2017: Lava Field of Dreams

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What up world? How has 2017 been treating you so far? It has been crazy busy so far for me. I realized I need to actually start planning out my summer because there is so much happening! It’s that time in my life where a lot of my friends are starting to get married and I am going to be travelling a whole lot this summer. Oh and I guess I need to start planning my wedding too. Less than 9 months to go! Wait, really? Anyway, here’s a little recap of my 2016 goals and what my plans are for 2017!

Here were my goals for 2016:

  1. Win my age group at Ironman Texas and qualify for Kona (didn’t happen)
  2. Defend my title and win Ironman New Orleans 70.3 (didn’t happen)
  3. Finish in the Top 25 at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships (didn’t happen)
  4. Go to Kona and enjoy the experience (didn’t happen)

But guys, here is what DID happen:

  1. Won my age group at Ironman Louisville and qualified for Kona (booyah!)
  2. Got 3rd place at IM New Orleans 70.3 and qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Australia! (opportunity of a life time)
  3. Placed 30th and trained through 70.3 World Championships in order to focus on the bigger picture (aka Kona)
  4. Got the opportunity to train for another year for the Big Dance in 2017!

All in all, it was a pretty fantastic year. I wouldn’t have known that as things were unfolding, however, I am happy where things did end up. Goals and dreams may not always happen when you expect them to, or how you expect them to, but if you just keep trying, they will happen.

In 2017, I have some even BIGGER goals. Here they are:

  1. Get in legit Sports Illustrated shape for the world wide famous underpants run in Kona. As my coach said, this is the pinnacle of my 2017 race schedule 😉
  2. Get my pro card. This has been a dream in the making for me for a very long time. Actually since my first triathlon back in 2009! But this year, I want it to become a reality.                                 fullsizerender                                                  A tweet from back in 2009
  3. Place in the top 10 at the Olympic Distance National Championships in Omaha.
  4. Enjoy the experience at Kona but also go in being prepared to kick some serious @$$!
  5. Become a more confident cyclist.

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I kind of imagine this year being like the lava fields on Kona. Traveling down the Queen K with endless possibilities stretched out before me. Lava fields will be enveloping me on either side, in every direction, roasting in the sunlight. The heat and wind will be beating me down from all different directions, forcing me to maintain focus until reaching the turnaround at Hawi. Even then, the headwinds can change direction and come rushing back into your face, as you scream down the descent, holding on for dear life. If I run out too far into the Energy Lab, I may get burned or lost out in the abyss. Or there could be an oasis of opportunity on the other side down Palani around the corner. But I have to stay focused in order to reach the final stretch on Alii Drive where my heart will finally sing with infinite joy…

 

 

2016: The Year of Kona

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I’ve been meaning to write a recap of 2015 and put a list of goals for 2016 together and hey now, it’s nearly halfway through January. So here goes nothin’:

While last year led me across the world and gave me experiences that I will never forget, it was all somewhat bittersweet. I didn’t get to accomplish everything I wanted because of that one time I crashed my bike during a race, lacerated my liver and then kept pushing myself. It took 5 months for me to heal. I am finally feeling back to my normal self. It has been weird being able to work out without pain and being able to push myself in work outs again. It’s finally starting to feel like I am getting back in shape. However, there is still lots of ground to make up.

This year, I am hungry. Hungry for the chance to compete at the level I am capable of being at, which I didn’t get to fully realize last year. It was a tiny glimpse at Ironman New Orleans. But in my second race of the season, that door was slammed shut, leaving me reeling.

So this year, my heart is dead set on making it to Kona. Whatever that takes. I have put together some pretty lofty goals with my coach, Craig Paiement. However, the scary part is that they are all very real and possible. I heard once that “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not big enough.” This is true.

So some of my goals for 2016 are:

  1. Win my age group at Ironman Texas and qualify for Kona
  2. Defend my title and win Ironman New Orleans 70.3
  3. Finish in the Top 25 at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships
  4. Go to Kona and enjoy the experience

So there you have it in black and white. No making excuses or being scared because my dreams are out there for the world to see. And you can help me accomplish this with another year of your unwavering support.

Another big leap I am taking this year is beginning to coach athletes on my own. I already have 2 very brave clients who have put their faith in me to help accomplish their goals. Now I will open that up to the public. If you would like to take a chance on me, I am opening up 5 coaching opportunities for athletes. Whether that is swimming, triathlon or getting in shape. My coach Craig has taken me on as an Associate with EXO1 Coaching, and I could not be more thrilled to work with another mentor. Please check out our website here and let me know if you are willing to take a leap of faith with me and your lofty goals. I think we can accomplish some incredible things if you are willing to take a gamble and trust the process.

 

Thanks and keep on dreaming for 2016!!!

 

 

 

The Road to Ironman thus Far

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It has been what seems like a very long time since I began my Ironman journey back in 2012, when I clicked a button and $700 later, was signed up for the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe in 2013 with a group of friends from Team in Training. I didn’t really know what I was signing up for or what to expect. How many hours, sacrifices, and heartbreak it would take to get me to that start line. All I knew is that I wanted to finish. But then, I came across the finish line in 4th place and missed a Kona slot by 8 minutes. Fate is fickle that way.

I changed gears and upped the ante and set my sights on Ironman New Zealand in 2014. Training through the winter and then traveling to the other side of the world in the end of their summer made for a very interesting journey. I shaved an hour and a half off my previous time, was the first amateur female out of the water, and went a best time of 3:47 in the marathon. However, this was only enough to get me 9th place in my age group. Back to the drawing board.

Decided to hedge my bets, and put my sights back on Ironman Lake Tahoe. Homefield advantage, lots of family and friend support, and a course I knew like the back of my hand. But fate had other things in mind. A fire blazed across the mountains and smoke threatened the athletes on the morning of the race. Merely 3 minutes before the start of the race, everyone’s days and Ironman journeys were ripped apart as the race was cancelled.

Time for Plan B. This meant Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 2015. A new coach, a new state, a new job, a new journey across the country. Things in the season started off better than ever, with an age group win at Ironman New Orleans 70.3, but things changed quickly. At Challenge Knoxville in May of 2015, I took a spill on the course and lacerated my liver. Little did I know that this would set me back for the rest of the season, causing me to cancel my date with Ironman Coeur d’Alene. Fate wanted to challenge me.

Fast forward to the Ironman World Championships in Kona 2015. I woke up that morning with my heart racing in my chest and this uncanny feeling inside me that 2016 was going to be my year. I would be in Kona in Kailua Bay next year. My mom called me that Saturday and told me she had a dream the night before that we were in Kona and that I was racing. Goosebumps raised on my skin. I wondered if fate would let me get my chance with Madame Pele.

So now: Plan C. Ironman Texas. Flat, fast and sometimes unbearably hot. Less than 6 months away. I will do everything in my control to make this the race that I have been waiting for all this time. I somehow know that I was not ready before now to be where I am. Things have all lined up now, and this is my year. To tackle fate, and take control of my destiny.