Dear Me...


ED. Kristina Swenson is a remarkable young woman. She's smart, caring and a terrific athlete (former Minnesota Junior of te Year, Most Improved nominee etc.)

She's also a talented writer. On Facebook, she prefaced the blog post--a letter to her 2018 self--you are about to read with these words: I haven't written for a very long while, but I finally felt it was time. 2018 was a big year for me. There were a lot of really tough times and a lot of really good times. Heading into 2019, I'm stronger, I'm healthier, and I'm happier. Thank you to everyone who has been part of my 2018...


Dear 2018 Me,
If in 2017 you could have seen who you would become in 2018, you wouldn't believe it. This year was really hard for you in so many ways. There were a lot of tears. There were bad races. There were tough decisions. But it was also SO SO good. There were great memories. There were smart choices. There was a lot of wisdom gained. I am so proud of the woman you've become. You're stronger. You're healthier. You're happier. And you have a whole lot more love to give. So looking back, what do I want you to remember about this year? ....

January - A special moment on a balcony in Ames, a new focus on running, and a new coach - February - Learning what a long run is and 18 in. of snow on a magical day at the CycleHealth Kidarod - March - 21 is kinda fun and training at the Olympic Training Center is incredibly humbling and SO COOL - April - 3 duathlons in 18 hours at Collegiate Nationals - what a great way to test your newfound running skills?! - May - A big girl job at Cargill where you got to learn about beef, sustainability, and networking - June - Special cabin moments and a TX wedding with your BFFs. When's the next Triclone wedding? - July - A big girl business trip, a really hard lesson in self-care, and a lot of growing up - August - A new school year with a fresh perspective, and enjoying more me-time and less stress - September - Race directing is a lot harder than it looks, and you can learn a lot on the other side - October - Friends are important and SO beneficial to your health - November - Finding motivation for triathlon again and appreciating a newfound balance in your life - December - Being grateful for those with whom you started 2018 and being present with whom you finished 2018.   READ MORE

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