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On the racing front, I've had to face the hard reality of where my body is at these days. I returned from pregnancy with a settled achilles tendon but I knew it was far from perfect. I decided (against better judgement) to return to 2 early season races - La Mision 50miler in Patagonia and the Zion 100km. Despite winning both of them, my performance at Zion really upset me. I was in so much pain from start to finish that it was hard to enjoy the scenery and trails that I had fallen in love with over the past few years. I didn't feel like a runner, my stride was off and technique ugly. More recently I've been seeing physio for a post partum set back, finding out that I'm at risk for a prolapse if I don't take care of re-strengthening my pelvic floor correctly RIGHT NOW. I thought at first that I could fight my way through that one, doing all my exercises to correct the issues while still running and preparing for Hardrock 100. I quickly learned that my body had other plans for me and finally, I succumbed to the reality of my situation. An irritated achilles and a potential prolapse was not going to set me up for the race that I wanted at Hardrock this year. I was miserable when I emailed the RD at Hardrock a few weeks ago to decline my entry but knew that the sooner I did it, the better for the next person in line to have more time to prepare. A Hardrock entry only comes around so often which made it that much harder to give up. But, it was the right thing to do as I knew that I would not be competing against the top females like I wanted to do. I sadly also had to let Nikki Kimball know that I wouldn't be able to pace her at Western States this year. Again, totally bummed out. I've never experienced the WS atmosphere and I was psyched to be apart of Nikki's team. She was to pace me at Hardrock and I was stoked to have the most bad ass female in ultra along me as I took on the big mountains. Anyways, another year, there will always be another year :) Hardrock is just going to have to wait.
However, there is a silver lining to everything!! Norm, Kiel and myself are now extremely excited and stoked to have partnered with a brand that we believe defines everything of who we are as athletes, adventurers and where we are at in our lives. We couldn't be more stoked to have come on board with Icebreaker, a company who is as natural in their products as they are in their company values. It's a fit that feels right. For years, Norm and I have been wearing Icebreaker for our base layering, especially in the winter. But now, after experiencing how amazing wool feels in the Summer too, how breathable, lightweight and natural it is, my love for merino based products just rocketed through the roof. They make products that work for virtually every activity that we do, from running to SUP, to hiking to travel and casual wear. Check out their website and have a read on what Icebreaker is all about. Norm and I are committed to integrating Kiel into our life of adventure, outdoor play and experiential education. Icebreaker makes the perfect products for us to do this in comfort, style and most importantly, performance.
Adventure Onwards........we are!