20 weeks ’til #IMMT: chasing dreams

This week…was all about chasing dreams! Putting in the work both physically and mentally to turn my dreams into a reality. My dreams won’t come true if I don’t do the work to get there, so this is what the work looked like:

Swim: 9100 yards

I had some challenging swims this week…they challenged me to try to keep a consistent pace, which is something I REALLY struggle with. Thanks to Coach Kelly for continually pushing me to swim at a more consistent pace!

You can sleep with your dreams or get up and work hard to turn them into reality. I really wanted to keep sleeping with my dreams Tuesday morning, but hard work won!

Sometimes I look faster than I really am!

Working to #findfaster with every stroke in the pool thanks to Roka!

Bike: 58.8 miles

I had a couple of key workouts this week on the bike to help me build my bike strength and push my threshold farther and farther from my comfort zone. I must say…I love the challenge! I love the feeling of success after pushing myself WAY out of my comfort zone! I love to push my limits and find that they are not the limits they once were! I love to find that what was once hard is now easy! Hard work is definitely paying off and I’m super excited about it! Thanks to Coach Kelly with Track Cat Fitness for making me #trackcatstrong this year!

Tears of joy as I pushed out of my comfort zone on so many levels during my #timetrialtuesday ride!

Work for it Wednesday is always better with friends!

Chasing dreams requires you to put your head down and do the work!

Run: 14.9 miles

I only had a couple of runs this week, but I was super lucky to get to run with a girlfriend on Friday morning! I was also SUPER lucky to have such an amazing outdoor run on Sunday morning in the misty cool weather!

Getting my #runlove on the treadmill on Wednesday because it sucked outside!

Morning miles with friends is best!

#runlove in the misty rain! Perfect running weather!

Strength Training: 2 hours & 15 minutes + 10 minutes of core strength daily

I had some good strength sessions this week! Box jumps definitely scare me, but I’m working to overcome my fear and become more #fearless. While I’m afraid of missing the box, I know I’m getting stronger by incorporating them into my schedule. Thanks Coach Kelly for pushing me out of my comfort zone! I also had an amazing home yoga session thanks to Amy’s yoga download suggestion. It was the most perfect yoga session for me! Thanks Amy!

Lots more core work this week!

Legs up a wall post Sunday run.

Weekly Totals: 12 hours & 22 minutes

Weekly Positives:

I had a massage on Friday…OUCH! After all of the hard work I’ve put my body through in the last couple of weeks, it was much needed! Thanks to Nick with Vitality Massage for keeping my body happy and healthy as I push it to new levels!

Because #recoveryisimportant and it always feels better afterwards!

I received my belated birthday present in the mail from my tri sis from down under! I can’t wait to read these two books!

I received the best belated birthday present in the mail from my tri sis from down under! Can’t wait to start reading!

Breakthrough Nutrition‘s Goodnight formula is the best! It helps me sleep and I don’t wake up groggy in the morning. This is the perfect #huginamug for recovery + sleep! Take advantage of a 10% discount by using code WELOVESNBS at checkout!

#huginamug with Breakthrough Nutrition in my fave Sound Probiotics mug!

Quote of the Week:

“To accomplish great things, we must not only dream but also act, must not only plan but also believe.” ~ Anatole France

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 🙂

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 😉

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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!

2016 Intentions Check In #3

Where has time gone?! It is hard to believe that 3/4 of 2016 is already behind us! It seems like just yesterday I was sitting down to write about my intentions for 2016! 2017 will be here before we know it!

