Confessions of a one breasted bionic endurance athlete

Eight years ago this month, I found out I had breast cancer for a second time. In August of 2010, I had the cancer infested breast cut off. I tend to be a minimalist, so I only had the one breast removed. I don’t have any genes that say I’m at genetic risk for breast … Read moreConfessions of a one breasted bionic endurance athlete

Open water swim panic, what to do

A few weeks ago I did my first open water swim of the season. I was ambitious. I thought to myself, “This will be super fun and easy. I’ve been swimming all spring, so I’m strong. I love lake swimming.” Well, as you might guess, IT WAS AWFUL!!! A tiny bit of back story, I … Read moreOpen water swim panic, what to do

Panama exploration for internships, OH MY!

What a busy week it was in Panama.  It was work, and thankfully, I love my work! From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, we were in meetings here and there and everywhere! As anticipated, everything moved at a slower, very humid, warm pace. And yes, there was a lot of random … Read morePanama exploration for internships, OH MY!

How to keep training when you go on vacation

Tomorrow I’m heading to Bocas del Toro, Panama. It’s mostly a work trip, but I’m counting it as vacation too! I will be gone for 7 days and 7 nights. This fabulous, exciting trip is happening smack dab in the middle of my 14 week Sprint distance triathlon training program. In fact, I will be … Read moreHow to keep training when you go on vacation

How breast cancer healing happens with ink and community

You all know that I have been living with diabetes for 37 years and that much of my life and drive to keep up with endurance training is because my diabetes management is exponentially better when I regularly exercise. (oh yes, turns out that’s true for most of us, diabetes or not!)  I don’t talk … Read moreHow breast cancer healing happens with ink and community

3 reasons the Tour de Cure is a powerful event

This past Saturday, June 2nd, was a cloudy, cooler, rainy day in the Twin Cities (in MN). Ironically, it was a perfect day for the Tour de Cure Twin Cities! The Tour is a walk, run, bike event for the American Diabetes Association. It’s a fundraising event. It’s also a celebration of wellness and fitness. … Read more3 reasons the Tour de Cure is a powerful event

How to eat 8 servings of veggies a day: Eat Mason Jar Salads!

I love salads. Interestingly enough, my body doesn’t like cold salads when it’s cold outside. As a result, I only eat salads when it’s warm outside. At long last, winter has loosened its grip on Minnesota. And thankfully, I’m back to my Mason Jar salads!! For the past two weekends, I’ve made lunchtime salads for … Read moreHow to eat 8 servings of veggies a day: Eat Mason Jar Salads!

5 tips to get out the door to get exercising

Ever have trouble keeping to your commitments to keep up with your exercise plan? Do you ever not want to get out the door? Now that I have full medical permission to exercise outside, walking and biking, it’s easy to get derailed and let work, and in my case, writing and consulting with people on … Read more5 tips to get out the door to get exercising