Soooooo…it’s been awhile. I understand and I apologize. 2017 was a rough year. Yeah, I know…I said 2016 was rough. Well, 2017 was rough in other ways. I’ll cut it short so we can move on to the more important topics and happier news.
2017 proved to be the year of challenges and growth. 2016 may have broke me physically, but 2017 broke me mentally. I went through so pretty rough personal matters, family members and loved ones had some pretty major and unexpected surgeries, dealt with anxiety and depression (not new but newly discovered), and still tried to train and race. I told you….it was a rough year.
The race season of 2017 wasn’t great. I started off strong at USAP events Duathlon in March. I landed on the podium and thought I was off to a great year of racing. Then came Half Moon Bay, where I almost didn’t start the race and ended up giving up on the run and walking it in. Next up was Santa Cruz half marathon and there I started dealing with my left foot falling asleep when I ran anything over 5-6 miles. Onto Morgan Hill triathlon where my foot fell completely asleep and scared the crap out of me on the run and again ended up walking in the run. Pleasanton tri came and since I was still dealing with my foot falling asleep, I knew I would be walking most of the run and was okay with that. Last race of the year was Folsom and I got smart and signed up for the Aqua bike and took the run out of the equation all together. I did really well and ended the season on a high note. Through several doctor appointments, with several different types of doctors, it was determined that a nerve was pinched and causing the numbness in my foot. Thank goodness because I was NOT going through another surgery.
So, as 2017 wrapped up, I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Personal matters some what sorted themselves out. Family and loved ones were healthy once again. Job was solid. And kids were…..well, kids! I was thankful the year was coming to an end and looking forward for a fresh set of 365 days.
Here comes the good news….I am back!! I am back to training. I am back to racing. For real this time. Not like last year where my mind and energy was elsewhere and I showed up to races hoping for the best. Nope. Not gonna happen in 2018. How do I know this isn’t going to happen??? Well, for starters, I’ve hired a coach. Yep…I told you it was getting serious. I obviously wasn’t going to do the work without the accountability of a coach. So, I signed up for 2 months with Tri Dot Systems and quickly (very quickly) upgraded to a minimum of 6 months. I am very excited about this (my bank account may not be) because I am ready to work hard again and tackle races knowing that I’m prepared and trained.
What is my 2018 race season going to look like?? Well, not much different from the past years. I will race in Exeter, Ca to start the season in March. From there, it will be all USAP event races and quiet possibly a 70.3 to end the year. Yep, you read that correctly. Maybe. It is not officially official until I pay for it so stay tuned. I am beyond excited to see where this year takes me. I am no longer physically broken. I am no longer mentally broken. I am in a good place at home, work, and in training. Now all I have to do is stay balanced and as we all know, that is the true test.
Stay tuned for updates, as I should have some VERY soon.