[ 2016 ] goal talk.

Hello 2016. Nice to meet you.
Lots of things happen at the beginning of the year. But why this time of all 365 days?
— A simple answer would be because that is just what you do on January 1. I am having a tough time this year accepting the beginning of the year as “THE TIME or DAY.” My little brain has been twisting and turning about what makes this time so different than any other time period through out the year. Probably over analyzing, but I think it is important to address both sides of the spectrum. Let the conversation begin.

What I’m (over) thinking about…
On one hand, I think it is necessary and important to have goals established. After discussions with multiple people, it is evident that setting goals allows you to work towards something and address the gray area between point A and B. Having a direction to follow and accountability to sustain – this helps accomplish your goals. But what about that gray area I just mentioned. The actual floor plan. I feel it is this area that gets lost and forgotten. This is why I bring up the conversation of goals and the beginning of each calendar year.
Goals are good. Really good. BUT in order to saturate yourself in the goal process, I think we need to focus more on the process instead of the outcome. The [ floor plan-gray area-process ] is the important part, not the goal itself. This process is so incredibly individualized – but it brings a perfect balance of conversation and challenge towards the gray area within the goal setting experience. The floor plan should keep you honest, accountable and rewarded.
Don’t just set a goal(s) because. Set goals because you have a plan and you want to.

1.1 goals

With every position comes opposition – why we will address the other side of goal setting. Setting goals just because.

As we approach the end of each calendar year, we tend to find ourselves promising to do certain things that we might not consider at different times of the year. Goals within … PHYSICAL — weight loss, nutrition, body image, etc.
RELATIONSHIP — listening, date nights, personal time, etc.
PROFESSIONAL — promotion, salary, title, etc.
FINANCIAL — saving, budgeting, planning, etc.
PERSONAL — self talk, organization, explore, etc.
SPIRITUAL — church, pray, action, etc.

The bullet list within these could go on and on as does life. Our life choices made each day are decided on some intention within. This is not a blog post about starting over and making things “actually” happen based on a promise(s) you make on 1.1.2016. This is a blog post focusing on continuity and working hard every day. Why choose January 1 to finally start exercising, eating right, communicating, accomplishing a tasks they’ve put off, taking a vacation/personalized time with friends and family, or even pampering yourself a bit more (which should happen often anyway)? I’m guilty – I have done it for several years past. Why though? Why the first calendar day of each year THE DAY of all 365 days for change is beyond me. Maybe it is easy to hop on the band wagon of motivation, maybe it is the “right thing to do,”  societal pressure, maybe it is just what you do. I don’t know everything, but what I do know is that most people have the opportunity to make decision and choices freely.


This above quote really struck a cord. Allow yourself to keep your fuel fired throughout the year. Avoid that imaginary New Year’s Day goal setting national holiday and embrace it throughout the year. There are 365 days to take advantage of, make each one count.

To conclude simply:
1. Setting (MEANINGFUL) goals is important and necessary. Allow yourself to learn through the process and be flexible.
2. Open up the conversation about taking advantage of the other 364 days to set goals. Don’t let one day restrain you from continuously setting goals — giving yourself opportunity to learn and grow through the challenges and successes experienced throughout.
3. The gray area is the focus. Your opportunity to build and work hard.

The scary part is not starting.

If this posts offends you, speak up. I’ve begun to vastly appreciate the process to talk opposition. I do hope you appreciate what my intent was behind all these words here: to acknowledge your opportunity to make each day count. Set goals frequently. Be flexible. Stay accountable. Work hard. Each and every day. Opportunity is always present. Take advantage of your present.

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Triathlons have come to be a very personal experience surrounded by a supportive community of like-minded people. With this being my first Olympic distance and specific training schedule/regimen – I have been able to experience a bit of the tri community and appreciated the process (immensely). It all had to start somewhere … to refresh your memory …


TRI Training [update]

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Now that we are all up to speed, let’s reflect on FRIDAY (the day before race day).

