Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 Wrap-up and onto 2017 planning!

Goals for the new year... blog more!

Seriously though, I am hoping that with a return to training (soon, I swear) that I will also get back to blogging regularly.  For today though, I am looking back on my 2016 season with lots of warm and fuzzy feelings. I had a pretty good year in sport and life, and I am so grateful that I have my health and the support of my friends and family to thank for that.  Here is a quick wrap-up of 2016, month by month.

January:  Lots of time spent learning to skate ski! 

 February: My first snowshoe race and a 1st place to boot!

March:  Last ski of the season and I crushed the climb up Fortune.

April:  A trip to Colombia for some R&R in the sun, plus my 30th birthday!

May:  A new, beautiful Argon 18 E-117 Tri and my first race of the season, the ever fun, local Early Bird Triathlon.

June:  A return to Tremblant to conquer the sprint as a healthy athlete!

July:  A brutal day at Nationals, with no swim, but still a spot for 2017 Worlds. 

August: My first Half Ironman at Timberman 70.3 was a huge success and a super fun day! Thankful to have mom there to cheer for me! Plus a first place finish at Cornwall Triathlon sprint!

September:  The most fun of my season at the inaugural Amphibious Challenge Swimrun. Obsessed!

October:  Brought home my new puppy!

November:  Lots of puppy time and very little training. 

December:  Cheering on Team Canada as Dad is coaching for the World Juniors Tournament

And now, I'm into my planning phase for 2017.  I have a new coach, Dave from DEKK Coaching, and I am currently filling out my goals and training objectives for the season.  When they are ready, I'll share them here for some extra accountability!  I do have two big races on the calendar already: Victoria 70.3 and Age Group World Championships in Rotterdam! It's going to be another awesome year!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

George and the Off Season

For the past few years, I've definitely taken an extended off season after my races wrapped up for the summer and this year has been no different.  However, the motivation to take an off season has been very different this year.  This year, I have a puppy, who has taken up all of my free time and put training in the almost non-existent zone.  And you know, I have been okay with it.  Our bodies process all stress in the same way, and we have to be careful not to overload ourselves with work, family, relationship, training, life stress.

Lately, my stress has been coming in full steam from work, relationship, and oh yea, being a new puppy mom!  So it's meant that I just can't handle stress in the form of training.  Of course, I do find that I handle other stress better when I have the endorphin hit of a workout, but lately that hit comes from my daily walks with George.  I'm still learning how to balance this new responsibility with the rest of my life.  It is a work in progress, but George is growing up (he is now 5 months!) and getting a lot easier to manage.  He is such a sweet, well behaved dog and he makes life a little bit more fun. He loves to play and run (which will make him an awesome running buddy a few months from now).  I love this sweet pup!