I started out my New Year with both a major highlight and a major lowlight. Our team started the morning at the Lifetime Fitness Commitment Day 5k. I hadn’t done any sort of racing since September so I was both nervous and excited to see where I was at. Although the race wasn’t officially timed, we were required to wear our GPS watches. I was both surprised and happy with my result and I’m excited to keep moving forward in my running.
Since then, I’ve been laying off the swim a little and working hard on the run and the bike. One of the things I’ve had to work hardest at is to get my courage back on the bike. Even though I’ve grown to enjoy biking and improved in leaps and bounds since my initial struggle in the early summer, bravery has been something that I’ve been working on since the beginning, and I took a few steps backwards. Despite working through some of these issues, I’ve made other big improvements on the bike since the crash. I’ve even ridden in my first crit since then! I know it will be no time at all until I get the little bit I lost back, and once paired with the improvements I have made I will be miles ahead of where I left off.
The biggest thing propelling me forward right now is excitement over my upcoming first races of the season. On the weekend of March 1-2, I will be doing two Elite Development Races in Clermont, Florida, both of which I am very excited for.