2021 week 17: race week + power of choice

Last week was race week! Each of us has the power of choice. What choices are you making today to make your life better? I made some choices last week that definitely made my life better…biking outside, running a race, hugging my twin nieces for the first time in over a year, and showing up for myself ESPECIALLY when I considered skipping out on multiple occasions.

Quote of the week:

“Choice is the most powerful tool we have. Everything boils down to choice. We exist in a field of infinite possibilities. Every choice we make shuts an infinite number of doors and opens an infinite number of doors. At any point we can change the direction of our lives by a simple choice.”

~unknown

Swim: 11,000 yards

Thursday’s swim workout had me progressively getting faster with each set of 200s. To complete this swim workout, you need to know your critical swim speed (CSS). My CSS is 1:45/100 yards (although I should probably do a CSS test soon as this seemed a little slow for me Thursday morning), so for the first 4x200s the goal was to swim 1:51/100 yards or 3:42 total time for each of the 4x200s. I went into this swim choosing to feel strong and powerful, so by the time I reached the 2x200s, I was swimming at my CSS instead of CSS+2 as planned. This set me up for a solid 200 at an all out effort to wrap up the main set.

  • Warm up:
    • 100 swim with fins (20 sec rest)
    • 100 kick with fins (20 sec rest)
    • 100 pull (20 sec rest)
    • 4×50 drills (20 sec rest)
  • Main Set:
    • 4×200 at CSS+6 sec (20 sec rest)
    • 3×200 at CSS+4 sec (20 sec rest)
    • 2×200 at CSS+2 sec (20 sec rest)
    • 1×200 ALL OUT EFFORT (try to be sub CSS)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
When you refuse to believe anything can stop you from achieving your dreams, you give your dreams wings. Spread your wings and soar! πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ¦‹

Bike: 149 miles

Tuesday I chose to ride outside instead of in the basement on the trainer and this choice definitely made my day better! Making the choice to get vaccinated made Tuesday even better, because I got to hug my mama for the first time in 16 months! Thank you science! πŸ₯³ If you want different results, make different choices. πŸ’›πŸ’™

#happyheart

Run: 21.6 miles

Saturday I was SO STOKED because I got to race AGAIN IRL! It was INSANELY windy and SO SPICY HOT, but I didn’t even care because I got to race again! I chose to run this entire race at my pace (except walking through the aid stations to make sure I was taking in plenty of fluids in the heat of the day), which allowed me to pass many people who went out way too fast in these spicy hot temps. I’ll have a full race report later this week!

I got to cross another start line and a spicy hot finish line Saturday! Running strong for 13.1 miles in 87F with 50 mph winds and full sun at 2 pm is no joke, but it was SO AWESOME to GET to race again! πŸ’™πŸ’›

SUP: 0.8 miles

I LOVE spending time in and on the water! I am SO happy to have had amazing weather to get out on the water for the first time in 2021!

Recovery days with time on the water fill my heart and soul with joy! πŸ’™πŸ’›

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
2×30 minute full body workouts
2×30 minutes of yoga

Weekly Totals: 19 hours & 36 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

Thank you Nick, with Vitality Massage, for keeping me healthy and active!
I knew it was going to be a good week when I saw a smile on the pavement on my way into work Monday. πŸ₯³
I love my “blanket” so much! 🐢πŸ₯°
Friday was a perfect 10 to ride all the miles! We don’t get many days with temps in the low 70s and winds at only 5 mph, so we HAD to take advantage of it and get out on the open roads. 87 miles later… #happyheart πŸ’™πŸ’›
Getting race ready! Squeeze da legs Normatec Recovery boots!
I got to see and hug my nieces after my race! Thank you science! #getyourfauciouchie
Love these two! I sure have missed them! #getyourfauciouchie

What were your highlights from week 17 of 2021?! What choices are you making today to make your life better?!

2021 week 4: fuel the soul

Last week we got 9+ inches of fresh powder on Monday night/Tuesday morning and IT. WAS. AWESOME! I empowered myself to do what fuels my soul instead of starving myself. I opted for fresh air, fresh powder, blazing new trails, sunsets, joy, outdoor adventures, and family time to fuel my soul nearly every day last week. πŸ’™β„οΈ Sadly the fresh powder was destroyed by freezing rain on Saturday night, so our snow therapy has come to a screeching halt for a while.

These two have snow much fun playing in the fluffy powder! πŸ’™β„οΈπŸΆ

Quote of the week:

“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on.”

~Carol Rifka Brunt

Swim: 0 yards

We woke up Tuesday for swimming, but our street was completely drifted over nearly waist deep, so there was no way we were getting to the pool to swim. Thursday’s and Friday’s swims…well, playing in the snow took priority over diving into the pool. Sunday we were notified that that the pool was closed due to low chlorine levels, so I guess I’ll have to look forward to all the chlorine therapy this week!

