Whistler and Family

It has been a tough decision but I have decided to not do Ironman Coeur d’Alene next year due to a family conflict, and the fact that my support team wouldn’t be in full effect. As much as I try to send out emails to my family a year in advance, as we all know we have to sign up for these races a year in advance, there ended up being a scheduling conflict for CdA. It’s my grandma’s 88th birthday, and my dad accidentally planned a week of play time at Lake Chautauqua in New York to celebrate. Her birthday is June 25th, and IMCdA is June 29th. I could still race, but I really don’t want to miss out on spending time with my family, especially when it involves me not racing and them cheering. ;)


I recently was riding with friends over the weekend, and I was telling them about this decision. They were simply amazed at how much my family supports me. I realize not everyone is as fortunate as I am, when it comes to their family being able to come support every race. I truly am grateful that my family is so supportive, but also, that I am close to my mom, dad, sister, and brother. They all feel like best friends (although, that wasn’t always the case ;)) My dad suggested skipping CdA, and coming to Lake Chautauqua, and then doing Ironman Canada in Whistler. It actually was an easy decision because I LOVED being up in Whistler this year, and although I only got to see some of the course, because I was really there for a wedding, it was a simple answer, YES. Whistler is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Also, I’m fortunate to have family friends who live up there. My family can make it too!


There is a small part of me that feels guilty about leaving my CdA spot, but I couldn’t be more excited to be doing a race where my whole family can attend, plus friends, and in a beautiful setting, AND I get to go to Lake Chautauqua and celebrate my grandma’s 88th birthday!


Family means everything to me, and I hop at the chance to spend more time with them. So…here’s to Ironman Canada!!!

Cheers to Ironman Canada!

Cheers to Ironman Canada!

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5 thoughts on “Whistler and Family

  1. You are going to LOVE Whistler!! So excited you signed up for it (and, a little jealous because I want to race there again so bad!)! And, awesome your entire family will be there to support you… that’s the BEST :)

  2. Hey Katie–saw your recent post via Courtney on FB. Crash looks horrific and glad that you’re okay. I read through your blog and saw that you are doing Whistler-I was there this year and signed up for next year. Hopefully our paths will cross during the training. Best of luck with your recovery and IMAZ

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