As with everything in life, nothing stays the same. Change is inevitable. It does not always mean it's a turn for the worst. In my case, I think this is a change for the better. As of 2021, I am closing the door on racing triathlon and rekindling my investment in the doctorate degree I worked for in Physical therapy. Thankfully, making money again has felt much more productive than losing it in the pursuit of professional triathlon. Thankfully, my body has responded positively to a slackened training schedule. Thankfully, my head is clearer for the release in pressure to perform.
I needed a new pursuit, a new challenge, a new endeavor. Raising and showing my dogs has helped me slow down, challenged me to learn and communicate differently, and taught me that physical fitness can still be achieved to a lesser, healthier extent.
It has worked so well that I'm also going back to doing what I loved to do 10 years ago. Pursuing a more simple lifestyle (outside of work, of course) at home on 5 acres has reminded me of my love for gardening, growing my own food, and raising animals. Ten years ago, I put much of that on hold so I could go to college, get my degree, marry, settle into my job, and then put my career on hold for triathlon. Now, ten years later, I'm ready to return to that life, a life that also included raising and training llamas. I look forward to this next chapter.
To all those still pursuing this sport, I look forward to following you! I still have my team of MFers, a small group of devoted and dedicated individuals. I am inspired to teach them what I know and follow their adventures in a sport that gave me so much. All the best for a safe finish to 2021 and beyond.