43 Weeks til Ironman Sweden

43 Weeks til Ironman Sweden

43 Weeks = 10 months and 3 weeks. Sooooo much time! So, even though the title of this weekly blog post is about the countdown to Ironman Sweden, it is more about recapping each week’s training sessions, products I used/love, how my body is feeling, lessons I’ve learned in training, etc. I just think a countdown keeps things more interesting.

Quote of the Week:

Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24hrs in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be. <3

This may be my new life motto. As a very goal oriented person, it’s really easy to get caught up in setting goals and not focusing on the day to day “to do’s” to achieve that goal. It really does come down to the small stuff. The every day choices we make that build on one on another, and then one day we look back and we see how far we have come. So, until that day comes where I take a moment to look back, I’m focused only on the next 24hrs every single day. In fact, I found the coolest new daily planner that I ordered this week. I haven’t used it yet, but it should arrive this week, and I will let you know what I think, in the meantime, if you are too eager, and want to get it yourself, go here.

What makes this planner so cool? Here’s a sneak peak. (They also have health and wellness ones, business, parent, and more!)original_styled_detail3_grande




Pretty excited to use this as my new daily planner to stay motivated, inspired, and most of all organized, so that every day I can work towards achieving my goals and dreams. <3 Jump in on the fun here and get 5% off your order.

Training this week was unreal. I am honestly feeling really good and making a lot of progress towards getting back in shape. For the first time in a long time, I saw 7:XX on my Garmin, and I was stoked. I was smiling so big from ear to ear, I couldn’t stop. I pushed it the hardest I ever have climbing up Couser Canyon. One of our favorite bike rides, and Couser Canyon is the “main climb” of the ride. Holy moly, I wish I had had my heart rate monitor (but it broke), but I hauled ass. It’s still not all that I’m capable of, but it was all I am capable of in this moment, and I was giving it all I had.

Topher, his parents, and I, all went down on Sunday to support the challenged athletes that were participating in the Best Day in Tri – The Challenged Athletes Foundation Triathlon. It is nothing but continuous inspiration the whole day, and they remind you to not sweat the small stuff. Topher kindly befriended a challenged athlete, as we began the 10 mile run, and we ran with Kionte the whole way. He has a million dollar smile, and is full of life. It was so much fun to be a part of such an awesome day, and meet someone who is an inspiration.

I finished last week with 13hrs and 43min of training. I completed 10min of strength training every day, too! I have created a daily 10min strength training program. Join in on the fun here. You can also get an email every day delivered to your inbox to receive the next day’s workout. Sign up here.

This is what my training looked like last week. I track all of my training in Training Peaks.


3 Highlights from the Week:

  • Running in the 7min/mile range. I’ve been running this loop for nearly 2yrs now, and this is the 2nd fastest I’ve run it.
  • Going to the CAF triathlon. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing and hearing stories of those who have overcome a challenge in their life. But, this day is not about acknowledging our differences, but instead celebrating our similarities. That we all love triathlon.
  • Making Spaghetti Squash – it was delicious!

5 Fave Photos from the Week




My favorite Protein Powder – Designer Protein. Photo by Topher Riley



Hope you all had a great week! Cheers to another awesome week of training and celebrating Pumpkin season!