The past couple weeks have been very nice with taking some time off from training and getting to spend some time in Missouri and Minnesota.
I was able to spend Halloween in St. Louis and go trick-or-treating with my 19 month old niece! She dressed as a St. Louis Cardinals cheerleader and picked up the thrill of Halloween very quickly---We also got to go to the zoo, spend time at the park and enjoy the beautiful weather St. Louis was having at the beginning of November. It has been quite awhile since I have been to the Midwest in the fall and I forgot how beautiful all of the trees are with their changing colors. Reds, orange, gold, brown...so many shades everywhere you look! I also got to catch up with some old friends and take a college friend of mine out for her birthday in U-City.
The warm weather was quickly cut short when I traveled to Minnesota on Nov. 6th for my cousin's wedding and visit my in-laws. The 70 degree days were replaced with rain, snow and cold temps! Of course it is almost Thanksgiving, so these conditions are much more normal...
The past week I have been getting back into some lighter training and will not pick up the intensity until December. It is a much needed change of pace for the body and the mind after a long season and needed to prepare the body for another long season.
This month I will also be spending quite a bit of time speaking at elementary schools. In Minnesota, I spoke at Crooked Lake Elementary (my mother-in-law is principal there) about goal setting, Beijing and the sport of triathlon. I will be speaking at 5 more schools before the Thanksgiving holiday, including my elementary school, Wren Hollow! I really enjoy speaking to the kids about my passion for sport and fitness and hope that I can touch them in some way.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy the spirit of the Holiday season