2010 is officially coming to a close and we are about to enter a new decade. Time sure does fly by; however; this is the time of year I like to reflect on the past 365 days. In 2010, I have accomplished goals in my triathlon profession and as well as personal goals. I feel the most growth we learn from year to year, are the little day to day occurrences in life where learn the most from ourselves. The highs and lows of everyday life are the glue that truly gives us perspective of whom we are and who we strive to become.
The year started off with a tough block of training, including a training camp in Tuscon, Arizona. I traveled and raced more frequently than ever the first part of the year, and it paid off with successful racing, including five wins in 2010. Unfortunately, I also struggled with an injury the second half of the year, which is much, more difficult than training hard, racing and traveling around the world. Although I am proud of my racing accomplishments, I had more internal growth learning from my injury, sticking to finding a solution to fix the problem, and spending many dedicated hours getting better. There really is no better feeling than heading out of a run without pain and enjoying freedom of movement, sun on your face (or snow!) and listening to the rhythm of your body.
Triathlon racing and training aside, other highlights of the year were getting to spend time with family in Minnesota and Missouri, especially during the off-season. As a professional triathlete, I am busy during January through October, and really love to give back to my supportive family and enjoy time with them during the off-season. I have also gotten my family involved in racing this year; as I coached my dad to his first half marathon and triathlon, mother in her first triathlon, and brother in 5k’s and 10k’s. It is great to be able to help them discover the journey of goal setting, accomplishment and most importantly living a healthy and fit a lifestyle.
Reflecting over the past year, I often think how lucky I am to be able to swim, bike and run as a career, but also be able to speak to children and adults about keeping your body healthy. I spoke with several kid’s tri clubs this year and it is great to see the sport growing amongst the youngsters! I am blessed for my family’s and I health and understand that there are so many families around the world who can’t say the same. It is also astounding for me to realize how much support and help I have from those around me to help me reach my goals. Every year, it seems more and more people I have to thank in supporting me in reaching my triathlon dreams. It is very true that behind every Olympic athlete, there is a team of coaches, nutritionists, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, medical doctors, facilities, chefs, sponsors, team mates, friends, family, husbands and fans! Every person plays a vital role in each Olympic athlete and I am so grateful to have an immense amount of support. Thank you to everyone who has helped me every step of the way this year!
I encourage all to take a moment and reflect on 2010, being 100% open and honest. I am excited for what is to come and to learn from all the “little” moments day to day….