Choo! Choo! The Decision Train Is Rolling!

I have been having minor wig out moments recently.  As you know, I have some OCD-like tendencies.  I like to feel like I have control of the situation.  If I don’t, enter my wigging out.  I know the future is uncertain.  Heck, tomorrow is not guaranteed.  However, I was at the point where I didn’t know what decisions to make or how to implement them since my future is so uncertain. 

On top of that my head has been spinning about planning a vacation for our 10 yr wedding anniversary, creating a race schedule, figuring out a training schedule, getting a coach or not, deciding if I want to join a triathlon team, keeping up with all of my jobs, and becoming a FitFluential Ambassador. Believe it our not, most of these are somehow all interconnected.

As Elphaba would say: It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap.  So I did.

Source: via Alexa on Pinterest


For well over a year we’ve said, “Let’s book a trip to Italy.”  Well, we finally booked it!  This past weekend D and I booked our flights to Italy to celebrate our 10 yr wedding anniversary.  It’s always been my dream to travel to Italy.  Having married at such a young age, having little time to savor our wedding, and having very little funds, a honeymoon wasn’t in our cards.  Thankfully after 4 yrs of marriage we were able to go on vacation and have since been on several wonderful vacations.  With that being said, we always say that we choose our vacations to “make up for our missed honeymoon.”  This definitely fits the bill, as either of us has been to Europe.  We’ve spent countless hours researching, trying to find the best places to stay, which fit into our budget and style.  We area beyond stoked to head to Italy in just a few short months.  I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this in the future.


As for creating a race schedule, figuring out a training plan, and deciding on a coach…well that’s still a work in progress.  This is my first off-season as a triathlete and I’ve been kind of like a deer in headlights.  What do I do?  I’ve just been rotating my workouts to cover all of my bases.  Then, adding in trying to train for a half marathon put another spin on it.  Thankfully Laura has come to my rescue and shuffled me along.  I swear I’m beginning to think we were separated at birth or something.  She can read my fears and anxieties as if she’s been through them (maybe she has?) and has provided an abundance of knowledge, guidance, and reassurance just when I thought I was losing my mind.  With her assistance this is what I’ve come up with.  Tentatively I am planning for the Glass City Half Marathon in early spring, have several ideas for smaller triathlons throughout the summer months, finishing up with my “A” race, the Half Rev3, in September.  I plan on focusing on the half marathon throughout the winter months using Hal Higdon’s training schedule, which also includes cross training/strength training days.  Finally, as for a coach/Half Rev3 training plan, I’m still working on that.  I think there’s something coming to fruition that will fit the bill.  I’ll fill you in on that when it becomes available!

I already posted that I have chosen to join the Team Red, White, and Blue Triathlon team, so that’s not really any news.  This was one of the first decisions I made and it helped get the decision train rolling.

Lastly, I have to keep up with my jobs along with adding in FitFluential Ambassador duties.  As you guessed I am a very organized person.  Keeping up isn’t necessarily hard, I just have to use any spare time to my advantage and optimize any time that I do have.  Making lists and crossing off items definitely helps.


Since I’ve already made some major decisions other things will begin to fall into place.  Now, instead of saying, “What if…” I can say, “When this happens….” I feel more prepared and more in control.  Ahhhh.

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)


  1. Sounds like you’ve been super busy!! 10 years? Congrats! That is an accomplishment in and of itself! How long are you guys going to be there? My hubby and I didn’t have a honeymoon either. Right before our wedding (5 weeks), we found out I was pregnant and decided we wanted to save $ for our future family! We did get a chance to go to Italy when we were dating – so I have some great tips (my hubby lived there for 3 yrs!) if you need/want them!
    And Team RWB rocks. I’m not officially on their triathlon team since I didn’t do any tris this year, but am going to be rocking their gear at all my triathlons in 2012 =) My favorite charity by far!

  2. Hey there!! I found you through Pinterest and FitFluential (I am a fellow Ambassador) 🙂

    Congrats on 10 years!! That is awesome.

    I love Hal Higdon’s plans for marathons!! He is great. You know, if you are still considering a coach, I want to let you know that being coached has really helped me. My coach – Carole Sharpless ( has been really awesome for me. Send her an email ( and just see what you think.

    LOVE Rev3 races!! Have fun at Cedar Point. Training for that will be a blast.

  3. Wow!!! That is awesome that you guys are going to Italy! One day I’ll make it there. 🙂 Hal Higdon’s training plans are awesome! I’ve used them and my friend has used the training plans and we’ve been pleased with the results.

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