  1. #Believe…I have made progress with this intention, but still have room for growth. I think this is one area I will ALWAYS have room for growth. When things get tough in training, work, or life, I have turned to #courageovercomfort to bring me focus, help me overcome obstacles, and remind me to believe in myself throughout 2016. #courageovercomfort has helped me many times to find focus and redirect my self confidence to where it should be…to a place where I #believe in myself and my abilities much more than I used to. “Bravery means believing in yourself when nobody else does.”                    img_6190
  2. Break down barriers…I am pleased as punch to have our ladies only bike rides so well attended 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!!                 IMG_3720        IMG_4134
  3. Be present…I continue to really struggle with this one! I have a VERY hard time focusing on the here and now. I often find myself thinking about the past or the future. I wish I could say my 30 days of meditation in July happened, but unfortunately they did not. I’m still hopeful to make this happen before 2016 is over and out. Yoga always seems to help me find presence, but I have not had much of this in my schedule in the last few months due to ramped up Ironman training. Now that I am in the offseason, I have time to reacquaint myself with “mat,” my boyfriend. Tomorrow we have a date and I can’t wait!
  4. Find Balance…I set out to find balance more with the emotions that I direct at myself than other parts of my life. Thanks in part to my Living Brave Semester with Brene Brown, I have been doing a much better job of focusing in 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. I am pleased that I’ve been able to keep these habits in play even though the class has concluded. Now, it is time to find balance between life, training, work, and fun in the offseason.

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

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. This does not give us 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, 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 bikes 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

Strong Girls = Strong World

“I encourage you to join me in embracing YOUR body, maximizing and celebrating your own strengths, letting go of the “imperfections,” and making the most of the incredible body you already have.”  ~Kara LaPoint

If you are a woman, have a mother, sister, daughter, niece, aunt, or any woman in your life that you love and care about, Kara’s blog post on fitspiration is a MUST read!! After reading this blog post, I was inspired to embrace myself and encourage others to embrace themselves!! We are our own unique selves and we should not compare ourselves to others. We all have AMAZING bodies that allow us to do so many wonderful things and it is time to embrace that, not be critical of it!!

I want my nieces to grow up feeling confident in their skin, being thankful for their health, and loving the adventures their bodies take them on!! After all, STRONG GIRLS = STRONG WORLD 🙂

We are a family of STRONG GIRLS!!

We are a family of STRONG GIRLS!!

My body is healthy and perfect for all of the adventures I’ve had and those yet to come:

Acting like a 6 year old is sometimes more costly than one might think...

Acting like a 6 year old and jumping on a trampoline = FUN!!

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I have swam thousands and thousands of miles over my lifetime and I can’t wait to swim thousands and thousands more!!

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I love to ride my bicycle…even during a tough time trial!!

Having fun at a cyclocross race!!

I love the challenge and fun of a cyclocross race!!

This smile sums up my race day experience!!

Running and racing makes me happy!! The smile says it all 🙂

Color Run Fun with the FAM :)

Color Run Fun with the FAM 🙂

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I have crossed lots of finish lines…some of them once seemed impossible. I get giddy thinking of all the finish lines I have yet to cross!!

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I love to play in the snow!!

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Some finish lines that I’ve crossed have been much more challenging than others. This was a tough day, but knowing I overcame challenges was AMAZING!!

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

I love being on the water!! Stand-up paddle boarding is so much fun!!

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

Who says adults can’t have fun?!?! Taking a break mid ride to have some fun and work the core is perfect!!

Hiking up to Loch Vale.

I love being in nature and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park makes my heart happy!!

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

Another finish line crossed and a PR was achieved!!

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Spending time in the saddle with family is the best way to spend the afternoon!!

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Snowy adventures with my girls = #happyheart

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Love me some hot yoga!! Stretching and sweating = da bomb!!

What awesome adventures has your body taken you on? How do you help promote self confidence and gratitude in girls of all ages?

Back on the Train

You may recall that I fell off the train in December, but I am pleased as punch to say that the train picked me back up when it came back through in January!

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Look at all of the green in Training Peaks! We have started our Ironman Wisconsin 2016 journey with a #bikeblocktraining focus for the month of January. What does this mean for each discipline?!?!?!

Swim:

I have only visited the pool one day a week for the month of January. This was somewhat intentional. In January there tends to be more people at the pool (which is awesome), but with such limited hours for lap swimming at the local pool, it makes more sense for me to go only one day per week in January. I must say, I am looking forward to increasing my time in the water and super excited to try out my new swim caps…hello swim motivation!!

