I've been trying to think about something insightful to say, but to be honest, I'm still working out my feelings on 2014. It was a great year in so many ways, with lots of lessons learned, fun adventures, and new friends. However, I'm still processing it and thinking through my approach to 2015. So, for now, I'll keep it short and sweet. I already posted my lessons learned from my 2014 season and you can find links to all my race reports, but here are a few highs and lows from my racing life and my real life since I only started this blog in July.
January: I officially joined the Ottawa Triathlon Club with the start of training with the High Performance Squad. I didn't know it at the time, but this group would become my Ottawa family. I know I sound like a broken record, but I can't stress enough how amazing triathletes are and how many cool people I have met through the sport. It will always be the number one reason I use when recommending trying a tri to someone new.
February: We skated on the canal, celebrated a Seahawks Super Bowl win, and went to the Jason Aldean concert. I trained a lot too.
March: My grandmother took the whole family for a cruise to the Caribbean for her 80th birthday! It was one of the best trips of my life. We had such a great time and I'm so thankful to my grandma for taking us all!
April: I turned 28! Then I won my very first running race (and peed my pants during it... yes, I did and I'm not afraid to tell you about it. I was in line for the port-a-pottie and heard the gun go off to start the race... so I had to race to the start line.)
May: My first triathlon of the season included an indoor swim and lots of familiar faces out on the course. It was a tough one mentally, but it taught me some lessons about the true point of the sport - to have fun! I also started my training to become a barre instructor at iNSiDE Out Studios! (Also very challenging and totally took me way, way outside of my comfort zone... good stuff.)
June: My family joined me in Chicago for the World Triathlon Series race. They were the best cheering squad and it was so much fun to have them there with me. Plus, Chicago is one of my favorite cities and I got to preview the course for 2015 Worlds!
July: #1 goal of the year achieved at Trimemphre-Magog. I qualified to represent Canada at 2015 Worlds!
August: Officially my worst race of the season at the K-Town Triathlon. Always check your brakes before heading out on the bike course!
September: My first Olympic Triathlon at Montreal Esprit and an awesome roadtrip with my triathlon sisters Jenn and Dale.
October: A weekend in NYC to visit my best buddies from university over Canadian Thanksgiving. And another fun roadtrip to Massachusetts for my first half marathon ever! It was great race and a fun weekend with friends.
November: I got to meet Ironman legend Scott Tinley and participate in a fun, informative coaching clinic with the Ottawa Triathlon Club.
December: We took an amazing trip to Arizona for our family Christmas. I got to ride a bike and swim outside in December and it reminded me that I love cycling and swimming. I also hired my first coach and am loving it. Finally, I found out that I am a member of Team Coeur for 2015!! #heartandcourage
There are good things ahead in 2015! The past few years have been quite a journey of personal growth and I am excited to continue that journey in the new year. In the next week or so, I'll share some of my goals for the coming year.
Happy New Year to you all!! May you look back on 2014 with fondness and look forward to 2015 full of excitement!