26 weeks ’til #IMMT: setback + motivation

I had a setback this week that was quite literally a pain in the back! I carried laundry up the stairs and managed to tweak my back in such a way that I am undergoing treatment + active release therapy from Dr. Chris Feil at Team Chiropractic and Rehabilitation. Really?! Laundry?! Yep…I don’t even have a good story to go with this injury! Thankfully Dr. Chris thinks I should be close to 100% by the end of this week. I really hope he’s right! I have goals to achieve and dreams to chase! While this is killing me, I WILL heal before I jump back into training and risk re-injury. This is yet another lesson in patience! Thanks to Coach Kelly with Track Cat Fitness for keeping me mentally sane, adjusting my training plan, nad keeping me focused on doing what I can through this injury process!

Swim: 3800 yards

My first swim to test the back was Thursday after work. I swam 1500 yards (with about 500 being pull) and I found that my back was nagging through most of the swim. Sunday’s swim went much better! 2300 yards with very few niggles in my back ūüôā

First swim to test the back

First swim to test the back

Swim #2 this week was SO much better than #1!

Swim #2 this week was SO much better than #1!

Bike: 41 miles

Wednesday I rode easy for 45 minutes with a nagging back. It was still pretty sore. Friday I rode 1 hour trying to stay mostly in z2. This felt much better than Wednesday, but I still had some issues with my back that started about 40 minutes into the ride. Sunday I rode for 90 minutes trying to keep in z2 for a full 60 minutes without having my back tighten up and I am so happy that I was able to achieve this! While my back is still not 100%, I have definitely made progress this week and am getting closer and closer to 100% every day!

First easy ride...smiling because I'm back in the saddle (even with a little pain)!

First easy ride…smiling because I’m back in the saddle (even with a little pain)!

Trying to stay in z2 without back pain

Trying to stay in z2 without back pain

Yes! Ended the week with a 90 minute ride with 1 full hour solidly in z2!

Yes! Ended the week with a 90 minute ride with 1 full hour solidly in z2!

Run: Zero, Zilch, Nada

Thanks to my recent pain in the back, I did¬†no running last week. ūüė¶

Strength Training: 

The only strength training I did was what Dr. Chris recommended, which wasn’t much, but it was something.

Weekly Totals: 4 hours + 35 minutes

Weekly Positives:

I had some special deliveries this week from some amazing companies that I LOVE! I heart my Coeur Sports gear and my Breakthrough Nutrition! If you want to try Stacy Sims sports nutrition, please use WELOVESNBS to enjoy 10% off Breakthrough Nutrition!

New Coeur Sports gear!

New Coeur Sports gear! Super happy heart!

Breakthrough Nutrition...serious love!

Breakthrough Nutrition…serious love!

Getting better slowly with the help of Dr. Chris Feil at Team Chiropractic and Rehabilitation.

Getting back on track with the help from Dr. Chris Feil...getting better every day = #progress!

Getting back on track with the help from Dr. Chris Feil…getting better every day = #progress!

I’m honored to be invited to share my Ironman journey with our community. It was so much fun to talk triathlon, inspire others, and be inspired by others at¬†Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Motivational Morning on Saturday morning! Thanks to Coeur Sports, Sound Probiotics, and SBR Sports, Inc. for supplying some goodies to hand out to the participants!

I'm honored to be invited to share my Ironman journey with members of the community.

Talking triathlon

Goodies!

Goodies!

More Goodies!

More Goodies!

Quote of the Week:

“Your “job” as a serious athlete right now and my job as coach is for you to get healthy.” Coach Kelly…Thanks for the reminder Coach! ūüėČ

How was your week? What positives made your week better?

What’s Up?! – January 2017

CRAZY to think that the first month of 2017 is already over! Where does time go?! I must say I am a bit happier to have longer daylight hours, so if that means saying “goodbye” to January, I’m ok that time has flown by!

