September 26, 2014
by Liz

Here’s hoping I don’t drown

So apparently I have a race this weekend. If all goes well, by Sunday I will have finished my first Olympic distance triathlon. This is going to be my second attempt at this distance, and looking back on it, I probably shouldn’t have even tried the first time.

In a nutshell, I signed up and started a tri back in May. I made it through a decent chunk of the swim before I simultaneously got a charley horse in my leg AND had a panic attack and had to be pulled out of the water. I spent the next couple hours crying and feeling embarrassed about the entire situation, but thanks to some more experience people telling me their swimming horror stories, I felt a lot better.

A week later I was back in the water and registered for a Sprint distance triathlon. I figured that if I took a step back and tried a shorter distance first, that I would be more successful when I tried the Olympic distance again.

See… I survived the water!

See… I survived the water!

Well the good news is that I survived and finished the Sprint tri and 2 days later registered for another Olympic.

And yes I finished!

And yes I finished!

And that brings us to today, 3 days until race day….. and I am scared shitless.

I’m scared that the water will be cold and I will be forced in to wearing my wetsuit (which I HATE).

I’m scared that the bike will kick my ass.

I’m scared that all of my runs this summer have sucked ass.

But mostly, I am scared that I am completely underprepared for this race and that I yet again, I will not finish.

But I guess the only way I will find out if I can do this is if I try. I have swam, biked, and run all of these distances before, and at times I do feel confident but then other times I get scared again.

So here it goes. Hopefully I’ll have good news to report.

September 23, 2014
by Liz

Hood to Coast: The Finale

Sometimes it is truly impossible to put in to words just how appreciative and thankful you are just for having been given an experience that many others do not get. That is how I feel about Hood to Coast. There are many words I could use to describe just how much this experience meant to me, but none of them really say what I want them to say.

(Photo Credit: Amanda)

(Photo Credit: Amanda)

This entire trip, this entire race, was an experience of a lifetime and I am so unbelievably thankful for Nuun Hydration for giving me this opportunity. I can’t thank them enough for picking me to be an Ambassador, and then again for picking me to be a part of the 2014 Hood to Coast team.

There were many times during the trip that the Nuun employees kept thanking us for our work. It really confused me because I felt like I should be thanking THEM for allowing me to be a part of the Nuun family and inviting me in to their world. They were the ones that gave me this trip, why should they be thanking me?! Either way, I do not think I said Thank you enough times during that trip.

To Megan Fay: I’m struggling with the words right now but Thank you. You are a true sweet heart and I am so honored to have been able to not only call you my teammate and my van mate, but to also now be able to call you my friend.

To Vishal: You make one heck of a van driver and I am so happy you were in our van. I will never think of Chicago (DA Bears) the same way again.

To Kim, Arielle, Kevin, Zoe, and Jay: THANK YOU for all of your support and for being a part of this awesome group of people! Hope to see you all again soon!

So yes, I am super thankful for Nuun allowing me to be on this team. Not only did I have an amazing time but I walked away with 27 new friends!

And as I said before, it’s hard to put in to words just how amazing this trip was, so I am going to let this video recap that Eric put together speak for me.

Hood to Coast 2014 from Eric R on Vimeo.