It just doesn't feel right! I love blogging. Growing up in triathlon through my blog has been one of my most favoritest things I've done in endurance sports and life. The people I've met. Those that have inspired me. Sometimes I hope that I've inspired some as well.
I haven't ignored my blog this past month or so because I've had a couple blah races I didn't want to write about (in fact, those are the EASIEST to write about...the only time blogs are hard to write is when everything is all sunshine and roses and you're winning all the time because then even I get annoyed with myself. That's one of the reasons I turned pro after all...nobody wants to read the same "I won my age group!" race report over and over...
Anywho, I digress. Let's talk about the last couple of months. Well, it's been busy. Here's the thing. Work (like my real job, my day job...Has been on fire. Or putting out fires. Or a combination of both and just flat out really busy. I like to leave work in the late afternoon to get in a workout, but in order to do so, lately I've been bringing a lot of work (psych report writing if you're interested) home. Then there's my other new hobby- coaching through rêve endurance. Nowadays, I tend to spend my free hour (sadly no "s" on there typically) at night and Sat/Sunday afternoons writing training plans and checking in with athletes. I'm totally loving it and its great to see my athletes making progress and getting into the race season.
And I feel like I've been traveling a ton...Cabo took a chunk of time, I hit up Chicago to see my sister and her twin kidlets, I went up to San Clemente for a couple nights, and Oceanside 70.3 felt like it took a chunk of time & effort too even though it was a "hometown" race.
|Nephew & Niece- Luke & Elli in chicago|
But anyway. This is important to me. I love it. AND, my schedule seems to be clearing up a bit, so no more excuses!!!
So, let's recap...
1) Ironman Cabo!
I ended up 11th woman overall, finishing just under 10 hours on one of the toughest Ironman courses I've encountered...the Cabo bike is a BEAST! Wind, heat and lots of hills made it fun & honest & very very hard. I ran a 3:10 for 2nd fastest female run, but it wasn't fast enough to compensate for my "meh" swim & bike. I was disappointed in my swim & bike but am giving myself a hall pass until the next one. Without getting too personal, I had one of the toughest winters of my life, and combined with the work/life stress, I'm just happy to be out there competing and ready to be 100% by the summer. I've made big steps to move on and get on with my life and racing career and I'm happy to say that I'm already excited about writing the next chapter.
|I did have one "WIN" in Cabo. I bet Chris Hauth a margarita that I could run the IM marathon faster than him. And 76 seconds in my favor (sorry, C, 3:11 not cutting it!) says I did!|
Oh, my dear dear hometown race. It was 2 weeks after Ironman Cabo and I knew I shouldn't be racing it. I was not feeling anywhere close to my tippy top form but I just couldn't let go and sit it out. So I toed the start line. I swam 1.2 miles, I biked 56 miles, and then I ran.....for a while...about 6 miles actually. And then I did what I've never done before- I dropped out. Believe me, I know there are people on both sides of the fence about pros dropping out of races. I don't like to do it. But also, I knew I had a chance to recover much more quickly and start laying down a super solid training block for the next race (St. George 70.3) and I opted to do that once I realized that I was far away from earning any Kona/Vegas points or any money. So it was a business decision. And as a professional triathlete, if you are not trying to run a business, then it's really just a hobby that you're REALLY good at. I don't know. I think my lesson learned is that maybe I just need to more fully consider every start line that I bring myself to. And if I can't bring my "A" game, maybe just sit it out. But darn, I really did have fun at Oceanside and I just love that race and I loved being a part of it...
Is SO good!
|First off, all my new #hotcoral Zoot kits & gear are in and I LOVE them. So obsessed and love the freshness of a new year and new possibilities.|
Riding has been really fun lately thanks to some fun new training partners and some of the old staples. My watts are UP (that's my power on the bicycle for those who don't know), but I'm still working on translating that into race speed.
|Warming up for a 20k time trial (result= 10 more watts than February!)|
|recent trainer sesh with Keith (who just went 4:02! and 1st Amateur at Galveston 70.3)|
|Keith's pre-trainer "snack" - [those are dead cupcake soldiers.](not pictured- half a jar of peanut butter). p.s. it was only a 90 min trainer ride.|
More soon....FOR REAL!
|Oh yeah, and for my #twitterbookclub... Read this! I love it so far.|