There has been a reason for my absence lately....I have been in a giant funk!! I seemed to have lost motivation for a number of things in life. I needed to get in touch with me and also make a few drastic changes to kick start myself.
I took 2 days off work around the 4th of July and I did NOT check my email or work while I was gone! That is seriously a first for me in years. I was able to spend time with my family at our cottage and was hubby and dog free. It was so great to relax and de-stress! I really needed it because I was becoming quite the craba$$. I enjoyed a 13.5 mile run along some quite country roads surrounding the lakes loving life, other than the few moments choking down a chocolate honey stinger gel. I can't believe they can even call that chocolate!! I spied a deer at the top of this hill, of which I was too slow to get a picture of it.
Then it was time to chop off most of my hair to donate, to where I still need to figure out. I usually do locks of love but I'm looking to see if there are any other options out there. If you know of any let me know.
I participated in several group runs and a triathlon with my dad (recap to come) to get me rejuvenated. The most memorable for me outside of the race was my solo long bike ride in the rain. It was my last chance prep for my upcoming Olympic tri and was amazingly fun.
I made sure to wear my obnoxiously bright socks so cars would spot me.
I also had a week long vacation at my hubby's cottage where I was able to become one with nature several times. There was a 17 mile hilly run along quite country roads around lakes with my Fox Cities Marathon peeps. A bike around the nature preserve to spot a place to park so we could hike on the Ice Age Trail with my pooch and MIL. I also got in a chilly morning swim in the lake where I apparently attracted a large fish to jump out of the water near my legs. Hubby was in the canoe by me and wisely decided not to tell me about it when I stopped and was trying to figure out if my kicking caused it. I even got to feed a momma duck and her 7 ducklings while being within arms reach of them in the water. They were sooo adorable and stinkin' cute!
I am an expert packer! When it comes to fitting a week's worth of supplies including a road bike and hammock into a sports car, just call me! Vito rode shotgun in order to create optimal space.
And to top all of that I off I tackled an Olympic Distance Triathlon that I've been pooping my pants about the last few months. I will let you wait to figure out how that turned out as well.
Today I am feeling the least stressed I have in a long time and I'm thinking clearly. I have some new ideas how to approach life and things are starting to fall into place. Sometimes it just takes getting back to your roots and re-evaluating what you want out of life to enjoy it. Onwards my friends!