Training:

My training had a few bumps this month as I was sick…twice. The most recent bout lasting longer than I had hoped. Despite these bumps, I have had some successful training sessions, including a FTP challenge on the bike, where my threshold power increased by 13 watts! I’m so grateful to see my fitness bouncing back after taking a few months off during the off season! I have also seen my 200 yard swim time trial times increase by 2 seconds. While this may not seem like much, if I can carry this over to long distance swimming, I should see huge improvements on my swim time for Ironman Mont Tremblant in August! My run time trial also went better than expected! I dropped my average time over a 5K from 8:08/mile to 7:42/mile. I not only achieved my goal, but also my secret goal on this time trial! BOOM!

Striving for progress, not perfection in the pool this week with a 2 second increase in my 200 yard time trial! :)

Striving for progress, not perfection in the pool this week with a 2 second increase in my 200 yard time trial! ūüôā

Crushing my FTP challenge = HUGE smiles!

Crushing my FTP challenge = HUGE smiles!

So giddy since I crushed my 5K time trial secret goal!

So giddy since I crushed my 5K time trial secret goal!

Swim Totals: 12.3 miles
Bike Totals: 218 miles
Run Totals: 51.8 miles

Reading:

I have read two amazing blog posts by Carrie Cheadle. The first is on ways to get more grit…who doesn’t want more grit in their life?! The second is on gratitude. We should all be incredibly grateful everyday. Looking for the things to be grateful for everyday can give you a completely different mindset and attitude about every part of your day!

Roar by Stacy Sims is a serious GAME CHANGER for active women! Stacy is BRILLIANT! This is a MUST READ! Not is it full of helpful information on nutrition, strength training, and how each impact your training and racing, but it is also packed full of information on how your cycle impacts training, racing, and your everyday life. I’m so grateful to one of my Coeur Sports Teammies for putting this book in my hands!

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Running Man: A Memoir by Charlie Engle sucks you into his life. After a decade-long addiction to crack-cocaine¬†and alcohol, Charlie hit rock bottom and was nearly killed during a 6 day binge. He turned his life around with the help of running. He started with marathons and when they weren’t long enough, he began to take on ultramarathons and adventure races in some very unforgiving locations around the globe. Running even helped him not just survive, but thrive in a federal prison because of¬†an unjust conviction. Charlie Engle takes you on a few crazy adventures throughout his gripping, emotional, and inspiring life journey!!

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Listening to:

David Goggins Podcast…WOW!! Can you say inspiring?! He is probably the toughest athlete on the planet and full of great insights on mindset and why knowing your purpose will get you farther than motivation. I highly recommend this podcast. Prepare yourself to learn more about the fighter mindset and how it can take you anywhere! Note: he has no filter and there is some swearing throughout this podcast.

Kerri Walsh Jennings Podcast…Hello!! She has competed in the last 5¬†Olympic games, earning 4 medals (3 gold and 1 bronze) in beach volleyball. She is so “rad!” She shares her take on mindset and the importance of effective communication both in sport and relationships. She¬†is super inspiring and so full of energy + passion! “I don’t want to be better than you or her or him – I want to be better than I am right now.” ~Kerri Walsh Jennings

Scared for:

The future of all people of the United States of America! I am deeply saddened by the departure of President Obama and the First Lady¬†as well as the current state that our country is in. I believe that the basic value of not discriminating on the basis of religion and nationality is foundational to the fabric of American democracy.¬†Most of our ancestors were immigrants. I believe diversity is¬†not a weakness, but rather a strength that we should embrace. We the people are creating a serious dividing line between us, and I’m scared that history will repeat itself. I’m choosing to focus on all of the positives I can find during these dark days…some days I have to really look hard, but there are always positives!! “We the people” have to stay united!!

