This summer (and fall) were filled with a bit of training, a bit of racing, and a lot of travel! Here’s what I’ve been up to the past several months:
1) Yosemite. We kicked off the summer with a trip to Yosemite for our friends Anthony and Susan’s wedding. Cell coverage was non-existant, and showers were even harder to come by. We spent the week camping, hiking, and trail running, and of course the highlight was attending the lovely couple’s wedding (and Chris played the role of best man). Total miles hiked and ran during the week: 70. Number of showers taken: 1.
2) When life gives you a tree in your yard, make firewood. During a violent storm, we had an 100ft oak tree fall on our house on July 3rd. It came through the roof upstairs about 6 ft from where my husband was standing looking out the window at it, crushed the fence, crushed the HVAC, and ripped the gutters off the front and back of the house (how does that even happen)? Solution? Turn the oak tree into a gigantic pile of firewood, and take off on lots of trips for the rest of the summer. The HVAC currently remains in its crushed state.
3) Colorado. After the tree fiasco, which was also after I’d been sick for a week and done minimal training (following the week in Yosemite which included minimal tri training and a week recovering from Eagleman, which also included minimal training), I had to make a decision fast as to whether I was going to race Placid. I had 3.5 weeks till race day. I decided to go for it! I tried my best to make the 3.5 weeks count (many thanks to coach Eric for a good mix of key workouts to get the job done). We spent 12 of those days in Colorado. We did the 120 mile Triple Bypass ride, did some amazing trail running in the mountains at Beaver Creek resort, did the 3+ hour climb up Mt. Evans (14,000 ft), and did a lot of hard riding up canyons, at times followed by hard running, and got in some nice time at altitude. And of course, we bookended our trip at Voodoo Doughnuts.
4) Ironman Lake Placid. I raced Ironman Lake Placid and took 4th place. Quick recap: It rained and poured and thundered, my power meter did not work at all (which has been the theme of my year), my nutrition bottle and Garmin both launched themselves from my bike (I was fortunate enough to catch the garmin mid-launch and stuff it in my sports bra) so I biked data-free. However, I felt GREAT on the bike, went 10 minutes faster than the prior year and came into T2 in 3rd place! However, my lack of Ironman run training caught up with me at the end and the last 10 miles were more painful than usual!
5) Gardening. I started a garden this year, and although it was a lot of work to get it setup, it was a lot of fun once the veggies started to grow! I love cooking with veggies, and there is nothing better than being able to pick everything right in your own yard. We came back home after one of our summer trips to the harvest below.
6) Alaska. Alaska has been on our trip list, and we decided that this summer was the time to do it. The highlights: fly fishing for sockeye salmon on Kodiak Island, walking among grizzly bears salmon fishing the wild, kayaking through fjords on an overnight expedition, taking a flight tour over Denali, camping, and visiting every brewery we came across, and of course, hiking or trail running.
7) Girls weekend racing Luray. 4 days after getting back from Alaska, I headed out to Luray, Virginia to race & camp for the weekend with two of my favorite ladies- Shannon, and Sierra! We camped in style with our a 6-person cabin tent and air mattresses. The race weekend was so much fun! I highly recommend this race to anyone that’s looking for a truly fun, unique, and enjoyable race without the stress that so often comes with the logistics of big races. When else do you have the opportunity to roll out of bed 100 yds from transition? Or receive a lovely engraved wine glass trophy? Weekend highlights: Placing 2nd pro in the olympic distance race, fun times with friends and Sierra, meeting some fun new friends, and an oly swim PR! (Which I owe to Katie Palavecino for the fast feet!) Weekend low point: this was Sierra’s first time camping, and as a herding dog, she interpreted every little noise as a potential predator. We received an alert bark every 15 minutes. Oh well…getting sleep the night before the race doesn’t really matter anyway, right?!
8) Montauk. We spent a week in Montauk in early September- THE most beautiful time of the year, in my opinion! The highlights: watching beautiful sunsets over the lake, open water swimming right out the front door, stand-up paddleboarding with Sierra, runs along the ocean and trails, picking wild grapes and making jam, and my mom’s delicious meals! Low point: coming down with Lyme disease a few weeks later.
9) Savageman & celebrating our one-year anniversary! I made the last minute decision to race Savageman, which was also T-1 day from our 1 year anniversary! What a fun, tough race. The highlights: In addition to the bike, run, and hill climb primes, I won the swim prime (what?!?) and more importantly, won the race! Chris and I had a fabulous time celebrating our first year of marriage.
10) Maine. We spent a great five days in Maine over Columbus weekend. The highlights: Eating lobster at sunset on a pier, exploring Acadia national park, climbing Mt Khatadin, camping, and beautiful fall colors and crisp weather.
11) And finally, a new hobby. Now that it’s the off season, I’ve decided to try a new hobby- pottery! So far I have successfully created 2 bowls and 2 mugs. So I’ve determined that it is a very relaxing and potentially addictive activity!
Now that my racing season has come to a close, I’m looking forward to enjoying the fall and some early season racing in 2015! Many thanks to FFT, and all of our loyal sponsors, especially Inside Out Sports, CompuTrainer, Cervelo, Rudy Project, and First Endurance for enabling us to achieve our goals!