Recently, I was inspired by the win of Laura Siddall at Ironman New Zealand 2018. Her mantra? “Don’t die wondering.” This hit home in a way that took me completely off guard. Let me rewind a bit and explain. Last … Continue reading
What everyone wants to hear about Kona: It was an incredible experience. Everything was awesome! There was no drafting! The heat wasn’t so bad! It was the best day ever! How Kona actually is: Swim out to start. Tread water … Continue reading
As the days pass by and Kona inches closer and closer, these past few weeks have draaaaagged by. I can’t wait to be on the Big Island, driving down the Queen K, swimming in the ocean at Dig Me Beach, … Continue reading
Things not to do before a half Ironman: Start a new job the same week Take your bike apart the night before you leave Forget your aero bottle hydration system at home Bring new tires to put on your bike … Continue reading
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:
- Win my age group at Ironman Texas and qualify for Kona (didn’t happen)
- Defend my title and win Ironman New Orleans 70.3 (didn’t happen)
- Finish in the Top 25 at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships (didn’t happen)
- Go to Kona and enjoy the experience (didn’t happen)
But guys, here is what DID happen:
- Won my age group at Ironman Louisville and qualified for Kona (booyah!)
- 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)
- Placed 30th and trained through 70.3 World Championships in order to focus on the bigger picture (aka Kona)
- 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:
- 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 😉
- 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. A tweet from back in 2009
- Place in the top 10 at the Olympic Distance National Championships in Omaha.
- Enjoy the experience at Kona but also go in being prepared to kick some serious @$$!
- Become a more confident cyclist.
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…
“You posted a blog on January 13th: ‘2016-The Year of Kona‘. You had a tough go of it earlier this year but you have to go through the lows to enjoy the highs. GUESS WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO MF … Continue reading
It has been a while since I have posted anything. A lot, a lot, has changed in the past couple months. I got engaged, was a nomad for a month with no real home base, moved even farther across the … Continue reading
Last year at Ironman New Orleans This weekend kicks off my 2016 season with my return to Ironman New Orleans 70.3. Last year, I snagged my first age group win at this race (you can read about that here). This … Continue reading
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:
- Win my age group at Ironman Texas and qualify for Kona
- Defend my title and win Ironman New Orleans 70.3
- Finish in the Top 25 at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships
- 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!!!