It's been nine months since we moved to beautiful Los Osos and I can officially say we are all settled in. I'm not pinching myself as much in disbelief and it feels like home. I feel comfortable here. I'm happier, I appreciate things more, and the sunsets still take my breath away.

Lounge time at the back bay cafe, one of Troy and Is favorite spots for breakfast burritos and java

Lounge time at the back bay cafe, one of Troy and Is favorite spots for breakfast burritos and java

Running Rising Tide Triathlon Coaching from here has been a lot of fun. My little she-shed in the back yard is the bees knees, and I spend lots of time back there coaching, building electronic stuff, and checking in with atheltes. My little shed was one of the best investments I've ever made, there is something about the energy in my little nook that keeps me going. I've spent many an afternoon basking in the sun, typing away and happy as a clam.

My happy place

My happy place

dog butt on Bishops Peak!

dog butt on Bishops Peak!

I've made some really great training partners here. Christine was the first to welcome me to the area and we trained for Kona last year together. That was a lot of fun. And of course Christine knows Amy, who I went to college with at UCSD and actually ran cross country and track in college with as well. I was a college runner drop out, but Amy was awesome to be teamies with for a short time. I've loved reconnecting with her here on the Central Coast. 

Me, Sara, and Drea

Me, Sara, and Drea

Through the amazing magic of Instagram I found Drea who lives in Los Osos and runs every morning with a super fun crew. They have been a literal life saver. We leave our houses at 5:45am almost every day and run together through the early morning streets of Los Osos.

Up and down the hills, around the bay. We pick people up and we drop people off. Some run 4, some run 10, every day is different. This has been the best, and I've really loved getting to know other runners in my tiny little town.

There is so much talent here it's crazy. Olympians, trials qualifiers, college elite runners, all of which I am none, but I love basking in their presence. 

We ran the SLO half marathon last weekend and had a lot of fun. It was hard as heck with some super evil hillage, but I loved getting out there and just going for it. No matter what shape I am in, I love to race. 

Drea and I and our cute girls

Drea and I and our cute girls

Finding riding buddies has been a little bit harder. I'm still looking for a steady ride group that I can join on a regular basis and it will come, just need a little more time for the connections to be made.

I met the lovely Sharley at at running event and we went riding last weekend. The friends she brought along were a blast, and I was stoked to see my Coeur teamate Karen on the ride as well.

I have been exploring all the great rides around town and there are a lot to choose from! That's been awesome!

They are out there, I just need to keep putting myself out there as well. 

shalreyride

The best part about moving here is watching Annie thrive. She is so happy and having so much fun and I really love being there to see it. She has a great girl tribe and she's starting to sound more and more like a teenager. I love it. I have always looked forward to her teenage years, I know that most people think those are the really hard times with their kids, but I have always loved teenagers. I was so close to teaching high school for a living, and I loved my student teaching. Even though I'm her mom, and I'm probably lame, I still think we are going to have a fun time with it. Annie has never woken up in a bad mood in her life and I don't see that starting anytime soon. She's a peach. 

Annie and her bestie on one of those gorgeous sunsets

Annie and her bestie on one of those gorgeous sunsets

And sweet Troy, what on earth can I say about him. He's so chill and so easygoing, and generally such a happy dude. We have spent a lot more time together since moving here. We take a lot of walks together and go breakfast and get coffee together often. Your environment really does effect your relationship. Walking down to the coffee shop and spending one-on-one time together can be hard when your access to that sort of stuff is limited, or the weather stinks. We both are in love with our new house, and it has a much more open feeling, so we just feel closer. 

Baker and Brain opening of the reserve Pino....mmmm!!

Baker and Brain opening of the reserve Pino....mmmm!!

I feel like my life took a big turn over the last few months. There was a shift and suddenly I started breathing a lot easier. I'm over a big hump with Rising Tide Triathlon Coaching and I'm starting to have the time to do a lot more of the fun stuff in the business. That feels really good. 

I've got some really awesome plans on the horizon this year, both personally and with Rising Tide that makes me giddy. I started RTTC because I was tired of my knowledge staying in my little circle of atheltes. I knew that what I had learned had a broader reach, that I could teach people how to train for Ironman in a simplified and more streamlined way that just isn't being put out there. 

I'm excited to finally be in a place with RTTC to start working on some of those bigger projects. Whoop!

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