This year we asked the XTERRA Tribe for their favorite ways to ring in 2019. As always, we are deeply honored and humbled that XTERRA isn't just the way you race. It's also the way you live. We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season and look forward to watching you all crush it in the New Year.
"I typically set my goals on my birthday, which is my New Year's Day. I like to think about the new types of terrain and distances I want to explore and try to find and at least a few races to get excited about. I then write a few of them on something and put it up in my room to get my mind thinking about them. Writing goals down has helped me tremendously as it helps me to conceptualize what it is I am working for, even on the tougher days." - Dani Moreno, 2017, 2018 XTERRA Trail Run World Champ
“For 12 years in a row, I’ve been hosting the ‘New Year’s Day Almost Noon Almost 10K Unorganized Group Trail Run.' It’s a little short of a 10K, but it’s technical and hilly enough to make up for it. It’s not a race, but just a group of us getting together for a run. If you are near Gastonia, North Carolina, come and join us. Look for the silver Toyota pick-up truck." – Marcus Barton, 6-time XTERRA Southeast Regional Champ
“As for holiday traditions, my favorite is Eat, Sleep, and Repeat! But since I’ve become an XTERRA athlete, I know that isn’t healthy, so I’m going into 2019 strong and steady with my swim, bike, and run workout routine. This year, I’m celebrating my health. Last year I was laid up after gallbladder surgery and the year before, I never knew triathlon was possible. It wasn’t a word in my vocabulary then but now it’s a way of life.” – Brandon Wyant, 2018 XTERRA World Championship athlete
“I don’t have any specific rituals but I’m going to try to have as much fun as I can whether I’m snowboarding and hanging with friends or training and maybe suffering a little. It’s always a good time. One tradition I’m going to continue in 2019 is handwriting each day of training. I’ve been doing it since I was 12 so I have this pile of paper showing what I did every single day for the past six years. I’ve been using Training Peaks for a while now but I can’t stop writing down my workouts. I’m too far gone.” – Benny Smith, 3-time XTERRA Mountain Regional Champ
“Each year I liked to reflect back on the year before and the lessons learned. Then I like to take some time to think about next year’s A goals, B goals, and C goals. I also love long runs so I try to start the year with my favorite long run which heads from Chautauqua Park up to Green Mountain in Boulder.” – Ashley Brasovan, 7th place finisher, 2018 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship
“My favorite New Year’s Day workout is to go on a two-hour run with a group of friends. We always do a trail run and the more people, the merrier. We just like getting out to start the year off right, full of gratitude and love.” – Michael Stone, XTERRA PC Athlete
“My friends and I do the Squaxin Community Salish Sea Polar Plunge every year in Washington State. It’s such a beautiful and fun way to enter the new year. It’s a challenge to run into the sea and go under the water, but mentally, it’s even harder. You have to commit to the discomfort and the feeling of suffocation that comes from the cold. It’s like quenching metal. You immerse it in cold water to strengthen it. Even though we laugh and dress up for the plunge, my friends and I take it pretty seriously as a personal meditation to temper ourselves for the challenges in the new year.” – Lua Walter, two-time XTERRA Regional Champ
“If you have ever looked at the back of a planner, there are blank pages in the back that say, ‘Notes.’ I like to fill the first page with goals and races for the upcoming year. I leave a paperclip there to mark my ‘Goal Page’ and refer back to it throughout the year to see how I’m doing. 2018 wasn’t the best, but life happens. I’m looking forward to starting 2019 with a new list of goals and big races to tackle along the way.” – Megan Kupres, two-time XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Regional Champ
“We will begin the fiesta in January with a swim session in the sea at Barrosa Beach. We swim without a swimsuit because it’s a ritual to forget all bad things, clean your body, and begin the year with good feelings. The water is very cold to clear your body and mind and start the year with strength and motivation.” – Pepe Candon, PC athlete at the 2016 and 2018 XTERRA World Championship
“Every January 1, I do a ride in Santa Fe, New Mexico with my parents and friends called the Resolution Ride. It’s only a 50-mile ride but it’s special because it starts off the year by allowing me to do one of my favorite activities with people I love. It reminds me why I love the sport.” – Tess Amer, 2016, 2018 XTERRA Beaver Creek Female Amateur Champ
“For years when I lived in North Georgia and was coaching, we would do a New Year’s run that included a 750-foot, .75 mile mountain climb. Each year we would try to break the previous year’s record. It evolved into additional attempts on our birthdays and then some of the high school team took up the challenge.” – Michael Fussell, 2016 XTERRA Trail Run Age Group World Champ
“Our family tradition is to go camping to celebrate the New Year. This year I was really worried that we wouldn’t be able to go to our usual spot because of the wildfires in Southern California, but I just got word that the campground is open! On New Year’s Day, we all jump in the ocean. I love this tradition because it makes me feel so alive.” – Tina Weissauer, three-time XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Regional Champ
How are you going to kick-in 2019? Whatever it is, be sure to Live.More!