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  • A bronze medal baby! (and a lot of scones)

    Jeez does 5 months fly by. Seriously, almost FIVE months since Rio. That’s crazy. Let’s just get the biggest news out of the way first. I’M PREGNANT! I mean, a bronze medal baby is the natural next step after a…
  • BRONZE, BRONZE, BRONZE! (and history in the making)

    AHHHHHHHH!!!! (yes, I am screaming that) What. A. Day. It's been 10 days and I am still on cloud 9. I seriously can’t believe it that everything turned out this way. From having Dallas, to not knowing if I was…
  • Ready. Set. RIO!

    Pinch me. If you don’t follow me on social media or get the gist from the title, I made the team! Not only that, but I am in Rio 3 short days away from competing here. In Rio. On Sep…
  • A Metaphorical baby.

    I feel like I am having another baby. Don’t worry, I’m not, (not yet) but the wait of the Rio announcement on July 8 certainly feels like there’s another baby on the way. Let’s call it the metaphorical baby. The…
  • The Power of Positivity (and a race recap)

    It’s been 2 months since CAMTRI, which means we are ‘only’ 2 months away from them announcing the Paralympic team. July 8 is the announcement day and it can’t come soon enough. A week after the race in Sarasota, I…
  • Still in the fight.

    Well, my day didn't go as planned. But that doesn’t mean I’m out. It just means a bit of a waiting game. And honestly, it adds that much more fuel to the fire. I woke up on race morning still…
  • Calm, confident and ready. #mommyroad2rio

    Here I sit in Sarasota, FL days away from my Rio qualifying race and CAMTRI. Last I wrote I had over 3 months to prepare for this race and boy have they gone fast. But here I sit feeling calm,…
  • It takes a Village.

    As I looked back to see when my last blog entry was I realized it's been almost 3 months and that all of you must think that my life is ALL about racing and with no races, what else is…
  • A World Championships Race Recap

    Well, it's been a week since the big race and I am just now getting my voice back. That means that it was a jam packed week full of racing, cheering, talking way too much and being excited about, well,…
  • A Hometown, a World Championship and My Boy

    Whelp, here we are, the week of World Championships! Here. In Chicago. Can you say EPIC?! The past month has been a great one. Not a lot of travel, some solid training, a great family reunion with Brian's family up…
  • Rio take 1 (a race recap)

    Rio! We went, we saw, we raced, and now are all back home after the excitement of hopefully being back next year. Makes the reality and possibilities of it that much more real to be there and see the course, the…
  • The #Road2Rio; it’s a family affair

    As I fly back from a week of some good training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, I figure this is a good time to write about training and racing...and all that jazz. This past month has been…
  • A Honey (swim, bike, run) moon

    Somehow it's been almost a month since we've gotten home from our glorious 12 day honeymoon but as usual, better late than never right? The trip started (after a long goodbye to Dallas) in luxury as we boarded our plane…
  • Announcing Mrs. Melissa Stockwell Tolsma; a race (I mean wedding) recap

    That's me, that's me!!! I'm officially a Tolsma and officially have a husband. And it couldn't of been better. It truly was, the best night of my life. Things started to get real a few days before the wedding when…
  • CAMTRI Paratriathlon Championships; a race recap.

    Another plane, another blog. As I head home from Monterrey and the race yesterday I couldn't be happier. A 2nd place finish and happy tears as I crossed that finish line yesterday. Happy tears because I had given it my…
  • Swim, Bike, Run, GET MARRIED!

    Apparently planes are meant for writing blogs because here I am on another flight and finally finding a moment for an updated blog. The last time I wrote, I was on a plane coming home from Australia pumped about 6…
  • From a mountain top to a race report down under.

    This morning I woke up to a kangaroo outside my room. In Australia. Last week in Vail, Brian skied off a ‘jump’ and chipped a bone off his shoulder joint. The week before, at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center…
  • #RoadtoRio #WithaBaby

    Last time I wrote I was sitting next to my 8 day old sweet boy. Today, I'm sitting next to my 7 week old sweet boy. Seriously, someone stop the clock. Remarkably, Dallas is still alive and thriving, it's almost…

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