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Create a Legacy

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If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are an excellent leader. – Dolly Parton Can I get an ‘amen?!” Seriously, if I can’t convince just one person to chase a crazy DREAM, to TRY something new, to find SELF CONFIDENCE, then all of my accomplishments are in vain. Next time you are at the gym, at a race, or running at your local park, make a conscious effort to think words of encouragement to those around you until you get into that HABIT of uplifting others. It seriously takes zero effort to be kind.  
At my sprint tri last weekend, a girl racked near me wearing a kit from a large, local tri group was joking to her friend about how rude she is on the race course. When another athlete nearby asked the race official a “newbie” question, this girl said to her friend that if she had been asked, she would have given her the wrong answer because she is “THAT athlete.” It made me SO sad to hear that, and it’s still bo…

Keeping up with the Joneses: Ironman Edition

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This weekend I got a bit down on myself. I’ve had a lot of stress since Texas surrounding what my next goals should be, mixed with a desire to be FAST like so many other amazing (superhuman?) athletes that saturate our sport. I guess I’ve gotten to that point where I’m faced with the question “who am I as a triathlete?” 
I read one of my first blogs after starting triathlon the other day. It was filled with wonder, excitement, and just a complete acceptance of whatever race day may bring. I didn’t recognize that voice whatsoever. Not that it’s completely a bad thing. Ironman distance forces you to take training seriously in order to be successful, and I’ve gained so much confidence over the years. But at the same time, I found myself missing that joy, the complete disbelief of what my body might accomplish, and the total gratitude that came with the entire experience.
The last few years that I’ve lined up at the start of a race (I have only raced long distance courses since mid-2015), …

Ironman Texas Feels

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I have lots of feelings about this race. Mostly a mix of overwhelming relief that it’s over, but yet gratitude for a strong finish on one of my toughest race days. I don't feel I have any natural, athletic talent. However, I do pride myself on being mentally strong. I think that’s something that’s been instilled in me from an early age- a drive to never quit, even when everything is breaking down and nothing seems to be going the right way.  My brain just says "Just one more step. Just one more. One day or mile you might not be able to, but right now you CAN." I've found that the point where the body actually fails rarely actually comes. That’s what I love about this sport, and also why it’s so addictive. That’s also the part of me that was tested more than ever at Ironman Texas.

It's not that I had a bad race, or that anything major went wrong. It was more like a series of tiny disappointments mixed with a complete inability to get my head where it needed to be i…