My 10 Bests

This post was inspired by Korrie over at Korrie’s Triathlon Diary. If you haven’t checked her out yet, you should!

There have been MANY ups and down during my career in endurance sport. Setting goals, crushing them and having many achievements along the way. There have also been many disappointments and setbacks along the way, but every up and down has made me a stronger athlete…both mentally and physically. The roller coaster of life is what makes our journey so much more rewarding.

  • Best Inspiring Movie – “Rudy”

I just love this movie! On top of being an inspirational movie, it makes me feel good 🙂

  • Best Courage Cave Soundtrack – “Brave” by Sara Bareillis

These words inspire me to work hard and push toward achieving my dreams:

  • Best Post Workout Smoothie

There is nothing better than a smoothie after a good, hard workout. My favorite combination is kale, Pure Clean beet powder, Osmo Recovery, frozen raspberries, cinnamon, avocado, and water. This is pure deliciousness and provides lots of nutrients to refuel me 🙂

  • Best Time of Day – Definitely before 6 am in the morning

Getting up at 4 am to complete an early morning workout sets me up for a great day. Once my feet are on the floor it is go time and there is nothing better than starting my day with endorphins to get me physically and mentally ready to conquer my day.

  • Best Day of the Week for Training – Sunday

#SundayFunday is the best day of the week! Lately we have been going on a long ride, just because we can and enjoying every minute of it!

Century ride in November in Iowa...this amazing weather is unheard of!!
Century ride in November in Iowa…this amazing weather is unheard of!!
  • Best Road Cycling Route – Ames, Elkhart, High Trestel Trail, Slater, and back to Ames

I have many routes that I love more than this one, but unfortunately they are not in central Iowa where we live. This is a simple 50 mile route on roads that aren’t heavily trafficked or have a bike lane and about 10 miles of this route is on a paved trail, which gets us off the roads.

  • Best Workout Partner – The Iron Hippie

I am so lucky and thankful to have my husband join me on my crazy adventures! He has been by my side through the ups and downs and supports me, encourages me and challenges me to be the best version of myself and the best athlete that I can be.

Last long run before Ironman Boulder

  • Best 4 legged running partner – Basil

Basil LOVES to run and is so happy when she gets to chase rabbits and squirrels 😉 Even if we don’t feel like running, she is ALWAYS up for a run!!

That is a happy smile and a happy dog!
That is a happy smile and a happy dog!

This was, without a doubt, my favorite Ironman ever!! It was an Ironman, so there were obstacles to overcome, but it is a race I will definitely be doing again…love, Love, LOVE it!!

Whizzing through Hygiene on the first loop...Serious #bikelove on this course!!
Whizzing through Hygiene on the first loop…Serious #bikelove on this course!!

Coeur Sports as the absolute best triathlon kit on the market…no chafing, seamless chamois, perfect fit, fun colors, #stylishspeed and #noangrykitty…simply AMAZING!! I love what Coeur Sports stands for, that they encourage, inspire, and promote women in sport and they represent #heartandcourage.  ALL women who SBR (swim, bike, run) and/or do triathlon should wear Coeur Sports apparel…it is da BOMB!!

As we move into the winter doldrums, I thought this is a perfect time to focus on the good things that surround us.

What are your BESTs? What things boost your mood and training during the winter doldrums?

10 thoughts on “My 10 Bests

  1. I like Specialized’s Pro Shorts, Bora’s Pro bibs and my Venge… Like riding a lightning bolt on a cushion of awesomeness… What gets me through the doldrums? I keep the Venge in the marital bedroom. I look at it when I wake up and before I go to bed and I think, “Not long now and I’m gonna ride you like…” Well, let’s keep this civil – and PG-13.

    1. Anything to keep that “cushion of awesomeness” so your bits are happy and you can ride forever 😉 PG-13 is becoming more and more inappropriate I’ve noticed…

      1. I have not. Since I bought a bike my movie watching has tanked. I used to love them, now I relive that scene in Top Gun, where Cruise is riding his motorcycle down the runway as a fighter is landing, every day.

        My apologies for not knowing better. We’ll dial it back to PG.

  2. Awesome list!! I like to work out in the early morning. Not as early as you but its nice to get up and get it done while I am still fresh!! Best race? I have so many. I loved all my Ironman races but for different reasons. Hoping I will LOVE Wisconsin!! 🙂 Work out gear? Oiselle, I’ve got a couple of Betty Design kits, Every time I have tried to buy something from Coeur they are out of stock! 😦

    1. I hope you love Wisconsin too! I can’t wait to meet you in person!! I haven’t tried Oiselle gear, but have heard great things!! I’ll have to a Coeur kit this year!

  3. Love this list of the “10 bests”! I would say that my “best” race experiences – either Wildflower (although with the water situation now, I wouldn’t recommend it) and I love, love, love St. George. As for workout gear – it’s great to have clothes that help motivate. I’m a fan of my Vanderkitten gear, especially the socks!

    1. Thanks Kristina! I’ve never done Wildflower or St George, although St George has been on my radar…even when it was still a full. The time of year is just really difficult for me to get off work 😩 Motivational clothes and gear are the best!

  4. I wish I had a 4-legged friend. Someday my husband and I will get a dog… when Axel is a little older.

    Best Inspiring Movie: G.I. Jane (Seriously, this movie is awesome)
    Best Time of Day: 6am-9am when I am most alert, can enjoy my coffee, and often times get in a workout!
    Best Race: Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens (I loved this course)

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