“Remember when Khaleesi ate the heart? Ummm…it kind of looks like that.”

An avid Game of Thrones fan, the Trauma Surgeon sewing up my leg agreed with Betty. The scene was a bit graphic. I decided to take their word for it and didn’t look down.

I was almost 50 miles into my ride when the car hit me. I was lucky. The driver stopped and his wife immediately called 911 while members of a nearby church helped me make phone calls and stay calm. I cried all 26 miles in the ambulance.

The situation is sad. The four letter words have come easy the past two weeks, including that notorious K-word. For two years I’ve focused on Kona. For two years my coach, my family, my friends, my sponsors have supported my return to the Big Island. I was so fit and so ready.  

But fitness is good for more than just Ironman. My bones held strong and my soft tissue is healing fast. And my brain? My brain is doing its best to embrace the good. I have some really good friends, really good sponsors, family that will do whatever they can to support my dreams, and a coach who has kept me going even when things seemed very bleak.

Will I race? I’m not sure; but today I fly to Kona, because getting there seemed like a logical first step. THANK YOU to everyone who is reading this and those who have reached out the past two weeks. Your kindness makes my heart ache in the very best way. You all give me the courage to continue past this speed bump. Mahalo and Aloha, I will do my best!


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by Haley on April 21, 2015

SUMMER is coming!!

And that means YOU need sunscreen! And not just any sunscreen, the kind that stays on as you swim, bike, run your way through miles and miles of open roads under sunny skies!

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Confession time: I used to wear bad sunscreen. And I got burnt. BAD.

lou_run_2010I also used to race in a crop top and  green & yellow capris…

But as I became older and wiser and learned the joys of online shopping, I started using Zealios Sun Barrier. Super water resistant, oil free, and 8% zinc oxide. This stuff is so good I’ll put it all over my face with no worries about my goggles leaking!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFlawless sighting to the coffee boat.

And NOW through April 30th, the good people at Zealios are running a special on their sunscreen!! Use the code GETOUTSIDEAPRIL at checkout for 15% off!! All you have to do is:

(1) Go to TeamZealios.com

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(2) Add some Sun Barrier (or any of the other great products) to your cart:

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(3) Use the code GETOUTSIDEAPRIL at checkout:

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(4) And boom! The only wrinkles in your near future are SMILE wrinkles!!

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The GETOUTSIDEAPRIL code is good for 15% off ALL Zealios products through April 30th! The Betwixt chamois cream is another one of my favs (and paraben-free so it won’t ruin your shorts or wetsuit!!) and the Revival Line shampoo, conditioner, and lotion are perfect for post-swim and smell AMAZING!!

Try it out and let me know what you think!!! And most important, enjoy getting OUTSIDE!!

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I’m back in Brazil!

by Haley on April 3, 2015

Yes, you read that right! I’m back in the land of acai and Guarana! This time I’ve traded the beach for the inland city of Brasilia:


Brasilia is hosting the Ironman 70.3 Latin American Championships on Sunday and I am racing!!


Brasilia is the capital of Brazil and he whole city was built just 50+ years ago. Because of it’s planned structure and gorgeous architecture, Brasilia was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and we get to swim, bike, and run past a lot of those famous monuments!

A championship race means a championship caliber international field and I am looking forward to racing some really amazing women. Brasilia is an hour ahead of Eastern time, which means the gun goes off at 5:50am Atlanta time. Fingers crossed live coverage will be available HERE, and typically MundoTri’s twitter feed has some good updates as well!

HUGE thanks to everyone who’s sent good luck messages! I appreciate it all more than I can ever say. Please keep the good thoughts coming! Obrigada! Obrigada!


Mark your calendars, Folks! I will be doing a LIVE  1 hour “Ask Me Anything” chat on the Smashfest Queen Facebook Page this WEDNESDAY at 5pm PST/8pm EST. Don’t live in the U.S.? Here’s a handy world time zone map to help you out!

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BONUS! Everyone who asks a question is automatically entered to WIN one of my custom sponsor logo Smashfest Queen tri tops!

photo(actual kit will be new and clean, possibly a different smash design, and not worn all over Brazil!)

Don’t know what to ask? Check out the Smash Facebook page RIGHT NOW and read “25 things you didn’t know about Haley” to get the brainwaves going. Trust me, my stories about working in the government documents section of the UGA Library are FASCINATING! Talk to you Wednesday!!!


Hogpen Hill Climb 2015

by Haley on January 23, 2015

This year’s Hogpen Hill Climb was definitely one to remember. Nearly 30 Dynamo athletes, running up a giant hill, many for the first time ever. I think the pictures (and SMILES) speak for themselves!


And because I’m nerdy and make Excel spreadsheets for fun, here’s a comparison of my splits for the past three years! The course seems to have gotten a bit longer, and 10 days of training in 2015 didn’t quite give me the closing speed of previous years, but I’m pretty darn proud of that mile 9 split – SUB 10! Congrats to all who ran and see you next year Hogpen!!

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