What’s up?! – December 2017

How is it already 2018?! It seems like not too long ago I was sitting here writing about my intensions for 2017 (I’ll have my 2018 intentions later this week) and now the year has come and gone! Here is a snapshot of what December had in store for me.


This month had a lot of ups and a few downs. I was sick for a few days this month, which derailed my training a bit, but I bounced back strong and ready to end the month putting in the work to earn the “bat cap” by taking on a swim challenge. I will have a post on this in the next week or two. Because of this challenge, there was a LOT more swimming than biking or running during December.

Crushing our #batcapchallenge the last week of December!
Dreaming of Kona while I watch the Ironman World Championships!
#runlove with my favorite girl!

Swim: 53,700 yards
Bike: 79.6 miles
Run: 33.8 miles

Listening to:

IronWomen Podcast interviewed Jen Annett about her most recent bike course record at Ironman Arizona. She biked the 112 miles in 4 hours & 38 minutes…SMOKIN’ FAST! She is an athlete that is managing epilepsy (where she has grand mal seizures) with her training and racing.

Emily Esfahani Smith’s TedTalk “There’s more to life than being happy” is profound! She talks about “having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto.” She refers to 4 pillars : belonging, purpose, transcendence, and storytelling.

Putting together:

PUZZLES! I love putting puzzles together! They are so addicting! 😉

Putting puzzles together is a favorite holiday tradition!
More puzzles!


Spending time with family is the best part of the holiday season (well, that and getting two weeks off from work)!!

Holiday cheers with the Iron Hippie’s sister + brother-in-law.
Merry Christmas!
Christmas Day sunset over the frozen lake at home home! #lakeokoboji
Making cookies with our twin nieces at Christmas.


Winter! We have had snow + some seriously ridiculously cold temperatures in the last 2 weeks. The real temperatures of -22 to -25*F with windchill temperatures as low as -45*F. That hasn’t stopped us from bundling up and getting outside. Fresh air and movement are so good for the body!

Windchill temps of -32*F means we bundle up to shovel snow!
Making snow angels in the dark before the FREEZING cold temperatures set in!

Looking forward to:

Change! 2017 has been truly AMAZING, but there is one major area of my life I’m hoping to see some drastic changes come to fruition in the coming months. I’m not ready to give much insight into this yet, but as soon as I know more about the coming change, I’ll be sharing the news with you as well! HINT: It does NOT involve expanding our perfect little family! 😉

How was your month of December?! What are you looking forward to in 2018?!

2 thoughts on “What’s up?! – December 2017

  1. I’m looking forward to hearing your news! I have no confirmed plans for 2018 yet-I’m going to wait until Dave’s parents decide to visit. Dave is taking the time off of work when they come this time, so then I’ll plan a fun little getaway for myself that will involve swimming and biking-I can’t wait!

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