Pics From Training and Racing 2016

Our first full calendar year in Colorado is coming to a close and it has been a great one! It was exciting to be able to get out and explore the more scenic areas as the weather warmed up and the rides got longer. One of my favorite rides now is the route up Big Thompson Canyon, then through Glen Haven to get to Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. One of my favorite runs is the Thursday evening Towers Road Time Trial with Fort Collins Trail Runners. It’s a brutal but rewarding 3.4 mile climb from 5,600′ elevation to a little over 7,000′. Fort Collins is feeling a little bit more like a home now and I’m beginning to know the roads well.

The racing year was great and I saw improvement in all three sports. I raced five half iron distance races and one full Ironman: 70.3 Texas, 70.3 Boulder, 70.3 Coeur d’Alene, Wildlife Loop Triathlon in South Dakota, 70.3 Austin, and Ironman Arizona. I lowered my personal best 70.3 time to 4:05 and my IM time to 8:37. Now for some down time and to plan out next year!


Short Grand Canyon Hike, 11/24/12

Thanksgiving weekend, my sister and her husband were visiting from out of town (before she leaves for Japan, hoorah Air Force), so we hit up the Grand Canyon for a hike. It had been far too long since we had been there. We didn’t have a ton of time and just ended up going to Skeleton Point and back (6mi round-trip) on the South Kaibab Trail. While the Canyon is breathtaking from the rim, I think hiking into the depths is a must-do if you can! You gain so many other views and it really gives you an idea of the sheer size of the thing. Pics in the album below!