July 26, 2007

Full Time

I like to say I am a full time mom, and, I am in a sense. But, My sister, Kelly, takes care of Savannah Monday through Friday 7:30 - 11, 12 or 1. I get up everyday at 5:15am and prepare for the wonderful world of training. I Coach all morning and make sure I get in a workout before I pick up Savannah. Then I am a full time Mom. All Moms know that when you have a 15 month old, it is play, play, eat, play, and play some more. It is an awesome experience and sometimes a little stressful. The stress comes in when I little voice on the right is saying "You should be doing this, You should be doing that.."

The Truth is I am right were I am suppose to be, doing exactly what I am suppose to be doing, loving Savannah and leading her. She lets me know when I am not doing what I should be doing.

July 24, 2007


We say things may be breath taking and this may actually be a discription of beauty. One may say that something took their breath away, and mean they experienced a surprise. I think my breath was taken as 2300 other athletes took the plunge into the water of 64 degrees on June 24th, 2007.
It was 7 am and 52 degrees cold. I was standing there shaking as I watched the waves roll in on that windy morning. The water was so rough,2 minutes before the start of the race, the race director made an announcement that if you wanted to bypass the swim and do a duathlon, they would allow it. What!? I thought, I have trained way too hard, put in too many hours, no way I was opting out. I could not believe it! The water was the roughest they had seen all week. I new this was a mental game. Now I had to win the first battle. Cold temperatures and waves... oh yeah, and 2300 athletes, all about to jump in the water at once. I have to admit, this was the craziest thing that I have ever done (I have done some pretty crazy things). Fifty seven athletes did not swim that morning, and thirty were pulled from the water before they drowned.

One hour and thirty five minutes later, numb to the bone, I finished the first leg of a long journey.

To have your breath taken, has anything ever taken your breath?

July 15, 2007

CrossFit to Triathlon

Can CrossFit prepare the body for a 1/2 Ironman?

I will be training for the 1/2 ironman in October that is here in Austin. I will commit to training 5 days of Crossfit mixed in with a run, swim, and/or bike combo workout. My prediction is that I will be in top physical condition and I will win my age division.

let the games begin.

July 12, 2007


I have been away for too long. My people need me.
It has been a few weeks now since I have been able to throw around the word ironman. It buzzes when I say it, now that I have actually completed the event. I kept a daily log, somehow it was erased, but the memory... fresh. People have been asking, "was that the toughest thing you have ever done?" or "was that harder than having a baby?" and the truth of the matter is no it was not the toughest thing I have ever done. The AT&T marathon this past February was hard. I ran outside of my comfort zone. Ironman definitely makes you ask the question "what am I doing this for?" but depending on how lofty you set your goal depends on the intesity of the race.
I look forward to the next ironman, I know my story will be different. I know I will tell you it was the hardest thing I have ever done.