Fun new swim caps for swim motivation and more #swimlove

Fun new swim caps for swim motivation and more #swimlove

Bike:

I have been doing LOTS of cycling so far in the month of January…7 rides a week with one rest day each week, means every Wednesday I get a double dose of #bikelove! I’m working on bike strength and trying to improve my power output. Wow…what a slow process that is! It has given me a lot of time to spend with my new Cobb Cycling saddle, and bike fit, which I am lovin’!

My new Cobb Cycling V-Flow saddle :)

My new Cobb Cycling V-Flow saddle 🙂

Run:

I am finally getting some run miles in…not many, but it is a start 🙂 I have only ran a few times in the last 3+ months and so far, it is feeling good! I am excited to get back to a more regular training schedule so that I can run more and find that #runlove that feeds me!

30 easy minutes is a start!

30 easy minutes is a start!

Strength:

I have been doing strength training 3 days a week and just recently increased my weights…hello DOMS!! It feels good to be getting stronger 🙂

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Yoga:

Reacquainting myself with my mat has been AH-MAZ-ING!! I definitely missed my dates with mat 😉 I need to incorporate more stretching into my workout routine and hot yoga has felt so awesome since our wind chill temperatures have been -31F lately!! A hot room, a good stretch and lots of sweat on a COLD winter day = motivation to go outdoors to get to the yoga studio 🙂

Rekindling my relationship with my mat! #yogalove

Rekindling my relationship with my mat! #yogalove

How has your training been since the start of 2016? What keeps you motivated to complete your workouts through the winter months?

101 Things…

I couldn’t resist…I decided to link up with Erin, Katie, Leslie, Jen, Kristen who have posted 101 (or 100) things about themselves. Here is 101 things about me…

