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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Hello, 2016!

As the final weeks of 2015 approached, I took a long hard look at what I had learned over the year.  I spent much time reflecting on the good, the bad, and the ugly.  And, that’s not always easy.  Sure, … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Karen Aydelott

Last year at Ironman Canada, I had the honor of hearing Karen Aydelott speak at the athlete welcome ceremony.  I remember sitting on the lawn of the Whistler Olympic Plaza and listening to her story.  Here was a woman who had every reason to become bitter over circumstances that left her with the decision to have one of her legs amputated, but instead, she embraced life and all of its challenges with courage and tenacity.

While I’ve never sat down and actually had a conversation with Karen, we did exchange a few words on the final climb of the bike course on race day.  If you know anything about the Ironman Canada bike course, you know that the last 20(ish) miles are a steady climb from Pemberton back to Whister with few chances for reprieve. I remember looking at my Garmin in total disbelief when it showed that I had only ridden one mile from the last time I had looked at it.  I was absolutely sure I had gone at least 5 miles.  The miles were ticking by slowly, the road was continuing to pitch upwards, the temperature was rising and the negative thoughts were starting to creep in.  And then on my left, came Karen Aydelott, pushing on her pedals with a look of concentration and determination.  “Do you think the road will let up any,” I asked.  Karen replied in the calmest of voices, “oh yeah, it looks like the crest is just up there.”  I looked up the road but didn’t see anything but more climbing.  I chuckled and told her that I was going to go along with her answer.  As she pulled ahead, I was quickly reminded that I had two working legs and I had absolutely no reason to complain or start feeling sorry for myself.  I pushed ahead through the final miles knowing that I could.