My 2014 triathlon season is over. After a week of refreshing my mind and body with family time, road trips, desserts and happy hours I am finally ready to review the year with you all and share my thoughts.
This year was full of change.
Coaching I started working with Dave Scott and the training was so different than anything I was doing in the past. We incorporated strength work into my program, which was brand new to me. The exercises exposed my weaknesses and constantly challenged me mentally and physically. I was on my bike a lot more this year. In May I had a conversation with Dave about how the training was impossible. He basically told me I needed to do the sessions as written. I stopped being “afraid” of the training, shut my brain off, and just did the workouts. I really surprised myself with what I was able to accomplish.
We slowed down in the pool and worked on my stroke technique. The past two years I have been in a swimming rut—inconsistent. Sometimes I was making the front pack and sometimes not even close. After HyVee this year I made a few changes and I am swimming well again in races. My running was fair this year. I struggled with plantar fasciitis since March and it has been lingering all year. I can confidently say this most likely did not affect any of my results this year; however, my run training all year was less than totally enjoyable. I have always been a believer that you cannot succeed at anything if you are not enjoying it. So all in all- for triathlon- I am happy with my swim/bike progression this year. This fall/winter I am hoping to fall in love with running again…find that passion. I have always been inspired by running races so I will enter a few and start that fire again.
70.3s were a big part of my season this year. I had planned on racing the Rev3 events but when they were cancelled in March I had to make a new plan. I had already missed the first Lifetime Fitness race in South Beach so I decided to do some 5i50s, HyVee, and some 70.3s to switch it up a bit from normally just racing Olympic distance races. I did five 70.3 events this year- Florida, Syracuse, Princeton, Vegas, Miami. After every single one the first words out of my mouth were “I need a Coke. I am never doing one of these again.” I kept doing them though because I kept screwing up a piece of the puzzle and wanted to nail my nutrition. In 70.3 Florida I took twice as many calories and water than I did in Miami and 0 salt in Florida. So I pretty much halved my calories and water intake and increased the salt. It is a fine line when it comes to nutrition and what you really need. I always thought more was better but I have learned it isn’t! I will continue to do 70.3 next year but I realized at HyVee that I miss Olympic racing and I will return to it next year.
Homeowner In April I decided to buy my own place. I was tired of always hopping around packing/unpacking. After being in Boulder only 3 months, I made the decision to buy a small condo and have a home base where I could store all of my junk. It has been an incredible experience and has forced me to be more responsible. My mom was a little hesitant when I told her the news but becoming a homeowner has taught me a little more about life responsibility and opened up my eyes to how expensive LIFE is!!
I would say the biggest and best part of 2014 was meeting my boyfriend, Drew. Most of my triathlon career has been all about me and very lonely. I would say having someone to share the good and bad moments with is invaluable. If one of us is having a bad day the other is usually having a good day so there is always a positive vibe in the house. Having a partner that also does sport takes the focus away from always being about you and really has made me love what I do even more.
Thank you to those who have been by my side the past few years helping me get the best out of myself. That includes my sponsors who are not only supporters but all close friends of mine. I could not race at my best without the help of the products and people from Trek, TYR, Altra, First Endurance, Biotta, SRAM, Smith Optics, Davis Wheelworks, Garmin, NormaTec, ISM, Atomic and SaltStick.
I am grateful to those who follow my racing and provide words of encouragement in person and online.
Lastly, a special thanks to my family- no words can express how fortunate I am to have your never-ending love and support.