Monday, September 6, 2010


The best video EVER! My new Goal for 2011!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Palm Desert

Recovery time in Palm Desert with the family..... life is good!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ironman St George

IMSG was super fun and I hate to say it (with everyone saying its one of the hardest ironman races in North America) but I thought it was "easy". For me it was the first race that I have followed a training schedule and was super stoked how it unfolded the day of the race. I was cruising through the course just enjoying the sights, the crowds, volunteers, friends and others in the race. I never ever had the feeling that the bike was taking forever like i usually get towards the end of the race. I enjoy going long and was prepared for an all day excursion. I got my "Money's" worth is the easiest way to explain it : )

where's waldo?

Finishing time of 14:26
Swim 1:21:38
Bike 7:32:51
Run 5:16:50

My swim results surprised me and I thought my time would be about 1:40. Lesson learned: sight a little more often instead of watching others... I think I swam an extra mile LOL and struggled to get back to the bouys. I got super cold towards the end and couldn't move my fingers to get my transition bag open, watch on etc..

The bike was beautiful and I was enjoying the day.. I did have some stomach issues, and I think its being the the aero bar position after drinking, eating.. had about two bottles of vitargo about 280 calories each, two bottles of water with nuun, and two bars totaling 380calories.. ~940calories

My marathon was nothing more than a walking "Buffet" line. I was sooo hungry I couldn't stop eating at every aid station. I would think ahead of time what I felt like eating and i would walk through each aide station with the same plan. Sponges on the shoulders which I would use to squirt on my head, water, pretzels, orange slice, chicken soup and sometimes gatorade. Music was blasting and I was eating.... and running in between the hills and aide stations. Life was good. I did have to stop and tape up the bottom of my feet because of hot spots, and a blister popped two miles before the finish so I stopped and tape it and it made it worse so I then had to rip it off and just ignore the pain.

Awesome day and can't wait to do another race. Slate had an awesome race with finishing in 10:02hrs and won 3rd in his AG and qualified for Kona Ironman World Championship Race in his first Ironman.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Get ur May Issue

Stoked i made the cover!! if you live in SD, pick one up for me!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Preparation H

about sums up the last two days and maybe the next couple of days after racing 140.6 miles. There is sooo much to think about before an ironman race i can see why people would do only one a year. today we dropped off our swim to bike bags, bike to run bags, tomorrow we will drop off our bike and run special needs bags, and fill up our morning bag before the race. sooo many bags sooo little time... by race time tomorrow i hope i won't be "bagging it" . . .

"bag party"

"bike bags"

"run bags and me"

now just kill'in time about sixteen hours till race start. time for a shower, dinner and a little stretching/rolling and some good night sleep, with a wakeup call for 3:30am...

slater learning how to crush dreams tomorrow....

good thing i didn't have a four digit race number !

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Team Duke "CHAP Support"

Greg with the "Bling Bike" the children decorated

After John Wayne's own heroic battle with cancer, his family established the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) to advance the fight against the illness. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation's mission is to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer.

Since its founding in 1985, the JWCF has supported awareness programs, education programs and support groups, and is aligned with like-minded groups and non-profits that advance the fight against cancer. JWCF has also been committed to groundbreaking cancer research and education at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI).

What is grit? Grit is bravery. A fighting spirit. Guts. Determination. It’s standing up for what you believe in and taking care of the people you love.

"Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway"
-john wayne

The Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP) is a program that we are excited to be a part of. CHAP brings the healing power of art to those children (and their parents and siblings) in crisis with cancer. The art projects are helping to fill the voids in life that cancer often results from, and also helps educate the public regarding what it is like for a child to go through cancer treatment. CHAP gives people a way to be heroes, by supporting their work.

Slater rides with Maya, and I ride with Carlos in our support for the fight against cancer by wearing their one-of-a- kind Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP) jersey that each child has painted. It is awesome to ride with our jerseys knowing how inspired we are by the children and their families and how much support and encouragement we all have through CHAP.

Jordan Romero is our friend that will be the youngest, age 13, to climb the 7 tallest summits of the world. Right now he is on his quest to summit Everest the last summit on his list with the support of Team Duke. Keep track of his climb to the summit of Everest on

Team Jordan with the prayer flags

Jordan's Everest Summit flag by CHAP


Monday, March 29, 2010

O'side 70.3

Starting in January i have been training for Ironman St. George that is coming up quick on May 1st. I have no idea what i'm doing when it comes to training, so in preparation for the Ironman I decided to follow a training schedule (for my first time) that will get me to the finishline. Usually i can fart my way through training (doing what ever i feel like for that day) but I figured its not smart to do that with an ironman distance race, especially when I still haven't ridden my road bike AKA"CROSSrocket" over 85 miles... yet : )

Oceanside was perfect for a tuneup race to get things in check for the real deal May 1st. Its funny to look back to last year to see how little i really did compared to this year. Below are last years results:

2009 O'Side Results
swim 46:50
bike 3:39:21
run 2:17:56
6:52:01 overall
div 83 of 112

This year the swim was awesome, i was totally relaxed (maybe a bit too relaxed) but for the first time i didn't get pounded by all the waves that started after me. I was able to hold a steady pace and just watched the other swimmers around me instead of sighting every second for the buoys like i use to. I finished the swim without feeling totally wiped out and i was ready to jump on my bike.