  1. I grew up on West Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa.
  2. My parents had a hotel right on the lake until I was in 7th grade.
  3. My first “job” was cleaning toilets at the hotel.
  4. I swam everyday all summer long every year of my youth.
  5. I had new friends all the time…every time a new family came to stay at the hotel, I had new friends to play with 😉
  6. I have 2 younger sisters with only 40 months separating my youngest sister from me.
  7. My parents are saints to have raised 3 teenage girls all at the same time…no thanks!
  8. Both of my grandmothers are identical twins.
  9. My mother-in-law is a twin.
  10. My sister has twins.
  11. We will not be having children…I don’t want quadruplets.
  12. I love being an aunt!! Spoil them and send them on their way 😉
  13. I have 4 nieces with another on the way…due in April 😉
  14. I love SBR…it makes me happy!
  15. I am a Coeur Sports Ambassador for 2015.
  16. I am passionate about endurance sport.
  17. I hope to break down barriers and help more women grow to love and participate in endurance sport.
  18. I am a dog mamma to two beautiful black labs…Mya and Basil.
  19. The Iron Hippie and I met while running.
  20. The Iron Hippie and I both participate in endurance sport.
  21. I have ran 11 stand alone marathons.
  22. I have finished 2 Ironman races.
  23. Karma Kombucha is my favorite beverage.
  24. I love to write things down…I not only keep track of my workouts in Training Peaks online, but I also write everyone down by hand. There is something about hand writing thoughts, workouts, ideas, etc.
  25. I love country music.
  26. Running with Basil off leash makes my heart happy…she has so much fun!
  27. I was a high school cheerleader.
  28. This is ironic since I seriously lack coordination.
  29. The boys basketball team made it to state and I was lucky enough to cheer at the state tournament (even though we didn’t make it past the first game).
  30. I love avocados!
  31. I drive a 2012 Toyota Rav4 and I love it!
  32. Mojo is my favorite ride (Specialized Transition)…we have the perfect chemistry!!
  33. I love our Vitamix…Thanks Mom & Dad for a great Christmas gift!
  34. I’ve traveled all over Italy and Venice was my favorite city.
  35. I love to read a book every night before bed…an actual book, not something online or on a kindle.
  36. I hate shopping.
  37. Unless I am shopping for workout apparel/gear.
  38. I love to cook, but not bake.
  39. I think I could be vegetarian, except I could never give up fish.
  40. I love sushi…my mouth is watering for it right now.
  41. I am currently snowed in at my parents place and may not make it home before work tomorrow…bummer 😉
  42. I love watching NCIS episodes…we keep watching them over and over and over.
  43. I got a new winter coat for Christmas from my in-laws.
  44. My last winter coat was 17 years old.
  45. I’d rather spend my money on workout apparel/gear than a new winter coat 😉
  46. I am definitely a Mac girl…no PC here 😉
  47. My mother is the sports fan and my father is the decorator…role reversals 😉
  48. I love Basil snuggles!
  49. Clean sheets are one of my favorite things!
  50. Running along Lake Shore Drive in Okoboji is one of my favorite places to run.
  51. I love Madison, Wisconsin and would love to live there someday!
  52. It was really hard to get to 51 things about me…only 50 more 😉
  53. Yellow is my favorite color…it is a happy color 🙂
  54. I love homemade sweet potato and kale pizza on gluten-free crust.
  55. I won’t burn candles…I witnessed a house fire and someone died due to a burning candle.
  56. I could not live without fruits and vegetables…LOVE THEM!!
  57. I’ve often thought about going on the show Survivor, but could not live without my toothbrush and toothpaste.
  58. I love hot yoga and my yoga mat!!
  59. With the current windchill temperatures of -10F, I am dreaming of hot yoga.
  60. I just told my boss I wouldn’t be at work tomorrow because I am not putting my life in danger by driving home in this horrible storm.
  61. I’ve always wanted to swim with the dolphins.
  62. I am more of an introvert than an extrovert.
  63. I have no problem going to the movie or out to dinner by myself.
  64. I need to work on being more social with family and friends.
  65. I like to #DreamBig
  66. I find happiness and joy from overcoming obstacles I didn’t think were possible.
  67. I enjoy the freedom to do what I want, when I want.
  68. Honeycrisp apples are the best!
  69. I can’t stand coffee.
  70. My body does not respond well to caffeine.
  71. I would rather rent a movie, than go to the movie theatre.
  72. I am happiest when I am on my bike.
  73. Growing up, I never went skinny dipping in the lake.
  74. I did go skinny dipping in the pool at my parents house.
  75. I want to go to Bora Bora.
  76. My dad’s mother’s twin sister, Velma, lived with us while I was growing up.
  77. She always made treats for us…cookies, peanut brittle, candies, cakes, pies, etc.
  78. The 4th of July is my favorite holiday.
  79. Only because we spend the whole day on our bikes…usually doing a century ride 😉
  80. I worked at The Ritz in Okoboji growing up.
  81. This job exposed me to more than you could ever know.
  82. I can not stand to have long fingernails.
  83. I cut them every Sunday.
  84. I love snail mail!
  85. I played the piano for a couple of years growing up.
  86. I wish I still played the piano.
  87. I also wish I played the acoustic guitar.
  88. I can not sing, but I like to listen to music.
  89. I love having smoothies after a tough workout.
  90. I am a creature of habit…I follow the same routine in the shower everyday.
  91. My biggest pet peeves: cover your mouth when you sneeze, flush the toilet when you use it, wash your hands after you blow your nose and wash your hands after you use the toilet…GERMS=YUCK!!
  92. Daisies are my favorite flower.
  93. I don’t like the Iron Hippie spending money on flowers…they just die.
  94. I’d rather have him save the money and spend it on workout apparel/gear I can enjoy longer 😉
  95. I don’t go anywhere without my water bottle.
  96. I slept 14 hours last night.
  97. Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks.
  98. We make it in a pot on the stove almost everyday.
  99. I love grapefruit!
  100. So does Basil 😉
  101. I love snowshoeing.