My 2016 season began early this year, with a win at the 70.3 Pan American 70.3 Championships and my last race for the year ended with a win at the Lifetime Fitness New York City Panasonic Triathlon at the end of July. My racing season was cut a little short this year due to the fact that Nate and I are expecting a second child. We are thrilled for Caroline to become a big sister next spring in 2017. The goal is to return to racing the later part of the 2017 season.
Currently, I am feeling good (well as good to be expected during the first trimester of pregnancy). I have transitioned over to exercising (not training) and try to complete one hour to 90 min per day of light exercise. Similar to my last pregnancy, I experience a lot of fatigue the first couple of months, so I am looking forward to my energy levels returning sometime mid October (hopefully!).
Best wishes to everyone completing their 2016 season. It’s been an awesome year of racing between the Olympics and ITU World Championships last weekend and everything to come.
A special thank you to all my sponsors/partners who are always so supportive of me during this family time of leave:
Join Sarah Haskins for an FREE open water clinic open to all ages and abilities. Whether you are gearing up for the 2016 triathlon season or just wanting to improve your open water swim abilities; don’t miss out!
Where: Water Front Park: Clermont, Florida
When: April 27th at 6:00pm (Wednesday evening)
Cost: Nothing it is FREE!
We will focus on swim starts, buoy swimming, swim exiting techniques and more!
Immediately following the open water clinic, David Peterson will be hosting a free Body Shop Tune Up demo, beginning at 7PM. Sarah has been working with David for the past year. See what technique she uses to help her stay healthy for training and racing. To find out more about the Body Shop Tune Up technique please go here: www.bodytuneupshop.com
Feel free to join in for the open water swim clinic at 6pm/Body Shop Tune Up demo at 7pm. If you can’t make the swim clinic, just stop by for the demo. Look forward to seeing you there.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 26th to email@example.com
As I write this blog, I am on the plane headed to race the Puerto Rico Ironman70.3. I raced this event last year and looking forward to returning to the city and the venue. This was my first 70.3 last year, so I had quite a bit of nerves leading into the race since I was heading into some unknowns. I like repeating races I have completed in the past as it eases my race day nerves with being familiar with the race layout and what to expect on the course. This race is easy logistically because once I get to the hotel; swim start, transition and race finish are all within a quarter to half mile walk from my hotel room!
Traveling without Caroline also allows me more time to blog…something that is tough to keep up with since she has become a toddler. Her energy at 8 and 9pm amaze us, especially because at that time Nate and I are so wiped out. She is usually at full tilt from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed (with the exception of a possible nap). It has been so much fun watching her grow from two years to two and a half years old. Her vocabulary grows on a daily basis and her vivd imagination makes us smile. She is getting very fast on her scooter and it’s hard to keep up with her on the downhills!
It seems like a whirlwind since the 2015 season ended and 2016 season started. Although I did take two weeks off training in November, it seems like I was focusing on 2016 before I knew it since I raced in Panama in January. Outside of training we have also been very busy with relocating for our future.
We recently decided to buy a home in Eureka, MO (just outside of St. Louis) and be closer to family. We love training and living in Clermont, FL, but the reality is that Caroline will be starting Kindergarten in just over two years (hard to believe!!) and we wanted more of a permanent place for her verses packing up a couple of times year and moving locations! The past several years we escaped the Florida heat and headed up north for the summer racing season.
Buying a home did not even cross our minds until just before Christmas. When we headed back to FL in January we began the process of upgrading our home in Florida and getting it ready to sell. Much of January and February, I did about 75 % of my training solo, since Nate was focused on installing a bathroom, painting, etc. I rode the CompuTrainer 2x week and usually made up my swim workouts during the warm-up of the swim! Overall, I was happy with my training progression, despite all the business going on outside of training. For several weeks when Nate was busy completing a project, I was with Caroline solo from around 3:30pm (when I picked her up from preschool until she went she went to bed around 9:30). I mentioned to him that I would rather have him help me with Caroline in the evenings verses have him train with me during the day! After a hard training day, I am wiped at night!
For now the projects are finished and the house is listed on the market. Things have calmed down slightly, but still have some moving to do in a couple of months!
Here is the project that Nate and his Dad did.
I am really looking forward to this upcoming race season. I am focused on staying healthy (doing my best to avoid those two year old colds….although sometimes it is just unavoidable), and getting the most out of myself by training smarter and pushing hard at the right times. Good luck to everyone as the 2016 season is about to roll in….!
Exercise Series with David Petersen and the Body Tune Up Shop Exercise #3
Here is tensegrity exercises #3! The forward facing Bird Dog Plank with a stick.