Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Good things to come

Happy Holidays to you and yours. It has been a whirlwind year and I can't believe 2015 is coming to an end. I've had some ups and downs this year but I celebrate most getting through the year knowing I tired my best. Some highlights from 2015:
- Making the 2015 Team Soas
-Getting coached by one of the best in the business Jasper Blake
- Completing my first Iron distance triathlon and placing 2nd in my age group
-completing a 70.3 with a broken toe (I don't recommend doing this)
-watching my oldest daughter complete her first year of competitive swimming

As much as 2015 brought me some great adventures I am really looking forward to 2016. I have a feeling it's going to be a good one...

First off I get asked back to be a part of the most awesome team around

Want to know how awesome this team is?
That's right. We are wearing our not so ugly christmas cycling jerseys and none of us live in the same area. These ladies are just fabulous!

and to top it all off I got asked to be a part of another amazing team!

I've also come up with a few goals for this year.
Get a sub 1:50:00 1/2 marathon
Get a sub 5:30:00 70.3
qualify for ITU long distance championships
and my most important goal- be the best triathlon coach for my kids and their school

With the help from my coach at B78 I have a good feeling about this year. I will actually be prepared and on top of things, unlike last year where I did not have a triathlon coach and fumbled my way through the first part of the year until Jasper came to the rescue and got me ready for the iron distance. 

So how were the holidays? We kept things pretty quiet around here. With our families being back in Alberta we tend to celebrate with just the 4 of us and this year it was even more quiet. I've been laid up in bed with pneumonia. Luckily by Christmas Eve I was feeling significantly better.
Christmas morning was a big hit with the kids.

Santa was good to us all and even my friends outdid themselves on my gifts.

Santa brought all the girls leggings

and because we live on the Island where it doesn't get too cold we got out for a Christmas bike/walk.

Once we recovered from Christmas our wonderful friends came up for the day to get a boxing day hike in. We can just about see their house out across the water.

Seriously, nothing makes me more happy than spending time with fabulous friends.
This lady is my triathlon rock. She gets me, she motivates me, she inspires me, she also helps keep me grounded.

So as we roll out the end of 2015 I celebrated by getting my first workout done in over a month. Big sis is also gearing up for the 2016 season. She asked if I could start coaching her now so I made her hit the mats and do some strength training with me. 

So here's to a fabulous and fresh start. May your year be safe, happy, healthy and filled with much excitement and joy.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

These are a few of my favourite things 2015

It's that time of year! Christmas is approaching us at lightning speed and I have been having a ton of fun creating my perfect wish list. Please bare in mind that this is just a wish list there is no way Santa would be delving these wonderful items under my tree. My kids come first you know...

I also want to note that even though I am a Soas Ambassador I will absolutely have Soas items on my list, but it's not because I have to, it's because I truly believe Soas makes the best triathlon, cycling and running garments around. So here it is, my must haves/ wish list for 2015:

First up is the Shimano Asphalt H20 shoe cover
Luckily on Vancouver Island we don't get much snow but we do get cold wet conditions. these shoe covers are perfect! You can get them from MEC HERE

Next up is for the triathlete that travels a lot. This has got to be the best bike bag on the market. The only part of your bike that needs to be removed are the wheels. 
The Scicon bike bag has been on my radar for the past year but unfortunately until I take an airplane to my next race I'll have to wait. You can check out all of the awesome choices HERE.

I cannot tell you how my I love all of my Soas gear. It is the only tri suit I will wear and Soas has really stepped out of the box this year and made a ton of new exciting products. My new favourite item is the knee warmers. They stay up perfectly and they keep my legs perfectly warm. I already have the Team Race 2015 ones but I use them so frequently they I need another pair.

Check out all of the choices HERE!

My favourite running pants/ crops/ capris all come from Lululemon. I love their fit and the drawstring to keep my pants from falling down. These new About that Base Tight are perfect for those cool winter runs. 
I'm loving both the black/forrest teal and the black/ tender violet. Check out the colours HERE.

I also love Lululemon socks. They are the only sock I use for my runs. 

The Speed Sock Silver are my favourites. 

My next item would be amazing but I'm pretty sure I'll be waiting a very long time before Santa will deliver. I really have been a good girl but unfortunately I just don't think I'll be seeing this awesome product under my tree this year.

After a hard workout it would be amazing to recover with the Normatec leg recovery system. 
You can find the system HERE.

I'm pretty sure I have all my swimming essentials but it seems I'm going through swimsuits like there's not tomorrow. Fortunately I have come across this fantastic swimsuit cleaner that is helping my prolong the life of my swimsuits.
Tri Boutique is my go to online triathlon store that carries not only my swimsuit cleaner which you can get HERE but also every other great item you can think if. Love this online store!!!

Last but not least is the item I am most excited about this year. Stephanie from Soas made not only the entire Soas team squeal like little girls but she took the idea of the ugly Christmas sweater and turned it into the cutest cycling jersey EVER!!!
Is this not the cutest thing ever??? I've already put my request in with Santa. These are currently on pre order and I highly recommend you get your order in pronto because there are only a limited number. Go HERE to order.

So there you have it. My favourites for 2015! I hope you have enjoyed and please add in the comments if there is a great new product that you think should be added to this list.