The Disappointment of Missing Out

I am supposed to be in Santiago today, having just finished up Xterra Chile, and enjoying being happily reunited with my Chilean host family. I’d been planning on it all winter (okay, actually, since the moment Xterra Chile finished last year…), and I was so excited to be kicking off my season at what has…

Re-Invigorating, & Remembering the “Why”

Triathlon season is a long one. So long, in fact, that it seems funny to call it a season at all. Because, really, it’s nearly three seasons, from mid-March to early November. That’s a long time to be “on.” To be focused and ready; eager and driven. And yet, that part was actually pretty easy…

Xterra World Championships: An Unexpected Opportunity

As I was (finally!!) getting ready to write this blog, I decided to go back and read my race report from last year in Maui, and I’m so glad that I did. There are many parallels between my experiences this year and last. Each time, I came to Maui primed and ready to have a…

Fall Update: Keeping It All In Perspective & Choosing Gratitude

Something really special happens for me each year when the calendar flips to September. The changes seem to start subtly as fall slowly sneaks its way in, almost under the radar… but then all of a sudden – like a switch has been turned on – the transition is dramatic, and within a matter of…

Late Summer Update: It’s Okay To Think Big!

Back when I was in the 8th grade, my teacher, Mr. Bent, used to start class with these “daily discussions” where he’d put up a quote or some other semi-controversial/ thought-provoking topic idea, let us decide how we felt about it, and then talk about why we felt the way we did. (Kudos to Mr….

June Update: Glimpses of Greatness, & Silver Linings

It’s been a little while since my last update… June was one seriously busy month! With no Xterra Pan-Am races on the calendar between Alabama in May and Victoria, B.C. on July 9th, I took that break in the tour schedule as an opportunity to put in a BIG training push. These last six weeks…

Re-Defining Our “Weaknesses”

Had I written this post last year, I’m sure the first sentence would have been, “I’m not good at running uphill.” That’s something I used to say all the time, whether as a preface to a hilly workout I knew I’d struggle with, an almost-automatic default when I found myself falling apart on a climb,…

Bittersweet ‘Bama: Looking Beyond the “Uncontrollables”

I’ve always thought “bittersweet” was such a funny word. I mean, by nature it contradicts itself, which really doesn’t make much sense. But when you have one of those experiences that truly is both sweet and a little “bitter” at the exact same time, you realize just how much sense that term actually makes. And…

A Few Things I Learned On The Road…

I’ve recently returned from my first race trip of the year, which took me to three countries, for three different races, over the course of three weekends in a row. I was fortunate to also earn three podium finishes along the way, which was a freaking awesome way to start the season, but as I’ve…

Lessons from the Past

I took a run through my old stomping grounds in Denver today, while here for a visit with my very dear friend Suzy. It was a super nostalgic experience for me, and a pretty emotional one too. And because I think #KeepingItReal is just that important, especially in the athlete world where relevant backstories and…

2016 Reflections: What It’s Really All About

I started writing this post (in my head) way back in June, in Italy. I was there for just a few days, at the beginning of my European racing trip, and the time in Italy was my “mini vacay” in the midst of an already jam-packed season. [Personally I think it’s important to take a…

Daring to Be Great, Part Two: World Championships

Aloha, and Welcome to… Paradise?? As soon as we arrived in Maui (to rain, rain and more rain), we learned conditions on the race course were pretty crazy, and looked very likely to stay that way through race day. We always knew it would happen one of these years… Every time I’ve come here there’s…