August 19, 2010


On today's ride, I saw a cyclist slam into a car!  I'm not exactly sure what happened, I think the car just stopped suddenly in the middle of the road and the cyclist had no where to go but into the backend.  The cyclist ended up being okay, his ribs were killing him, so maybe a fracture there.  His bike on the other hand, not so good.  The top tube was completely severed from the headtube and the fork was crumbled!  I've never seen anything like it.  The rest of my ride I was hyper-sensitive to the cars and traffic.  Do you know how many people I saw gabbing on the phone, not even paying attention to traffic, let alone someone on a bike, and a few people texting or messing with gadgets.  People when you drive, drive!  And for those of you out there on your bikes, ride safe and ride on the defensive.

August 17, 2010

Tough Course + Tough Competion =

What a way to cap off my 3 week training camp (aka Introduction to Fitness 101)...a fifth place finish at Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens.  I took the ferry across from Sidney to Anacortes, gorgeousness!  Then I got to pick up Randy at the airport, Yippee!  I hadn't seen him in forever!!!  Then it was time to settle in and get focused on the task at hand.  I rode the bike course a few times and knew it was gonna be killer...then got to the race and taking it up a notch made it seem ALOT tougher!  And speaking of tough: there was some stiff competion!  Let's see, there was Melanie McQuaid (congrats girl!) 3 time Xterra World Champion; Tyler Stewart, Ironman Champion; Sam Warriner 2 time Aquathon World Champion, 7 time World Cup Champion; Sam McGlone Ironman 70.3 World Champion; Linsey Corbin, Ironman Champion; Joanna Zieger, Ironman 70.3 World Champion, and a slew of other great racers.  So even though I got my butt kicked a least it was in good company. 

The day started off with a stellar swim.  I exited the water with over 1min on Joanna and it was over 3min until the other ladies started to chase me down.  I tackled the hills right off the bat, hoping to stay 'out of sight, out of mind!'  Melanie came flying by me around mile 25 and I did my best to keep her in sight.  As we started lap 2, the bike course got a bit crazy and crowed with the age-groupers and traffic.  I got caught behind a car twice and had no where to go...a bit frustrating, but what can ya do?  Towards the end of lap 2, Tyler and Sam went by me I entered T2 in fourth place.  I had high expectations for my run and was hoping to run some of the girls in front of me down (now looking back on it, I've only done one speed workout since my last 70.3 race in Florida in not sure what I was thinking?!)  The run was tough and hilly, I did my best to hold off Sam and Linsey.  Sam passed me at the final turn-around and at that point my hamstrings started cramping.  I went into survival mode (thank goodness it was mostly downhill) and crossed the finish line in 5th.  Happy and a good post-surgery starting point.  The only way is UP from here!!!

Super job to everyone who raced!!!

Lake Stevens 70.3

August 9, 2010

Peach City

Penticton Training Camp

Hmmm, it's Randy and I's one-month anniversary....what shall I do?  I think I'll head up to Canada for a few weeks!  Okay, not exactly the best scenario but that is what happened.  I needed to go to training camp for my first round of hard-core training since surgery.  Lance promised me some 'ugly-fun' in Penticton before I left, and well, he sure did deliver!  I absolutely loved every minute of it though, I was back in training heaven.  Not to mention, Penticton is a great little Ironman town and a fun place to train.  I was there with three other Lifesport Athletes and our schedule was basically eat, train, nap, eat, train, train, eat, eat, eat, sleep.  I did my largest bike and run volume weeks ever, who-hooo.  Got to check out the IM Canada bike course, twice, and also run along some really spectacular trails.  All of our swims were open water in a clear (and on one occasion extremely COLD lake)  Made me totally wish I was doing IM Canada....but I'm still coming back from surgery and need to listen to my body and be smart, there is always 2011 though!

August 8, 2010

Sooke International Triathlon Press Conference

1st post-surgery race TODAY!  More details to come, but here is the press conference, enjoy!