Weightlifting is Fun! Really…

Last week I had my last weight lifting session with the personal trainer I hired back in June, Erin Reding. I mentioned her in a blog post in July. Erin had me design our last workout together. Brilliant teaching strategy!! Put the student in the leadership role.  I designed the workout on Tuesday evening, did … Read more

Weight lifting: lose weight and change your body for confidence and strength

Over the past month or so,  I’ve noticed an increase in my confidence. I was reflecting on why that is and what came to mind is how good I feel in my body. I’ve lost 17 pounds so far and my blood sugar is more in range than it was a year ago.  I’ve been … Read more

Summer rest is vital

My wise therapist reminded me that I’ve been doing at least a triathlon worth of trauma healing the past few months. You see, I was profoundly activated by a recent series of events in my life.  Trauma to the surface is a workout The activation resulted in old, so-far-unhealed pain and trauma rising to the … Read more

5 best summer run gear items

The humidity of Minnesota is borderline oppressive. My body doesn’t sweat very well or very easily, so I have a really difficult time regulating my body temperature when it gets as humid as it gets here in the Twin Cities.  The hot humidity requires that anyone who wants to run get out there in the … Read more

Race Plan and Race Report for the Lake Minnetonka Sprint Triathlon

I love triathlon. No two ways about it, I fell in love way back at my first ever triathlon, the Danskin, that I did in 2005, a week after I finished radiation treatment for my first round of breast cancer. I knew I had found the sport for me. It captured my imagination.  Triathlon love … Read more

Tour de Cure Twin Cities 2021 #TourTurns30

#TourTurns30 This year, 2021, the Tour de Cure, a major fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association, turns 30. That means that people have been riding their bikes, and some years, running and walking, for their health and to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.  Due in part to this global pandemic and partly … Read more

First “Real” Race since COVID-19

Having grown up in a dysfunctional family, I learned early on to ignore my fears. Meaning I had so much fear that lived in my body that had I paid attention to it too much I would have become non-functioning. Instead, I became hypervigilant and super accommodating. I knew I was an inconvenience to my … Read more

Race Plan for Half Marathon

I’m a big fan of having a plan in place for big events in my life. I learned from the many amazing athletic coaches I’ve worked with over the years, how important it is to have a plan for race day and then on race day to race your plan. This sort of logic speaks … Read more