Thinking about athletic goals during the off season

It’s time to move past thinking about athletic goals to doing those goals! Today I’m sitting in my office this fine, sunny, after the Jayden Polar Vortex that caused Minnesota to shut down, and I realized I’ve been doing a lot of athletic thinking. I’ve recovered from -50 degrees Fahrenheit temps, and finally I’m thinking … Read moreThinking about athletic goals during the off season

Life’s too short to go so f*cking slow, you know!

I love bike riding. I also love reading. For safety reasons, I don’t bike and read at the same time. I confess, I am not a fast bike rider. I wish I was, in fact, I’ve trained to go fast, and sadly, it never happened for me. Nonetheless, when I’m out biking and the wind … Read moreLife’s too short to go so f*cking slow, you know!

Race report for 2018 YWCA Women’s Sprint Triathlon for a 2x cancer survivor who has type 1 diabetes

It’s a week later and I finally have enough energy and post event reflection distance to write up my triathlon experience for what is my 99th or so sprint distance triathlon. Okay, I confess, I’m exaggerating. I did my very first sprint distance triathlon in July 2005, which was just 13 years ago. No way … Read moreRace report for 2018 YWCA Women’s Sprint Triathlon for a 2x cancer survivor who has type 1 diabetes

How to realize you do belong in the endurance community

The first thing I want to say this week is a big huge THANK YOU for the many positive comments on Facebook and here on this blog for the post I did last week about being a one breasted bionic endurance athlete. It took a lot of courage for me to write about the body … Read moreHow to realize you do belong in the endurance community

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

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

Broken ankle and foot means chair exercises! Join me!!

Hello everyone! So, I have had some very bad luck this week. On Monday 4/2, I got home from work and it was snowing. I changed into my run clothing and went outside to test the sidewalks. Thankfully, they were not slippery. So I turned on my Couch to 5K run app on my phone … Read moreBroken ankle and foot means chair exercises! Join me!!

Why exercising with friends will keep you engaged and moving

Do you ever have a hard time getting motivated to get moving and exercising? I do. The secret sauce in my humble opinion is to surround myself with people who love to exercise. It’s that simple. And that complicated. It isn’t always easy to find friends who like moving their bodies as much or more … Read moreWhy exercising with friends will keep you engaged and moving

3 Tips for Getting Started with Your Endurance Training

Have a vision for doing a race or event this summer? Wonder how in the heck to get started? If so, you are not alone. Dreaming about an event you’d like to do is something lots of aspiring endurance athletes do. I love to dream. Moving from dreaming to action is the tricky part. After … Read more3 Tips for Getting Started with Your Endurance Training