Hereee we go! Race time HUH!

Hard to believe racing season is already upon us! It feels like just yesterday I was wrapping up last season in New Orleans, hungry to find speed in the off season; hungry for more in 2017! But here we are - Major League Triathlon just had its draft for this season and I leave tomorrow for first race of 2017!

Training has been going well - I'm a different swimmer and different all-around athlete from a year ago... even 4 months ago! There are always jitters going into the first race though -- will that progress show when it counts? How did everyone else grow in their off-season? In the midst of all these questions, I continue to remind myself to focus on what I can control: me, myself and I!

Racing the boys for the wall has been great prep for race day!

Racing the boys for the wall has been great prep for race day!

My Team-IE-Mates - Michael, Elliot, Alissa - and I are hopping down to Cuba to face off against some stiff competition this weekend. Lots of logistical details (stay tuned for my "triathletes guide to racing in Cuba" because there really needs to be one!) and little bit of butterflies, but excited to lay it out there and get that honest look in the mirror!! No live coverage due to lack of service in Cuba, but check out ITU's website for results on Sunday afternoon (we race at 10am EST)!

T2 compliments of Kyle Doehla

T2 compliments of Kyle Doehla

Post-hill run powwow!

Post-hill run powwow!

Races don't change the routine -- train hard, recover harder, and don't forget to SMILE! :)

Races don't change the routine -- train hard, recover harder, and don't forget to SMILE! :)