle Endurance athletes raced in five different events!


#8 - Coach Tip Tuesday: A Highly Undervalued Running Strategy

This article is the highest-ranked Coach Tip Tuesday of 2022 (and the only one to make this Top 10 List!), with good reason (in my humble opinion).  In this Coach Tip Tuesday, I dived into how run/walk is an extremely effective strategy for athletes and how it is not something that should be scoffed at or thought of as less than.  If more athletes would put their ego aside and embrace this strategy both in their training and in their racing, I am confident that many more athletes would remain injury-free and have more successful race results.


#9 - Athlete Race Recap: Bath Duathlon, Chambersburg Half Marathon, St. Patrick’s Day Triathlon, New Bedford Half Marathon, & Syracuse Half Marathon

This Athlete Race Recap was an early season one, from March 2022.  Nine Full Circle Endurance athletes raced at four different half marathons and a duathlon that weekend.  That time of year is a little bit of a “desert” for racing (since very little racing happens before April in the Northern Hemisphere), and I’m sure that the timing of those races (and the athletes who raced them!) had something to do with why this post was viewed so much.


#10 - Race Report: Garmin Olathe Marathon in the Land of Oz

This race report, which recapped my experience in Missouri/Kansas and racing at the Garmin Olathe Marathon in the Land of Oz, was the second personal race report I shared in 2022.  Much like when I shared about my experience at the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon, I wanted to share this one because getting to the start line of a marathon with Long COVID was no easy feat.  That being said, I wanted to show people that it can be done, especially if you are patient, wise, and assemble the right team to help you along the way.

About

Coach Laura Henry

Laura Henry is a Syracuse, NY-based coach who is a USA Triathlon Level II Long Course and Level II Paratriathlon Certified Coach, USA Cycling Level 2 Certified Coach, VFS Certified Bike Fitter, and has successfully completed NASM's Certified Personal Trainer course. Coach Laura is passionate about helping athletes of all ability levels reach their goals and has coached many athletes to success.

She can be reached at laura@fullcircleendurance.com.

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