Hello, 2018!

Okay, so I’m not exactly sure where time went between finishing IMCHOO and today, but obviously I blinked and missed it! So much has happened and I’m excited to share some of my goals for 2018, as well as some awesome news that’s gotten this year off to an amazing start.

After wrapping up an overall great 2017, I set my sights on some big goals for the new year. Some goals are personal goals for myself, as I continue to improve as a person and be the best version of me, while others are focused solely around swim, bike, and run. When you have big goals in mind, it helps to be surrounded by like-minded and encouraging people. I am completely humbled, honored, and fortunate enough to have this box checked off for 2018! To begin, I will once again be representing SOAS Racing (in a surprising twist), surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring women that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the past 3 years. I also found out that I was selected to be on the inaugural The Cupcake Cartel Amateur Triathlon Team. This group, founded by pro triathletes Callum Millward and Alise Selsmark, is “AN EXTENSION OF THE ‘CUPCAKES WITH CAL’ BRAND. IT CONSISTS OF A GROUP OF HAND SELECTED ATHLETES FROM ALL CAKE WALKS OF LIFE WHO SHARE A LOVE FOR TRIATHLON. THE CARTEL SEES TRIATHLON AS A TOOL WHERE WE CAN SUPPORT AND SHARE EXPERIENCES TOGETHER. WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR VERY CLOSE-KNIT NETWORK.”

In addition to being named to these teams, I was also selected as a BOCO Gear ambassador, which works out perfectly considering my trucker hat addiction!  These folks are seriously taking the headgear world by storm!

So…what about those goals, you ask?? Well, here they are:

1. Focus on discipline over motivation.

It’s easy to get things done when there’s motivation, but motivation isn’t always around. It certainly comes and goes. I want to become more disciplined to where I get things done whether I want to or not, both in life and training. In order for me to reach some of my triathlon goals this year, this is an area I must improve in.  Dear pool…

2. Stop worrying (or even thinking) about how others view me. Don’t compare myself to anyone but me!

While I’ve never been someone who really dwells on what others think of me, when it comes to my race times and athletic abilities, it’s a slightly different story. I’ve officially opened up my STRAVA account (for the first time ever) for anyone in the world to view. And, I’m proud to say that I’m focusing on me and what I think of my progress. I give “kudos” to those who are much faster and who are logging more miles than me, and I move on. Imma just do me.

3. Continue to find joy in the journey.

Finding joy in the journey was initially my goal from 2017, and I saw such a difference in my perspective on things that I wanted to continue working on this. I know troublesome times are inevitable, but how I view the cup (half full or half empty) is what makes a world of difference.

4. Run my first sub 5 hour marathon. There. I said it. I’ve never been one to advertise my time goals, but it’s a new year, new me. I’ll have my first crack at this on March 18th at the Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate. Initially, I set a time goal of 4:45 for this race, but considering that this race course has nearly 1700 ft of elevation gain, I’ll be happy with sliding in at 4:59:59. I’m all about dreaming big, but I’m also very much a realist.

5. Complete my first sub 14 hour Ironman.

Ironman Louisville, I’m coming for you! My best time so far is 14:43 (IMLOU ’15), so I know that going sub 14 is a tall (okay, super tall) order. Dream hard. Work harder.

What do you have planned for 2018?  

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IRONMAN Chattanooga Race Report

Although I may be about 2 weeks late on my race report, the day is still very fresh in my mind.  Grab a beverage (or two) and settle in. Here’s my story of Ironman #4…. Race Week: Race week is … Continue reading

Ironman Chattanooga: Race Goals

It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that it is officially race week.  What a journey this has been!  I can honestly say that this journey has been unlike any other IM journey I’ve had.  Crossing that finish line in Chattanooga (hopefully!) will most certainly be an emotional moment for me.

At the start of 2017, my original plans were to focus on losing weight and regaining fitness after my 2016 disaster-of-a-year.  My heart wanted to go for another Ironman since I missed IMLOU in ’16, but my head and out-of-shape body said different.  Luckily, a few good friends reminded me that life is short and we’re none promised another day, so with that, I followed my heart and registered for Ironman Chattanooga.  When I registered for IMCHOO, my intentions were to just make it to the finish, and throughout training, my intentions have remained the same.  I’ve definitely put in the hard work, but I’m just not where I have been going into some of my other IM races.  This will be the first time that I am going into an Ironman without real “time” goals, other than meeting all of the intermediate time cut-offs and making it to the finish in the allotted 16.5 hours.  If my hard work pays off with a reward of a PR, awesome!!  If it doesn’t, I’m okay with that, too.  Making it to the finish line of an Ironman is an amazing reward and accomplishment in itself, and this finish will certainly hold a special place in my heart.  Instead of focusing on my time during the race, I’ll be focusing on these three goals:

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1. Be present  Focus on where I am rather than focusing on what’s to come.  Enjoy the good times and embrace the bad ones.  It’s part of the journey.

2. Be patient – Racing an Ironman makes for a long day.  I know how many miles I’m up against, so my goal is to focus on tackling each mile rather than “wishing” them away.  This will be especially important as the bike course at IMCHOO is 4 miles longer than a typical IM course. Be patient, be patient, be patient!

3. Be thankful – Be thankful for every moment, good or bad.  Be thankful for making it to the starting line.  Be thankful for completing every mile that I set out on.  Be thankful for the strangers who will cheer for me and give me that boost of energy to keep going.  Even in the darkest moments, be thankful for the opportunity.

I’m beyond excited to see what race day holds for me!  I’m sure it will be an epic day filled with lessons and memories that will last a lifetime.