Challenge Iceland - A Refresher

Ever since returning from Iceland on Monday, I've been feeling positively buoyant! It was one of those cool life experiences that leave you feeling lucky, grateful, and even causes you to randomly start smiling so that your husband inquires: "What are you giggling about over there?"  

Perhaps he's asking this because it's a noticeable change to my overarching mood as of late. Now, I'm a pretty happy person in general to whom smiles and laughter come pretty easily, but before going to Challenge Iceland last Monday, I was feeling pretty depressed. Despite having the most successful race season of my career to date, events in the world haven't been that rosy lately, and when the view is further obscured by the fog of deep physical fatigue, things can start to look pretty bleak.  

 

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Ironman 70.3 St. George Funny Race Report Video

 

The Process

 

So here I am, wide awake at 3 am, the morning after an Ironman, but not for the usual reason: a sore body that’s  autodigesting after 9+ grueling hours on the race course. Instead I’m awake tossing and turning try to deal with too many thoughts about a huge investment with zero return.  As I write that, however, I know the “zero return” part is simply not true, and therein lies the key to feeling better.   

 

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2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championships: My battle for 2nd place

Whooo Hooo!!! Second in the WORLD baby! I’m really trying to tone up the stoke here and tone down the modest understatement that generally expect of myself – you know, as good Canadian – because, seriously, it’s a pretty big deal!

You can call it bragging, or you can see it as truly letting myself celebrate all that went into this result, and all that I managed to overcome to get on that podium. You could say we all got smashed by Daniela. That she’s the winner, while we’re all losers. OR you can think that we bettered our former selves by toeing the line in a big, competitive race, where losing is a risk (thus, making whole endevour meaningful), so we all come away having won something valuable!

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Gaining Perspective

I know that some of you have been pretty interested in race reports from both St. George, and Ironman Texas, but I have to say that writing them just didn’t appeal to me this time around. Who am I kidding? You all just wanted another funny video from Trevor! Don't deny it! Ha ha.  I like writing blogs to ruminate on the things I learn from the sport (and I do think that it’s more interesting and more valuable in the long term), so that’s what you’re going to get here.  There are also a lot of cool pictures, all thanks to a photo shoot with ENVE's Ian Matteson, so there’s that to pique your interest if nothing else!

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Inspiration

 

There have been several fun references to my being "pissed off for greatness" flying around since Susan Lacke interviewed me for Triathlete Magazine last week. I love that Ray Lewis pep talk, and I love the constant challenge of my job as a professional triathlete: Trying, every day, to make all the right little decisions and to give my best focused effort each training session to keep getting better. I am super passionate about triathlon, I love high level competition, and I am really thrilled to have just won the 70.3 North American Championship race in St. George Utah!

Stepping back from an intense focus on trying to deliver ones best performance; however, it is great to be reminded that the things we say and do in our own personal pursuits of excellence are often way more meaningful than any race result. I feel very privileged to visit with people at races and have fans share stories with me about how I have inspired them. Just writing that sends tingles down my spine. Inspiring people, and being inspired in return is as incredibly rewarding part of my job.  On a scale of zero to crying at your computer, this e-mail definitely tips the teary end of the scale! I was enormously touched and very grateful that Colette took the time to share this with me. If you want some good warm-fuzzies, please read on...

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Oceanside 70.3 - Racing and Excuses

The 2015 edition of the California Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside went off this past Saturday. It was my second, second place finish in the two races I've done so far this year, and I was a bit pissed about it, frankly. I like winning. I train my guts out all year with that objective, and when I don't manage it, even if I've given my very best on the day, I get a bit grumpy.

The grumpiness factor was increased by the fact that I caught a cold race-week, and was pissed that being sick prevented me from being my best. BUT, and here is where the title comes in, I did not mention that fact before or after the race (until now) because it's all part of the game. Winning depends on doing all the right things on the day, but also on getting to the start line healthy. The latter part I didn't manage. I only mention it now, because the topic of "excuses" is something I've been wanting to write about for awhile now. No doubt being sick affected my performance, but to claim that the results would have been different is not possible, nor fair. Worse, it disrespects my competitors.  

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