I hope everyone is well and enjoying the transition from winter into spring. This is always one of my favorite times of the year - the weather gets better and better as the weeks go by, my favorite flowers (tulips) come into season, and there is a wonderful sense of awakening as more and more people start to get outside.
The last month has been a bit hectic for me, and I’ve had to remind myself at times to literally stop and smell the flowers. After my first race of the season (in Monterrey, Mexico, where I finished 4th) I immediately launched into 2 weeks of intense and volume-heavy Ironman training. I felt great, making some consistent gains, but it left me with little time to do much else. For just over 14 days it was sleep-eat-train-massage-eat-train-PT-eat-train-sleep-repeat.
Early April had me away from home for a week doing some product testing for one of my sponsors. It was an incredible opportunity and I am SO excited for what will be launching in the coming months. I wish I could share more, but stay tuned... I’ll fill you in more as soon as I can!
Then, it was off to New Orleans on April 12th, where I had a packed schedule! On Thursday morning before the race I made an appearance on the the local CBS morning show with WWL-TV (you can watch the clip here). For me, doing things like this are important to raise awareness of the sport of triathlon and talk up events that are happening locally. I was thrilled to be on the show and grateful for the opportunity.
Thursday night I hosted a Q&A event at Bicycle World (see details below), participated in a charity dinner event on Friday, and then did a pro panel on Saturday before the race. Race day came and the winds were CRAZY - a consistent 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. It made for an interesting day. The swim was rough and choppy with some strong currents. The bike was challenging, and then the run was demoralizing as the headwind was like running into a brick wall. However, I was thrilled to walk away with the win, AND share the podium with my purplepatch fitness teammate, Sarah Cameto, who had an amazing breakout race.