ironamy

Tales of triathlon, travel, and trails


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Starting at the bottom!

After I ran the 100km in Sept, I did not run a single step (aside from when I couldn’t ride certain sections in cyclocross races) until Nov 1. It was a self-imposed running hiatus, I wasn’t injured or anything, I just really needed a break. I could feel it really deep down inside. I didn’t swim (this is not new!) and I only rode a couple times on the road but mostly on my cross bike for fun. I went back in the gym but for one reason or another I was never able to get any consistency but it’s something I really enjoy. I even snuck in a 10 day California cruise with my mom for her birthday. And then all of a sudden it’s Nov 30! Everyone else seems to be starting their off season but for me, I’m really to get started for 2017.

My mom and I on the cruise ship!

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Me and my mom in Avalon, Catalina Island

This has been the biggest, most intense break I’ve had since 2010 so it was well overdue. I am completely caught up in life, both personal and business, and that feels so good. I feel like everything is under control and in line so I can occupy myself with training now. During the spring and summer I typically feel like I’m right on the edge of losing control but I think I thrive in that sort of situation!

For the first time in 2 years I have decided to work with a coach again! It has taken me a long time to convince myself mentally to have a coach because although I do really enjoy the structure a coach provides, I really love the freedom to do what I want, when I want. I am not really results-driven and have no Kona aspirations. Triathlon is my hobby. I have a job that is stressful enough, I don’t need to add to my stress with things outside of work like triathlon. But I think I’ve found a fit in Michelle Barnes at TriSutto who can push me to discover some hidden (well-hidden!) potential and turn my weaknesses (ahem, cycling) into strengths while hopefully not overloading me. We start together Dec 1 for what I think will be a super fun and exciting 2017 season.

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Putzing around on fun trails during the awesome long fall we enjoyed this year. Also, the Betty Designs long sleeve skin suit is perfect for cyclocross!

I applied to the Norseman lottery this year for the first time. It took me 3 years to convince myself that I am tough enough to endure that race if I got selected. I still have a long way to go to be strong enough, especially on the bike which scares the crap out of me, but I think working with Michelle is a really good start and the beginning of hopefully a 2 year plan to Norseman (fingers already crossed for 2018!).

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Last ride outside before winter

For the first time since 2010, I am not registered for any 2017 races! It feels so weird. I have some ideas and thankfully now, most Ironmans don’t fill up right away so I have time to think and plan better! Mostly I want to become a stronger cyclist so I can run to my potential off the bike. I am really underperforming on both the bike and run and that needs to change!

Finally, I am so proud to be selected again for the 4th time (!!!!) to represent Betty Designs as a Team Betty 2017 ambassador. I love every thing about the brand and I always appreciate the cheers for “Go Betty!” on the race course and cheering the same. I love the bright colours and designs and the awesome #girlsquad that comes with being a Betty. Some of my best friends have come from this team and being surrounded by women with similar mindsets and interests makes triathlon more like a team sport rather than a solitary adventure.

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All the bright colours!

So now it’s back to training for me, looking towards hopefully a faster, stronger 2017!