AM: slept in (up by 7AM) breakfast ( water, Chocolate Dipped Protein Milkshake, homemade bucci ) stayed busy prepping before Liz (Ian’s mom) arrived.
AFTERNOON: Packet pick up (numbers for bike, helmet & timing chip I wear on my ankle with the rest of the race goodies). This was followed by a car ride with Taz, Laura & Colleen of the race course…checking for any obstacles or areas of caution (THIS IS ONE THING I HAVE LEARNED IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT REGARDLESS IF THE RACE IS YOUR HOMELAND OR NEW TERRAIN) … safety first! Did a few errands and headed home to wait for Liz to arrive – Lunch (Vegetable and mixed grain stir fry) followed up more race prep and relaxing.
PM: Dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Key West (The Cafe)
-Water (with a few delipsch sips of the homemade Sangria Liz ordered)
-Blackened Mahi Mahi with a pineapple salsa, brown rice and roasted asparagus…and I devoured every bite 🙂
**Liz ordered this pumpkin ravioli that was divine (caramelized onions, apples and this delicate cream sauce), Ian ordered a smoked salmon pizza (more of a flat bread) because I requested he did and you always say yes in this case 😉 It was great – a generous portion of smoked salmon, fresh dill, lemon caper vinaigrette, fresh tomatoes and motz … (you can wipe up your drool now).

Got home and rechecked to make sure everything I needed for the race was ready to go. For this race, my CHECKLIST included:
SWIM — tri shorts & top, sports bra, watch and heart rate monitor, googles, spray, cap, wetsuit, glide/lube (aquaphor), timing chip and some nutrition.
T1 — towel & water
BIKE — Bike (with numbers attached) and air pressure in tires, gels, water bottles X2, helmet (with number), bike shoes, socks, sunglasses and lights (incase of bad weather).
T2 — towel & water
RUN — shoes, socks, race belt (with numbers attached), gel, sunglasses.
MISC — tri mat (to place everything on), extra light (Liz bought me this perfect battery operated light-you never know how much light you’ll have to set up your Transition area…great idea!), Flip Flops, dry clothes, extra water and nutrition, small med kit and 2 garbage bags (1. to put all of my wet stuff in and 2. to cover by tri area in case it rained), phone and headphones to jam a bit 😉
***Everything fit (perfectly snug) into the Tri bag I was using.

…is actually here…out of bed by 4AM (shower and breakfast) I have completed only a handful of TRI races but I stick with the same breakfast each time:

suja greens

-Upon awakening: WATER, 1 Suja Mighty Greens, 1 cup of Matcha (a form of green tea).

-2 larger slices of toasted whole grain bread (preferably fresh from a bakery)

In Key West COLE’S PEACE is where it’s at!

Coles Peace
-Enough nut butter of choice to slather on both pieces. I tend to have a heavy hand.
-1 med-large Banana (sliced on top)

-I will prep a Spark to sip on till it’s GO TIME!

Transitions open at 5AM. I left the house at 5:15. I am lucky enough to live within a mile from transitions and race start. Arrived and got numbered up, set up my transition area, stretched, took a light jog and chit chatted/ wishing those around me a good race. Transitions closed at 6:45 … my wave started at 7:05 (1st wave).

TRI6Taz (left) has been a mentor and coach for the past few months – an incredible human being to say the least. Laura (center) is a swimming god – taught me a few valuable tips when it comes to my stroke and approach … THANK YOU ladies for all your help and knowledge.


Nini (Ian’s gma) sent me a very special addition to my race day transition area. A lucky horse shoe with guardian wings – truly special and exponentially appreciated … thank you Nini <3

Vibes were flowin’ all around     { excitement, inspiration, anxiousness }

As I awaited to enter the water, I was able to see the fam for a round of hugs and luck . . . 5 minutes later they called out the first wave to enter the water.


SWIM: 1.5 km Ocean
went well. course felt long and I felt like I got a bit “off course” when spotting the buoys. Got kicked a few times, googles leaked a bit on the left side, but mentally and physically I felt good though.
*** No I did not see any sharks (but yes they are on my mind). I am most concerned about Jelly Fish – no thank you!

