Happy January 9!

For the first time since my Africa trip, I took an extended vacation. I had almost two full weeks off at the end of last year. I didn’t plan it that way, but office closures given that the holidays fell on the weekends magically extended the one week vacation that I had planned. It was lovely. I disengaged and had lots of time to do the end of the year organizing and stuff that I like to do. Now I’m back – or perhaps easing back – into work mode and the rhythm of regular life.

Last week, a cold front came through, and our temperatures dropped into the twenties and even the teens. I debated skipping my runs to avoid the cold, but then I remembered something one of my Portland friends says. “There’s no such thing as bad weather. Only bad gear.” And she was right. So on Friday and then again on Saturday, I put on leggings, five layers on top, including a super warm Ironman Canada biking jacket that I thought was a ridiculous purchase at the time, my Academy hoodie, and gloves, and off I went. It was wonderful. Both days when I finished, I felt proud of myself for getting my run in despite the weather.

Then on Sunday, my triathlon team did a trainer bike session, so I got a great two-hour workout in. Again, the cold was almost a deterrent, but I made it. And I’m so glad I did. The team I train with has KICKR bike trainers in its facility. I usually don’t go through the trouble of packing my bike and connecting with a KICKR. Instead, I tend to use the stationary bikes the facility also provides. But this time I used the KICKR, which was awesome because I could set my power through the KICKR app. It forced me to work harder than I might have on a stationary bike. And since I haven’t been biking much, it was just a tough session. I was proud of myself for showing up for that one too.

I’m working towards three big races this year – a half Ironman in May, another in June, and then my full Ironman in September. I’m excited to work hard and see what I can do this season. With a solid first week of training behind me, 2017 is off to a great start. I hope it is for you, too.

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