After two awesome weeks at my new job as a social media project manager at Internet Marketing Inc., I took off to Wisconsin for Christmas to hang with the fam. There was cooking decorating, and hanging by the fire, but most of all there was London my 18 month old niece. She is obsessed with Snowmen, and everywhere there was one, she would go up to it and say “snowman”. And then one time one of her parents asked her, “What does a snowman say?” And she said “ho ho ho”. We all thought it was the cutest thing ever. Every once in awhile, she would also respond with “Jingle Bells”. She’s smart and at 18 months knows nearly 100 words or more. Of course, since London loves snowmen, we had to make one with the massive snowfall we had!
Then the BIG Christmas present for us kids was Packer Game tickets from my dad. We LOVE the Packers, and we were soooo stoked to be going to the game vs. the Steelers. And Lambeau didn’t disappoint with the cold weather and a snowstorm during the game. It was perfect! Unfortunately we lost, but we had a blast.
After a week in the frozen tundra, it was then off on the trip of a lifetime to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday! My dad LOVES to sail. He’s been sailing almost once a year for the past 10yrs, and he usually goes sailing in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). He took us as a family back in 2010, and well we wanted to do something special for him for his 60th. So, it was our turn to take him! This time we had a baby on board, which we all knew might be a little interesting, but London turned out to do perfect. She slept soundly. Didn’t get sick. And was a delight.
We flew in to St. Thomas, hopped on a ferry to take us to Road Town, Tortola. Got our sailboat ready with our captain, Harry, and his wife Finnola. They are good friends of ours, so it’s fun to have them on board, and well we kind of need them. Harry, obviously, captains the boat, and Finn, well she does all the cooking when we aren’t eating out! They are an amazing team. The best part, they LOVE to laugh, and have lots of good stories. From Road Town, Tortola, we headed to snorkel at the Indians, and then we spent our first night at Pirate’s Bight.
Trip looked like this – Road Town –> Indians –> Pirate’s Bight –> Soper’s Hole –> Jost Van Dyke – Soggy Dollar and Foxy’s –> Marina Cay –> Leverick Bay –> Cooper Island –> Road Town
We spent New Year’s at Foxy’s which is known as a hot spot for NYE around the world! Beyond that, there was an amazing surprise in store as well (at least for my brother). My brother is a HUGE fan of Bob Marley and the Wailers. I remember also listening to the album “legend” for the first time, and also thinking how amazing their music was. But, my brother is like an ultimate fan. So, as my dad and him are in line to find out about tickets for the NYE dinner Foxy’s puts on, my brother sees a poster saying concert tonight “featuring Bunny Wailer” – my brother’s mind exploded. I mean, he was practically in shock. Bunny hadn’t performed in at least a decade, and my brother was going to be able to see him perform! So, of course, we bought four tickets to the concert for my brother, his wife, my sister, and myself. The older folk were on babysitting duty. It really was a night of a lifetime, and one I’ll never forget, simply because my brother was on top of the world.
After two weeks of fam time, it was back to San Diego, and back to my new job! Sadly two days in, I came down with the flu And have been bed ridden since Wednesday. Almost on the mend though, and then going to ease back into training.
I did workout while I was home in Wisconsin, and swam a bit in the BVI. But, no real training since Ironman Arizona. To be honest, it’s been a nice break. I really put in A LOT of effort last year, and it paid off. I’ve started a new job this year, and I LOVE it, and that will be a big priority for me in 2014. I have thought a lot about my goals this year, now that I’m going into the 30-34 age group, as well as, the fact that I have a new job, and there’s a pretty rad guy that I care about, who lives in another country. So my goals this year are as follows:
1. HAVE FUN!
2. Improve – compete against myself – every race is different, conditions are different etc. so as long as I’m seeing improvement in training, I’m okay with that.
3. HAVE BALANCE – I LOVE triathlon, and I want to keep it that way, so if that means occasionally giving up a swim/bike/run to go to yoga or go hiking or mountain bike or travel, then I want to feel good about that. I want time to read, and go to the movies, and go shopping, or go out to brunch, etc. I NEED it. Sometimes, I like going so hard, I’m exhausted, and other times, I just want to do what I feel like. So…
Cheers to 2014!