Saturday, August 02, 2008


It was different..............

There were 4 foot waves............

There was no swim.............

They added a 2.1 mile run...........


Waddling with a Steelhead Medal!!!

Friday, August 01, 2008


Bino loading Sugar for the trip. It rained most of the way but Sugar is fine.

Weather is looking better !! Yeah!

Checked in and ready for tomorrow!

Waddling to meet friends then bed..................

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


My hubby asked me tonight why am I nervous? I thought for a moment. It seemed like a crazy question. He is into drag racing and does not quite understand my sport. Then I asked myself-why am I nervous?

Several thought as to why I am nervous about Steelhead:

  • I have never attempted anything like this before. It's an unknown.
  • I am new to swimming and this is a 1.2 mile open water swim in Lake Michigan
  • I have done 3 marathons and know how mentally tough it can get. There will be alot of demons out there waiting to talk to me.
  • There is no secret that I am doing this. Many people are watching and waiting to see how that I do.
  • I do not do well in hot weather. The forecast of 90 and humid is against me.
  • There are time cutoffs and I am very slow.
  • My goal was to be an example to my kids that you can put your mind to something and complete anything you want.

I think I could add many others but cannot think of them right now.I know everyone could add to the list also because I am sure that I am not the only on that is nervous.

The kids and I are leaving tomorrow for Benton Harbor. Hubby is unable to go. Bino checked over Sugar tonight and she is ready to ride. He also taped a note for me on my Aerobars- " Pain is temporary but quitting is forever" . I was blown away.

Waddling to make lists for packing...............

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Latest weekend weather update is not good. Heat and humidity looking challenging!

Waddling watching the weather..............

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Today was my last big workout until Steelhead. I can't believe it.

The weather was a perfect 62 degrees this am. I couldn't decide between 8 or 10 but decided since I was adding on a swim to go shorter. I ran the first 4 with my friend Nancy who was running 12 in training for the Chicago Marathon. It was great to have her to chat with. I averaged around a 12 minute pace.

After the run, I drove back and headed for the pool after a transition at Burger King. I was so hungry that I just needed a hamburger. I ate it on the way to the pool. I felt good and added some faster 25's.

Looking at the week ahead this will be my hardest week in training. I am sure that I am like everyone else who hates to taper. I have no choice but to trust in my training. Nothing will prepare me anymore at this point.

Waddling to make the last big entry in my training log and take a deep breath..........