Columbia 2012

Columbia 2012

In short…I survived. And with half as much training as previous years, was 15 seconds away from posting my second best time in six attempts.  Go figure! I signed up for Columbia back in March, when things looked promising.  I hadn’t been on the bike much outside and was only swimming once a week, but […]

Running, running, stupidly running…

So I’ve been bad…very bad. After spending the last year slowly getting back to running (but without any appreciable distance runs), I committed myself to building my distance in the first part of this year by signing up for the National Rock & Roll Half Marathon in March and Cherry Blossom 10 miler April 1. […]

The solution: Dairy free?

The solution: Dairy free?

Growing up, I was never much of an athlete. I was often second-to-last picked in grade school gym class and never got into running because I always felt winded. Various doctors have diagnosed allergy-induced asthma and put me on various inhalers and allergy medicines, which help to a certain degree…I guess. Symptoms were always the […]

Back in the game…almost

Back in the game…almost

So with my injured ankle (and months getting my withered right calf back to normal size), 2010 was a wash race-wise. I was determined to get back in the game in 2011. I had a new secret weapon too, all thanks to Okcupid.com: a new boyfriend who happened to be a fantastic sports chiropractor with […]

2010: Down but not out

So 2010 was rough. In mid-December 2009 I started to have a nagging pain in my left ankle that wouldn’t go away. It felt like a strain on the inside of the ankle, with a slight, nagging not-quite-pain-but-something’s-not-right on the outside of the same ankle. It was the sort of pain that would go away […]

RACE REPORT: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman, July 19, 2009

For me, one thing about triathlons causes more stress than any other: the fact that as much as you might prepare, you never know what conditions race day will bring. The first time I participated in the Spirit of Racine Half Ironman, in July 2005, proved that point. It was my first time tackling a […]

Ironman Wisconsin 2007 and My Ironman Journey

Ironman Wisconsin 2007 and My Ironman Journey

In the beginning… Some people watch the Ironman World Championships on TV and say “Some day, that’s going to be me!” I, on the other hand, would watch and think, “Those people are freakin’ nuts!” The mere suggestion that I’d do an Ironman myself some day was simply unfathomable. I’ve always liked a long casual […]

Spirit of Racine 2005: Couldn’t Swim a Stroke to Half Ironman in 52 weeks

To be honest, I COULD swim a stroke a year earlier…just not that many consecutive strokes! In my training log this date last year, I noted that I couldn’t swim more than 25 meters at a go. I’ve since put two Olympic races under my belt, and on Sunday, I just completed my first half […]