#Fearless check-in:

This is my intention for 2017 is to become more fearless! So…how have I been doing with this? Quite well I believe! In my personal life, I have not had a drop of alcohol all month = WIN! I am working on facing those things that truly scare me, but this has required me to take baby steps because some of these things have a REALLY TIGHT hold on me. I am also really working on not letting others opinions of me bother me, but this is also more challenging since it has a TIGHT hold on me as well. At work, I have openly admitted to students a couple of times (just this month) that I don’t have all of the answers. And. It. Feels. GREAT! Being an introvert, the human connection piece is something I still struggle with, but I am going to continue to work on this. Thanks to Coach Kelly with Track Cat Fitness, I have been pushing myself WAY outside of my comfort zone while training and finding I am capable of so much more than I think I am. And. It. Feels. AMAZING! As for racing, I haven’t had a chance to race in January, so I haven’t been able to truly go HARD and find out what I’m capable of on race day. As you can see, this is definitely a work in progress, and I’m happy to say that in the first month I’ve already made some progress!

How was your first month of 2017? What were your January highlights?

32 Weeks ’til #IMMT: FTP Challenge BOOM

Crazy to think we are only 32 weeks away from Ironman Mont Tremblant! Time sure flies by when you’re having fun! I’m so grateful I GET to have fun and swim/bike/run my way through each week!

Swim: 9700 yards

This week was lots of swimming, but nothing really stands out as super noteworthy. I have been using the tempo trainer…for someone who didn’t grow up swimming fast, just swimming for fun ALL.DAY.LONG, this tool is evil. It is forcing me to work harder and swim faster than I ever have. I know I’ll eventually learn to love it, but right now I have a love/hate relationship with it.

This swim cap makes me smile!

This swim cap makes me smile!

This little tool is evil! I currently have a love/hate relationship with it that I'm hoping will eventually turn to only love!

This little tool is evil! I currently have a love/hate relationship with it that I’m hoping will eventually turn to only love!

Bike: 63.5 miles

The highlight of the week was CRUSHING¬†my FTP challenge! Thursday morning I had an FTP challenge (Coach Kelly calls them challenges instead of tests…tests are usually pass/fail, while a challenge is something to rise up and conquer). My previous power threshold was 163 watts. My goal for this test was to maintain 180 watts for my 20 minute challenge, which I crushed by maintaining 188 watts! BOOM! After my extensive offseason, I’m bouncing back to where I was before Ironman Wisconsin 2016 (196 watts).

Crushing my FTP challenge = HUGE smiles!

Crushing my FTP challenge = HUGE smiles!

That crazy spike in my cadence during my challenge didn't actually happen...Crazy Garmin!

That crazy spike in my cadence during my challenge didn’t actually happen…Crazy Garmin!

Run: 25.1 miles

I put in MANY miles on the mill this week as it has been a COLD week! The only run I did do outside was for 20 minutes and I ran more miles than what was the outdoor temperature. BRRR!!

Running ninja style when it is 2F outside!

Running ninja style with my Coeur Sports buff when it is 2F outside!

Strength Training: 1 hour & 55 minutes + 10 minutes of core daily

I had some good strength training sessions this week! Lots of functional strength and core, while incorporating lots of variety into each workout.

Recovery:

I spent most of the weekend (when I wasn’t training) taking Epsom salt baths, sitting with my feet up in my CEP compression tights, eating all the food, and sleeping like a baby! When we train hard, it is important to recover just as hard…or harder!

#CEPCompression tights are da bomb!

#CEPCompression tights are da bomb!

Weekly Totals: 14 hours & 38 minutes

Quote of the Week:

“Rise to the challenge of bringing your dreams to life! Do not be discouraged by resistance, be nourished by it. Success is the experience of rising to the level of your true greatness.” ~Steve Maraboli

2016 Intentions Check-In #4

Where has time gone?! It is hard to believe that 2016 is already behind us and we are staring 2017 in the face! It seems like just yesterday I was sitting down to write about my intentions for 2016, and now it is time to write my intentions for 2017!

