Back to the Drawing Board: 2017 on the mind!

Hard to believe that my 2016 season has already drawn to a close! It's flown by in a blur of travel, adventures, and defying boundaries I was unsure I could. I capped off my season with a bronze medal at the Elite Sprint National Championships in New Orleans 2 weekends ago. It was a small but competitive field and I had a blast racing with my new Team IE teammate, Alissa Doehla!

While I was of course happy with a podium finish, I was equally disappointed because I did not execute the race I was hoping for and know I was capable of! It was a good mental test, though, to have to fight to the end - and I mean, to the END! - as Brittany Warly and I had a sprint finish for 2nd.

Nationals Podium: USA Triathlon's Up & Comers!

Nationals Podium: USA Triathlon's Up & Comers!

And so I entered my end-of-season break happy but with an underlying frustration and fire. That said, I’ve been working on living in the present and that’s exactly what I've done the last 10 days, enjoying ice cream, home-baked cookies, and even a full day (or 2) in bed… plus some quality time with Ad and my family!

Wedding planning is kicking into high gear! Guestbook arrived!

Wedding planning is kicking into high gear! Guestbook arrived!

Visits to Buck Hill Falls (Ad's childhood home) are good for the soul!

Visits to Buck Hill Falls (Ad's childhood home) are good for the soul!

COOKIESS & CREAMMM -- the ultimate combo :D

COOKIESS & CREAMMM -- the ultimate combo :D

crazy for gummy candies!

crazy for gummy candies!

Nothing like a good game of keep-away -- Tess loves her Starbucks!

Nothing like a good game of keep-away -- Tess loves her Starbucks!

Swapping spandex for suit/dress at Dario & Lizzie's wedding!

Swapping spandex for suit/dress at Dario & Lizzie's wedding!

Having enjoyed my time off, I’m hungrier than ever. 2016 was a fabulous rookie year, including three top-five Continental Cup finishes and the opportunity to race at Montreal World Cup and WTS Edmonton. But that was 2016 and there are MUCH bigger fish to fry. So now, I’ll enjoy my last night on the couch. Tomorrow, it’s time to hit it. It may only be October, but I’ve got 2017 on the mind.

For last year’s words belong to last year's language and next year’s words await another voice. ~T.S. Eliot