(yes, I just dropped a Britney reference. I miss 2000.)
But, yeah….I went a month without a blog update again! Hopefully no one is losing sleep over this. Because, well, that’s a lot of sleep – and, things are good!
I’ll give a brief recap….
IMNZ was awesome. I just can’t say enough good things about this country. I miss so many things about home when I travel, but New Zealand always this feel to it that feels like home. And that’s pretty nice when you’re living out of a suitcase for a month+. The race itself – well, funny how things work out. We had picture perfection conditions in Wanaka – I mean, I wished and hoped really hard for those! Apparently though, I didn’t put in the wishes and hopes for IMNZ, and we woke up on race day to some pretty gnarly winds. This meant things were going to get interesting! From the white caps in the lake, to the 20 miles riding into headwind on the bike (each loop!)……yeah, just a good reminder that no course is ever easy when you have to go 140.6 miles! I was not so pumped about my swim, but pretty pleased with the bike legs that showed up, and then just happy to hang on for the run and gain a place.
I was also luck to have some local support for some sightseeing in the days afterwards….doesn’t everyone want to hike up a mountain the next day?! 🙂
From NZ, I made it back to DC for a day (long enough for a massage from Anne!) and then headed out to Tucson for two weeks of camp. With all the travel – let it be known that cankles are REAL and I still suffer terribly from them on long-haul-post-race flights!
More on camp later, but this is one of my favorite times of the year. Being able to witness the breakthroughs – not only from my athletes – but from all those who have come out to challenge themselves and see what they can do, is so meaningful to me. As a coach, there really is no better way to spend my days recovering! We put heaps of pics on social media, so check those out when you get a chance.
After racing and through camp, I will be honest that I was waiting for it…..I was waiting for the downfall. I was waiting for the day I’d look at my bike and say I just didn’t want to sit on the saddle for another few hours. Or I just didn’t want to get in the pool for some laps. But, that never happened! Camp turned out to be one of the best ways to spend my recovery, and in fact only made me hungry for more. Reflecting on the races also left me wanting a bit more. I felt like there was a certain sharpness, a finesse, that I lacked in those races. I’m not all that surprised – after all, I did race a 50 miler in November. By the time I recovered from that, then started to ramp up for the 2 iron distance races, it’s not surprising that we didn’t quite get to that sharpening effect.
So…..I started to wonder, why not hit that now? I wasn’t planning to race a full distance again until summer……but……maybe……..
And so I’m back at home and into the training swing of things again. That means working, training, watching Love on Netflix (season 2 is out *finally*) and cooking my standard meal delivery meals (WHO has time for the grocery store?). Busy and exciting life folks, you can follow it all on instagram!
More on the exact info to come, but yes, I’m excited to say I’ll be racing again in APRIL! Will share the dets soon!
Thank you as always to my amazing sponsors who support me when I say “hey, I can do this again….in a few weeks!” Smashfest Queen, Dimond Bikes, ISM Saddles, Adaptive, Cadence Running Company, Ice Friction Technology, Endeavor Cycles, Sound Probiotics, Honey Stinger, DNA Movement.