With Summer’s End, On the Road Again {With Bikes}

Ah, the time as come. As one of the most amazing summers is coming to a close {everything from my first Ironman to YoungTri being on Fox News to running an awesome Swim Across America event in June under the direction of my brother πŸ™‚ to trips to the Hamptons, Florida, Connecticut, Lake Placid, and Martha’s Vineyard — and of course lots of training}, it’s been an amazing few months.

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
-Charles Bowden

But, as all good things do — summer has to come to an end sometime.

The last few months have been especially transformative and meaningful to me — and I am really happy about the place that I’m in right now. I’m lucky enough to have close enough friends at home who put up with my craziness and who are there for me through everything, which I’m sure — as you probably feel also — makes a world of a difference.


my best friends at home- missing a few!

Before heading back to Cambridge and life at Harvard, my family decided to take a trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Since Harvard is only about 40 minutes from Wood’s Hole (where the MV ferry leaves), it’ll make moving in a lot easier than driving 3.5 hours (5 with traffic 😦 ) in one day!

We packed up two cars – one with school things and one with vacation things. And… {of course} our bikes. Martha’s Vineyard is a gorgeous place to bike ride, and I can’t wait to get some longer rides in this week.


Car loaded with bikes!

At the end of the summer, I always like to take a little bit of extra time to reflect. To think about the past few months — and about all of the little things. I think that’s one of the greatest things about summer — besides the heat-filled morning summer rides, scorching sunny days, afternoons at the beach and the humid nights around a bonfire, summer is a time to keep things in check. To appreciate. To explore. To be thankful. {And to do lots of races. πŸ™‚ Summertime races are almost always the most enjoyable because they often turn into longer trips or fun excursions afterwards!}

The summer is like a reset button. Sure, summer doesn’t mean we don’t have any work, responsibilities or worries, but it really makes the year so much better.


Drivin’ off of the ferry! Rocking the YoungTri shades, of course πŸ™‚

But hey, fall isn’t so bad. I even have a few races planned with the Harvard Triathlon Team! (And I’m sure many of you have done your best to extend your summer racing into the fall as well :))

If anything, summer can teach us this: that the most important things in life are really doing what we love, spending time with family & friends, and exploring new places.

Here’s to an amazing Summer 2013. And an even better fall.

And in the interim, I’m going to enjoy the last week of sand & sun here in Martha’s Vineyard — and you should make the most of your final days of summer, too! Unless you’re already back at school :).

How has your summer been? How do your family and friends’ support and input {and playful teasing} play a part in your triathlon life?

And… really think about it. What was your favorite place you trained this summer? Even if you didn’t travel much, new paths & corners of your world can often be unearthed during the summer months– which always make training that much more exciting.

Tri Hard,