Bike: 0 miles

I wasn’t on my bike at all last week because well…the fresh powder was calling me and sometimes you just have to listen to the call.

Run: 5.7 miles

Monday’s treadmill run incorporated some speed work. I haven’t gotten to the track to do an actual 5K time trial to see where my current threshold is, so I guessed on where I thought it might be and used that to determine where my pace should be for this run.

  • 15 minute warm up in Z1/Z2
  • 4×4 minutes Z4 with 4 min Z1/2 recovery
  • Cool down to 50 minutes

I decided to shoot for 7.5 mph (which is 7:59/mile at 1.0 incline) for the Z4 intervals. The first interval felt easy (hello Mama Bear pace), but I knew I had three more to go, so I didn’t want to be overzealous and push too hard too soon (hello Papa Bear pace). I wanted to push these intervals at a pace that was just right (hello Baby Bear pace) leaving me feeling like I had barely held on during the last interval. While the last interval was more challenging than the first, I still felt strong. I felt that I could have run more repeats or run these intervals at a faster pace, so I guess I ran the Mama Bear pace after all. Next time I am going to attempt 7.7 mph (7:47/mile pace at 1.0 incline) or 7.8 mph. (7:41/mile pace at 1.0 incline) if I don’t get to the track to do a 5K time trial first to know where my threshold actually is!

I can choose to dream in my sleep or work to turn my dreams into a reality.

Snowshoe: 13.1 miles

We went snowshoeing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons/evenings. Oh…and we went out Saturday morning before the rain/freezing rain/ice mix rolled into our area. Our entire family LOVES us some good snow therapy! πŸ’™β„οΈ

Snow what?! Our family LOVES snow therapy! πŸ’™β„οΈ

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
30 minute full body workouts

Weekly Totals: 9 hours & 15 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

Excited to toe the line in October! 🀞🏻
It’s snow joke! We HAD to go play in the 9 inches of fresh powder! πŸ’™β„οΈ
Snowshoeing at sunset fuels my soul! πŸ’™β„οΈ
Chasing these two trail blazers makes my heart dance! πŸ’™β„οΈπŸΆ
How can one not love this?! #happyheart πŸ’™β„οΈ
Do you want to snow a secret?! These two are snow angels, but they win best in snow because they have a real winter’s attitude, are all bark and snow bite, and will melt your heart because they are snow lovable!! πŸ’™β„οΈπŸΆ
There’s snow doubt that today we had snow much fun playing in the powder and fresh air! We are snow grateful to have friends join us on our adventure! πŸ’™β„οΈπŸΆ
You snow the drill! 5th day in a row adventuring with the family in the fluffy white powder! πŸ’™β„οΈπŸΆ
Our version of The Beatles cover photo of Abbey Road.

What were your highlights from week 4 of 2021?! How do you fuel your soul?!

2021 week 3: consistency

WOW! After the inauguration on Wednesday, I felt a huge sense of relief as it feels like 2021 has finally started. As I mentioned in my week 2 post, I had a huge bike block in December, so my swimming, running, strength training, and yoga took a major backseat at the end of 2020. It’s not that I ignored them completely, but they definitely weren’t a priority as my training was very bike focused in December. After doing minimal training for the first couple weeks of January, last week was about re-establishing balance, routine, and consistency in my training…and it feels AWESOME! After all, CONSISTENCY is key to success!

Quote of the week:

“You are what you do consistently, not what you do occasionally.”

~Robbie Bruce

Swim: 9200 yards

The swim of the week was Thursday’s 2800 yard swim with the focus being best effort for quite a bit of it. Crazy 8s is a workout that I love to hate…

  • Warm up of 800 yards = 100 swim, 100 kick (with fins), 100 pull (with paddles), 200 swim, 100 kick (with fins), 100 pull (with paddles), 100 swim
  • Main Set:
    • 8×150 descending pace (increasing effort) with 20 seconds rest between…each 150 interval should be slightly faster than the last one finishing with the last 150 at max effort
    • 1 minute rest break
    • 8×50 on the 1:00…each of these 50s should be at max effort. (If you swim 45 seconds, then you have a 15 second rest. If you swim 50 seconds, then you have a 10 second rest.)
    • 1 minute rest break
    • 8×25 sprints with 10 seconds rest between…each of these 25s should be at max effort
    • Cool down = 200 yards
  • Cool down = 200 yards

Focusing on my form and concentrating on LIMITLESS during those hard intervals kept me giving my absolute best effort that I had in the moment.

You can choose to be a shark or a guppy. Today was shark day!

