Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 in Review

Last year, I did a year in review post.  Since I've been mostly MIA, I'll use this opportunity to look back on my year, as well as update you all on what's been up in the Happy Triathlete world lately!

January:  I spent a lot of time on the trainer, at the spin studio, and on the indoor track.

February: We embraced winter (and the coldest month ever) and went out skate skiing a few times. The plan for 2016 is to become a real x-country skier!

March: I went to Clermont, Florida for a week long training camp! I got to soak up the sunshine (aka thaw out) and completed my first 100+ kilometer bike ride.

April: Training and life continued as I turned 29.

May: The Ottawa Race Weekend brought a huge 10k PR!  It was also my first chance to rep Team Coeur!  I also spent a few weekends training up at Mont Tremblant.

June: I was diagnosed with a stress fracture, my first official sports injury of my career.  It was a challenging month mentally and physically.  However, June also included the first race of the season, and even though I couldn't finish the race, I had an amazing time in Mont Tremblant with my tri family!

July: I got to visit Mom and Dad in Saskatchewan at the lake.  And I had a lot of fun swim-biking at Magog for Nationals (unfortunately I didn't get to finish the race.)

August: I got to finish a race!! Finally! And I finished as the 2nd place overall female.  It was definitely the most fun that I have ever had in a race.

September:  Worlds in Chicago was the highlight of my season.  It was an incredible experience to represent Canada in an international event.  My race went well and I had a great time with my mom, grandma, and friends!

October:  I chilled out a lot and took pretty much the entire month off of training.  I got to visit Chicago again for a dear friend's surprise 30th birthday party.

November: Magali Tisseyre and Eric Lagerstrom came to hang out with us at the OTC Coaching Clinic!  And I mostly continued my off season.

December: I switched coaches and embarked on MAF training.  It has been challenging, but exciting to see some changes starting to happen. My roommates and I did the Santa Shuffle 5k (non-timed race).  I went on a few runs and to my first Crossfit class in 8 years with my new beau.  And I got to spend a lovely, fun-filled week in Seattle for Christmas with my whole family! During the week, I got to run with my puppy nephew Ralph.

My 2015 was a year of lessons - particularly in patience - and I feel like I grew a lot as a person and athlete.  There are a lot of amazing things on the horizon for 2016 though, so I'm happy to be turning the page to a new year and new adventures. Wishing you a wonderful last few days of 2015 and a happy, exciting year, full of new challenges and opportunities in 2016!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Exciting Changes

I thought I'd post a little update on some exciting things happening in the land of the Happy Triathlete.  It's mostly a lot of changes, sort of all at once, and it's been fun, but at times challenging.

New Coach

My old coach, Mike Woods, was signed to Garmin Cannondale for 2016, which is super exciting for him, but means that his team obligations have increased and his time available to coach has decreased.  Luckily for me, I was able to quickly transition to my new coach, Jon Slaney.  Both of my roommates were already Jon's athletes, and I swam with Jon a bit last year.  He is really knowledgeable and has a strong background in nutrition and strength as well, so he provides a pretty comprehensive program.  However, his methods are pretty different from anything I have ever done before, so it's a bit of an adjustment for me both mentally and physically. 


In January, I will also be doing a bit of coaching with the Ottawa Triathlon Club.  I'm excited for this opportunity, particularly since I get to continue to hang out with my HPS crew and I get to co-coach with Coach Dave!  We have an awesome group of athletes for our Wednesday night session and I predict a lot of fun and friendship... and of course, fast times for 2016!

Team Coeur 2016

Coeur Sports picked me to be a member of Team Coeur again for 2016!! I can't say enough amazing things about this company, its products, its mission, its people, etc.  And the women on Team Coeur are phenomenal and so inspiring.

New Challenges

For 2016, I decided that I would give a 70.3 a "tri," so when I visited the site for Timberman and saw that the price increase was happening the next day, I bit the bullet and signed up for the race!  I'll still race plenty of sprints and Olympic distance races next season, but it will all be building toward Timberman in August!

New Whip

One of the benefits of being on Team Coeur - our sponsor Argon18. I decided it was time to get myself a TT/Tri bike and just ordered the new E-117 Tri+ bike from Argon!  It is BEAUTIFUL and I can't wait for it to arrive!