Post Kona 2011 Thoughts

Sonja Wieck

A Denver area triathlete enjoying every day of swim bike run. Mom to Annie, wife to Troy, and guide to a few brave athletes, I'm always in search of the next adventure.

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10 Responses

  1. Christi says:

    “Embrace the pain.” may become my new mantra. Thanks for sharing every moment of Kona with us!

  2. Kate C. says:

    What a lovely and deeply introspective post. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  3. Ben S says:

    Great post, Sonja!

  4. Jen says:

    Very nice post. I wish I had more answers out there. Still have too many questions.

    P.S. We went to the Waip’io Valley, too! Wasn’t it amazing?

  5. Bill says:

    Marvelous post, Sonja. Absolutely marvelous. Love love love the “Hang on to what gives you an inner grin and never reduce it to ‘going through the motions.’ ” For longtime ultrarunner me, that inner grin = lots and lots of slow easy time on feet and the simple joy of pressure-free finish line after pressure-free finish line. I’m totally cool with this. And in my 36th year of the running game, I know this is all that really matters.

  6. Jill says:

    Great post Sonja! I can’t believe you ran into a turtle! What a unique experience. Just an idea, at some point you need to be out of balance in order to understand/know what it means to be in balance. We can’t worry about having been there, just put the knowledge from the experience to good use. Good luck at Cozumel and Congratulations on an amazing season!!! :D :D :D

  7. Layla says:

    I just read all your Kona blogs, and I’m so bummed I didn’t get to help catch you, especially since I’d had that plan all along. (They suddenly got inundated with racers and needed all catchers immediately — to the point that I was actually escorting athletes by myself, instead of one catcher on either side.) You set a solid PR in Kona, and that in itself is a victory. I did a lot of running while I was in Kona, and good lord, it was tough on Ali’i Drive. The fact that you can run a BQ marathon in Kona, AFTER the swim and bike, is so impressive to me.

    I didn’t know why my volunteer shirt said “Keep your love,” but after reading this blog post, I get it. One of my main mantras for the past 14 months has been, “Life is short; live it.” It’s the same concept: Find what you love, and don’t lose it. So, thanks for unknowingly explaining it, and for being an inspiration. And congratulations on a job well done in Kona.

  8. Charlie says:

    I want to learn more about anna. What about Troy, what is he up to? I remember when Anna lost some teeth. http://gosonja.com/?p=271 . All you talk about is training and racing. Boring :)

  9. wonderful post-
    I am just coming to terms with CHASING MY LOVE and discovering there is no reset button on life. It’s now…

  10. Ange says:

    love the idea on how to organize all the Tri -related cords!!!! Great job in Kona. I was there too…. I’m impressed you’re going back for more already in Cozumel! Good luck!

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