January 7, 2012

Looking back at 2011: A Year for Change!

Jason and I have had quite the year and thought that it would be fun to chronicle our adventures month by month. Some of the most memorable events included bringing home a new puppy, who you know as the crazy and happy-go-lucky Weimeraner George, moving to Austin and buying our first home, getting engaged, starting our new jobs, swim/bike/running through a great triathlon season ending with Ironman Cozumel, and spending some memorable time with family and friends. And so I now present to you our year in pictures...

January- Gainesville, FL

Jason and I traveled to Orlando for the Disney Marathon and Half Marathon. Jason earned a new marathon PR! It was probably Aladdin at mile 12 that kept him motivated to finish strong.

New puppy! George settled in with his new mom and dad. Jason was the one who potty trained him so I have to give him credit for that. His 'pee/poo tracker' Excel spreadsheet was the key to his success.

Newnan's Lake 15K PR for me on my birthday! George was in attendance and got his first look into the crazy world that is endurance sports. Welcome to the family George!

February- Gainesville, FL

Jason and I get the wild idea to move to Austin. So we did! We bought our first home near the hub of downtown Austin. Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, and the Texas Hill country provide the perfect places to run, swim and bike.

I ran the Five Points of Life Half Marathon in Gainesville on an unusually warm February morning and almost lots my breakky on those darn hills!

We drove 18 hours from Gainesville to Austin while George was drugged up on Benedryl and peanut butter and arrived in ATX just as the heat wave arrived.

March-Austin, TX

We settle in to our new home and Jason starts his new job at Bicycle Sport Shop. Jason also discovers Taco Cabana.

George continues to be the cutest dog ever!

April-Austin, TX

WE GET ENGAGED! On a bike ride! Jason made me finish the windy, hilly ride before I could enjoy wearing my lovely ring. He's ruthless!

May-Austin, TX

I started my new job as the nutrition coach at Life Time Fitness. I'm enthused that my work attire includes LuluLemon pants and a tech shirt. Hello comfort!

I raced the Cap Tex olympic triathlon and almost blow away while doing it. Note to self: Texas is windy.

June-Austin, TX and Queretaro, Mexico

I had some fun at the Danksin Triathlon despite a bout of food poisoning the night before. Never trust pre-made sushi!

We traveled to Queretaro, Mexico for Juan Carlos (my cousin) and Maria's wedding. We also attempt a long run in one of the busiest cities in Mexico. Now THAT was interesting!

June- Austin, TX

Training for Ironman Cozumel commences with a fun local triathlon, Couples Triathlon. Jason and I raced as Team Peanutbutterology! Texas earns a record of 90+ days with temperatures above 100F. Holy sweat!

Phil and Rose come to visit....and they come bearing gifts....a new Vitamix!

July-Austin, TX

It's still hot in Texas. Like, really hot.

My mom and sister come to visit and the wedding planning begins! And by wedding planning, I mean make a list and tell myself I'll really start planning after our triathlon season ends.

August- Austin, TX

It's still freakin' hot in Texas and Jason and I swim/bike/run the days away. We eat everything in sight, use alot of deodorant and do alot of laundry.

September- Austin, TX and Milwaukee, WI

Jason and I race the Austin olympic triathlon and receive some awesome support from my dad, stepmom, Rosario, and stepbrother, Alex.

Jason and I get our first Austin City Limits Music Festival experience!

October-Austin, TX

We race Longhorn 70.3 and Jason qualifies for the 70.3 World Championships! Vegas baby! I, on the other hand, suffer yet another bout of food illness (from a well-established eatery in town) and make it through the race without throwing up or pooping my pants.

I crash my bike! Go me!

November-Austin, TX and Cozumel, Mexico

Jason and I complete the last big weeks of training before Ironman Cozumel.

Ironman Cozumel!

December- Austin, TX and McAllen, TX

Off-season brings causual rides, easy swims and winter runs.

Christmas means time for family, food, and well....food.

So there you have it. Our year in one blog post. This year promises to be a blast and we've jam-packed 2012 with some pretty amazing races, trips, adventures and lots of training! So, if you don't hear from us as often, have no fear! We are simply living this life to the fullest....together. In love.

Happy New Year!


  1. that was a mediocre year... we didn't do much.

  2. ^^^ Pssshhhh... that sounds like an amazing year!! And judging by the grinning smiles on your guys' faces - sans maybe the abouttothrowup and Jason's trainer ride face ;) - only the beginning of all the awesome that is to come.