As 2014 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on this past year, a year that was certainly filled with ups and downs. Before I finish up my plans for 2015, I’d like to look back on some of the things I learned in 2014.
1. Chocolate milk tastes great after a workout and definitely helps with recovery. If it’s cold outside, hot chocolate will really hit the spot. And, Happy Cow chocolate milk is definitely the way to go. Thanks to everyone who suggested I give it a try!
It’s really hard to decide which picture shows me at my dorkiest.
6. How to take a screenshot. Thankfully I learned how to do this; otherwise, you wouldn’t see that photo of the momma eagle sitting on her nest. I really am not all that good with technology, so I’m pretty proud I finally learned how to do this pretty simple task. I still don’t know how to take a screenshot on my phone. That’s for 2015.
7. Ginger snaps and Saint-André (or brie, in a pinch) is a really good combination. Give it a try – just spread some of the soft cheese on top of the cookies! It’s also good with a few grapes on the side.
9. Triathletes are some of the kindest people in the world. ‘Nuff said.
10. Inspiring people are everywhere. I’ve had the privilege of meeting some really inspirational people this year. Some I met through ballet – like Stonewall or my little 6 year old student who never complains about having to repeat exercises several times in a row because she “just wants to get better.” Others I met while volunteering at races or events like the Paracycling World Championships or the Paris Mountain Ultra (where I met a man who runs ultras while dealing with stage 4 cancer). I also got to meet some inspiring people, like the woman with lymphoma, while waiting for a triathlon swim to start.
11. Triathlon requires a lot of gear. And a lot of laundry. And a lot of showers.
12. Endurance sports are often more about mental fortitude than physical strength. In longer workouts when your body starts to feel just a little bit tired, your mind will often jump in and exaggerate the feeling of fatigue. If you can shut up the voice inside your head that’s telling you that you’ve done enough for the day, your body will find a way to make it happen.
|Mom and dad|
|Grandma and Grandpa|
|Aunt Kate and Uncle Richard|
|Cousins, Will and Sara|
|Brother and Sister-in-law|
|Almost the whole gang (mom’s side of the family)|
|Miss you Grandmother and Granddaddy!|