|Lots of punishing happening + some wine at a rare dinner out + a new Quarq + some serious selfie action.|
We had an anniversary!
Last year at this time, I was standing on a beach in St. Croix exchanging vows with Adam on Whistler Beach. It's hard to believe that it's only been a year of marriage, yet it feels like a lifetime ago. When we met, neither of us leapt into dating. We bonded over things we liked and the shared experience of being too smart and a little too crazy to fit in with the world. The moment we crossed the line from friends to lovers, there was no question. It was a simple aha! moment in which we both realized that this was it - all that seeking and settling and confusion was over. We were married, in our hearts, when we started dating. At some point in my 20's, I assumed I'd never marry. The odds of finding anyone who I really wanted to spend my life with were pretty low. I wasn't adept at long term relationships and was often bored within a few months and ready to move on. I couldn't find anyone who would challenge me, inspire me and grow with me into something better. So in some ways, I think we were both surprised a little when the realization struck that this is the person for you. Neither of us did such a splendid job at selecting our own partners before, so this was something new. Since that day, we haven't strayed too far apart for more than a few days at a time.While I always envisioned marriage as two independent people growing on parallel paths, our marriage has wound us back and forth - weaving our lives, our fate, our passions and our hearts back and forth into a radiant fiber - one thread inseparable from the other and together making something grander than the independent parts. A year into a lifetime of marriage to each other, but without question, the bond between us will extend beyond this world and into the next.
We've actually been training!
It's been grueling to get back into training after...well...after IMAZ? After growing our business a bunch? After leaving my regular job for BMK full time? After not sleeping for what feels like months? We've done what we had to do to keep going forward with our main goals in sight. We sadly had to back out of Oceanside 70.3 and Breathless Agony, but we did manage to squeak out a decent finish at Escape From Alcatraz and we are tackling OC Tri this Sunday and heading into Hawaii 70.3 in a few weeks. Would I like to be in better shape? Yes. Am I still excited to go out and do my best? Absolutely! Is it going to be all hot and humid and suffery? Heck yes. Are there mai tais in sight? Hell yes! In all honesty, I'm stoked to be in new power zones on the bike even though they make me feel like someone ripped off my legs and rolled them in broken glass and shoved them back into my angry hips. I'm stoked to be getting slowly back in some shape (heyyyy round is TOO a shape!) and to be improving in my swim and run. After a few months of post-Ironman physical depression (I will never take so long a break again), my body is slowly returning to performing as it should.
We're Racing Sunday!
My sister will do her first Olympic tri (and 2nd triathlon ever) on Sunday at OC Triathlon with Adam and I and well, hundreds of other local triathletes. It's a tough but fun course and I can't wait to see her out there. I know she's going to do well and I am so proud of her training. There's something so satisfying on a primal wavelength to pit yourself against a course - to challenge your mind and body both in training and in competition. It's little wonder human kind has been partaking in physical endeavors like this for ages. Not often in our modern lives do we get to truly push ourselves physically & mentally out of our comfort zones. (Highly suggest THIS post for more on the awesomeness of discomfort). It's also Adam's 2-year Triathlon-Birthday - OC Tri was his very first race. Having set moments in time to look back on give such sharp perspective to life. It feels like those were completely different people who raced a few years ago...who we are now...who we were then... WOW.
I Don't Have a Boss!
In December, I made it known on the interwebs that I would be leaving my full-time job by June 1st, 2013. At the time I thought I was being ballsy and possibly kind of stupid. I worked at the same job for...erm...uh...well...15 years? Basically through high school, college and beyond. I made great money, didn't have much management but it was an absolutely horrible environment in a field with a few highly conflicting ethical agreements. Despite being increasingly unhappy, I stayed. And stayed. And stayed. And spent all my money. And then had to stay. Today? I work for us. If we don't work, we don't get paid. If we work harder, we make more. If we are lazy, we fall behind. If we get ahead, we get time off. HELLO MOST REWARDING LIFE EVER! If you're thinking about someday or one day doing something for yourself, do yourself a favor and DO IT NOW. Don't wait! There's not a perfect time, place, savings amount, safety net...just be passionate, be willing to work your ass off, be willing to sacrifice sanity and sleep and money and time and it will work. Imagine how amazing the world would be if every single person did what they were really good at and really enjoyed doing. Imagine how much happier everyone would be! Now, go! Do it.
Looking Forward To...
Growing our business. Doing SOMA 70.3 again! Training for the North Face Endurance Challenge 30 mi trail run in December. Making some "scary" business investments! Hanging out in Hawaii with our coach, his wife and friends! Who knows what else will happen before this year ends?