Saturday, July 18, 2009


SHORT STORY --more will follow

Pre-Race Goals----

  1. Do not drown
  2. Training day for transitions and nutriton
  3. Finish under 4 hours

Swim: 48:57.4 (1500m)
T1: 02:55.2
Bike: 01:34:45.7 (40K) 15.7mph (forgot bike shoes)
T2: 02:21.0
Run: 01:14:06.1 (10K) 11:56 min/mile
Overall: 03:43:05.4

All goals completed!

Waddling like a happy penguin........

Friday, July 17, 2009


Like all my races this season, this one fit into a training plan to prepare for Beach2Battleship. I'm looking at race day to practice - not to worry about how fast I can go, or if I can even beat that person ahead of me. So I have two objectives for this race; the first, finish and enjoy. What I mean by that is, I am not going to go in with guns blazing, pushing some incredible and unsustainable pace. I am going to let my training do all the work. Second, test nutrition and practice staying calm and thinking through the transitions.

The weather sounds like it will cooperate. Amazing for July.

Tri-Sharkie and I are leaving this afternoon for packet pick-up and a look at the course.

Waddling to pack.....

Thursday, July 16, 2009


  1. I love traveling. I look for races that have a great location.
  2. My son, Bino, is at Route 66 Dragway this weekend to race his Mustang for the first time. House is supervising.
  3. My daughter , Hooch, is loving school to become an Estitician. Anyone need a facial?
  4. I have 4 dogs which are 4 different sizes. I have a golden retriever, English foxhound, Border Collie, and Long-haired Chihuahua.
  5. I also have 2 cats which are both over 15 years old.
  6. I am a fan of reality TV. My favorites are biggest loser and American Idol.
  7. I hate vegetables. I would rather eat fruit all day.
  8. My husband ,House, and I have been married 20 years. We met playing volleyball.
  9. I hope to be on "The Amazing Race" someday with my friend Snips.
  10. I am a Radiation Therapist at a Cancer Care Center in Joliet,Il.
  11. I am not a night person. It is a waste of time to talk to me after 9pm.
  12. There are 2 distinct parts to our closet. My side which is a mess with stuff thrown everywhere and House's which is perfectly neat always.
  13. I am doing an Olympic triathlon this weekend for the first time.

Waddling on Thursday........
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Sunday, July 12, 2009


The alarm went off at 4:45am and I peeked out to see dark, rainy clouds. I had packed my bag on Friday night to take the pressure off in the AM. There were 9 of us meeting at Lifetime to make the 1:15 hr drive. The were many laughs in the car on the way and I felt very relaxed when we arrived. You had the option of a 1 mile or 2 mile race. My choice was definitely the one mile and TriSharkie chose that distance also. Iron Snoopy picked the 2 mile.

All if us got our wetsuits on with the all the laughs and jokes that could be made. I got in the water to swim alittle before the start and a panic set in. I remember how hard it was to catch my breath after being kicked. I knew this was a make or break point for me and I was not going to break.

The swim went great. It was an out and back course. My sighting was bad as usual. I looked up at one point and was swimming into the swimmers on their way back. Whooops. My goal was to finish in under and hour and my time was 50:01. I was thrilled and felt great. We stood on the beach and cheered and yelled for everyone in our group.

Now for the best part. After changing, we pulled out the coolers and had a great tailgate party. There are 4 of us training for our first iron distance and 2 who have completed 2 IM. Conversation was great. How lucky I am to have met such phenomenal friends.

This morning I got up and did a 4 hour bike with Iron Snoopy and the laughs continued.

Waddling through a great weekend.........