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…

Full Spectrum: On Heartbreak and Glory, and All the Spaces In Between

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the up-and-down nature of sport… The peaks and valleys it constantly throws into our path and the stark contrast among them… The devastating heartbreak and ecstatic triumph, and the challenge of navigating the spaces in between. With so many high-caliber, and high pressure, events on display these last…

Expanding Horizons and Expanding Comfort Zones

In planning for this season, I put a lot of thought in to what I really wanted to get out of my year, and what I truly wanted to achieve. Then of course I had to think about how to make it all happen, and design a racing schedule that best served my objectives. As…

Xterra Costa Rica: An Unexpected Breakthrough

Xterra Costa Rica was my first time racing triathlon outside of the U.S. (hard to believe when I think about that!), and also my first ever trip to Costa Rica — two very exciting firsts! When Xterra announced last fall that they were replacing the U.S. Pro Tour with a broader Pan-American tour, my feelings…

A different take on “Fitspiration”: Embracing YOU

I have to say I’m glad that January is over. While that first month on the calendar brings the promise, potential and opportunity of a new year ahead and a fresh start, it also tends to bring a LOT of talk, in a whole lot of unavoidable spheres, about fitness, weight and body image… essentially,…

Learning to Step Back

Sometimes in life, and especially in the world of athletics, we have to step back in order to move forward. Stepping back is almost never easy to do. But in many cases, it is the right thing to do, and the necessary thing to do — as in my case right now. This past week,…

A New Chapter, New Team and New Sponsors!

2016 is here! I am so excited to begin a new year, to continue fiercely pursuing my passion for sport, to encourage more women and young girls to get out there and realize their own potential, and to keep working tirelessly toward achieving bigger goals than ever before. I’m looking for a lot of progress…

Hard To Say Goodbye…

I’ve got some big changes coming my way in 2016. While they are all ultimately positive and I am so eager to see what the coming year has in store, deciding to make changes is never easy. In the case of my biggest change for next year, it was especially difficult. I will be part…

Xterra World Championships: Realizing My Potential

First things first, the Xterra World Championship in Maui is without a doubt one of the most special and unique races out there. This year marked my fourth in a row competing in Maui, and I have treasured each one of those opportunities so much. I just love the entire experience of being a part…

U.S. Nationals Recap

Well, I guess being a full race behind has become my blogging standard for the year… Shameful for a writer, but that’s just the kind of year it’s been. But I still wanted to write a report on the Xterra National Championship from September before writing about Maui, because it was a really big moment…