Bike: 106 miles

Despite having lost a bit of bike fitness from the summer, I am focusing on INTEGRITY in my training. I am training where I am and being grateful for the little wins every single day. If you know me, I’m not a fan of staying in the comfort zone for long, so I have begun working toward one of my goals which is to increase my FTP in the coming months. Thursday I was rocking my 1 hour & 10 minute workout with 3×10 minutes in high Z3/low Z4, so I felt it only right to host my own little dance party off the bike. Using Zwift, I set this workout up so that each 10 minute interval was a bit more challenging than the last.

  • 10 minute warm up
  • 5x (1 minute at 75% FTP/Z2 and 1 minute at 50% FTP/Z1)
  • 3 minutes at 50% FTP/Z1
  • 10 minutes at 80% FTP/Z3
  • 3 minutes at 50% FTP/Z1
  • 10 minutes at 85% FTP/Z3
  • 3 minutes at 50% FTP/Z1
  • 10 minutes at 90% FTP/Z4
  • 11 minutes cool down
Dance party! When you have a great ride, you should celebrate with a little happy dance off the bike!

Run: 21.1 miles

I have a goal to add more running into my training in 2021 to increase my run durability. This will help build strength in my legs and condition them to better handle a stronger and faster finish on race day. Of the 5 runs I completed last week, only 2 of them had any kind of intensity to them and 3 of them where 35 minutes or less. The key to run durability is frequent, shorter, easy runs. I am grateful for the treadmill to keep me honest on these runs as sometimes it is really hard for me to keep my easy runs easy…especially when running outside. Wednesday was my long (1 hour + 5 minutes) progression run. After a 5 minute warm up, the main set was to get faster by 10-20 seconds every 5 minutes and then end with a 5 minute cool down. This run really helped build my CONFIDENCE and helped me BELIEVE that I can get some speed back in my legs. I increased my speed by 1.5 mph over the course of the main set.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
3×30 minute full body workouts
2×30 minutes of yoga

Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 57 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

Jersey doesn’t like Mondays
Combatting Blue Monday with fresh air, sunshine, snowshoes, exercise, friends, and dogs.
Thank you to my Coeur Sports teammate, Ruth, for my BELIEVE Fellow Flower!
I got to swim, bike, and run all in the same day! INTEGRITY…training with where I’m at not where I think I should be.
Snuggles with our baby girl! #happyheart
Today we celebrate the opportunity for change, hope, and healing. Seeing a Woman of Color sworn in as Vice President of the United States of America brought so many happy tears to my eyes.
These beautiful sunrises never get old!

What were your highlights from week 3 of 2021?!

What’s Up?! – August 2017

Wow! What a month! What a truly AMAZING month! It filled my coeur (heart) with pure love, joy, and happiness!

Racing:

Ironman Mont Tremblant was so much fun! A great venue, a great day, beautiful weather, patience, and following my coeur lead me to a near perfect race execution and a shiny new PR. You can experience my day via my race report.

So much coeur on this course! #bikelove

Training:

Due to racing Ironman Mont Tremblant, there wasn’t much training done in August. The little training we did do was in beautiful places…Lake Placid, NY and Mont Tremblant, Quebec!

Swimming in Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY

Riding Chemin Duplessis in Mont Tremblant…such a beautiful bike course!

Running on the IM Mont Tremblant course…SO BEAUTIFUL!

Swim: 12.5 miles
Bike: 260 miles
Run: 51 miles

Loving:

Family + spending the majority of August on vacation (we left July 25 and didn’t return home until August 22) = #happyheart

Swimming with my fave in Lake Placid!

My family from California came came for a few days! #happyheart

Love these three monkeys!

Family snuggles

We went to the top on the gondola again!

Getting ready to ride the luge in the summer!

These peeps hold 4 keys to my heart!

Love these peeps!

So grateful to have Dad and Aunt Linda come spend time with us in Mont Tremblant and cheer us on to PRs on race day!

So grateful to have Dad come on crazy adventures with us!

Feeling:

Rejuvenated! Spending a month on vacation was a great way to see new places, refill my heart, and prepare for the coming school year.

Listening to:

The Voice of Ironman Mike Reilly is an incredible podcast! It is so amazing to hear about Ironman from his perspective. The finish lines, the atmosphere, the energy!

Ideal Racing Weight with Matt Fitzgerald is full of all the things I love…nutrition, mental training, and chasing dreams. It is a must listen to!

Own Your Awesome Podcast with Amy Dixon is so inspirational! Amy lost her sight, but gained so much more as a result. Amy is a blind triathlete who recently became the first women to complete an Xterra triathlon. She is a paratriathlete who will be competing at Worlds in Rotterdam in September and has her heart set on on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. She is a motivational speaker and when you listen to her, you will know why!

