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The Hardest Part

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I write this as most pros are landing in Kona right now. I’m still in Austin, Texas sitting at my kitchen table. Why?

A good friend of mine and long time supporter e-mailed me that the hardest part about an Ironman is getting to the starting line healthy. I’ve always heard that and now I know that it is true.

The next hardest part is telling everyone that I will NOT be racing the Ironman World Championships. So this post is to rip the band-aid off so to speak.

Long story made short… I’ve had a bacterial infection probably for a few weeks now that may have started back right before I left Switzerland. No idea for sure. I’ve been wiped out since I got home, got blood tests done and just started a 2 week course of some pretty strong antibiotics yesterday.

I struggled through most of 2007 and all of 2008 with an injury. After my first win in 2009 IM MOO I was injured once again. Came to TeamTBB at the start of 2010 and have remained injury free and won 5 more Irondistance events. So… with my previous experiences, I know this is just a bump in the road and will come back stronger because of it.

Thank you to all of my sponsors and my 3 loyal blog readers for the support. It has been a tough decision after another good year but know it’s best. Just taking it one day at a time to get healthy again.

Best of luck to all the TeamTBB pros and age-groupers racing in Kona!

10 Things I’m Going To Miss About Swiss

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

My 90 days are coming to an end and I am headed back to the States this weekend.  I’m a bit sad as I really do love it here in Leysin, Switzerland.  And here’s why…

1.  My teammates-  Thank you to everyone for pushing me hard in the swim, bike and run everyday.  It’s been a great group this year and I’m already looking forward to the next camp whenever and wherever that will be!

2. The Boss and his van-   You just never know when and where the boss will show up in his van.  Whether he’s watching a workout, or driving 5 hours to watch you race…it’s always a surprise!  It’s nice to have someone watch you and critique the good, bad and ugly day in and day out.  And… I really want a van like this.

3. My daily walk to and from the pool- Everything is so convenient here that we can walk everywhere.  Walk to the pool, grocery store, etc…  Haven’t had to drive a car or sit in traffic for 3 months.

4. The spectacular views- Every morning when I get up and pull the shade open, I am always amazed at the beautiful mountain views.

5. Yeti Bar- Our cozy studio apartment above a restaurant/bar that I have lived in for 3 months.

6. Chocolate- So many kinds to choose from and I think I have tried them all!

7. The riding- Nice to just go out of our apartment and ride for miles without hitting any stop lights.  Can’t get enough of the climbing here and has no doubt made me stronger.

8. The weather- Especially the temperature as I’m not looking forward to going back to the Texas heat…

9.  The cows and their bells…just because.

10. How fresh and green everything is here- as our lawn at home resembles hay right now.