2016 has been a remarkable comeback season. I crushed some pretty epic goals; kicking off the season with a 3rd place age group finish in my first triathlon after giving birth, then completing my first marathon, going on to take a 2nd place age group finish at my next sprint tri, followed by my first age group win, earning me a spot at USAT Nationals in 2017 and completing at least one race every month in 2016. This year was not all highs though. I also recorded a disappointing DNF at my first 70.3 attempt.
What really is more meaningful than all the accomplishments and failures though, is the gratitude I have deep in my heart for these experiences and the friendships and connections I have made through this sport. I had the opportunity to represent some great companies, but what I found more valuable than the products themselves is the people I met through these ambassadorships. I joined two new awesome teams for 2017: The Betty Squad and TriTats and super excited for what new adventures, friendships and opportunities 2017 will bring!
I have solidified my 2017 race schedule and personal goals, of course, but the most important thing I reflect on every year when I get too caught up in the planning and goal setting, is to remember at the end of the day it’s about collecting moments, not medals and PR’s.
With that said, here is my schedule for 2017:
- Resolution Run 5k/10k
- Super Bowl 4 Miler
- Desert Triathlon – Olympic Distance
- Solvang Metric Century (this is a maybe)
- Belgium Waffle Ride (Wafer)
- Alcatraz Challenge
- Santa Barbara Half Marathon
- Breath of Life Ventura Tri
- Goleta Beach Tri
- USAT Olympic Age Group Nationals
- Santa Barbara Triathlon
- IM 70.3 Arizona (maybe) or possibly a fall marathon
If you will be at any of these races, please let me know! I’d love to connect!