  1. #Believe…I have made progress with this intention, but will ALWAYS¬†have room for growth! When things get tough in training, work, or life, my forearm reminds me¬†to #believe and move forward!img_6848
  2. Break down barriers…I am beyond thrilled that we had HUGE success with the first ladies only nights this summer! We managed to have one ride each in June, July, and August.¬†Thanks so much to Coeur Sports and Kyle’s Bikes for their support to help make this event successful!!¬†Yay for encouraging more women in cycling, helping them gain confidence on their bike and on the roads, and helping them learn basic bike maintenance!! I am definitely looking forward to hosting many more ladies only rides in 2017 and am planning to mix this up even more to get more women out riding!! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†IMG_3720¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†IMG_4134
  3. Be present…I think I will forever¬†struggle with this one! I have a VERY hard time focusing on the here and now. My mind is always wandering! I am getting better at staying in the present only because I’m becoming more aware of when I’m not staying focused in the present. When I notice my mind wandering,¬†I remind myself to stay in the present. It requires me to be aware of where my mind is at and reign it back in. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen since I don’t always realize when my mind wanders, but I am definitely getting better at it!
  4. Find Balance…I set out to find balance more with the emotions that I direct at myself than other parts of my life. I started the year participating in the¬†Living Brave Semester with Brene Brown; this course taught me to focus on how I am feeling,¬†why I am feeling a certain way, giving myself permission to be human, and how to forgive myself for being human and making mistakes. While I did a much better job of focusing on this while I was immersed in the class, I am pleased that I’ve been able to keep most of these habits in play even though the class has concluded. Now, it is time to work to find balance between life, training, work, and fun as my training ramps back up for my 2017 goals.

Did you set goals or intentions for yourself for 2016? If so, have you checked in with these goals or intentions lately? What progress did you make toward achieving your goals or intentions in 2016?

My 2016 Year in Review via Photos

January:

My first ever MRI

My first ever MRI…thankfully it was nothing serious!

Basil loves to help me foam roller after a sweaty workout!

Basil is a good helper after a sweaty workout!

I can finally reach my toes...yoga is working :)

Spending lots of time with my boyfriend…mat¬†ūüôā

February:

Some serious #runlove with my 2 faves!! Bonus = running in SHORTS in Iowa...see the snow on the ground ;)

Some serious #runlove with my 2 faves!! Bonus = running in SHORTS in Iowa…see the snow on the ground ūüėČ

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More #yogalove this month

Who's ready to race?!

Who’s ready to race?! I’m so excited to be on the Coeur Sports Ambassador Team again for 2016!!

March:

Basil and Mya are dreaming of chasing the geese and swimming!

Basil and Mya are dreaming of chasing the geese and swimming!

Family run off the bike!

Family run off the bike!

"Just one more" hill for TRJ!!

“Just one more” hill for TRJ!!

Easy recovery ride with the boys!

Easy recovery ride in the courage cave with the boys!

Starting my day with my main squeeze and a new friend in the burbs of Chicago!

Starting my day with my main squeeze and a new friend in the burbs of Chicago!

April:

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Lots of swim analyses done this month!

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Outdoor #runlove in shorts!

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First century ride in 2016!!

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#runlove with friends is the best!

Drake 1/2 marathon is in the books! Official finish time = 1:54:23

Drake 1/2 marathon is in the books! Official finish time = 1:54:23

May:

LOTS to work on this week in the pool! Thanks Coach for the stroke analysis and guidance!!

Thanks Coach Hansen for the stroke analysis and guidance!!

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Market to Market Relay fun!

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Market to Market Relay Fun!

#solesistersweat and a podium finish at my first ever duathlon

#solesistersweat and a podium finish at my first ever duathlon

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Challenging our principal to an inflatable race on the last day of school.

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Riding the open roads!

June:

Yoga in the park!

Yoga in the park!

#solesister + #bikelove = #perfectworld

#solesister + #bikelove = #perfectworld

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DC trip with about 20 eighth graders

Swimming with the nieces between storms.

Swimming with the nieces between storms.

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Milkman 70.3 race in Madison on a hot day!

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Our first women’s only ride…SO MUCH FUN and amazing courage in these women!!

July:

4th of July Century ride

4th of July Century ride

#bikelove with amazing people!

#bikelove with amazing people!

Outdoor #swimlove

Outdoor #swimlove

Women's only ride #2 for the year!

