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December & January

Three Places. Three Take-A-Ways
1. Canada for Christmas.
Pepe: "How happy are you on a scale of 1-10?"
Me: " A 12" (When my Pepe asked me about RJ) I'd say that accurately sums up that trip.

2. Massachusetts. I'm thankful that no matter how long (or short) my visits back home are, Nick and I never fail to have a long run and a coffee together. This time around we had to forgo the quality of Mrs. Murphys and settle for a Dunks in the truck, but it was great. "Dunks in the truck" Hmm....I feel like I'm knocking on the door of an epic hip hop jam.

3. Bonaire. I don't get to spend nearly enough time with my mom & dad. The week was spent with lot's of time blowing bubbles, open water swimming and just one quick trip to the Emergency Room.
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Now that the summary is out of the way. Let's take a peak at the present.
And Yes, I know, that was not the most worthy summary to encompass these past couple months.

Balls.
I recently realized that I might have too many balls in the air.
Too much going on, too many responsibilities, too many people waiting on me for something....
So. I'm streamlining. Embracing the selfish and remembering that this year is about creating a career.

Needles
I was all prepared to go get my MRI on last week....going to the hospital with out my mom or a significant other was a new experience. After the mornings power test on the bike I was totally prepared to be tough. Then I found out that the contrast dye needed to be injected directly into my hip joint via the monster daddy of all syringes. Phew. That was a curve ball. With tears streaming down my face I made continuous jokes with the doctor in effort to diffuse my own anxiety. Ultimately, I survived unscathed.

Next, it was time to enter the 'waiting period' AKA call imaging department every 2 hours over the next 36 hours. You know what they say, the squeaky wheel gets the fastest radiologist reading.
Results: Not ideal but not the end of the world. Doing my best to stay on track until we figure out the next step....even though sometimes I just want to run away back to Bonaire and never look back.

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When we do have to be inside, thankful for the Apex crew.
Resources. Inspiration. Friendship. Goals

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Winter has finally arrived in Boulder but I am ready for summer.

Cheers to peace, overcoming obstacles and comfy clothes,
~Aubs

Posted by AubreyJ 16:44 Archived in USA Tagged beaches snow home nature beach travel colorado new year family run swimming massachusetts living bike friendship cycling health running strength healthy independence dreams inspiration triathlon inspire motivation choices progress east_coast growing_up multisport. caffeine being_scared being_strong live_big trainining open_water_swimming swim_bike_run athlete_problems open_water Comments (0)

Racing Ghosts & Near Death Laugther

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It feels very strange to be writing an entry from a place other than sandwiched between two large men in the middle seat somewhere on the back-half of a Southwest flight. Got to L-O-V-E having boarding position C48 every. damn. flight. Anyways.

Massachusetts

Swim openwater, ride bikes, run track, run trails, boston harbor, american authors / the script / one republic show, grilling out, playing with puppies, holding hands, mrs. murphy coffee, little sisters, staff meetings, Nonnie's home-cooking, riding the "T", hugs from Nick Davis, lay on the beach, briefly trespass to enjoy the lazy life of the rich and famous, long walks on the beach (cliche as it is), the beauty of small town Southwick, gossip with the girls, sushi, red wine, more red wine, lobster chowda, the worlds best salad, following your heart and working toward your dreams.

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Cohasset Race

Great weekend for the crew. RJ was 2nd pro, I was first amateur, Dad was 3rd in his age-group and Nick was 2nd in his age group. Not a bad morning.

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It started a bit interesting though.....at swim start for the 2nd wave I noted lots of women around me a wearing caps with their hair sticking out, still in flip-flops, race number tattoos were backwards and upside down. Being a little unsure I asked what wave this was, and got the bright eyed blue-bell answer of "GOODMORNING! This is the Beginner Wave. It's for novice racers. This is my very first triathlon! Are you nervous too!?" Uhhhh. Oh Shit. There was some confusion at check-in and I was given a random number, ended up being assigned to rack with the 45 year old men and apparently a start with the newbies. My actual wave of EA's and pros had gone off 10 minutes prior. It was no doubt the friendliest open water swim I had ever done, zero body contact with anyone. This brings me back to the title "Racing with Ghosts" After half way through the bike and catching the back half of the first wave, I was on my own. Nobody in sight behind or up front. The run course was just as lonely. It was a good mental game of staying motivated and focused knowing my competition was out there..somewhere....working hard and moving fast. Better splits than last year so no complaints. But the icing was being able to share the day with family and friends.

The east coast has a huge chunk of my heart on reserve and getting to spend time on the shore is priceless. But it is great to be back to the 303 where I truly belong.

So this brings us through June. (Sometimes life just gets crazy, busy, fun, and there isn't time to blog. Deepest apologies. Sarcasm)
Next post will be much more exciting.....much. more. exciting.

Quote of the moment:

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Here's to peace, laughing until it hurts and then laughing more,
Aubrey

Posted by AubreyJ 19:14 Archived in USA Tagged home nature travel colorado friends family swimming massachusetts coffee running laughter quotes learning goals triathlon east_coast cohasset open_water Comments (0)

It's Monday....The world isn't ending.

Do more of what you love

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Internal Dialogue 4:22am: "Oh dear god, it can't be time to go already. Ugh. Get up. Get up. Come on Aubrey, you have to get to swim practice. 3-2-Ready...Go. Omph. That's alright, let's try that one more time.....
Internal Dialogue 6:31am: "That was amazing! Well, if amazing means 'incredibly challenging and at times highly brutal' Alright Monday, you are MINE, I will own you. 6:30am and already a champion of productivity. Coffee. Coffee. Go get coffee!"

Monday mornings are growing on me. It's great to get in the water before the sun, and to start the day with some momentum. Even on days like today when it is dark and snowing....in MAY!?

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Q: What is under-loved and under-appreciated?

A: MONDAYS
There are the ten's of thousands of e-cards, memes and jokes about the 'dreaded Monday'. It seems to me that Mondays are A Beginning...and shouldn't beginnings be embraced? A chance to start fresh, new, motivated, maybe even a little excited? Perhaps if one is so distraught about what starting the next 5 days means....some re-visiting may need to happen about how those 5 days are being spent in the first place. If 'work' or 'real life' makes you want to slam your head against your desk until you pass out....time for a life inventory. Not to say that everyday can be ALL sunshine and rainbows, but life is meant to be lived. And lived boldy. If you find yourself counting the hours until your next day off....time to get some balance back in your life, because 2/7 days is not enough.
Do more of what you love.
And start today, MONDAY!

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Other News:

I've been getting asked a lot about when I will start racing "Pro"
So, here is the answer: The bulk of this season I will continue to race in the Amateur field. Why?

1. I want to enter this next level with the ability to be truly competitive. The goal of "not finishing last" just is not going to do it for me.

2. It is important to learn how to race, learn how to win and just learn. Getting another handful of highly competitive events under my belt will be really useful in the transition. After Hy-Vee 5150 Championships I'll submit for my license and am planning on 2-3 pro races between October and early November. Woot Woot.

Next Event: Summer Open Triathlon. Looking forward to this one, maybe because everyone and their mom is doing it. Great people will be out there tuning up for the season and going fast.
Race more, learn more, be more.

Quote of the moment: "Do your best....but how do you know it's your best....because you don't, you have no reason not to try harder"

Here's to peace, beginnings and making things happen,
-Aubs

Posted by AubreyJ 08:23 Archived in USA Tagged colorado swimming coffee training strength goals triathlon monday choices optomism swim_practice Comments (1)

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