When summer came, I had great expectations that without teaching I would be living the sweet life with lots of time and energy to devote to training. What happened was an onslaught of family requirements that meant Kyle and I had to pull together on a new level while raising Emma. I have never been so scheduled or so efficient in order to make it all happen. Sometimes, we didn't even pull it off, we just survived! Meanwhile, training continued on with some fantastic weeks, some less than stellar. We made it through just in time for me to travel to New Hampshire to hang out and train with good friend Molly for a week to put in the last of the big days required to race this distance. It was amazing to live like a full time pro again. We did all the pro things like napping for recovery, having ample time to cook nutritious meals and even having some fun time mixed in to sit on the boat and soak up some rays. While I missed Emma and Kyle terribly, I also realized that this was the part of my pro life that I had given up when we made the decision to start a family.
I thought about those decisions a lot while I was training in the beautiful hills and swimming in the pristine Squam lake. In the end, my life is 1000x richer because of this challenging, spunky new life that requires pretty much everything I have on a daily basis. My triathlon career has been everything I hoped for and more, but Emma takes the cake on being my future.
Hanging out on the boat!
I always said I didn't want to have any regrets, and I don't. The well is deep. When you see me out there on Sunday, know I'm drawing buckets from not just the miles I've put in, but from the friends and family who built me up and let me know that there is no such thing as failure. Trust me, I've already won.
In the mean time Emma had a first Birthday! Yay!