Women’s only ride #2 for the year!

Teaching the twins how to ride their bikes without training wheels!

Teaching the twins how to ride their bikes without training wheels!

Swimming with 2 of my favorite girls!

Swimming with 2 of my favorite girls!

Getting low fives from my nieces at the Okoboji Triathlon. Photo by Sarah Riley

Getting low fives from my nieces at the Okoboji Triathlon. Photo by Sarah Riley

The Iron Hippie's Birthday Century Ride

The Iron Hippie’s Birthday Century Ride

Pool Shenanigans post birthday century ride!

Pool Shenanigans post birthday century ride!

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128 miles on the Ironman Wisconsin bike course…EXCELLENT training weekend!

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2.4 mile open water swim event in Madison

This is what happy looks like after a successful Ironman Wisconsin training camp!

This is what happy looks like after a successful Ironman Wisconsin training camp!

August:

Running through the jungle on a sweltering day!

Running through the jungle on a sweltering day!

3.5 mile Okoboji Swim with Dad kayaking next to me

Okoboji 3.5 mile Swim with Dad kayaking next to me

Outdoor pool swimming is coming to an end.

Outdoor 50 meter pool swimming is coming to an end.

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Running with friends is always best!

Outdoor #bikelove

Outdoor #bikelove

Taking a trip down the slide at the pool!

Taking a trip down the slide at the pool!

#runlove with my faves!

#runlove with my faves!

Date night!

Date night!

September:

Countless laps next to my fave!

Countless laps next to my fave!

Race prep while I watch the Ironman 70.3 Worlds Championship!

Race prep while I watch the Ironman 70.3 Worlds Championship!

Swimming with family in Lake Monona

Swimming with family in Lake Monona

Meeting my Coeur Sports teammies

Meeting my Coeur Sports teammies

Ironman Wisconsin race day! Photo credit: Doree Harding

Ironman Wisconsin race day! Photo credit: Doree Harding

Ironman Wisconsin #bikelove Photo credit: Erin Klegstad

Ironman Wisconsin #bikelove Photo credit: Erin Klegstad

Running strong! Photo Credit: Erin Klegstad

Running strong at Ironman Wisconsin! Photo Credit: Erin Klegstad

October:

Mom came to visit for a weekend! It was fun to spend quality time with her!

Mom came to visit for a weekend! It was fun to spend quality time with her!

Run for the Roses fun!

Run for the Roses fun!

Love this little family of mine!

Love this little family of mine!

Spectating the IMT Des Moines Marathon!

Spectating the IMT Des Moines Marathon!

The Iron Hippie getting close to the finish of the IMT Des Moines Marathon...I'm so proud of him only 5 weeks post Ironman Wisconsin

The Iron Hippie getting close to the finish of the IMT Des Moines Marathon…I’m so proud of him only 5 weeks post Ironman Wisconsin

#bikelove in my fall playground!

#bikelove in my fall playground!

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I registered for Ironman Mont Tremblant for 2017!!

These ladies not only inspire me, but encourage me and light my fire! <3

So happy to cheer on my Coeur Sports Teammates as they take on Ironman World Championships in Kona. These ladies not only inspire me, but encourage me and light my fire! ‚̧

November:

I found out that I made the Coeur Sports 2017 Ambassador Team...Such a #hardcoeur group of women that I'm overjoyed to be a part of!!

I found out that I made the Coeur Sports 2017 Ambassador Team…Such a #hardcoeur group of women that I’m overjoyed to be a part of!!

I'm excited to have hired Kelly Hardiaris with Track Cat Fitness as my new coach!!

I’m excited to have hired Kelly Hardiaris with Track Cat Fitness as my new coach!!

Hot yoga...a date with my mat is always better with friends!!

Hot yoga…a date with my mat is always better with friends!! #yogalove

Washing away the negativity of the month.

Washing away the negativity of the month. #swimlove

Running with friends and THIS. BEAUTIFUL. SUNRISE!