Returning to:

Work…yes, the dreaded 4 letter word for a teacher at the end of summer vacation! I am very grateful to have such a good job with summers off to enjoy time with family and friends! The beginning of the year is so exhausting, but I will be back into a consistent routine soon enough!

Looking forward to:

The changing seasons…I love summer, but I also love the beautiful fall colors and adventures with my fave and our girls in the snow! I’m looking forward to the opportunities that fall and winter bless us with (remind me of this in February when I’m ready for it to be summer again)! I am also looking forward to returning to a consistent routine. It has been fun to have a break from this routine, but I am definitely ready to have routine and normalcy (for us) back in our lives!

How was your month of August? What were your August highlights? What are you looking forward to?

1 week ’til #IMMT: Northeast + Canada Trication Part 3

Hello race week! Where did you come from?! I Have been awaiting your arrival for so long! Now that you are here, I’m kind of wishing time would slow down a bit so we could savor this a bit longer!

We made it to Mont Tremblant last Monday and have filled our week with tapering workouts, family time, and relaxation.

Swim: 2187 yards

We got to swim in one of the most cleanest, nicest pools ever in Mont Tremblant! Why can’t we have an indoor facility like this in Ames?!

Bike: 31.5 miles

Riding in our condo thanks to the rain outside.

Putting in some work, but alas the storms showed up and cut our work a bit short for this ride!

Run: 14.7 miles

Getting my happy on with my last double digit run done before race day in this beautiful place!

These running/biking trails are spectacular!

Running with my fave for a few miles to shake out the legs post massage.

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core most days

Weekly Totals: 5 hours & 54 minutes

Weekly Positives:

Crossing the border into Canada!

Arriving at our condo…look at this view!

Riding the gondola to the top of the hills to look out over Mont Tremblant!

The top! These views!

This amazing pizza…I’m dreaming about it!

Getting a pre-race massage at our condo. Melanie Jardot did a FANTASTIC job. HIGHLY recommend her for massage if you are in need of one in Mont Tremblant!

My family from California came came for a few days! #happyheart

Love these three monkeys!

Family snuggles

We went to the top on the gondola again!

Getting ready to ride the luge in the summer!

Riding into the village…that is the Ironman tent in the background!

Taking a quick gander at the Ironman Village as it gets set up!

Enjoying a beer by the fire after babysitting the nieces so my sister and brother-in-law could enjoy a date night!

Quote of the Week:

My heart is full of happiness, love, and gratitude!

5 weeks ’til #IMMT: Recovery + Racing

Last week flew by in the blink of an eye! So much fun, lots of recovery time, family time, and a race to cap off the week!

Swim: 1574 yards

I love swimming at home home! So awesome with the New Wave Swim Buoy in Lake Okoboji!

#swimlove with my fave at home home!

Bike: 45.7 miles

Pure joy comes when you learn new skills! Congratulations to Maggie! She stared fear in the face and won! So proud of you Maggie!

“Mama, you say recovery ride. We say recovery is sleeping!” ~Basil and Mya

Run: 7.71 miles

Sweaty, nasty race prep miles.

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core almost daily (I did miss a couple of days)

Getting some help with my core work…holding plank with 3 of my nieces on my back!

Weekly Totals: 5 hours & 44 minutes

Weekly Positives:

So grateful to CEP Compression for my Tour prize! I will recover like a champ! THANK YOU!

Tubing is part of the pre-race training plan, right?!

4 of my favorite girls swimming in the lake off the boat!

Family + Lake Okoboji = #happyheart

Cheering on the participants at the start of the Okoboji Marathon.

2nd place AG at the Okoboji Triathlon! I’ll have a race report on the blog later this week!

Enjoying Indian cuisine with our friends + being blessed with these gifts from India = #happyheart

Quote of the Week:

“Rest. It’s part of the plan. Muscles are torn in training, fed in the kitchen, and built in bed.”

I’m mentally and physically ready for this last big push to Ironman Mont Tremblant! Only 5 more weeks?! CRAZY!!

14 weeks ’til #IMWI: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Not sure how this happened, but we are inside of 100 days until Ironman Wisconsin. I guess time flies when you’re having fun!!

Monday:

Since we both had the day off work and we weren’t on a rigid schedule, we slept in and completed our workouts at different times throughout the day. We went to the gym at about 9:20 am for an hour strength training session. It was nice not to have many people at the gym since they weren’t officially open. We have a 24/7 key and can go to the gym anytime we want to do strength training and use the cardio equipment.Β This does not give usΒ access to the pool anytime we want, so after our strength training, we went to the outdoor pool for our swim. It was SO AWESOME to get to finally swim outdoors!! After refueling, we hopped on the bike for 75 minutes of saddle time. We knew there were storms coming, so we opted for the trainer so we could get some yard work and house work done after our workout. With a couple more days of work, we prepared for the coming week, went to shower at our friends’ house (since we still didn’t have a working hot water heater) and then it was early to bed.

