But before coming to Boulder (for a meet, greet, and bike fit with her new coach Simon Lessing), and after her Ironman World Championship performance in Kona---she spent some time in Argentina pushing a gear laden mountain bike up and down huge mountains.
She chronicles her Latin American adventures on her blog:
"Unwashed, somewhat smelly, full of goat, covered in bruises, scratches, boils, blisters and the odd bite - but overjoyed to have managed to complete the newly named ‘Luna de Miel’ or ‘Honeymoon’ Route - and what has to be one of the hardest things I have ever done.
The Andean off season, off road adventure was about as far away from triathlon as I could get and no amount of World Championship titles could make it any easier.
There were times when I seriously though that we weren’t going to make it. Times when I was turned another corner only to see the path snaking up the side of yet another mountain, my puny biceps screaming as I tried to lift my 40 tonne tractor over rocks the size of houses, and the wind blowing sand into every bodily orifice…….but I know that when I hit a low patch in training or in a race I will think back to northern Patagonia and the Luna de Miel Survivor episode and know that you can conquer anything, with a bit of bloody mindedness, a few ropes, a bottle of red and a goat."
You can read her entire adventure HERE.