Running with friends and THIS. BEAUTIFUL. SUNRISE! #runlove

Running with my sole sister and Basil makes the world a better place!

Running with my #solesister and Basil makes the world a better place! #runlove

My twin nieces had their first swim meet this month!

My twin nieces had their first swim meet this month!

Proud Aunt!

Proud Aunt!

We are Godparents! Baptism for the twins.

We are Godparents! Baptism for the twins.

Ice skating with our nieces!

Ice skating with our nieces!

Starting Thanksgiving with friends and morning miles!

Starting Thanksgiving with friends and morning miles!

Thankful for this tribe!

Thankful for this tribe!

4 generations of #strongwomen

4 generations of #strongwomen

Jumping on trampolines is a much tougher workout than I thought it would be!

Jumping on trampolines is a much tougher workout than I thought it would be!

Yay!! Mojo is home after surgery!! Now it is time to get to work!!

Yay!! Mojo is home after surgery!! Now it is time to get to work!!

December:

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#chlorinetherapy + #swimlove with the Iron Hippie!!

2 mile time trial with the track all to myself!!

2 mile time trial with the track all to myself!!

FTP test...not where I want to be, but better than where I thought I was.

FTP test…I’m not where I once was, but I’m recovered and ready to work hard to surpass where I once was!!

Working hard to turn my dreams into a reality with some #chlorinetherapy

When you wask up to negative wind chills and want to stay in bed with your dreams, but get up and work hard during your swim time trial to turn those dreams into a reality instead! #swimlove #chlorinetherapy

Running on trails along the river = #runlove

Running on trails along the river = #runlove

Z5 intervals on the bike were super tough, but it felt good to push my limits in a new way and come out stronger as a result!

Z5 intervals on the bike were super tough, but it felt good to push my limits in a new way and come out stronger as a result!

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When it is FREEZING cold outside, it is time to run on the mill and dream of the tropics in my Coeur Sports Tropical Punch kit!

Running the golf course with my girl + bonus #puppylove

Running the golf course with my girl + bonus #puppylove

I did make it all the way to the top and then didn't want to let go...but I did! #fearless

Climbing to new heights is VERY scary for someone who is afraid of heights…but I did! #fearless

Tree pose on a tree trunk...this is much harder in jeans than yoga pants!

Tree pose on a tree trunk…this is much harder in jeans than yoga pants!

I’m thankful¬†for all of the great experiences, adventures, and joy in 2016! Cheers to an even better 2017!

Last Week of 2016: #coeurcenturyswim

It is hard to believe that 2016 is behind us and 2017 has arrived!! CRAZY how time flies!! My last week of 2016 was busy…it always amazes me how I manage to completely fill my free time when I am on¬†break!

Swim: 10,000 yards

The Coeur Sports ambassadors have set the #coeurcenturyswim challenge to complete before the end of 2016. The 100 x 100 yards/meters could be done all in one swim, or broken up over the course of a week. After proposing this idea to Coach Kelly, she thought it would be best to complete this challenge over the course of a week to prevent damage to my rotator cuffs since I am have not built up to this distance gradually over time. Coach put three structured workouts in for me to complete this challenge and by Friday morning, I had completed 100 x 100 yards for the week!

#coeurcenturyswim #1 = 3000 yards

#coeurcenturyswim #1 = 3000 yards

Playing in the water after #coeurcenturyswim #2 = 3500 yards

Playing in the water after #coeurcenturyswim #2 = 3500 yards

#coeurcenturyswim #3 = 3500 yards

#coeurcenturyswim #3 = 3500 yards

Bike: 70.6 miles

This week I had some z5 bike interval workouts and some easy recovery rides. I’m looking forward to a power test next week to see what kind of progress I’ve been making ūüėČ #courageovercomfort is definitely where it’s at to get stronger on the bike!

Recovery ride while reading "Surfacing" by Siri Lindley...this is a MUST read!!

Recovery ride while reading “Surfacing” by Siri Lindley…this is a MUST read!!

1 minute z5 intervals!!