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Tuesday:

We took today as a rest day since we had put in lots of hours last week and knew we were getting a new hot water heater after work. On my way home from work, I met a client for a personal training session, picked up our CSA, stopped at the pharmacy, and picked up a gift card for the person who was installing our hot water heater. It took longer than I imagined to install the hot water heater, but it felt so amazing to shower at home and not have to heat water on the stove to do dishes!!

Wednesday:

Last day of work!! And to celebrate, I went for a bike ride!! It was an ABSOLUTELY PERFECT day to be in the saddle and on the open road/trail!!

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Serious #bikelove in my FAVORITE Coeur Sports kit!!

Thursday:

Happy first day of summer break!! We woke up at 4:30 am (yes, you read that correctly, I still got up early to workout with the Iron Hippie) and ran hill repeats with the sunrise + my two faves!! It was the perfect start to my day!! I spent most of the morning doing house work (vacuuming, laundry, and dishes) before going to the outdoor pool to swim at 11 am. There were a lot of people in the pool, but it was so peaceful to have my head in the water, the sun shining on my back, and not a care in the world about trying to rush off to whatever is next. After my swim, I made lunch,Β cleaned our veggies from our CSA, took an epsom salt bath, and did more laundry before the Iron Hippie came home from work. We capped the night off with TRX and refueling before bed.

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Friday:

It was another early morning and so peaceful to start my day in the 50 meter pool!! The long course + sunrise + quiet morning = #happyheart I consumed my breakfast smoothie on the way home from the pool. I had just enough time to get an easy hour in on the bike (trainer style) and shower before meeting a client for a personal training session. I went grocery shopping for the coming week on my way home…it is so nice to go during the week and not have to fight the crowds of people on the weekends. After eating lunch, I took the dogs for a walk and spent the afternoon relaxing, catching up on email and blogging. The Iron Hippie and I went downtown in the evening for the local “Art Walk,” where each downtown business sponsors a local artist for 3 hours. It is crazy how many different artists there are in our area!!

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Folk dancers at the downtown "Art Walk"
Folk dancers at the downtown “Art Walk”

Locals knitted a square to be hung as part of a quilt on the outside of a local business
Locals knitted a square to be hung as part of a quilt on the outside of a local business

Saturday:

We started the day with a 10 mile run, which I was hoping to average a 9:00/mile pace for…nailed it!! After making a quick smoothie with whey protein, for recovery, we rode our bikesΒ to yoga in the park. Every Saturday from now until the first weekend in August (except July 4th weekend), Ames offers free yoga at Bandshell Park from 10-11 am. It is a great opportunity for people new to yoga to try it for free! For those who love yoga, it is a great opportunity to practice yoga outdoors with others! When we came home, we devoured food, did yard work, cleaned the house, did laundry, and then it was nap time!! It has been a while since I took an afternoon nap on the weekends, but my body loved it!! After my nap it was time for dinner and froyo before bed. It was great to meet my #solesister and her kids for some froyo!!

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Basil cooling down in the shade post running. Love her!!
Basil cooling down in the shade post running. Love her!!

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Sunday:

I was a bit tired, so I slept in and then completed the 3x(60 min bike + 20 min run) by myself. I set up the trainer in the driveway since each brick was supposed to be slightly harder (higher zone) and faster. This would allow me consistency and not have to worry about traffic/traffic lights/wind speeds to go harder with each one. I also ran the same route off the bike each time to try to go a bit farther with each run. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” was the theme for this workout. In the middle of brick #2, the wheels fell off…it became REALLY hard and I wasn’t sure if I could do brick #3. When I came back from run #2, I climbed back on the bike and reached out to multiple friends to encourage and motivate me to #nevergiveup on this workout, even though it wasn’t going as planned. With their encouragement and support, I pushed through and finished this workout. I seriously hope that our 70.3 race in 2 weeks is much easier than this workout!! After refueling and spending over an hour just laying in the recliner, I decided to move and take an epsom salt bath. We then did a little shopping for the coming week, took the dogs to Peterson Pits so they could swim, gave them baths in the driveway to wash the fishy water away, grabbed some leftovers for dinner, and met some friends for froyo. It was great to sit outside and chat with them while enjoying some froyo!!

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Weekly Totals: 18 hours and 1 minute

Swim: 7907 yards (the 50 meter pool throws my yardage off during the summer)
Bike: 122 miles
Run: 24.8 miles
Strength Training: 2 hours & 15 minutes
Yoga: 1 hour

Quote of the Week:

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger. ” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

My 2015 Year in Review via Photos

January:

Running with the family
Running with the family

#solesistasweat
#solesistasweat

Getting some #runlove with my favorite four-legged baby girl!
Getting some #runlove with my favorite four-legged baby girl!

