Hi friends! Yeah, I know it's been awhile... After taking some time off of competitive triathlon for some life stuff (I got married!), I'm back at it. Before I jump into triathlon-talk, here's a little glimpse into life the past few months.
As you probably know by now (and if you didn't, you just found out above!), I recently got married! Matt and I tied the knot on September 24. We had the most perfect wedding out in the Finger Lakes in New York. It was a beautiful day, and everything came together so well (a relief after months and months of planning!).
We took an amazing honeymoon - two weeks in Hawaii! We spent 8 days in Kauai - relaxing by the beach, hiking, taking in the sites (via helicopter!), and drinking lots of champagne. :) I really love Kauai - such a beautiful, peaceful, and green island. I could definitely see us making our way back there again in the future. We then jetted down to Kona for the final few days to catch up with some friends and watch the Ironman World Championships.
Since we've been back, we've been settling into married life. Honestly, not much has changed for us - minus some upgrades in the home and kitchen department (finally could get rid of those old hand-me-down pots and cheap placesettings that have followed me from apartment to apartment!). I think the biggest change for me has been getting use to my new name! I am now officially Kaitlin Curbeau (maybe now race announcers will be able to pronounce my name :)).
Matt's been focusing on bike racing - working his way up the rankings in cyclocross this fall, and will do some road racing this spring. I've started back up with the formal triathlon training, with QT2 and Coach Tim, setting up to do a bunch of 70.3s and a Ironman later this year (Take a look at my tentative 2017 race schedule). I'm excited to give Ironman another shot - my first attempt was great, but I've struggled through the last two. It's time to do some work!
Right now, I'm down in Clermont FL with the QT2 pro squad for our annual pre-season camp. This is my 5th (!) year at this camp, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to attend the full 2+ weeks this year. I always come away from camp a little fitter and a lot more knowledgeable. Even though I've been in this sport for several years now, I still have so much to learn. This is the first year that Matt won't be here with me, so of course that's leaving me a bit homesick. But I know this camp is super beneficial for me, and it is nice to get away from the cold and snow back home to get in some good quality training outdoors.
So that's that! More to come here, but for now, I'm getting back in shape and getting excited to race again soon. Here we go, 2017!