T1: went smooth. once I exited the water you can utilize the “strippers” that strip the wet suit off of you – first time using them and loved it. Took a few seconds and I was on my way to the bike. (***the more lube the better). socks/shoes, helmet, sunglasses, bike GO.

BIKE: 40 km bike (up the Keys on US1 > around/inside Boca Chica Naval Air Station).
went much better than expected. This was one of the aspects of the race I was most nervous about – I am new to the biking world and have gathered a small understanding of the time and commitment it takes to compete here. Regardless of the athletes passing me, I felt good and was keeping a good pace. I did lose an accessory mid race (popped off while grabbing a water bottle…opps!) during a “U” turn along the course, 6 fighter jets were taking off right over my head … epic to say the least!
Switched shoes, put on fresh socks and grabbed my running belt/sunglasses…off I went for the last leg.

RUN: 10km along Atlantic Ocean
I stick to a few goals during the run: pass 5 people, don’t give up and finish strong. I got my rhythm after mile 2 – miles 3-4 aimed to gain a bit of ground – miles 4-5 legs started to feel heavy (forgot to grab any gel at my transition so gatorade at every drink stop was enjoyed) – mile 6 to the finish felt great – I finished as strong as I could and was able to cross the finish line with a final time of 02:49:01


It was (naturally) a rewarding feeling to cross that finish line because
1.) I had trained and prepared for this moment for 2 months.
2.) I was excited – my Olympic experience couldn’t have gone better!
3.) My legs were started to feel heavy…potential cramp action :/

After I crossed the finish line, I was greeted with a cold beer and single red rose from my prince charming (the man knows how to make me happy) – along with hugs and support from my family (Mom, Matt & Liz) along with a smorgasbord of athletes and competitors with positive vibes for days.
With the help of an an amazing support system, I placed 3rd in my age group … it twas’ a great feeling …


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 To put it simply, my first Olympic experience challenged and rewarded me much more than expected. I appreciate each aspect of the journey – every workout, every bit of knowledge and conversation, every emotion and goal to bring me to the finish line. Till the next race. Cheers and enjoy a delipsch day 😉


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Current Mood.

Sometimes things just make sense. I often find myself getting into mini ruts of certain foods, schedules and “things.” Until it changes, here is what the mind & body are up to lately.

Current mood/indulgences include:

  • Sundried Tomatoes … literally can’t get enough. Recipes soon!
  • Ian’s {sweatpants} … I got for him as a gift & seemed to have re-gifted them back to myself. Funny how that works out sometimes 😉
  • Matcha Tea … every morning.
  • Sunrises & Sunsets … Key West is showing off lately and I like it.
  • Chocolate Dipped Protein Milkshake … delipsch.
  • Holiday decorations … tis’ the season.
  • Baby Powder … I’ve stopped  wearing traditional deodorant. I never thought it was possible, but ladies and gentlemen…it works!
  • Cacao … in all forms 🙂

Future predictions include:

  • Cooler temperatures … it’s a different kind of cold here 😉
  • More Holiday decorations … Ian already asked if we could leave up the decorations for the whole year, I’m considering!
  • TRI Key West … happening this week (Saturday) say what!?!
  • Christmas in Key West … small town vibes-conch train ride-christmas parade-lighted boat parade … sans snow and ice cold temperatures 😉
  • Christmas traditions with Ian … did I mention we love Christmas?!?
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels & Puppy Chow … it will happen!
  • Christmas music … in case you missed the cue that I love X-Mas!
  • Meeting my God Daughter … counting down the days.
  • Gardening … just planted some more greens and some test seedlings, looking forward to fresh produce!

Anyone else on a kick lately that just makes sense? Favorite foods, Restaurants, Tips, Workouts, Destinations, People, Books, Hobbies … Share away 🙂

Current Moods above. Share yours below. Cheers to you, till next time.