I'm so proud of my crossbike! It has gotten me through so many miles but i'm glad to finally upgrade and i ordered my new sst 1.o road bike from fuji on friday. Last year after mile 35 i was DONE.. but this year i felt the miles fly past me and it was over before i knew it. Being sick in the two weeks leading up to the race my mind was kind of clouded. For my nutrition i spaced and totally didn't take enough calories on my ride. I had one bar, bottle of vitargo, 4 blocks and stoked to find a hidden gu at the bottom of my bento box. I kept on getting dizzy, lesson learned before st george.

Transitioning to the run i kind of had to regroup, catch my breath, then grabbed my stuff and i didn't know if my legs would be there but they were, only my feet had checked out. Usually the balls of my feet take awhile to loosen up but this was the first time that they just got worse. Every time i would try to stretch out my feet they would feel good for a second and then bam they would cramp up even more. Not sure if it was even cramping, but they tingled and killed i really didn't think i could finish the race. While i'm in pain slater and beth were both flying past me which made me "suck it up" and think about other things besides my feet... its all mental right? Finally after an hour of running my feet were bearable and i finished off the run with coach sean running next to me telling me to bring it home!

This year i was stoked to finish almost under six hours and i shaved off 50:61min off my time from last year.

2010 Results
swim 38:27
bike 3:09:30
run 2:07:55
div 43 of 109

8:23 swim
29:91 bike
10:01 run

Sweet! Now if only i can get as fast as slater i will be stoked. He also dropped a bunch of time off of his race last year and he was able to make top ten in his AG with an overall standing of #45! wow!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shoot Me

On thursday my friend paul emailed me that ellsworth bikes were looking for some models for a San Diego lifestyle magazine. I guess the photographers models bailed out on him so it gave me the opportunity to use my modeling skills (which i have non of) to ride some awesome bikes with some cool folks in the beautiful town of Ramona. Tony invited us out early on saturday for a tour of ellsworth bikes before the photo soot. They have some pretty sweet rides that i hope to go back and demo real soon!!

Donald (who works for ellsworth) and me
on one of our many ride-by's on the bikes

slate wishing he was doing hill
repeats with us instead of driving the van

Ramona is such a cool little area, it reminded of bakersfield and the keysville classic race course where there is lots of green grass, rolling hills and small rounded rocks everywhere. The only downside of the photoshoot was that it was FREEZING, and super bummed that i have caught a cold, and fighting it with lots o'tea, vitamins etc. After the shoot we headed out to temecula to visit some friends.

The next morning we were off to ride with "Team Walsh" where we met in o'side and then road up to laguna beach and back! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day for riding! We ended doing about 70 miles which i didn't expect and then did a run on the oceanside half ironman run course that's coming up in two weeks.

Awesome weekend and ready for the next!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

the "SUPER" schd

2010 started off good! Now that i'm working as "SUPER" Nanny for my nephew Kadin I am starting to figure out when my ironman training will/can happen through the week! It is hard to work long hours and fit everything in... i average about 10hr days watching the "Meatball" and this last week I was able to get 12 hours of training in... stoked. oh ya i have fridays off too.. plus i'm learning valuable "mommy" stuff so by the time we have kids i'll have everything figured out! Hopefully ; )

My Survival Training Guide with an 8 month old:

*be flexible and adjust your schd to his
*eat when the baby eats (every two hours)
*walk with Kadin in the morning (i have to wait until he poops first so he's not sitting in a
dirty diaper for my hour walk) and he usually will take his first nap in the bob
*sleep when he takes his second nap
*stretch/yoga/foam roll while he plays
*if its raining I take him to their exercise room, turn the TV to cartoons and I run my brains
out on the treadmill and lift some weights.
*bring a bottle/binky/blankie/bear on every outing
*my bike trainer will be my new friend

** Now i only just need to convince my sister to buy a backpack and bike trailer so I can hike and
bike with him now!

With slater doing 30runs in 30days it has made it super easy to bump up my running by joining him on some of his adventures. Signing up for Masters swimming in Sept. has also helped me get out to the pool! I love swimming and can't wait to move up a couple of lanes with the fast ladies that fly by slater! Below compares this December 12 - January 12 from last year...

In the 32 days ending 2010-01-12:

activity # timemileskm+ft

Swimming15 14:55:00 15.11

MTB6 10:51:53 90.79(7:10) 146.11(4:27) 14967

Running10 7:15:06 41.83(10:24) 67.32(6:27) 1061

Trail Run6 5:49:39 32.62(10:43) 52.5(6:39) 3061

Road Bike4 5:41:36 52.72

Walking3 2:44:18 9.92(16:33) 15.96(10:17) 1181

Hiking2 2:20:00 5.0

Yoga3 2:00:00

Weights3 1:40:00

Snowshoeing1 40:00 1.19(33:36) 1.91(20:53) 895

Total27 53:57:32 249.18

averages - sleep:8.7

In the 32 days ending 2009-01-12:

activity # timemileskm+ft

MTB9 21:55:00 143.0(9:11) 230.14(5:42) 2500

Road Bike7 11:20:27 124.3(5:28) 200.04(3:24) 530

Snowshoeing3 11:18:15 19.8(34:15) 31.87(21:17) 3000

Running7 6:03:00 29.0(12:31) 46.67(7:46)

Paddle1 1:30:00 4.0(22:30) 6.44(13:58)

Yoga1 35:00

Weights1 30:00

Total24 53:11:42 320.1

Super stoked to have been able to add swim/run miles and now i'm ready to add more biking!