My Spontaneous Year of Triathlon Continues

Okay. I did it! I made a decision on my next race. πŸ™‚ This year is all about being spontaneous, so thank goodness there are a few races close to me that don’t sell out right away!

I have decided to do St. George 70.3! πŸ™‚

st. george

Training has been going really well! I feel like I’m really finding my love of cycling again, as my confidence builds back up. It really is one of those things where, the more you ride, the more confident you get, and therefore the better you get. Somedays I wish I could just quit my day job and just train. πŸ˜› There is something that I just love about training and setting goals, and seeing my body change, and my mind change, and all that comes with this sport. Maybe someday I will get a chance to do that. πŸ™‚

lagoon run

I’ve gone back and forth about hiring a coach. I would LOVE a coach, but honestly, I only want a coach for 6 weeks. haha. I just want someone to kick my ass and push me outside my comfort zone for the next 6 weeks, but there aren’t too many coaches that are going to sign on to that. So, I might just have to see what I can make myself do. I mean this year after all isΒ about feeling free for me. I want to enjoy triathlon. I want to feel free to travel. To explore. Adventure. All while also trying to be the best “me” I can be.

riding with gerry

What I have learned in 6yrs of being in this sport is that this is a lifestyle. It’s not the end. I will probably be in this sport for the rest of my life, that’s how much I love it, and am addicted to it. But, I also love traveling, hiking, exploring, adventuring, and nurturing all of my other interests in this life. I love making time for friends and family. At the end of the day, I have to be ME. So, what does that mean? Maintaining balance, but giving it all I’ve got every workout. That doesn’t mean every workout is an all out effort, I just mean committing to the workout, whatever it is. Whether a recovery run, or a hard swim set, or a long bike ride. Whatever it is. I am committed to it, in that moment. We’ll see what kind of race I can put together for St. George. 6 weeks til go time!!!

swim pic

Do you know what’s crazy about training? It makes the days/months/years fly by! I mean in 6 weeks, it will be May! Nearly half way through 2015. What goals did you set at the beginning of 2015? Are you taking steps to achieve them? If not, maybe your goals have changed? Maybe reassess.

At the end of the day…LOVE…LAUGH…LIVE πŸ™‚

love laugh live



  • I am sure you will do great. Looking forward to the race report already.

  • Great question! Honestly, I’ve never truly felt the effects of altitude. Meaning, I’ve gone for runs in Boulder and Fort Collins, etc. and all over the place in the mountains, and I feel like I can run the same. Physiologically, obviously altitude plays a role, but I’m not sure how much it will affect my training and my racing. We will see πŸ™‚

  • Kristen!!! Yay! I hope you come! I would love to see your smiling face out on course! xoxo!

  • Totally! I’ve had a few different coaches in my career. Not sure I’m ready for the commitment just yet. πŸ™‚ Thanks! I’m excited for the challenge! πŸ™‚

  • I was there in 2012! It was crazy!!!

  • St. George is a toughy but you will do great!

    I can’t say enough good things about having a coach but if you really want the benefit, it is a longer commitment than 6 weeks.

    Can’t wait to track you at St. George!

  • That’s awesome Katie! I hired a coach this year and I certainly miss being able to do what I want, when I want to. It is nice to have the accountability of a coach and a bit more of a plan than what I’ve had in the past, but it makes the balance part harder. I think you’ll have an amazing race in St. George and it sounds like you have it within you to push yourself over the next 6 weeks! Super excited for you!!

  • I’m so excited that you are doing St. George. A group of people from Bend are doing the race and there is a good chance that I will be heading that way with them to spectate and cheer them on. It would sure be fun to see you and cheer you on as well!!! πŸ™‚ Tough course!!! Happy training… hills hills hills!

  • Nice challenge!! I’m so glad to see you’re overcoming your cycling fears. Way to go lady!! πŸ™‚

  • Good luck! Tough course! Hope you don’t get 2012 swim conditions. Reported as being the toughest IM swim ever. Didn’t think an inland reservoir could be so brutal (I avoid triathlons with ocean/Great Lakes swims after Racine 2013). Both swims should have been canceled. It will challenge you on the bike too!

  • I have read great reviews that race. Just wondering, I believe you train in the SD area which is most at sea level, will doing a race at about 3000ft be much different?