The first ever Beat the Cold Winter Triathlon was a great success! I was impressed with our performance and had a blast doing it!
I want to express my deepest gratitude to @1justcity and @triathlonmanitoba for organizing it all, to all the volunteers who came out and made things go smoothly on race day, to the rest of Team Scrambled Legs, @fishcanclimb and @fisher.courtney for being such positive partners and especially to ALL those who donated to the cause, friends family, colleagues and strangers! You are all wonderful people! 😍
Together, our team raised nearly enough money to operate a 25 person homeless shelter for 4 nights and as a whole the event funded this shelter for the whole month of March! Thanks to shelters like these, people who are at the highest risk are kept safe and warm in our cold winter months giving them a fighting chance and keeping them out of our already overburdened hospital system.
Cold beaten ✔️
I totally earned this stupid medal today. That triathlon was about 8,000 times harder than I expected it to be. Thanks to the crazy weather, polar vortex, nonstop school closures the last month, I felt pretty undertrained, and I’ve been so busy with holiday baking orders this week I’ve barely managed to eat at all, so I was a little bit worried I just didn’t have it in me. I feel awesome about my ski, but I got huge, massive (as in my boots are totally super bloody) blisters from my rental ski boots right out of the gate, and that made running in snowshoes almost impossible so I kind of power walked/jogged it instead and lost a ton of time. And then I thought I was basically done because I finally got to bike, but no, that was a circle of hell waiting for me because the trail conditions were sooooooooo bad, with super soft, deep snow. It was almost impossible to stay on the bike and I had some hard crashes. Every time I fell I would go up to my thighs in snow, or deeper if I went into the banks, which I did, a lot. I realized pretty quickly that I was riding it like I was scared of it, because I was, but I would have to get over that to finish it, so I threw everything I could possibly dig deep and find to finish at it. It was much more of an upper body workout fighting to keep the front tire out of the deep, deep ruts and post holes and crash sites the entire time, and mentally exhausting because I was working so hard to find a line to ride. It was like road biking in deep sand. This felt really intimidating and a lot harder to do completely solo, but I’m really, really glad I did it. I feel like at 43, every day is a decision, and I’m not backing down from the hard shit anymore. And finishing this gave me so much more confidence that I’ll be able to tackle the really, really stupid hard stuff I’m going to try to finish later this year. I’m pretty beat up, but I can’t wait to get back at it. #triathlon#wintertriathlon#fun#dothethingsthatscareyou#dohardthings#ilovethis#imsogladitsover#imsohungry#roadtomarji#campmanitowish#boulderjunction#somuchsnow#fatbike#woohoo
Going all out at the start of the @itumultisport Winter Triathlon World Champs. The race went well coming off the bike in 3rd but some strong European skiers left me finishing in 6th and fastest of the 18 strong @teamgb
Thanks to my coach @bw_tri and @kiscoaching for getting me there in great shape after an injury ridden 2018.