One of my favorite trainer workouts
One of my favorite trainer workouts

February:

#solesistasweat
#solesistasweat

Getting my Coeur Sports Ambassador gear :)
Getting my Coeur Sports Ambassador gear πŸ™‚

Swim clinic...love to learn
Swim clinic…love to learn

#solesistasweat
#solesistasweat

#heartandcourage strong
#heartandcourage strong

Conquering Mountains
Conquering Mountains

March:

#Yogalove
#Yogalove

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Fun times with my #solesista

Birthday funday!
Birthday funday!

Bike fit love
Bike fit love

Spring break with my #solesister
Spring break with my #solesister

Fun with my nieces at the park
Fun with my nieces at the park

Playing tag with the family
Playing tag with the family

Running a 5K with my sister
Running a 5K with my sister

April:

Our own 70.3 workout day
Our own 70.3 workout day

Teaching women how to do bike maintenance
Teaching women how to do bike maintenance

#runlove with the family
#runlove with the family

Drake 1/2 Marathon fun!
Drake 1/2 Marathon fun!

Drake 1/2 Marathon fun
Drake 1/2 Marathon fun

Niece #5 was born!
Niece #5 was born!

May:

Outdoor training :)
Outdoor training πŸ™‚

I love to ride my bicycle!
I love to ride my bicycle!

Oops...learning lessons
Oops…learning lessons

Visiting the Aerospace Engineering Department at Iowa State University
Visiting the Aerospace Engineering Department at Iowa State University

Changing a flat while the Iron Hippie watches...I'm sure many people who passed us had some thoughts about his "supervision" duties ;)
Changing a flat while the Iron Hippie watches…I’m sure many people who passed us had some thoughts about his “supervision” duties πŸ˜‰

Last day of school!!
Last day of school!!

Getting my Undress in the mail and loving it!!
Getting my Undress in the mail and loving it!!

June:

First outdoor swim in 2015
First outdoor swim in 2015

Finishing the Legend 100 hand-in-hand with the Iron Hippie. Photo courtesy of Legend Endurance
Finishing the Legend 100 hand-in-hand with the Iron Hippie. Photo courtesy of Legend Endurance

Who's ready to race?!?!?!
Who’s ready to race?!?!?!

Dad (blue) and Tom (gray) figuring out how to get into their kayaks to escort me on an open water swim
Dad (blue) and Tom (gray) figuring out how to get into their kayaks to escort me on an open water swim

We are ready to ride the Tour de Cure Cedar Rapids!!
We are ready to ride the Tour de Cure Cedar Rapids!!

July:

30 miles into our 115 mile bike ride. Last big ride before Ironman Boulder
30 miles into our 115 mile bike ride. Last big ride before Ironman Boulder

Last big swim before Ironman Boulder
Last big swim before Ironman Boulder

Last long run before Ironman Boulder
Last long run before Ironman Boulder

Meeting my blog friend, Kelli, and her family :)
Meeting my blog friend, Kelli, and her family πŸ™‚

The view off of the deck overlooking the lake in Red Feather Lakes, CO.
The view off of the deck overlooking the lake in Red Feather Lakes, CO.

The morning sunrise on the mountains at Red Feather Lakes, CO.
The morning sunrise on the mountains at Red Feather Lakes, CO.

Taking a boat ride in Red Feather Lakes, CO
Taking a boat ride in Red Feather Lakes, CO

Sunset with a double rainbow in the background (this photo does not do the real beauty justice) in Red Feather Lakes, CO
Sunset with a double rainbow in the background (this photo does not do the real beauty justice) in Red Feather Lakes, CO

We made it to Estes Park, CO!!
We made it to Estes Park, CO!!

The view of Longs Peak from our patio in Estes Park, CO.
The view of Longs Peak from our patio in Estes Park, CO.

Happy Anniversary to the Iron Hippie...what a great way to celebrate 5 years in Grand Lakes, CO ;)
Happy Anniversary to the Iron Hippie…what a great way to celebrate 5 years in Grand Lakes, CO πŸ˜‰

We made it to Adam's Falls...with Allen and the Iron Hippie.
We made it to Adam’s Falls…with Allen and the Iron Hippie.

We all survived our first run at altitude :)
We all survived our first run at altitude πŸ™‚

Three athletes ready to ride in Boulder, CO!
Three athletes ready to ride in Boulder, CO!

The view from the path around Lake Estes, CO.
The view from the path around Lake Estes, CO.

Ward, Colorado was our turn around point for the Peak to Peak Highway ride.
Ward, Colorado was our turn around point for the Peak to Peak Highway ride.

