Monday, January 24, 2011

San Diego!

This was one of those weekends that I felt so lucky to live in San Diego!

We had lots to do, but managed to stop to watch the sunset...

and our toes got to play in the sand.

Life is sweet!

Monday, January 3, 2011

A New Year

I'm trying to start 2011 out right by being more consistent in my blogging. I had good intentions in 2010, but things just got really busy. I know I'm a few days late in my first post of the new year, but I was busy soaking up the last of the holiday festivities and awesome So. Cal weather; then work was really busy after the long weekend, I had some training to do, and those clothes and dishes weren't going to wash themselves... so you see how it goes.

If someone told me a year ago that my 2010 would play out the way it did, I would probably not have believed it.

The winter made for tons of awesome training with great friends. From getting my butt kicked by Lesley, Tammy and the Slow Step boys to rides full of gossip with Jen, I logged a ton of miles on the bike.

Spring is when the race season began and it was a fun one! First up was the Desert International. All I can say is it was FREEZING. Tough way to try to get back my racing legs.

Next up was Wildflower. I was stoked to be back racing this course and it did not let me down. Of course the best part was hanging with the TCSD crew and eating S'mores (I swear I was carbo-loading!)

After that I was fortunate to find some great friends who wanted to go out to Hawaii for some racing and a lot of vacation fun! Although I had a great race on the Big Island, I'm yearning for another crack at the course.

In summer I took some time away from racing to get back in some base training. This down time coincided with being re-introduced to a special someone. Beginning a new relationship, increasing the training volume and continuing long hours of working provided challenging, but well worth it.

Summer also came with time to see lots of friends both old and new. A highlight was a girls weekend with my closest friends from college. It had been quite sometime since we were all together last, but somehow it seemed like no time had passed.

As summer turned to fall, my prep for 70.3 Worlds heated up. I was fortunate to race the San Diego Triathlon Classic, which only got better in its second year. Despite taking a serious fall on the run, my race went well. Better yet was hanging out with tons of friends and racing in "my own backyard."

In November I had the opportunity to race the 70.3 World Champs in Clearwater. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this race, but I had a blast. I'm sad that it's leaving Clearwater for 2011 as I would have definitely gone back! Highlights of the weekend included hanging with my coach and good friend, Lesley in our amazing hotel room (we got the upgrade of the century!), my parents coming out to see me race, and finally having the swim I had been working so hard for all season. As a bonus, I came home to find that I had been voted in as a partner at work while I was away in Florida!

The triathlon season ended just in time for the holidays (that is actually a bad thing as I find myself now a little pudgy around the middle). I've truly enjoyed having more time to spend with my boy and my family.

I really have no idea what is in store for me in 2011, but I have a hunch it will be a good year. I haven't made any true New Year's Resolutions, but there are somethings I will be focusing on for sure. For now if I can just keep up the blogging...

Starting out 2011 right. Riding and coffee on a gorgeous day! What's better?