Life has been rolling along smoothly and ….. in a very busy way these days! Honestly, I would not want it any other way. I have a fear of stagnation and I have a fear of being bored, which is never a worry around these parts. Between being parents of a cross country runner about to turn 16, our coaching business, and life…. there are always a lot of irons in the fire!
Here’s the breakdown:
Some people advise against spouses coaching one another, but for me it works great. As Curt has grown into his new career as triathlon coach, I have watched a lifetime of experience, knowledge and passion come to fruition with our athletes. When I took my spot on his roster I did it with great respect to a man who makes my world go round.
I have no issues with deferring to him, listening to him, and being guided by him. I am about to enter week 6 of his program and I love it. We are rolling along smoothly. He keeps me in line and I know I need that!
I have spent some time with the Geneva Bicycle Center, building a new bike, kind of putting together the ride I dream of and that means something to me. From shifting (I sold out, went electronic) to wheels, to everything I am super psyched about how it’s coming along. I have been a longtime customer of GBC, and I will always be. They do great work.
I am psyched for the race calendar we are developing. 2017 has a mix of snowshoe and XC ski races, triathlons, SUP races and even bike races. I got an invite to race on Love and Sprockets new women’s team with some women I dearly love. I have always wanted to jump into road racing, and now I will!
Things are looking so awesome for 2017 in terms of my fitness, and the fun I am planning. Now I just need some SNOW!
I have made significant changes with the results I received from Inside Tracker. I can’t wait to share and especially learn what my next blood test (scheduled for January) reveals. Progress in this arena takes a lot of time and a lot of patience. Thus far in the experience of “Is this really worth it?” I can vote YES. Much more to come on why.
You can read about my experiences with InsideTracker here:
I am in the unique position where I don’t feel it’s necessary to seek partnerships or sponsorships because I feel I have to belong to something, or for discounts. If I want something I will buy something. So when I put my name behind a product I can do so with 100% conviction. I came across Healthy Skoop as a result of my work with InsideTracker and the nutritional needs I have…. which aren’t unique, a little inflammation, a little low iron and a little low Vitamin D. These are pretty common for athletes.
Healthy Skoop is a nutritional supplement company that develops plant-based supplements. From meal replacement, protein shakes, to add-ins (like greens and beets) they really hit the mark on utilizing ingredients that are locally grown (for them) and manufactured in a way that gives you just what they say they give you. As an athlete, I drink a fair amount of juices and plant based fruit / vegetable shakes, and adding in Healthy Skoop allowed me to get more bang for my buck.
I love what they stand for, how their product is manufactured and their philosophy of giving back to the world. Check them out here.
Back in July at Ironman Lake Placid, I watched a woman completely…. and trust me when I say completely disrespect and taunt a group of women who were racing for a cause. I wasn’t involved, I was a bystander. I didn’t even know anyone who was involved. I just watched it. I couldn’t have even stepped in, it was going on all day, but it saddened me that there was this kind of douchebaggery in our sport. The sport I have grown up in and loved my whole life. I have spent 20+ years in this sport and watching narcissism and cruelty enter into it …. it actually inspires me. It drives me to find ways to put the good back into what we are all here for.
Because of that, a few of us decided to form a group and offer a free training program for Ironman Lake Placid 2017. It was my way of giving back to a sport that has given me so much. Our group quickly grew and we had to cap it. Several coaches and athlete advisors jumped in. The group has grown into a family, and I can’t be more honored and proud to work with them. It’s an experiment, it’s new, and it’s really beautiful.
Here is our shirt!
Equally as beautiful is what is coming out of this group. Several members decided they would give back what was being given to them, allowing all of this to come full circle. Many of us will be racing this season to raise money for Footsteps of WNY.
I have been afforded a platform in this life and with that comes the ability to use my voice. My father always taught me to use that voice wisely. I can walk by Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo and see that the $100,000 we raised for Teens Living With Cancer (we used it to open a Buffalo chapter) is there and helping teens and young adults battling cancer. It’s time to do something more again.
Footsteps of WNY is a nonprofit based in the Buffalo area, run by my friend Marty, who is a para triathlete with Cerebral Palsy. If you are local you have likely seen him at races, he’s beyond amazing. Footsteps of WNY raises money to defray the medical costs that having CP burden families with. In a lifetime did you know it costs almost 1 million dollars for treatments, medications, and medical equipment?
The #IMLPproject will be doing our part to make a difference. Stay tuned for how!
So big thanks to the douchebags of this world….. you actually inspire me to put good back into this world! Douchebag on!
Our first of 3 swim camps will be happening on Sunday, November 20th from 8-12 at Nazareth College here in Rochester. The cost is $150 which gets you four hours of swim sessions including open water simulation, and classroom work (and prizes) we will provide you with an underwater video analysis of your stroke with guidelines on what to do to develop the best stroke for you. We have totally revamped and redesigned our program, and it’s better than ever!
Register by clicking here. We will have two other dates in Jan and / or Feb!
Everything is ticking along. As you know if we are connected on social media, we are enamored with our son’s cross country team and what they have brought to our lives. More on that, but follow us along on social because it’s truly a beautiful story.
I began my third year in academia (with a little pediatric emergency on the side) and I still feel like I am in my dream job. Working with our nursing students brings a component to my life that I never realized I needed until it happened. I graduate with my Masters this coming May and I can’t wait to expand my career in this field and see what adventure awaits! I can’t wait to be done with school for a bit and put my focus back into sport!
One thing is for sure, there is never a lack of action around here. It’s busy but it’s a fun busy. It’s a great problem to have. Now that I am proficient in the word NO, knowing my limits and no longer allowing meaningless things and people to suck my energy (thanks Heidi for calling me out on that)…… I have found the good stuff.