Hey there!

How’s your long weekend been? I have to say, this has been an absolutely wonderful one for me. There have been no wake-up alarms, no commitments, and no driving – just a whole lot of hanging out and relaxing. It’s been a perfect recharging-the-batteries sort of weekend.

I know that for many of you with kiddies, this weekend marks the end of summer and the beginning of back to school. If that’s the case, perhaps yours wasn’t quite as chilled-out as mine was! But regardless, it’s September and that means it’s time to look back on the goals I set for August. It was a pretty ambitious month with a lot of things going on, but I’m really happy with the way it all turned out! Let’s take a closer look, shall we…

monthly goal check-in

1. Finish a blog-related project and launch it by the end of August – A+

Done! In case you missed it, I announced The 30-Day Eat Spin Run Repeat Smoothie Challenge last week, and so far I’ve been hearing great things from the people who have joined! This is something that’s been in the works for a while but along with everything else happening throughout the summer, got pushed to the back burner.

Eat Spin Run Repeat 30 Day Smoothie Challenge - Book Cover

The concept is simple: Drink a nutrient-dense, delicious smoothie as part of your daily meals per day for 30 days. The e-book for this challenge comes with 30 recipes (some green, some fruity, some that taste like dessert!), plus tricks for making perfect smoothies every time, a guide to greens, and a bunch of other handy tips.

The 30 Day Eat Spin Run Repeat Smoothie Challenge

I wanted to have it all ready to go so that those of you who would like to do a 30-day smoothie challenge in September could join me, and magically, having that deadline seemed to make me work harder. You can check out all the details here, and I’ll be doing the challenge myself for the month of September… but more on that a little later in this post!

2. Ring in my 27th birthday in style – A+

Oh guys… this was SO good. Earlier in August I wrote this post that looked back on the previous year and while it might have been perceived that I was a little emotionally down at that point, it wasn’t totally the case. Yes, 26 had some rough patches and some big lessons, but being 27 has been 100% amazing so far.

Celebratory post-race photos at Seawheeze 2015

As for my actual birthday weekend (because one day isn’t enough!), it was all kinds of fab. Seawheeze was fabulous, we ate ALL the things, and seeing so many friends all in the same weekend was the best birthday I could have asked for.

Watermelon birthday celebrations at Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant

3. Complete Challenge Penticton Half – A+++!

It’s been a full week since the race but the memories are so vivid that it could have happened yesterday. On the weekend I was looking back over all the data in my Polar FlowSync dashboard (it’s the web service that connects to my Polar V800) and it tells me I logged approximately 450 hours worth of training in 8 months, and while there’s no denying that it was a huge time commitment, the feelings of satisfaction, strength and confidence that came as a result made it all 100% worthwhile.

bodymarked calves and gear bags

I don’t plan to do any more triathlons this year, but I’ve already begun plotting out what my race season will look like in 2016. This next couple of months are going to be very much spent doing whatever I want in order to give myself a break from a structured training regimen, and because I believe that every athlete needs an offseason of some sort in order to mentally and physically reset.

My hope is to do at least one more 70.3 distance triathlon in 2016, as well as some shorter ones leading up to it in order to learn to race a bit more aggressively. The bike is the main area I’ve identified for improvement, and I’m confident that my next 70.3 will be a sub-6 hour one.

Post-race with medal

I said this in my full race recap, but can’t say it enough: To all of you who supported me throughout my training for this first half Ironman, whether it was in person, via email, leaving blog comments, messages, tweets, or even simply following along with my training check-ins, thank you to the moon and back. You truly are the best.

So what’s next?

3 goals for September

1. Complete my own 30-day smoothie challenge

I can’t challenge you guys to something without doing it myself, so I will be getting my smoothie on every day in September too! One of my main motives behind this is because as we head into fall, a lot of people tend to get sick. I’ve noticed myself feeling a little run down over the past week and want to do everything I can to keep my immune system strong. Nutrition is obviously a huge part of this, and drinking a nutrient-dense smoothie once a day seems like a no-brainer.

Rainbow Acai Smoothie Bowl - Eat Spin Run Repeat

In addition to the 30 recipes in the Smoothie Challenge e-book, I’ll be creating and posting brand new ones along the way. If you don’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram so that you don’t miss them!

Lemon Coconut Pie Smoothie - Eat Spin Run Repeat

2. Plan a friend date at least once a week

Now that being in bed by 8:15pm on the dot isn’t as imperative in my daily routine (#triathlonlife), I’m enjoying exploring Vancouver more, checking out places I haven’t yet been to, and spending more time having a social life! It sort of feels like I’ve moved here all over again, and with more spare time on my weekends not dedicated to training, I think it’s going to be a pretty fun month. Trail races, hiking, eating at new restaurants, and run dates are all on the agenda!

3. Complete one module of a professional development course

One thing I’m really grateful for is the opportunity to have a full time job at Hootsuite (where we speak in hashtags and animated gifs on the regular) and a side-gig as a blogger, both of which compliment each other really well. Social media is a big part of blogging since social networks are an extension of my blog’s presence, and with Hootsuite being a leader in the industry, I feel super lucky to be part of such a forward-thinking group of people. I’m currently working towards an Advanced Social Media Strategy Certification, a long and beastly program but nevertheless, one I’m determined to finish. The modules are big, so I’m breaking the course down and aiming to have Module 1 done by the end of this month.

hashtags - hashtags everywhere

Now it’s your turn! Tell me…

  • How did you do on your August goals? What was the highlight of the month?
  • What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish this September?