Before I even signed up for this race I told myself Charleston was a 6 hour drive from DC -- false, very very false. With limited options for early season 70.3s in the mid-Atlantic it was the closest and best timed race for a warm-up to IM Texas.
After largely taking 2014 off from racing, the Zion Half was the first race I really trained for since IM Canada in 2013. Goal was to have fun, race as well as I could, and try and get a sense of where my fitness is.
Just short of a year ago, I started on a new venture in triathlon - working with a coach. Not just having a coach give me a training plan and leave me to my own devices, but really committing myself to her plan, communicating regularly, and putting all my trust into her that I would come out a better athlete for it. The truth is, it wasn't easy - mentally, physically, emotionally, any and all of it.