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November 2012

Gearing Up & Chowing Down

November 2012

overcast 65 °F

The Tally:

30 minute bubble bath
12 peanut butter cookies
10 rounds of scattergories
8 bottles of wine
6 mountain bike rides
4 nights of buffalo mac n cheese
4-5 hits on the pumpkin my first time out shooting
3 hours of live Transiberian Orchestra
2 days of baking
1 spicy chicken deluxe from chik-fil-a
1 three hour post turkey nap

The incredible show in Denver

Well. Off season has been pretty darn great.
Sometimes this so nice and so relaxing that I think that this can't possibly ever have to end.
Buttttt then I'll get scribbling my race notes or season goals and start to get that itch. And I realize that the stir-crazy little athlete in my head (the one who has been watching me walk past my running shoes for a month...) is going to explode with much more of this. Then I get excited. Excited for what's around the corner, and excited to push my limits.

On that note:
I have a coach for the 2013 racing season.
Eric Kenney of EKEndurance Coaching. Hoot Hoot!

He and I met today up in Boulder to chat and lay out goals for how I will be training this year.
Then we geared up for a ride......
50 miles later......

Holy shit. What a great ride. I was pretty excited that I kept truckin' - for not being on my bike in, um, a month....It wasn't as murderous as I thought it would be. But, then again....we'll see about tomorrow. Muah ha ha.


1 week: 2013 Season

Quote of the moment:


Here's to peace, netflix & gearing up the motivation,

Posted by AubreyJ 19:11 Archived in USA Comments (0)


just a good ol' flashback to spring-time rides in the springs.

overcast 56 °F

My Brain on Road Bike

Blast from the past:
05.02.2012 70 °F

11:31am - Damn. It feels freakin' AWESOME to be on the bike.

11:32am - I think I'm getting sunburnt, already.

11:35am - WTF happened to my right hood/brake?

11:36am - Those bastards at the bike shop, seriously. seriously. you can't put a bike together right? isn't that your joooobbbbb?

11:38am - I miss New England Bicycles. If Brian was here right now I'd be riding faster, come on aubs, pick it up a bit.

11:44am - Explosive expleatives at the fatty bizotch who almost t-boned me on her way to pick up her extra super frosty mcbeef shake.

11:50am - New series of curse words for the suited up grease ball who cut me off coming out of Kentucky-McArby-Bell.

11:52am - Serious debating on what the most dangerous time of day to be cycling is and who is the most commonly offending demographic.

12:01pm - RAIN. Glorious rain. Ouch. Damn, is that hail? It stings. Ouch. Ahh. WTF!?

12:08pm - That was weird. Good thing I stopped at the gas station to cop a trashbag for my camera.

12:10pm - I should take some pictures. Eh. In a little while

12:12pm - Oh you sneaky bizotch. (woman who passed me pulling into garden of the gods)

12:16pm - Wow. Chicks out here can ride. This ain't massachusetts that's for sure.

12:18pm - Eh. Pretty close to catching up.

12:20pm - WHOA. Racoon? No way. That was definitly a wolverine. (Then I continued to make a mental list of all the things I knew about wolverines....that was a very short list)

12:28pm- Finally riding somewhere beautiful. F-you colorado springs and your 6 lane roadways.

12:40pm - Holy head-wind batman.

12:45pm- Took 4 right hand turns around a block for the sack of a science experiment. How is it possible that there was a headwind on 3 of the 4 streets??? Still puzzled on that one.

1:00pm - I miss water. rivers. streams. lakes. ponds. sigh. this is the freakin' desert.

1:01pm - Burning flesh on my arms.

1:04pm - Pouring rain, mud puddles.

1:06pm - Rain sound on a tent rain fly. Take me there right now.

1:10pm - How is it that I get lost every freakin' ride I take? This is a god-damn grid system.

1:11pm - God country. Gun country. How is the springs a combination of both?

1:13pm - blank. blank. blank. blank

1:20pm - I'm soooo glad that I don't have any babies. (brought on by the crying baby and freaking out toddler on the sidewalk with a miserable mommy....not just a random thought. well. actually, i guess I do have that random thought frequently)

1:22pm - 3 years ago I was in the Galapagos getting ready to go home. I miss Amanda. I miss juice box wine, sea lions and reading dozens on novels on the beach while my skin crisps to 27 shades my normal color. I miss Gaby, she's a flippin' teenager now. How crazy is that.

1:25pm - I should run away there again. Yes. That will happen.

1:33pm - climb. climb. climb. woof. more climbing.

1:40pm - home at least. give me my peanut butter cheerios. yup. that's right, two of my favorite things are now combined into one. holllaaaaa

Brain on Mtn Bike Today

loveloveloveridingontrails.yay.yay.yay.happyday" Repeat x 10

Hmm....A little bit of a mental contrast I would say.

Anyways. Cheers to the trails!
Off-season is treating me well.
Yummy food, lots of beer and time to get all stir crazy for 2013.

7mile obstacle race tomorrow with Justin, in our back yard. Yup. #wincolorado.

Here's to peace, buffalo chicken, and sweat pants

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World Champs - New Zealand

Racers, Airplanes and Kiwis..Oh My!

overcast 60 °F

Airport Notes:

Triathletes are a funny breed. I think sometime in the future I'll do an entire entry devoted to the idiosyncrasies of a multi-sport athlete.
Until then I stand by the belief that no matter how hardcore you are, visors in the airport?
Not. Ok.

However, race shoes, clutch for TSA security screenings.
I got to practice 'transitioning' into my race shoes like 4 times. BAM. ; )



"What was the water temp?"
me: 56 degrees.
"Was it cold?"
me: blank stare. um. are you serious?
for the record anything below 60....f-ing freezing.

Profile Design wetsuit gave me quite the slashing on the neck. The abrasion was so bad that it was dripping blood onto my legs when I was riding.
It also added a nice and gruesome slit-throat look to my finishing photos. Eeek.
Product testing? Anyone? Anyone?

Course was beautiful. 2 laps, 4 decent climbs on each one.
Was able to redeem my swim performance a little bit by jumping up 20 places.
Haven't had that much FUN on my bike since....since....the last time I raced, I suppose!

Flat. Fast. Double Loop.
The ultimate in venue set-up. New PR.
Passed by a fish market (x2). There is nothing quite like the over-powering, gut-wrenching smell of fish guts during a race.

16th in age group / 76 total. 1st in from the USA
64th women / 686 total


Overall Season Impressions

Went thru quite a lot of ups and downs. The majority of the season felt like a butt kicking all the way around.
Nationals and Worlds were by far my strongest performances, which made the season feel progressive and overall productive.
A shift of overall commitment next season will be a big factor.
The small decisions develop into the big picture, which will become your performances.

New Zealand Sneak Peak:


Sarah Groff did an interview recently and when asked about her off season plans.
She answered: "Very little physical activity, beyond taking the dog on hikes and some yoga.
I try to get as stir-crazy as possible on my break; I appreciate my return to training more!"
Sounds good to this girl!

Out of Order until December 2nd ; )

Quote of the moment:
"There is a time for everything: A time to relax and a time to be busy,
a time to frolic and a time to labor, a time to receive and a time to give, a time to begin and a time to finish"
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Here's to Autumn, Love & Chilly Mornings,

Posted by AubreyJ 20:52 Archived in New Zealand Comments (1)

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