To Arizona. Nick’s climbing Kilimanjaro with his buddies, so I hopped a flight to Phoenix to spectate Ironman Arizona and get some sunshine. Except it rained. In the desert. Regardless, it was a great time catching up with my Coeur Sports teammates + friends and my coach and disconnecting from social media. Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy a race and the moment without taking a bazillion photos!
Well, it was sunny on Saturday when I arrived. Not a bad view on my run in Mesa.
Coach and I volunteered at finish line timing… best seat in the house! Watched the pros and top AGers cross, including teammate Hailey who won the 35-39 AG and took second amateur!
It doesn’t matter what distance it is or how old you are. From 800 meters to 140.6 miles or age 5 to 87, there’s nothing quite like crossing a finish line… so much emotion, exhaustion and exhilaration. I can still remember high school track finish lines like they were yesterday, and my most recent finish line at Ironman Wisconsin… pure joy!
And, just like this Girls on the Run participant says, crossing a finish line changes you, every single time.
On November 14, more than 500 girls participating in the Girls on the Run Twin Cities (GOTR-TC) 5k will cross that finish line incredibly empowered – and, with their lives positively changed.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a currently post! Training this past year didn’t leave a lot of free time to write, and to be honest, staring at my laptop after doing so at work for 8+ hours a day is the last thing I wanna do at night – even now during the off-season. That said, I miss that quiet time to create and reflect (and connect with you!), so am committed to making a bit more time in my schedule to blog.
So, here’s what’s been up!
I’ve been bouncing all over the place when it comes to reading. One day it’s Rising Strong by Brené Brown and the next it’s Big Magic by Liz Gilbert. I’m about 50 pages into both, but given my scatterbrained-ness, I couldn’t tell you much about either. Not a good way to actually understand and absorb each book’s juiciness, so I’m putting down one to really focus on the other. Back to single-tasking, folks!
Signed up for
Speaking of… I’m SO excited for Brené’s COURAGEworks Living Brave Semester! Finding and registering for this course couldn’t have come at a better time, as the past few weeks have been tough… filled with far too much commute + screen time, i.e. not living my best life. I also feel like I haven’t tapped certain parts of my brain in awhile… I’m ready to learn again (and be vulnerable in the process)!
There are no words to describe last week in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. I wish I could bottle all the awesomeness to open when I need a giant dose of inspiration and motivation (and heat + humidity!) at home in Minnesota. No doubt, Hawaii is amazing, but the best part? Meeting in real life the badass Coeur teammates I’ve know on social media for years!
Biggest mahalo to Kebby + Reg, Hailey and Coeur Sports for the incredible opportunity to soak up all the race week magic on the Big Island. I’m beyond grateful to be part of such a special community of strong and rad women who inspire me daily to give my best both on and off the course. ♥
With that, the Ironman World Championship in photos. Counting down the days until I *get* to race along the Queen K and Ali’i Drive on October 8, 2016…!
Coeur Sports photo shoot with LAVA Magazine! So much fun!
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. -anonymous
Ironman Wisconsin could be characterized as a comedy of errors so ridiculous that really all I could do was laugh and stay positive, refocus after each one and keep moving forward. In the end, I couldn’t have asked for a better day and a happier finish line! I gave it everything I had on my all-time favorite course and chased the light – and, realized a really BIG goal (and PR!). Bring on KONA 2016…!
What carried me through a few rough patches…
Race mornings are all the same… a way-too-early alarm, espresso in the Bialetti with full-fat coconut milk, gluten free sunbutter toast and final bag prep. Nick and I stayed with my good friend Kate just a few miles from the terrace, which made for an easy, stress-free morning. We got to the terrace with plenty of time and after tire pumping, body marking and dropping off our T1 + T2 bags, we met friends Sarah, Kyle and Nick, who were also racing, and coach Andy at a quiet spot inside.
We hit the weather jackpot… ideal race conditions at 70F with minimal wind!
About 15 minutes before go with coach Andy and good friend Sarah.
SWIM // 1:08:44-ish, 1:38/100 yd
Nick, Sarah and I made our way through the masses bobbing in the water to the black ROKA buoy marking the inside line. As we treaded waiting for the cannon – the race is a deep water start (my favorite!) – I made sure to soak it all up… the sea of athletes, the spectators packed on shore, sunrise. It’s a beautiful sight.