1 minute z5 intervals!!

3 minute z5 intervals!!

3 minute z5 intervals!!

Sprinting out of 2016 on New Year's Eve!

Sprinting out of 2016 on New Year’s Eve in my new Island Vibe Coeur Sports tri kit!

Run: 18.8 miles

I had some short easy runs, a track workout with 800 repeats, and a longer progression run this week. It was nice to get outside for every single run this week!! I was very grateful for warmer temperatures ūüėČ

800 repeats while I work on my mental game at the track!

800 repeats while I work on my mental game at the track!

Running with my favorite girl for a short, easy run!

Running with my favorite girl for a short, easy run!

20 minute run off the bike with my favorite girl!

20 minute run off the bike with my favorite girl!

Running into 2017 with my favorite girl!

Running into 2017 with my favorite girl!

Strength Training: 1 hour + 55 minutes

I had some great strength training sessions throughout the week! Strength training is a MUST for me to remain injury-free and healthy! I’m grateful that Mya decided to help me during one of my strength sessions!

Mya is such a good helper!

Mya is such a good helper!

Other:

I had to have a cyst at the base of my finger drained of fluid on Wednesday. Have you ever tried to swim with numb fingers?! Such a WEIRD feeling!!

Nice bruise post drainage!

Nice bruise post drainage!

I decided on my “power word” for 2017…

#fearless is my word for 2017 in all areas of my life...Thanks to Coach Kelly for this amazing reminder!!

#fearless is my word for 2017 in all areas of my life…Thanks to Coach Kelly for making this amazing reminder for me!!

I often hold myself back in multiple avenues of my life and it is time to become more #fearless in 2017!! What better way to start working toward being #fearless than to go to a climbing facility. Most people wouldn’t consider a climbing wall a challenge, but when you have a fear of heights, climbing the wall and then having to let go and trust the automatic belay takes a lot of courage!! I actually went rock climbing twice this week!!

I did make it all the way to the top and then didn't want to let go...but I did! #fearless

I did make it all the way to the top and then didn’t want to let go…but I did! Working on becoming #fearless

Weekly Totals: 14 hours & 9 minutes + 10 minutes of core each day

Quote of the Week:

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ~Jack Canfield

What’s Up?! – December 2016

December has been a great month, full of lots of fun and changes as I prepare for 2017! Here is what I’ve been up to:

Training:

The first month of training with Coach Kelly at Track Cat Fitness¬†is in the books. It has been AWESOME! I have already seen improvements in my fitness in just one month! Granted…after taking about 9 weeks off after Ironman Wisconsin, I was hoping to see my fitness start to bounce back quickly and it has. I’m grateful that my body is responding so well to the time off and my month back to training!

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Working on my swim stroke = #swimlove

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Sprinting in my new Coeur Sports Island Vibe tri kit = #bikelove

Running on trails along the river = #runlove

Running on trails along the river = #runlove

Reading:

Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly” by Siri Lindley…WOW, just WOW!! Inspiration overload here!! Siri overcame SO many challenges in her life to become the amazing athlete and coach that she is today!!

How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle” by Matt Fitzgerald…This is a great read to give insight into the mental toughness of elite athletes from a variety of sports. “Strong mental fitness lets us approach our true physical limits, giving us an edge over physically stronger competitors.”

Enjoying:

Winter break! I have had the opportunity to read, exercise, help friends, spend time with family and friends, and relax…it has been GREAT! While I’m enjoying the time away from school over the winter break, I am looking forward to getting back to school and starting semester #2!

Challenged by:

Not only has Coach Kelly challenged me to be a stronger athlete, but she has also challenged me in other aspects of my life as well (probably without even knowing it). By coming up with my focus word for 2017, I was inspired to step COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone and climb to new heights…literally! When you are afraid of heights, this is a HUGE deal!

I did make it all the way to the top and then didn't want to let go...but I did! #fearless

I did make it all the way to the top and then didn’t want to let go…but I did! #fearless

How was your month of December? What were your highlights? Who’s ready for 2017?!