2016, the year of endurance. Longer events, epic adventures, and making myself known in the endurance community were just a few of 2016's goals. Little did I know ... 2016 would be the year of recovery. Longer rest, still some epic adventures, and making myself know for a Badass comeback.
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Finally, a week during this program that I get to complete 100%! After three weekends of back to back races I felt the urge to take time off because I "Earned" some rest. When in reality I knew this was the time to buckle down, get my training on point and use the next five weeks wisely. My goals are no longer for aesthetics but for performance and I am ready to perform at my best. All though having some shredded abs and glutes would be awesome, I just don't obsess about it or use the scale to measure my progress. Speaking of weighing in, I haven't weighed myself in over two months (Slam the scale did me good!). I track my progress by my races. Not if I win or place, but how I FEEL
As a trainer, coach, instructor, mentor, motivator or whatever you call me, I have had tons of opportunities to create workout plans, nutrition plans, run boot camps and train thousands of people over the past 8 years. Throughout those years I have created plans for myself as well for all different goals, ranging from marathon training to my first bikini competition to Spartan Races. In my experience with competing I realized having a coach was one of the best experiences and having the accountability helps reach goals that were thought at one time unreachable. I got to taste first hand what I was doing for others and it was exactly what I needed.
He told me as a coach and friend, he honestly felt I was making the right decision and to let go of bikini competing for now. NOT because I am not a good competitor, but my head needs to be 100% into what I am doing.
The SOCAL Beast, one of many races put on by Spartan held in Temecula, CA. With estimated high temperatures of 105 degrees + on race day, September 13, 2014, one of my proudest days.