2013 Year in Review

I can’t believe it is 2014 already!

Here are some highlights from my past year:

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Lots of Fro-Yo. Always.

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I ran my first Division I college track season (as a senior). It was hard! I learned that track racing takes a totally different mindset than road or cross-country racing. Most races I started way out way to fast. I did however break the 10k school record and track workouts gave me some speed I would not have gained otherwise.

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I got to live with one of the most positive girls I have ever met. I always looked forward to coming home to this girl. She inspired me to appreciate the little things in life and embrace every moment. Thank you Trish!

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I raced my best Olympic Distance Triathlon at the San Diego World Triathlon in April. I got second place in my age group but more important I had so much fun during the race and felt that I was able to give it my best the whole time. It was also the first race that my whole family was able to watch!

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 I celebrated one of my best friends graduations! We also became much closer throughout 2013. She is an incredibly hard-working girl and always pushes me to be the best version of me.

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I won my age group at the St. George Half Ironman and qualified for the Half Ironman World Championships for the second year.

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I moved to Colorado for the summer… and ate more fro-yo. I also learned that you just can’t compare other places frozen yogurt to California frozen yogurt.

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I met a great coach and stumbled into an amazing training group.

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And was humbled to train and get to know some of the best in the sport of triathlon.

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I learned to cook gnocchi!

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I returned to Pepperdine for my final semester and last season as a wave.

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Pepperdine hosted conference championships. It was the most fun I have ever had at a cross-country race. I ran well and then PR’d at the last race of the season and of my college career.

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I finished my undergraduate degree! This is a picture from a hike to the cross above my school. I will forever be thankful for the time I spent at Pepperdine.

That just about brought me to the end of the year!

December was a bit of a whirlwind and I cannot believe how much has happened in a month! I was set on taking a job offer in Santa Monica but deep down felt that my heart and what I wanted to do wasn’t in Southern California anymore. After spending my whole life there, the base of support and the connections I had made me scared to leave. The encouragement from mentors, good friends and most important my family is what eventually made me realize that I couldn’t stay in California. The day after Christmas, my mom and I made the drive out to Colorado. And now here I am!

Bring it on, 2014.

2014

Healthy Regards,

Hayley