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!
- 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.
- 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!!
- Best Race – Ironman Boulder
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!!
- Best workout gear – Coeur Sports triathlon kit
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?