A new life chapter is about to begin. I think by the time fall comes around (my favorite time of year) everything is going to be on the upswing… and it is already starting.  I believe with all my heart that the most challenging days of 2011 are now in the past.  Having a new place to live as of August 1st is going to kick-start everything off!

The next big things on my radar are fixing up my new mini-house, training for the Half Ironman in late September, then preparing for the Sidewalk Film Festival the last weekend of August.  Besides those, the next month or two look pretty quiet as far as the weekends go.  I am really proud of myself for not doing too much lately, and not having a ton planned for the immediate future.  The ultimate goal is to live day by day and enjoy every moment (or at least 75%).  🙂

Speaking of Half Ironman training, I can’t believe it’s already time to prepare for Augusta!  I’ve also got a sprint triathlon picked out that I will be participating in the last weekend of July in Columbus, GA with my sister.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was a little concerned about my knee with it being so sensitive in the past few weeks, so I will have to take it easier than usual with my training right off the bat to see how it does.  If I had to, I could always just train more on the bike & swim since those don’t irritate it.  I can use the Arc Machine as a supplement, and run only when I feel OK to do so.  I think that is a fair & reasonable plan, one that will definitely get me to the finish line with a smile on my face.

From the American flag photo shoot. 🙂