People lining the shore getting ready for the BAM OWS in Boulder, CO.
People lining the shore getting ready for the BAM OWS in Boulder, CO.

BAM OWS in Boulder, CO complete...I felt GREAT!!
BAM OWS in Boulder, CO complete…I felt GREAT!!

Stand-up paddle boarding in Lake Estes, CO :)
Stand-up paddle boarding in Lake Estes, CO πŸ™‚

Taking a break from the riding and doing a little core work in Ward!!
Taking a break from the riding and doing a little core work in Ward!!

Riding the Peak to Peak Highway in Colorado
#bikelove onΒ the Peak to Peak Highway in Colorado

We found a "sign" of back home in downtown Denver!!
We found a “sign” of back home in downtown Denver!!

Loch Lake, CO...Loving the hike!
Loch Lake, CO…Loving the hike!

Having a little fun throwing snowballs in July on our way up to Loch Vale.
Having a little fun throwing snowballs in July on our way up to Loch Vale.

"Riding" tandem in Estes Park, CO
“Riding” tandem in Estes Park, CO

Ironman Boulder...here I come!
Ironman Boulder…here I come!

Ready to race IMBoulder :)
Ready to race IMBoulder πŸ™‚

Getting Registered for Ironman Boulder
Getting Registered for Ironman Boulder

I'm so lucky to have my family at IMBoulder to cheer me on!
I’m so lucky to have my family at IMBoulder to cheer me on!

August:

Mojo is all racked and getting a good night's rest at her temporary home so we can have fun at IMBoulder!!
Mojo is all racked and getting a good night’s rest at her temporary home so we can have fun at IMBoulder!!

My aunt, cousins and Dad came out to the Rez for the IMBoulder swim
My aunt, cousins and Dad came out to the Rez for the IMBoulder swim

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

Mom and the twins are cheering me on to the run!
Mom and the twins are cheering me on to the run!

This smile sums up my race day experience!!
This smile sums up my race day experience!!

Erin...one of my Coeur Sports teammates and my angel on race day!!
Erin…one of my Coeur Sports teammates and my angel on race day!!

My cheer squad...Love them all!!
My cheer squad…Love them all!!

Dad and Sam cheering me on down the finish shoot...yes, that blur is me :)
Dad and Sam cheering me on down the finish shoot…yes, that blur is me πŸ™‚

Coming into the finish shoot all smiles...it was a daylight finish, but these photos don't represent that.
Coming into the finish shoot all smiles…it was a daylight finish, but these photos don’t represent that.

Visiting my sister and nieces in California
Visiting my sister and nieces in California

Sister time in Cali!
Sister time in Cali!

Running up Mt. Diablo in California
Running up Mt. Diablo in California

#solesistasweat
#solesistasweat

#bikelove with friends
#bikelove with friends

September:

Team Kecia crossed the finish line at the Des Moines Triathlon...job complete.
Team Kecia crossed the finish line at the Des Moines Triathlon…job complete.

Holy Crap! I think this is a sign that I left it all out on the bike course.
Holy Crap! I think this is a sign that I left it all out on the bike course.

Volunteering at Ironman Wisconsin...Race morning in front of the Capitol.
Volunteering at Ironman Wisconsin…Race morning in front of the Capitol.

Ironman Wisconsin Race morning...who is ready to swim?!?!?!
Ironman Wisconsin Race morning…who is ready to swim?!?!?!

The women volunteers in T1 at Ironman Wisconsin
The women volunteers in T1 at Ironman Wisconsin

Getting my Sound Probiotics Ambassador gear
Getting my Sound Probiotics Ambassador gear

Basil walking toward the Supermoon on a rural gravel road.
Basil walking toward the Supermoon on a rural gravel road.

October:

Signed up for Ironman Wisconsin 2016!
Signed up for Ironman Wisconsin 2016!

300+ 8th grade students ready for the AMS Spirit Run!
300+ 8th grade students ready for the AMS Spirit Run!

Fall #bikelove is the best :)
Fall #bikelove is the best πŸ™‚

Date night with the Iron Hippie as we work on our strength training
Date night with the Iron Hippie as we work on our strength training

Finding some motivation with my #IMWI finisher medal and race bib on the wall next to me as I ride
Finding some motivation with my #IMWI finisher medal and race bib on the wall next to me as I ride

Lots of #heartandcourage as I heal up from bursitis of the my left knee
Lots of #heartandcourage as I heal up from bursitis of the my left knee

Taking the dogs for a swim
Taking the dogs for a swim

Nailing my intervals on the trainer! #bikelove
Nailing my intervals on the trainer! #bikelove

Dry needling to assist my healing...thanks to Dr. Chris at Team Chiropractic
Dry needling to assist my healing…thanks to Dr. Chris at Team Chiropractic

Getting our #solesista tattoos :)
Getting our #solesista tattoos πŸ™‚

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This ink will be my constant reminder while training and racing to #believe in myself, my abilities and my training!!

