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Every year I take a little time to reflect. I always look back on the past year and remember all the good times, experiences and important moments in my life. I had a few great moments in 2008. Most importantly, I got married to my best friend and my partner for life. Of course Karel and I love riding our bikes, watching anything tri or cycling related on TV and traveling to races together but our similar lifestyles are just one of the many similarities that we share. I think 2008 was great in so many ways because Karel and I were able to travel, move to a new place and start a new life together. 2008 was also great because Campy came into our lives. It was an odd story of how we got him but now I don't know how we went so long without him in our life. We are just so lucky to have such a loving dog who wakes up every morning wanted to live life to the fullest. 2008 was great because I raced injury-free and I had a lot of fun. I didn't take any race too seriously and the hard wo

Resolution: Clean and healthy

I've been a mission to have a clean and healthy life for the past 5 years. Although I was in top shape in college, the 18-20 hours a week swimming (not counting meets) did not justify a diet full of carbs and cheese. As a vegetarian athlete and no education in nutrition, I lead a diet of pizza, pasta, cheese and bananas (I wasn't a big fan of veggies) in order to fuel 7000-8000 yard workouts on a daily basis. However, in 2003 I started building a collection of nutrition books and for the next year I learned how to eat healthy. It wasn't until the next 4 years that I jumped into the world of sports nutrition and started learning how to be a healthy athlete (let alone a vegetarian athlete). I haven't once looked back at my days of Dr.pepper, french fries, cheese-smothered foods and lots of candy. Although my body may have looked fit on the outside from the age of 12 until 20, my insides were yucky and unhealthy. In a quest for weight loss in 2009, many people strive for a