When we arrived to Lake Placid, we were in awe of the mountain views. The scenery was breathtaking and we felt so lucky that we could race in such a beautiful venue while soaking in all of the nature around us. Lake Placid was the last place that we both visited before we decided to move to Greenville, SC. After returning home from IM Lake Placid in 2013, it was only 6 months later that we decided to make the scary but exciting decision to leave the beach scene and familiarity of Jacksonville, FL and move to the mountains as we craved a bike friendly playground to maintain our active lifestyle and a fresh start to grow the Trimarni business.
Although our 2013 Ironman Lake Placid experience left us with happy memories, inside, Karel and I were both dealing with the news that my dad had stage IV cancer. A few weeks before our trip, my dad was in the hospital due to having major surgery on his spine. He was given little chance of walking again and a poor prognosis of making a full recovery from his cancer.
-You can never predict the future. No matter how good or bad your training goes before a race, you never know what race day will bring you. Don't waste your energy trying to make assumptions or plan for what is out of your control. Be in the now.
-Never wait for the right time to start or do something with your body. Life is too short to wait for the perfect moment. If you wait too long, your moment may never come.
-Make time out of your busy life to slow down and make memories.
-You deserve to be happy - in life, with your career and in your relationships. Don't let people steal your energy or make you feel less of yourself.
-Work to live, don't live to work.
-When you think that things can't be any worse, there's something better coming your way.
-Slow down. Life rushes by fast. Always take note of the special/happy moments in your life.
-Tell the people in your life that you care about, that you love them.
-Some things in life will just not make sense. Accept that there is not always a reason for everything that happens to you in life.
-Money doesn't buy happiness. Use your money to provide you with life changing experiences.
-There's something special about being in nature. It just feels right.