It’s official! I moved out to Boulder, CO and will be living in the “Bubble” indefinitely!
I had always imagined myself living here and felt an incredible urge to do so, but sometimes life is sticky. It’s hard to just get up and go with so many strings tying you to one place. I felt tied to Miami for many different reasons. There are so many things that I love about the city, most of all my friends and “family” there, but I had this strong urge to do something else. It is hard to imagine what happens when you leave “home” for a city where you may feel like you have nothing other than a bed to sleep.
One week ago, my mom and I finished our 31 hour drive from Miami to Boulder. We powered straight through only stopping for snacks and gas. Mentally driving 31 hours straight was a struggle, to say the least. I even thought to myself multiple times during the drive how I would rather be doing back-to-back Ironmans than sitting in a car driving for that long.
I wish I had some great insights on how driving through the open plains of Kansas revealed some deeper life meaning or how a wrong turn through Georgia (tacking an hour onto our journey) taught me about perseverance, but I have nothing for you in that respect.
What I can tell you is that 29 hours of my Chainsmokers Pandora station was clutch, as was the last two hours of my Hunter Hayes station. I can tell you that 31 hours is a long time, but worth every second if it moves you closer to your goals. And I can tell you that doing something for yourself, like moving to a place where you have always dreamed of living, is freeing and absolutely worth it no matter how intimidating it may seem.
This past week has been particularly devastating with the passing of one of the first friends I ever made in Miami and of 21-year-old Chad Young after a terrible crash in a cycling race last weekend. Life is fickle and fleeting, make sure you are making the most of the one that you have. Honestly ask yourself if you are happy with the life you’re living, if not, change something now, don’t get stuck. There is no time to waste so chase your dreams and wake up every day ready to live.
It is currently 4:30am the morning after Oceanside 70.3 and I am sitting in my hotel bed eating leftover pizza because I am SO HUNGRY! Who knows how this blog post will turn out but at least I will be properly fueled :).
I arrived to this race early for once. I met my mom at the airport (yay!!) and we rolled up to our hotel to find Jan Frodeno sitting outside. I was just like “act cool, don’t trip getting out of the Uber.” I didn’t trip and made it safely into the hotel on two feet #accomplishment
We spent a few days enjoying the delicious local fish, watching the surfers, and riding around beautiful Camp Pendleton. Then suddenly it was race day…
Swim: Brrrrrr! The swim took place in a little marina just as the sun was rising. I tried to stay on feet and made it until about the first buoy when everyone started to gradually swim away from me :(. I came out of the water in 16th I think? I know what I need to work on!
Bike: I’m sure the bike course was beautiful. I saw parts of it the day before the race and found the views just stunning. However, come race day there is never any sightseeing going on. I was focused on catching as many people as possible! I rode as hard as I could on that day and moved myself up to 9th place.
Run: Those little, steep hills hurt!! They were no match for my light and responsive On Cloudflow's. I was pretty happy with my run though. I felt fairly strong and was only passed by Malindi Elmore (former Olympic runner, woah!), leaving me with a top 10 finish in a super strong field!
While I always want to do better, I was pleased with the result. It is pretty crazy to look back at Miami 70.3, just over 5 months ago, and see my run at Oceanside 70.3 already 11 minutes faster! I am so grateful for all of Siri’s help these past months and I am looking forward to the next block of training in Boulder.
Thank you to all of my sponsors who make racing possible for me, to all of my friends and family for their support and well-wishes, and to my mom, Lauren, and Larry for coming out and cheering for me!!
Professional cyclist turned professional triathlete living in Boulder, CO.