2014: Looking back, and looking forward

It's been (way) too long since my last post! A lot has gone on since Austin 70.3, and i'm going to post a few of the big highlights below. Personal

I got engaged! On November 30 (2013), I asked the love of my life to marry me. We've been planning a Central Oregon wedding over the past 6 months, and we are getting married in 18 short days down in Bend! I'm so thrilled to be taking this ginormous step forward with April, and we are both so excited to officially begin our lives together as Mr. and Mrs.

Triathlon Stuff (the highlights)

Despite the big time focus on planning a wedding, I've been able to accomplish a lot in the past 6 months - an accomplishment I'm really proud of. After Austin 70.3 (race recap below), I knew that Triathlon was going to be a big part of my life - so I decided that it was a time to pursue sponsorship (i'm going to write a post soon about what 'sponsorship' means to me, so more on that in the future).

Nutrition has played such a large role in training, racing, and recovering - so I knew I wanted a chance to link up with a company that I'd believed in my entire first year of Triathlon, Hammer Nutrition. I went through a formal application process, and found out right around Christmas that I'd been selected as a Hammer Athlete for 2014! It's still such an honor, and I can't wait to represent them this summer.

The 2nd big thing that's happened this year, is that I'm on a different Triathlon team going into the 2014 season. I was proud to race for Nike Team Endorphin in 2013, however, with some significant changes to the team dynamic, I felt that getting on a new team would be the right move. 10 Barrel Brewing (based in Bend, OR), decided to get into the endurance game, and they launched a team this past spring. I quickly jumped on the opportunity to apply for a multitude of reasons: I've always loved the way that 10 Barrel stands out in Bend, and what they stand for as a company, and the team has amazing title sponsors (10 Barrel Brewing, Wattie Ink, Picky Bars, and Hydro Flask). A few short weeks after applying, I got the acceptance e-mail and I'm excited to announce that I'll officially be racing for team 10 Barrel this season! More to come on this opportunity as well.

At times I feel like I'm blogging/writing for myself - but I do enjoy it. In a weird way, it keeps me accountable for training, and it's a great way to reflect. I'm going to plan on making some more regular updates to this blog, especially as I prepare to kick off the Triathlon season at Hagg Lake on July 12th.

More to come,

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