It’s been nearly 6 months since I’ve updated my blog. I’ve been asking myself why. I started this blog because I enjoy writing and I enjoy sharing my passion for an active and healthy lifestyle. I’ve also sought to challenge myself to be open and honest here so that others can see the real struggles of an amateur athlete and be inspired by knowing that we all struggle. J Despite all of these things, I just haven’t been interested in blogging. Why? Well, I didn’t like what I had to blog about.My marathon attempt in June was very disappointing. I put so much into that training, especially on an emotional level, that I just felt drained when it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped and trained. Though I was able to take the disappointment in stride, all of the buildup to a goal that was never attained left me feeling depleted and unmotivated. I took a few weeks off from any sort of structured training immediately following that race and then I began tri training with a new coach. That was also challenging. Putting my training in the hands of someone other that Coach Dai was not easy and I continued to question whether or not I had made the right choice in switching coaches, especially when I had Dai at my side in September supporting me through the ITU AG World Championship Sprint Triathlon. And then, of course, we flew back to San Diego and immediately set off on our drive across the country to relocate in Pensacola, FL. I was mentally exhausted and had fallen a bit out of love with triathlon.
Now, months later, we’ve settled into life in Pensacola and after a little more than a month of off-season I’ve resumed training with a renewed passion. While it still makes me somewhat sad to not be coached by Dai, I can see that the change in coaching was what I needed at the time. Workouts are different and Coach Derek manages to challenge me in new ways. We’ve focused a lot on my swimming and I’ve actually learned to enjoy it, which is something I never would have imagined before working with Derek. I’ve found a great masters swim team at Pensacola State College and enjoy swimming with them three times a week… and I actually look forward to these workouts! Me… looking forward to swimming!
After my 5900 yard NYE swim… I’m a mermaid…
My biking and running are really just beginning to pick up and I’ve found several viable training partners at Gulf Coast Cycle and Tri, a local bike/triathlon shop that hosts Saturday morning rides. And this leads me to the next major change I’ll be making for 2016. I will no longer be racing for Betty Designs. I’ve met some truly incredible women and I am very thankful for the two years of support and sponsorship that I’ve received from Kristen Mayer. I will continue to wear many of her designs and enjoy the support of other current and former Team Betty members. In 2016, I will be racing for Gulf Coast Cycle and Tri as a member of their elite tri team and I look forward to creating a lot of tri memories with my energetic and supportive teammates. This is the right time for this change – I feel that I will benefit immensely from participating in a local team that can provide in-person training and emotional support and I feel honored to have been invited to join this team!
After my first group ride with my hubby!!
In related news, my husband, Mr. Elite Marathon Runner Justin, will be dabbling in triathlon in 2016! He has not lost his desire to pursue running specific goals but he and I and many others all agree that it’s time for him to take a break from focused, driven running training. I’m excited to have his company on group rides and even more excited to see him enjoy the world of triathlon and the challenging of pursuing three sports simultaneously. I truly believe that this will give him the physical and mental break that he needs in order to return to running, later, with a renewed passion.
Our friend, Howie, came to visit from Virginia Beach. It’s been fantastic to have him here! He had gone biking and running with Justin and he kept me company during my NYE swim by pulling me through some of the early intervals! Also, our normally shy and anxious dog has fallen in love with him.
Despite all the difficult changes in the past year, I’m overall very pleased with 2015. It has been an amazing year full of trials and blessings and I look forward to applying my lessons learned in 2015 to an even better 2016. I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year! Swim, Bike, Run, Smile!