It has been a while since my last post! Lets just say life had too many projects for me and I decided to take a rather long hiatus from triathlon. We all know it is a demanding sport. Demanding on time, demanding on a relationship, demanding on the body, demanding on the mind. I was ready for a break. I watch so many triathletes suffer through training, enjoying the hard part of training is the most important part of triathlon. When the hard training became a chore, I got out. Luckily triathlon is my hobby and not my full-time job!
This summer I have been really enjoying having more time for work, we are doing some home remodeling and I spent some quality time with my family as well. It was so nice to do this and not worry about getting my training in every day. It was really good for me to focus on other important things in my life and I loved the break! And I watched the entire season of Orange is the New Black in a one week period and had no guilt, haha!
I've had a ton of fun doing some totally recreational running and cycling endeavors! We did a bike tour ride to Hermann, MO, which actually ended up being a mini-training camp with some serious pain train action but it was completely innocent and unplanned!
I'm also dabbling in the local trail running and cyclocross racing scene! I did my first trail race two weeks ago, it was a riot and I didn't wipe out! Trail running is kind of like swimming with a t-shirt on....you get resistance from the terrain - it's a lot harder than running on the road or track! The race is part of a Thursday night trail race series in Columbia, MO organized by Tom Straka of Tryathletics.
Also, there is Cyclocross!!! I mainly do cyclocross for the Four Loko hand-ups and the heckling opportunities, lets be honest. I don't have the skillz but it is such a fun scene :) We have a Tuesday night training race series in CoMo for the second year now, it's awesome, go CoMO CX!
I'm loving not stressing too much about eating healthy these days as well, if I want it I eat it. I'm a pretty healthy person and most of the time I eat good stuff. However, I enjoy a nasty gas-station pizza and donut from time to time, and now I don't feel guilty about it. I also loooove dessert! Life it too short to not eat awesome stuff!!
In September I started to get the training bug back again! Triathlon is becoming a really corporate endeavor and I wanted to find a race that really embraced the community aspect of the sport and one that wasn't a "big brand" type race. Our friends Ted, Shanelle, Tiago and Paula have always raved about the Beach 2 Battleship triathlon in October! I actually bet Ted $100 back in January 2013 that I could beat him in this race because I didn't think he would ever do a full 140.6 distance race.....and he signed up for it! I'm not going to beat him but it will be FUN to try :) Paula is also doing the race!
The Beach 2 Battleship triathlon is in an awesome location on the beach in Wilmington, NC, a mini-beach getaway if you will! I called the organizers and was able to get entered as a professional in the field, but this race is truly "everyman's" ironman where pros and amateurs race side by side. The women's amateur field has been top-notch over the past few years and I look forward to racing all the talented women who will be in the race, it will not be an easy win or an easy podium! The race is on October 26, and I've had about 4 weeks of good training. I'm loving the feeling of being fit again, but I also am enjoying life a bit more compared to my first pro season. I've established a good balance, and that's hard to find when you're a trigeek!
I plan to compete in half and full Ironman races in 2012 as a professional. It will be a true challenge to balance my professional triathlon career and working as a veterinary ophthalmologist which I also love. I will be honored to compete alongside the best female triathletes in the world! Any profits I make as a professional triathlete will be donated to an account at the University of Missouri called “Jodie’s Eye Fund” which supports vision science research in humans and animals and provides qualified veterinary patients with vision saving medical procedures and care.