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What a difference a year makes….

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

I remember where I was at the end of December of 2010 and the difference at the end of 2011 was remarkable.  From a low point in my professional triathlon career at the end of 2010, I have been very happy with the adventures and lessons of 2011 from triathlon to my growth outside the sport.  The journey is long and far from over, but I am happy with the path I have choosen and the teammates and guide that I have to lead me down that road.

Here are just a few of the changees over the past year…

1. Most importantly, I am married.  Now that I am a wife to Eric and a mother to Mr. Fur. It is exciting and fun but also an important step in my life after triathlon.

2. Last year, I had no sponsors or team.  I was dumped by everyone after my 2010 season.  This year, I have the support of an amazing team in teamTBB that took a chance on me last year.  And I hope that I can help the team this year.

3. With the help of Doc, I have turned around my triathlon career rebounding in 2011 from my discouraging results in 2010.  In addition, I am slowly learning from him and am excited to learn more and soak it all in this year.

4. I have been able to swim, ride, and run in the best clothing and with the best equipment thanks to our amazing sponsors Cervelo, Campagnolo, 3T, and 2XU.

5. I am a year older.  Which doesn’t mean much except the old body is just getting a bit more creeky in the morning.

6. I made a resolution for the first time in forever.  I resolve to treat every day as a special gift and put 100% into whatever I am doing whether it is resting or training, relaxing or suffering.  I want to soak up every minute of 2012 and make the most of the opportunities I have.

Well that is all I can think of to list, but I must say I was a bit sad to see 2011 go.  It was a great year, but I know there is more to come.  Here’s to a great 2012 for everyone but especially my teamTBB teammates, our amazing sponsors, and our great support team of Doc, Alex, and the Bike Boutique.  Thanks so much!

Love, Marriage, & Triathlon

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

For most of us, especially the teamTBB professional triathletes during the race season, life is myopic. It is hard to think much beyond the next workout, and SBR is on our minds 24/7. But life is much more than sport, and sport is more than winning and losing. It is important for all athletes, myself included, to keep some perspective and realize that while triathlon is important it won’t keep you warm at night. At the end of your professional career, you may have titles, prize money, and sponsors, but there is more to life than that.

This weekend, I got married to Eric Olson and was able to leave the SBR at home for a week to celebrate a step in my life that will last much longer than my triathlon career. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job being a teamTBB professional triathlete, and I am so happy to have found a mate that supports my lofty goals and ambitions in the sport. However, I also know that now having a partner I need to consider more than myself and my triathlon career. This is exciting and has given me more perspective on life and our sport. If I don’t win a race or fail to reach that big goal, I know Eric will always comfort me, support me, and help me find a way to reach my potential the next time.

The wedding weekend was amazing and provided a great opportunity to share our love with friends and family. Eric and I will remember it for as long as we live. I don’t think I have let myself have that much fun since I was a carefree college student. The only thing that would have made it even better is if some of my teamTBB family could have joined in the celebration. Now that the wedding festivites are over, both Eric and I are recovering and looking forward to getting back to normal life. I can’t wait to get back to my training routine and am excited to start 2012 with a new perspective. As a married triathlete on the best team in the sport, 2012 is sure to be amazing!