2016: The Year of Kona



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!!!