What’s Up?! – March 2018

How is it possible that March is already in the rearview mirror?! For me, March started out like a lion. I was sick (with strep throat immediately followed by bronchitis), had some family stress, and parent teacher conferences all within the first 2 weeks of March. Thankfully I got some good training in toward the end of the month, but also managed to strain my right hamstring a bit. I am grateful that I was able to dodge what could have been a serious bullet by resting my hamstring immediately and not pushing it.

Training:

Making an effort, not an excuse!
Riding + conversing with my fave on this snowy spring day!
Warm enough for shorts?! YES!! Soaking up the sun + vitamin D!!

Swim: 15,150 yards (8.6 miles)
Bike: 156 miles
Run: 25.1 miles
Monthly Totals: 26 hours & 35 minutes

Enjoying:

My birthday present…Normatec Recovery boots! These take my recovery to a whole new level!

Using my birthday present while watching the Xterra Triathlon after a bike workout!

Celebrating:

Turning 41! Yep…another year older! It was a great day! I’m so grateful that my birthday falls during spring break almost every year!

The biggest birthday card I’ve ever received! Thank you Laylah!
Rolling out of 40 and into 41 like “Hell yeah! 40 was an amazing year! Cheers to an even better 41!”
Birthday lunch date with my #solesister
Birthday Massage! šŸ™‚

Reading:

The Wrong Side of Comfortable by Amy Charity is a MUST READ! At age 34, Amy left a lucrative career, temporarily left her husband, dog and close friends behind to pursue her dream of becoming a professional cyclist. “It is never too late to follow your dreams. It is never too late to find something that makes you feel alive. Our tendency is to get stuck in the routine and monotony of our lives, and to eliminate discomfort. I challenge you to do the opposite – embrace the discomfort. Visualize what you want to do, have confidence that you are on the right track, and have the belief that you are competent.”

Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker has more than 175 photographs of girls being themselves. It is full of “girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy.” This book is for every girl, mother and father of a girl, sibling of a girl, coach, teacher, or anyone who influences a girl.

Listening to:

What I learned when I conquered the world’s toughest triathlon with Minda Dentler is so inspiring! Minda is a polio survivor who decided to take on the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. It handed her a challenge and she accepted it.

Get Gritty with Pro Triathlete Steph Corker is a must listen to! She is not only one of my Coeur Sports teammates, but a true inspiration!

Amy Farrell with Kona Kamps is another must listen to! She is also one of my Coeur Sports teammates and an AMAZING athlete, mother, teacher, coach, and all around AWESOME lady! I was so lucky + blessed to get to meet her in Lake Placid a couple of weeks after she became the Ironman Lake Placid 2017 champion! She inspires me EVERY day to do and be my best!

Meeting Amy, my Coeur Sports sister! This lady is AMAZING!

Jordan Blanco with Kona Kamps is a great listen! I’ve been following Jordan on Insta for a few year. She is not only an inspiration, but an advocate for equality in the sport of triathlon.

Grateful for:

These two girls fill my heart with love and joy every day!
The girls playing tug of war with a stick in the yard while we shovel.
Riding + conversing with my fave on this snowy spring day!
A new pump in the washing machine = CLEAN CLOTHES!! Thanks Greg for fixing our washer!
Grateful to Coach Kelly for chatting, planning, and catching up!
Even though Mother Nature is still trying to freeze us out, the plants are starting to come up! #signsofspring

How was your month of March?! What are you enjoying?! What were you grateful for this month?!

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11 thoughts on “What’s Up?! – March 2018

  1. Good call on the birthday massage!! I’m glad you made it through those rotten two weeks and got your groove back šŸ™‚ I never celebrated my 40th birthday in October since I was feeling so terrible with personal and health issues, but I think it’s time to start now that I’m 100% better (and happier!). Have a great April.

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