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exercise is my medicine. I run, swim, and lift weights anything to keep my body in top form. I am an RN, a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend. I am grateful for my life and each new day. My PRs Los Angeles Marathon (March 22, 2010) - 6:00:03 San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon (June 6, 2010) - 2:47:53 Redondo Beach Superbowl 10K (Feb 2010) - 1:03 Redondo Beach Superbowl 5K (Feb 2009) - 27:31

Sunday, November 24, 2013

First clip-in ride

I rode today with bike shoes that clip into the pedal. I was really nervous because I am a klutz. My sweet husband put his mountain bike pedals on my bike so I could practice clipping in and out. I practiced for about 15 minutes up and downy street then hit the road fora 2 hour ride in congested areas to practice over and over clipping in and out.

I had one close call when I un clipped then while turning I reclipped and was at a dead stop don't know I managed to twist my foot and unclip without flopping over but I did. I had asked my husband to put the tension on the easiest to clip so that saved me from the fall.

Views from my ride today! I love Los Angeles!

Made a big vegetarian lasagne for dinner

Now to think about the week ahead
Monday swim after work
Tuesday run to and from work
Wednesday bike after work
Turkey day run 10K
Black Friday bike and run
Saturday ?
Sunday ?

Monday, November 18, 2013


I have to get faster climbing hills.
So I have to climb faster on hills.
Sunday ride 24.8 miles around Palos Verdes past Trump up the switchbacks to MaryMount college and back 2,165 ' elevation gain fastest down hill speed yet still afraid of speed 26mph!

Ran 1/2 mile off the bike in tri training it's a brick run rubbery legs!

Things I heard on my ride from other riders:
Nice bike now get bike shoes!

Honor where you are in the process! Thanks random riders and knowers of bike stuff!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Grey damp Sunday

out and back to Kincaid's
Distance 4.49 miles
Time 48:19
Average pace 10:46min/mi

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Foggy Saturday

Rode out to Trump golf course
17:33 miles in 1:38 (average speed 10.6mph)

Building a base

Mental toughness
Getting the planned training done no excuses

With a year to train I need to just log the miles and hours in each sport

By December I want to be able to
Swim for an hour
Run for 1.5 hours
Bike for 2 hours

All without blinking

Currently I
-hit the pool and swim 15-30 minutes and get out can't pace myself get tired or bored or annoyed or whatever
-hit the road and run to work every morning 3.3 miles about 40 minutes with a 10 pound backpack
Filled with shower stuff and change of clothes
-hit the road on my bike umm not any habits here need to figure this out I have done one 62 mile hilly ride a few years back and I am so slow so so so so slow my poor husband he stayed with me but when climbing the switchbacks in Palos Verdes and I was going 4mph so slow I almost toppled over

I need to get my head into he bike world
I don't even know how to put air in my tires let alone change a flat or put a popped chain back on I need to become more independent my husband is not going to be with me during my first half Ironman so I need to figure this out maybe join a bike club or take a few classes at a bike shop

ok California really only has hot or foggy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

346 days until I Tri 70.3

Swam laps after work
Had to share a lane with a breast stroke swimmer enough said

Swam 700 in 15 minutes

Left my new googles poolside ugg so annoyed I liked those googles

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

347 days until I Tri 70.3

Ran 3.3 miles in 43 minutes with a 10 pound backpack in tow with work clothes and shower stuff I need to figure out how to stream line this
Roughly 13 min/mile pretty slow just trotting along could go all day at this pace

Monday, October 21, 2013

348 days until 70.3

15 mile bike ride in 1:35

Average pace 9.5mph faster than last year but still pretty slow
No wind sunny 70 flat except for climb up from the beach

My newest obsession

Curly Kale finely chopped
Thinly sliced raw Brussels Sprouts
Red cabbage chopped
Dried cranberries
Pumpkin seeds
Lightly tossed with Chinese chicken salad bottled salad dressing yum

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ironman Silverman 70.3

349 days to get prepared to show up at this ironman event ready to roll!

That crazy quiet moment sitting snuggling my puppy considering registering then fill out the fields and instead of deleting I hit submit! It's a done deal I am going to challenge myself to attack 70.3 miles next year this time.

I need to find a game plan!

Lucky for me my boss is a full ironman finisher. And she is also doing this event so I will ask her a ton of questions!

The 1.2 mile swim will be the most enjoyable part for sure!
The 56 mile hilly bike ride will be my biggest challenge
Not to mention coming off the bike to run 13.1 ouch I want to be able to run

This means a great deal of training but not overdoing because injury means game over

Today I ran 4.5 miles in 49 mins
Going to take a long bike ride tomorrow

Monday, June 10, 2013

Redondo Beach Sprint Triathlon 2013

My first Triathlon

My boss is an full ironman finisher and she inspired me to sign up for this event.
Her positive strong energy is contagious so even with life long fear of death by sea creature I registered for the event about 5 months ago and started training.

