The start of my 2014 campaign begins in 17 days in Bridgetown, Barbados at the ITU Bridgetown PATCO Pan-American Cup. I'm very excited to make my return as I have been spending the past off-season refocusing my goals and becoming an all around better athlete.
This off-season has been a life enriching process with plenty of learning and new life experiences. I have taken a new respect to recovery and nutrition as well as daily monitoring of training. Jenny has made it a goal to change the way I eat and I believe it as in turn helped me perform better, recover faster and maintain a healthy racing weight. In the past this has always been difficult for me as I am known for eating an entire box of hot pockets and plenty of hot dogs. My new nutrition plan is focused on more greens, health fats, proteins and a slight variation in carbohydrate intake. Overall I feel lighter, stronger, and able to maintain my energy levels more consistently.
I have also spent a bit of time learning from Eric how to become a better professional. I have taken a deeper role in the feedback and R&D with my sponsors, as well as being the best ambassador that I can be.
The first race of the year will be taking place in Bridgetown, Barbados. The event will be a sprint distance race consisting of a 750 Meter ocean swim, 20K 4 lap bike, and a 5K 2 lap run. The focus for the event will be to ride safely and have a strong run to back up the bike. I have placed a heavy emphasis on my run this off-season so that I can be competitive off the bike, I look forward to getting an opportunity to see where I am early in the year.
As for the remainder of the year I will be racing a world cup in Ixtapa, Mexico in May, ITU Chicago, ITU Stockholm, ITU Edmonton and another world cup in Mexico. I'm looking into a few other races to sprinkle in on top of that, but will announce those as they become available.