November:

Enjoying some outdoor #bikelove in November in Iowa...short sleeves and shorts!
Enjoying some outdoor #bikelove in November in Iowa…short sleeves and shorts! WHAT?!?!?!

Century ride in November in Iowa...this amazing weather is unheard of!!
Century ride in November in Iowa…this amazing weather is unheard of!!

I found out that I made the Coeur Sports 2016 Ambassador Team...Such a badass group of women that I'm overjoyed to be a part of!!
I found out that I made the Coeur Sports 2016 Ambassador Team…Such a badass group of women that I’m overjoyed to be a part of!!

My fitness article on "Giving thanks in an active lifestyle" was a big hit this month ;)
My fitness article on “Giving thanks in an active lifestyle” was a big hit this month in our local magazine πŸ˜‰

Girl's night out with some running friends...so much fun :)
Girl’s night out with some running friends…so much fun πŸ™‚

Outdoor #bikelove lasted through November 14 this year!!
Outdoor #bikelove lasted through November 14 this year!!

Pleasantly surprised with a Passion Planner from one of my colleagues.
Pleasantly surprised with a Passion Planner from one of my colleagues.

Winter greeted us with a LOT of snow (7.6 inches) for the first snow fall of the season.
Winter greeted us with a LOT of snow (7.6 inches) for the first snow fall of the season.

Romping and snowshoeing with friends
Romping and snowshoeing with friends

Riding a motorized animal because I can :)
Riding a motorized animal just because I can πŸ™‚

Spending an afternoon with Mom and Grandma.
Spending an afternoon with Mom and Grandma.

December:

"Believe, Endure, Achieve" will be my mantra for 2016. It will remind me to #believe in all that I am and to #endure and overcome challenges throughout my journey so I can #achieve big dreams! #dreambig #meaningfulmantras
Thank you to Simone for my wonderful bracelet!! “Believe, Endure, Achieve” will be my mantra for 2016. It will remind me to #believe in all that I am and to #endure and overcome challenges throughout my journey so I can #achieve big dreams! #dreambig #meaningfulmantras

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Looking back at 2015 to move forward in 2016 #goalsetting

Yahoo!! So pumped for my new Roka Sports wetsuit!!
Yahoo!! So pumped for my new Roka Sports wetsuit!!

Taking part in Rising Tide Triathlon Coaching's #rttc10dayroutine Challenge and developing a routine that has helped me #believe in myself deep underneath the surface at the very core of my being. 1. Start my "Believe" playlist...time to get down and jam! 2. Take a couple of swigs of Karma Kombucha Orange Ginger..."I #believe I can fly" 3. Listen to my pep talk (previously recorded) while I pull on my workout gear..."Don't stop believing" 4. Grab my lucky charm from Tonja and head out the door..."In a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman!" 5. Stand on the front step in power pose for 30 seconds because...I am Wonder Woman!
Taking part in Rising Tide Triathlon Coaching’s #rttc10dayroutine Challenge and developing a routine that has helped me #believe in myself deep underneath the surface at the very core of my being.
1. Start my “Believe” playlist…time to get down and jam!
2. Take a couple of swigs of Karma Kombucha Orange Ginger…”I #believe I can fly”
3. Listen to my pep talk (previously recorded) while I pull on my workout gear…”Don’t stop believing”
4. Grab my lucky charm from Tonja and head out the door…”In a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman!”
5. Stand on the front step in power pose for 30 seconds because…I am Wonder Woman!

Finally reconnecting with my mat after 9 months off.
Finally reconnecting with my mat after 9 months off…#yogalove

Running on a beautiful cold morning.
Running on a beautiful cold morning with 2 of my faves!

Grandma Annie continues to show up at Christmas and surprise us all with her awesomeness...Our hideous pajama pants were a family favorite this year!
Grandma Annie continues to show up at Christmas and surprise us all with her awesomeness…Our hideous pajama pants were a family favorite this year!

Snowshoeing in the offseason!!
Snowshoeing in the offseason!!

Basil loves playing in the snow!! #happyheart
Basil loves playing in the snow!! #happyheart

Love my sole sister!!
Love my sole sister!!

Girls night out!! Lots of laughs!! :)
Girls night out!! Lots of laughs!! πŸ™‚

My new Cobb Cycling V-Flow saddle :)
My new Cobb Cycling V-Flow saddle πŸ™‚

Fun times with family!!
Fun times with family!!

Happy New Year!! Cheers to an awesome 2016!!Β 

xoxo