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…

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,…