A little Re-Vamp & Re-Brand

Oh blog…how I’ve missed you so….


It’s been almost 4 months since I last posted and I miss it! Life happens, things get hectic, but the whole reason I started this blog was to use it as a “diary” to document my goings-ons in life!

Originally I started “triwithjoy” to document my triathlon training, race reports, and life in between. I had a good 4-5 year run with triathlon and it was great. Now, don’t misunderstand, I haven’t hung my triathlon hat completely, and my fitness journey never stopped. I just have been training differently, and have no major triathlons on my race schedule this year (so far).

If you know me, you know that Orangetheory Fitness has been my main training/exercise program for the past year. My husband and I have been blessed with the opportunity to open 2 OTF studios and they have both been very successful (praise God)!


I started my training to become a certified OTF coach late last spring and began coaching 2 classes a week this past summer. Recently, I have added 2 more classes to my coaching schedule and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my love for fitness with our members.


It may sound cliche, but we truly are a family at our studios; both with staff and members. It’s been amazing!


As far as “race schedules” go, I had high hopes to sign up for Ironman Texas 70.3 in Galveston. I was all pumped and fired up to start HIM training again, but it turns out the race won’t fit in with my life schedule. I still will try to get to the pool 2 times a week, and REALLY MISS riding my bike outdoors. However, I am going to participate in the Harlingen Half Marathon on February 10, and just began training for that race (one “long run” a week along with 5 OTF classes a week).

As you can see, I changed my Tagline and Blog title to “Beauty & Joy”. I thought that I might “re-brand” this blog to be more broad; a lifestyle blog if you will. I’d like to include fashion, beauty, fitness, and inspiration on this blog. And I do promise to update more consistently!



February Updates


This month sure is flying by, and it’s been quite an eventful one!

Kicked off the first weekend of the month with Les Mills SPRINT training. Mike & I had both signed up in December, and were excited to take our cycling teaching to the next level. Another plus was that it was hosted in our home gym, so we didn’t have to travel.


Let me tell you, Les Mills weekend trainings are no joke. I first got RPM certified in April of 2011. It was an all-day Saturday, and all-day Sunday training. I remember being so exhausted and sore when it was all over. It was no different this time. Here’s how the website defines what SPRINT is:

“LES MILLS SPRINT is a 30 minute High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout, using an indoor bike to achieve fast results. It’s a short, intense style of training where the thrill and motivation comes from pushing your physical and mental limits. A high intensity, low impact  workout, it’s scientifically proven to return rapid results.

The 30 minutes you put into a LES MILLS SPRINT workout drives your body to burn calories for hours. You combine bursts of intensity, where you work as hard as possible, with periods of rest that prepare you for the next effort. The payoff? You smash your fitness goals, fast.”

I am excited to teach it. The training was pretty tough, and we finished on Superbowl Sunday. I tried my best to stay awake to watch the game, but was sound asleep by 8:00pm.

The following week I attended my TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) convention in San Antonio. I traveled up with my dad, and then my mom joined us the next day (which was a nice surprise because we weren’t sure if she was going to be able to attend). I always thoroughly enjoy this convention and was overjoyed to be able to see my TLU choir director as well as my co-op teacher who I student taught with back in 2009.


To top it all off, I got to see my Gamma girls and meet mi Raspita Lexie’s baby Korben! He is the most precious little thing! When I drove back home that Saturday, my heart was fulfilled to see so many people who mean so much to me. 🙂


Back to work and started this week off getting into the routine. But on Wednesday morning at around 3:30am Mike & I woke up to quite a scare. We discovered masses amount of blood all over our living room and kitchen floor. Our poor Sandie baby! Long story short, Wednesday morning was a nightmare. Rushed her to the vet and thank God our veterinarian is so wonderful. She took care of her right away and hooked her up to an IV.


It turns out Sandie got HGE, which is a bad bacteria that caused her bleeding, vomiting, drop of body temperature, among other scary things. They kept her on an IV overnight Wednesday. Yesterday during my lunch break I rushed over to check on her.


She already looked so much better. They told me if she continued the way she was going, she’d be able to come home that night. Praise God, when I got home from work, Mike had brought her home. I am so grateful she’s going to be okay.

Because of all of this, Mike and I are/were on the fence about the Austin Half Marathon this weekend. As of right now, if Sandie’s doing okay when we get home tonight, we’re going to drive up to Austin tomorrow, run the race Sunday, and head back home that same day.

I am not by any means trying to PR this race. This will be the 5th year I run it, and I feel the most unprepared because I haven’t really dedicated enough miles and time in training. Plus, those hills are BEASTLY. But, I’m just going to have the mindset of running to finish. I’ll be happy to collect my medal and be on my merry way, haha.

So there’s February life updates so far. And the month isn’t over yet, we still have Charro Days coming up!






FOMO…by now you’ve heard this term. And if you haven’t, it stands for “Fear Of Missing Out”. When I first heard this, I laughed out loud. But it really is a thing (if you’re a sociable person, like myself).

I will be completely honest in saying that ANY Ironman sanctioned event I have ever signed up for was due to FOMO. In 2014, the only reason I signed up for my first half Ironman was due to FOMO. When I discovered that I could actually complete the half distance, the following race choices were based on which races my friends were doing.

Then, in May of 2015, my friends signed up for Ironman Texas. The FULL. I had stated several times that I had no interest in ever racing a full Ironman. I completely and utterly respected anyone who could or had, but I just didn’t think it was in the cards for me.

When my husband confirmed that even he was going to sign up for Ironman Texas, the FOMO kicked in. “I could totally just go to Houston and be a cheerleader for everyone.” That was my first thought. Then I imagined watching my husband along with my other friends getting out of the water with a smile on their faces. Hopping on the bike and riding into the sunrise. Hopping off the bike after completing a 5 or 6 hour ride and happily heading out into the run. Watching them complete loop after loop, getting closer and closer to completing an amazing feat. All the while, I’d be standing there dying because I was too chicken to even try.

So, because of FOMO, 2 months later I took the leap and signed up for Ironman Texas. And what a day that was. I’m happy FOMO pushed me into it.

The aftermath of the full Ironman was a weird feeling of almost depression/burnout. And though I didn’t completely quit triathlon, I resolved (to myself) that I would only sign up for 2017 races if I really wanted it, and not only if Mike or my friends were doing it.

know for certain that I’m sitting out a full-distance in 2017. That is completely my decision. I am beyond happy to train with and support my friends who have already or will sign up for a full this year. It’s an amazing accomplishment that deserves recognition!

But in this decision of mine, I think it will help me to refresh mentally and put the joy back into racing. I look forward to the smaller races; sprints and an Olympic or two. Those are completely fun for me. And yes, there are 2 Half Ironman distance races in the cards ;).


So, after all this rambling (which I’m not really sure where my direction was) I have to say that FOMO can be a good thing. It can push you out of your comfort zone and help you discover things about yourself you didn’t think were there. But honestly, we control our own decisions (with God’s guidance of course), and we should choose to do things that make us feel fulfilled and give us joy. So…no (race) FOMO for 2017.

I said it, now we’ll see if I stick to it ;).