Welcome to my blog!
Updated: Jan 18, 2019
I’ve never written a blog. Hell, every time I’ve ever tried to keep a journal I fall off after two or three days, only to come back to it a couple weeks (or months) later. So why start now? Great question. I’m glad you asked!
I’ve looked around online for other athletes that are going through similar experiences, but I have yet to find any that I can relate to. I haven’t made the Olympics. I’m certainly not famous. But, I’m also not a weekend warrior or a badass mom-of-three with a crazy schedule to manage.
Obviously, that doesn’t mean I’m alone in what I do or how I feel. I know other people that do exactly what I do. But that doesn’t mean they blog about it. Or maybe I’m bad at using the internet and just don’t know where to find them. Either way, I couldn’t find what I was looking for.
My goal is to portray an accurate account of the life of an elite athlete: the ups, the downs, and everything in between.
To be clear: when I say “an accurate account of the life of an elite athlete”, I really mean an accurate account of my life as an athlete. There are so many phenomenal athletes in the world, and everyone has a different approach to their training and lifestyle. By no means is the way I do the “right way”- or even the best way- I know that! Regardless, it’s how I choose to work toward my athletic goals and what I will be writing about in this space.
As a rower, it’s difficult to hold a job or maintain an impressive social calendar, but I try my best to do both. For me personally, a balanced lifestyle brings about better athletic performance; that’s been the case for as long as I can remember. And I really don’t mind that.
Once I’m done with the training, eating, and sleeping required each day, there isn’t much time leftover. As a result, I highly value the time I do have available to do my ‘extra-curricular’ activities, so I also place high value on the people I do them with.
My group of friends is incredible- they are absolute champs for putting up with me when I’m tired and hungry. They all keep me sane because most of them don’t row, which means I have to do normal person things in order to hang out with them. And that is the greatest thing since my way of managing the stress and the exhaustion is through balance.
“Balance” aka “I’m all over the place.”
Sometimes I do crazy fun stuff, others I sit around in daze wondering if I should eat or sleep. I love to cook great complicated meals, but sometimes I don’t care and eat just for calories. Sometimes I look totally put together, but definitely not when I’m working out, and often not even in my down time.
The one thing I do consistently? Work hard.
Don’t worry, you’ll see it all. Welcome to my life!