BLISTERS AND BLACK TOENAILS

Starting Over: Great Clermont Triathlon Race Report

As I mentioned in this postthe other week, I haven't raced an Olympic distance race in over 10 years. I really didn't know what to expect. And not having raced regularly last year, well, it felt like I was starting over. Thankfully because I felt like I was starting over, I was super diligent about packing my bag early the day before and triple checking it. What I did forget to do the day before...

Starting Over: Great Clermont Triathlon Race Report

As I mentioned in this postthe other week, I haven't raced an Olympic distance race in over 10 years. I really didn't know what to expect. And not having raced regularly last year, well, it felt like I was starting over. Thankfully because I felt like I was starting over, I was super diligent about packing my bag early the day before and triple checking it. What I did forget to do the day before...

Monday Musings: The Final Days

Well, I've gone from weeks left to just days now. We've met so many great people here over the last two months, I'm definitely going to miss them. I'm REALLY going to miss the weather and the fact that I can just walk outside with my bike and start riding without having to deal with much in the way of traffic. The two month stay was going to be a test to see if we'd like being here and the answer...

Monday Musings: Holidays & Shaking out the Cobwebs

Well that weekend went by in the blink of an eye! We are getting closer and closer to packing up and heading home. We have one last weekend here and then it's time to go. Boohoo. The house hunt will have to continue from afar. We've gone to see a lot of places since we've been here and there have been a couple that have been pretty good, but we're still not ready to bite the bullet simply because...

Redefining my Why




As my first triathlon of the season approaches, I've been thinking a lot about my goals for this race. Actually, I've been thinking about my goals and expectations for the SEASON. Normally by now my race calendar is full and I've got goals for each race. This year is different. I actually feel like I'm starting over in a sense because of my injury last year. Being sidelined really messed with my...

Monday Musings: 3 Weeks Left

I look at this title and find it hard to believe. It's funny when you say you're going away for three weeks it seems like such a long time but when you've been somewhere for a while and you realize you have three weeks left, it doesn't seem THAT long. Why is that??? Seriously, our time here has flown by so quickly. We are planning on coming back next year for sure and we may even look at coming...

Monday Musings: The Best Birthday Ever

I'm sitting here writing this in an eerily quiet house. 24 hours ago it was filled with the chatter and laughter of 3 fabulous women that I am lucky to have in my life. This weekend was exactly what all of us needed. Some time together and some time away. The shenanigans started on Thursday night and went through the entire weekend. I honestly don't remember the last time I went to bed at 4:00 am...

A New Start + Another Trip Around the Sun

Remember my sneak peak from Monday?  Well, I'm happy to say that my new website is LIVE.  You can check it out here.   You may also notice a slight change in the header of my blog as well to tie in with my coaching website.

Everything was done by Chick and Owl Design.They are a brother and sister duo and the sister, Katie, happens to be friends with my little sister for what seems like forever....

Monday Musings: Birthday Week & A Sneak Peek

Hey hey hey, it's Mon-DAY and I cannot believe that we've been here for a MONTH already! February has pretty much flown by. Normally I'm not a big fan of February but I'm not gonna lie, I'm LOVING February this year. We're really enjoying the weather, the people and the fact that we can hop on our bikes and ride right from our front door. G said he thinks he could live here. I'm not sure I could,...

Experiments in Eating

When I started this blog oh so long ago, I posted a lot about what I ate.  That's why you'll see a recipes tab.I used to share some of my favourite creations. Over the last two years, in particular this past year, my normally healthy eating habits fell by the wayside. I became too busy and too tired to put the effort into properly fuelling my body. Of course, I gained weight, despite the same...

Monday Musings: Playing Tourist

Mondaayyyyy!

Happy Family Day to all my friends and family back home! From what I've heard, the weather has been absolutely lovely there these last few days. Hopefully it continues! It's Presidents Day here so it's also a long weekend, which means that G is off work. Once the fog burns off, we're going to take our tri bikes out and do some group TT practice with my friend Dee, her hubby, her...

Monday Musings: Random Observations

Well it took me a week but I finally got my race report done.   Staying inside to write when the weather has been sunny and warm is a challenge.   I know, I know, I'll shut up.  I think all my friends back in Toronto hate me right now.   I don't blame them.  I've seen all the pictures on Facebook.  It's been a messy few days.

It's safe to say that G and I are totally settled in our wee little...