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…

 

 

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