Beyond the Numbers: Brazil

Brazil was a trip that wasn’t supposed to happen. It wasn’t on my original schedule, as I had planned to return to Chile and Argentina to kick off my Xterra season. But then when I broke my big toe just a couple days before I was set to leave, everything changed. And as devastated as…

On Winning: A Reflection — and a Preface

It’s official: this is the longest I’ve ever gone without writing on my blog. I last shared an update back in March, right after I got injured and before my season even started, and I cannot believe I let an entire season go by without managing to get a single thing written.  As much as this bums…

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…