Welcome to the Little Red Racing newsletter!
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to my newsletter! I’ll be sending this out on a regular basis to update you on all things Little Red Racing - sponsors, media, new projects, race plans and results, plus any other tidbits of information that I think you may find interesting.
It is hard to believe another year has come and gone. 2015 was a wonderful season. After coming back from my broken femur in 2014, I felt as though I got stronger and stronger, culminating in my 7th place finish at the Ironman World Championships in October, my first Ironman win, a 70.3 win and 5 podium finishes. I was extremely grateful for the support of my team - my coaches, Matt Dixon and Paul Buick of Purplepatch Fitness, my strength trainer, body worker, PT, chiro, nutritionist - as well as my family, friends, and of course, my sponsors. None of this is possible without the the help of so many.
In addition to a great season of racing, we gained some great traction across media formats and in particular in non-triathlon-related media outlets. I was featured on a 4-part docu-series on Universal Sports, "From Two Packs to a Six Pack". The documentary shared my story of Wall Street banker and smoker turned pro triathlete as well as the struggles, triumphs, sacrifices and passion required to compete at the professional level. I was featured in an ESPNW article to talk about my journey to professional athlete as well as the launch of The Habit Project. Finally, I participated on Fox Sports Court to discuss the 50 Women to Kona movement. All of these provided some great exposure and coverage for my sponsors.
After Ironman Western Australia in December I took 5 weeks off and largely shut things down. It was a great break. I went to Aspen to visit family, where I did some back-country alpine ski touring and snow biking. I spent Christmas in Madison, Wisconsin where I attended my first-ever Badger game. I slept in, watched movies and relaxed. I have now returned, completely refreshed and excited to get back to work.
I’m currently full steam back into training. It is always a bit demoralizing to go from the best shape of your life to feeling completely out of shape, but my motto right now is “just do the work”. It is about putting my head down, completing each session while focusing on form and technique, and then making sure I am getting sleep and taking care of my body.
This year I will be racing a little less, with a focus on developing myself as an athlete - improving my swim technique and speed, building strength and handling skills on the bike, and creating strength, power and turnover on my run. We have a lot of work in store, and are leaving ample room for significant training blocks to bring me into each race in a strong place. I plan to return to New Orleans 70.3 and Ironman Western Australia to defend my titles. I will also be racing at the North American Ironman Championships in The Woodlands, TX in May. Finally, I am thrilled to have already confirmed and validated my spot for Kona 2016. Check out my full race schedule here.
On January 25th I leave for a 2.5-week training camp in Kona, Hawaii with the other Purplepatch Fitness pros. It is one of the highlights of my season - the opportunity to train on the Ironman World Championship course and build a tremendous platform of fitness.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and will look forward to checking in soon!
Until next time - Don’t Dream it. Be it.