Mother Nature cancels Ironman


In 12 hours the hubs was suppose to be racing a FULL IRONMAN, but around 4 pm today, Mother Nature had other plans in mind. After 4 months of hard work, training, etc. the poor guy doesn’t get to race the full event. There was frustration, there was heartbreak, and there was upset. Clouds starting to roll in. BUT… We know that the safety of the athletes comes first. … [Read more...]

Sorry or Not?


oh boy. I’ve been struck. Struck by the taper mode. Yes, we are 10 days from Ironman and the hubs is in full-on taper mode, which means Sherpa is too. So I’m sorry but I’m not sorry. I’m sorry I’m lazy with my day and not responding/emailing back right away. But I’m not sorry I’m hanging out, enjoying my last few weeks. I’m sorry I forgot take pictures of my eats for … [Read more...]

Track & Field Day


G’day friends. Hope this post finds you enjoying a STRESS FREE SUNDAY and a bit disconnected as well. This weekend has been filled with “sherpa-ing,” so if you are tired of seeing random pictures of nature and videos of me talking to myself about ironman training, then please…. feel FREE to skip. I know I will have at least one reader….. HI MOM! Anyway….it’s 2 weeks … [Read more...]

Sherpa Skills


Just call me Sherpa Wife. Yep, that’s been me the past week and I have no complaints. I like being a Sherpa. What exactly is a Sherpa? Glad you asked… I mean I asked. Sherpa- member of a people who live in the Himalayas and who are often hired to help guide mountain climbers and carry their equipment. I like to think I was born for that role. In fact, before the hubs I … [Read more...]

Duty Calls: WIAW


Ahh friends, hello. It’s been a blur the past few days. Getting back into Christchurch, unpacking, catching up on work, laundry, etc. You know the routine. But this time around, our routine is settling in a bit different. You see, it’s go time here. Two months till Ironman New Zealand and the hubs in in full on training now that the knee is a go. So……what does that mean for … [Read more...]

Kiwi Christmas Traditions


Kia Ora friends and Merry Kiwi Christmas from the Cotters! We are a day ahead so we actually just wrapped up our Christmas weekend. We’ve been staying with James’ Aunt and Uncle and cousins up in Tauranga (Bay of Plenty) and boy has it been good fun! Now, usually we are with my family for Christmas, lots of kiddos, a turkey, pie, etc. Yes, the good ‘ole American Christmas. … [Read more...]

The Splurge…


I try not to think too hard on the weekends. Let’s face it, I need all my brain cells to get me through the week. So when the hubs asked me if I wanted to stay in and pick up a NICE bottle of wine,  I didn’t even think twice. Scratch that, I didn’t even think. We ventured out to Central Market and asked their Wine Connoisseur for their best red. It took about three different … [Read more...]

Stress Free and Strength Giveaway


Happy “MON” day all! I totally forgot about my little anecdote there until Ms. Missy reminded me on FB. Thanks Missy, I needed that kick in the butt reminder. Speaking of kicks in the butt, I am kicking myself for not updating earlier. At least I have a giveaway to make up for it. You’ll see, hang with me here. So the past several weeks, the Cotter’s have been focusing on … [Read more...]

Trial and Error Part III: Pro Perspective


A few weeks ago I posted my perspective (as a wife) on this past year's racing season. It was full of trial and error but like I said, there was a purpose for it and our plan is to grow from it. We take risks knowing that things might not go as planned, but there will always be hope. Today I wanted to share with you a whole new perspective. A bold one you might say. It’s … [Read more...]

Trial and Error Part II: Season Recap


With each season (triathlon season), there is a feeling of newness, of hope! This past year was not different. Little did I know that THAT hope would be tested….. 2010 was a break through year for the hubs. He placed top 5 in almost every race and won his first 70.3 at Steelhead (see THIS article). We were ecstatic! Finally, a break through season. Things were looking up … [Read more...]