Sport + Life: 2017

It’s almost the end of 2017, so I’m highlighting a few memorable moments of the year in sport and in life.

Since this is a triathlon blog, let’s start with sport, shall we?

My favorite moment, hands down, of the year was Maine 70.3. All 6 hours, 48 minutes and 40 seconds of it. Instead of going on and on about it, you can read all about it here.

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I finally experienced ONE full injury free season. I went through all of 2017 without an injury. Maybe a little niggle here or there but nothing significant. I credit consistent training and daily Jasyoga practices, which is now a habit that just happens everyday. ICYMI: I stopped my #hitreset365 Instagram posts in September after realizing it takes away from the goal of resetting my mind and body and have since taken the whole reset thing to another level that is hard to put into words.

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Biggest surprise. Finishing the RnR DC half marathon sub-2 hours. I wasn’t training for anywhere near that time but it happened!

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Year of the triathlon PR: A 6 minute PR at Rev 3 Williamsburg and instant PR at Maine. Let’s go ahead and continue that trend in 2018.

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Favorite places to train: Lake Anna in Fredericksburg, VA and Gettysburg National Battlefield. I plan to spend some time at both of these places in 2018.

Hired a coach for 2018 and started working with him in early November. So far, I’ve been more consistent than I was all year. I am SO excited for whats to come.

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I raced with my Oiselle teammates this year at the Virginia Wine Country 5K (and Half), at the Cherry Blossom 5K and met a teammate on the run at Maine 70.3. I happily renewed my Volée membership in August and couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this team of strong women. It’s also nice to know that no matter where I travel/move to the liklihood of having a running friend nearby is pretty darn high.

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And now for the life part:

My husband moved to California for his job in May. It’s been quite the adjustment not having him around (dog walks can be lonely), but we get to talk everyday and also get to see each other approximately every six weeks so it’s not bad.

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While I remained injury free, I did come down with a case of shingles. Crazy how a tiny rash can cause SO much pain. Thankfully, it was mild enough to where I could mostly tolerate the pain with ibuprofen, Tylenol and cool compresses but it came at a pretty shitty time: when I was just starting to training for Maine. Obviously, it all ended up okay.

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the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced

I finally quit my career in nursing to go back to school to get my degree in marketing. In the meantime, I’m working at a local bike shop, get to lead a spring/summer women’s beginner group ride and see the happiness a person can experience when they get on a bike.

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I was on the Coeur Ambassador team this year, which connected me to so many women who shared the same passion for endurance sports. That’s what I loved about the experience, my teammates. However, something didn’t feel quite right- wasn’t excited about the brand like I had been in the past. It’s embarrassing to admit, but from the time I submitted application to the announcement of next year’s team I went back and forth about withdrawing my application, but ultimately I didn’t because I was afraid of missing out on the team experience.

When I found out I didn’t make the team again for the 2018 season I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Lesson learned: Never let fear of missing out influence you to do something you aren’t 100% sure about…it’s certainly not fair to you or (in this case) the team.

Number of National Park Service sites visited: 8.

Zion National Park
Lake Meade National Recreation Area
Gettysburg National Military Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Antietam National Battlefield
Catoctin Mountain Park
Monocacy National Battlefield
John F Kennedy National Historical Site

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Zion National Park

It’s a goal of mine to visit all of the National Park sites and blog about them, but I wasn’t able to manage my time well enough to start the blogging process this year. #2018goals

And that’s a wrap! 

What was a highlight of your year?

 

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