I can run but I am slow, really slow.....6 hour marathon slow.
I can bike but I am slow, really slow......6 hour 62 miler slow.
I can swim but haven't for years and I am rusty and slow.
I am terrified of drowning or getting eaten by a shark or giant squid, paralyzingly terrified.

So this decade, my 50's I am facing my fears and doubts head on. Taking massive action getting out there!

First time in the ocean in early May I had a panic attack couldn't breathe and bolted straight back to the safe sand! My ironman friend coached and helped me and week after week she spent hours helping me plan adjusting my plan and helping me again. She is an amazing coach! And she placed first in out age group!

Here is a video of me finishing the swim I put on YouTube no idea how to link it here.


Swim 21:50. I did breast stroke, not sure why I never practiced that way. I would have gone faster with front crawl.
(wtf so slow)

T1 4:49
( was I taking a nap??). I had to run up the hill peel off my full wetsuit rinse sand off my feet and put on my shoes and shoes and helmet....it took way too long!

Bike 24:46
(Sunday sight seeing?)see I told you I am slow! I don't even have fancy clip bike shoes rode in my running shoes

T2 1:10 since I rode in my running shoes T2 was fast, like this!
(Now that's decent)

Run 20:26 again I ran slow since it was only 2 miles I should have run faster, but it was a weird run up stairs over curbs and steep uphill finish.
( really?? don't do marathon pace when it's only 2 miles you idiot)

I will be back, God willing, because now I am obsessed with doing all three activities. It is a healthy addiction!

Monday, May 27, 2013

13 days until I Tri

Beautiful weekend weather!

Open water Ocean swim yesterday
The ocean was choppy rough strong rip tide like swimming in a washing machine ....seaweed everywhere no visibility due to current and tide. hard to go anywhere but swam past the rip and made it 1/4 mile before my panic attach brain convinced me that biting creatures were coming to get me

Then My husband and I went on a 3 hour bike ride from home along the beach north and the down the Balona Creek Bike path to the 405 ....the way back was all into a strong head wind!

Today I rode 1 hour around Palos Verdes and jumped off the bike and ran 3 miles much much harder than it sounds my legs were not happy!

June 9th is coming fast so I need to be ready

Sunday, May 12, 2013

28 days until I Tri

Lessons learned today while practicing open water ocean swimming
Just keep swimming
Sight every 5 th stroke since unlike a pool no black line on bottom of the ocean to follow
Exhale in the water to prevent panic don't hold your breath icy water triggers a diving reflex and sends your heart racing.....counter act by exhaling into the water like your in a pool!
Seals are fast and curious don't try to out swim them
Transitioning from ocean to bike after running across the sand is messy!
Riding a bike in your wet trisuit is cold, and no naked time Mom trisuit under wetsuit! Bike and run in trisuit!
Today was dense fog Air temp 62 no wind super calm swell 3-4feet no chop
Water temp is 59 love my full wetsuit and my aquasphere seal 180 googles! I love swimming with these googles you can see everything so far that means sand and seaweed and a seal God help me if I see any biting creatures!

Running after swimming and biking feels like your legs are noodles go slower than you normally would

Sunday, March 24, 2013

76 days until I Tri

Got up and out early
Swam 800 meters in 30 minutes warm water didn't have to share a lane
Ears feel ok swimmers ear solution cap over ears and drying ear drops after swim
Ran 4 miles 13:45 pace my legs were tired after swimming

Oh no the Tri is going to be wicked hard!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tri to prepare for June

First triathlon is in early June

The idea of open water 1/2 mile swim freaks me out
I swam 750 meters in a calm warm pool this week and had to remember in the ocean in June there are waves currents and biting stinging creatures, I might die.....!

I rode my bike today to Trump golf course and back about 30 miles in about 2 hours. Riding is fun but cars and steep hills scare me. And oh yeah I better learn to fix a flat and pop the chain back on or I might get stranded.

Running is my comfort zone but after a swim and a ride I may have no energy left. So far I have not attempted all three activities in one day I might die.......of laughing at myself!

My ironman boss just did another ironman event today she is amazing and I am lucky to have her as my boss! I plan to ask her many questions about my training plans.

I need to purchase new running shoes and a full Tri wetsuit and I would love a Garmin 910!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

90 days to get ready

Sprint Triathlon June 9, 2013 is my next goal.

Weekend workouts:
Ran 5.5 miles today and rode my bike 13 miles yesterday.
Swimming on hold due to ear infection, got fullness in my ears last week that would not go away. I went to the doctor I have swimmers ear. So far my longest swim in 750 meters.

 Sprint Distance: 750 metres (0.47 mi) swim, 20 kilometres (12 mi) bike, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) run

Plan work this week is to plan my workouts for the next 90 days.

Exciting to try something different!

Inspired to do this by my ironman boss. She just finished a full ironman in Arizona she is a warrior woman!