Sonja picked me up from Melissa's house Saturday night and from there, the pampering began. I truly enjoyed my few days with Sonja and Michelle. We ate GREAT food. We went to the movies (Hunger Games!). Sonja let me be lazy (and BOY is the bed in her guest room comfortable!) and get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. We laughed. I played an INTENSE round of the Quiet Game with Annie (Troy and Sonja's awesome daughter). We talked. And I learned. A lot. I love being around others that are as passionate and interested in the sport as I am! I had SO MUCH fun! Oh yeah, we also did a little training! :) Fortunately Sonja and Michelle are also racing this weekend and so our schedules meshed somewhat. We swam OUTSIDE. YESSSSSSS!
|Riding on a beautiful Colorado day!|
|Sonja (and Troy!) is an AWESOME cook. This was avacado enchilada night. Just the tip of the iceberg my friends. There was awesome-ness every single night!|
Unfortunately, I did eventually have to leave!! I was sad to go but California was calling. So after one last awesome lunch, Sonja dropped me at the airport on Wednesday to head further west. San Diego or bust!
|I never claimed to travel lightly. :)|
So starts the 3rd and final leg of this trip - my pro triathlon debut at Oceanside 70.3. I was talking with my mom today on the phone and she mentioned my very first triathlon ever, a small sprint race near Charleston, SC that she and my father came to watch! I feel kind of like that day all over again. Nervous and EXCITED and NERVOUS and really excited! Not knowing what to expect and worrying about what to put in transition. Much like that day, I have nothing to lose on Saturday and so much to gain. It's a huge step for me but at the same time, it's all the same. You line up. You swim. You bike. You run. And you smile when it's all done.
Here's to another big smile on Saturday!