A Travellerspoint blog

December 2010


All in one glorious, amazing and perfect day.

overcast 24 °F

I just received an email from Hammer Nutrition saying that after reviewing mountains of athletic sponsorship proposals they would like to sponsor me for the 2011 triathlon season. AHHHHHH! How exciting!?
I may or may not have danced around my dining room fist pumping the air for a minute...or five.

In the very same afternoon I discovered the one and only age group draft-legal triathlon in the country.
March 5th.

This is something that is pretty damn exciting, intimidating and intriguing all at the same time. There are only 75 athletes allowed to register.
Since the professionals all race draft-legal this would be an eye-opening and heart pumping event for me and the potential of my racing goals.
I'll decide within the next day or two whether or not I should go for it. But, let's be real. I'm going to find a way to make it happen and be there.

Pool workouts have felt good. Hit 20:58 for a timed mile.
Spinning has been getting better - interval rides and starting some longer endurance rides.
Running is mind clearing and spirit cleansing, and getting faster.

On the fun side - Lauren and I glittered, glammed and bedazzled our pretty selves up to trek to Worcester for the Phish show. Yet again.
It was awesome. (understatement, yet again.)

The next couple weeks are pretty spuradic - house sitting, cat sitting, working, training, hopefully some skiing and just living life. happily.

Quote of the day:
Training doesn't make anything less hard, but you will get faster.

Goal(s) of the moment:
-Break 20 minutes in a 1650 pool mile.
-3 hour endurance ride/spin on Sunday

Here's to Peace, Moving forward & HAMMER PRODUCTS,

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Runs, Cities & Perspective

sunny 20 °F

I used to lose track of days.
Recently I feel like I am losing track of weeks.

Select highlights of the past week:
Dynamic Training - Multisport Coaching. Was able to do a run session with Martha Grinell. It was so valuable. I had never seen myself run before, so having the opportunity to look video, in slow motion, and see what I was doing and critique everything (with a 5 time member of the US professional world championship team) was incredible. The session really helped give me some things to think about while I run - it was a big boost of re-focus.

I am settled into the new apartment. (wonderful sigh of happiness goes here)

Spent Friday night in Boston with JW - then on Saturday at 6:30 we were joined by a whole flock of her sorority alum. In two cars we set out for NYC.
What a day. It was a total blast to be in the city, away from MA for a bit, with a bunch of fun ladies - but oh man, I am soooo done with NY for a good long time. I think Saks Fifth Avenue really ruined it for me. Walking up floor after floor of over-priced, 'designer labeled' shoes, bags, dresses, fragrances.....was just too much. After making it through the first floor my eyes were stinging and I had no sense of smell left. By floor number 3 I became really good at locating the 'man couch corner' and plopping down with the miserable dudes who were weighed down with bags, purses and frowns. I just don't understand how someone could pay $1500 for a pair of brand name boots....but then again, I understand how a pair of ZIPP racing wheels could be worth more than that. I guess we all have our own perspectives, priorities and passions.

Food for thought:
-You can only go out with the expectation of yourself to give your very best for that day. No two races, venues, opponents, or training sessions are alike. All you can do is to pour out whatever your maximum effort for that day may be. The rest will fall into place.

-Quality over quantity for training miles, yards & hours. This is going to help bring a refocus to my bike training. Do what you do with purpose (a good life lesson) Every ride, run, or lap should have a clear and distinct goal.

-The top five finishers overall at age group nationals will be awarded their elite licenses. (If finish time is within 8% of first place). YUP.

Quote of the Day:
"Nobody knows where you are, how near or how far.....Shine on you crazy diamond"
-Pink Floyd

Here's to Peace, Week #4 and Spinach Salad,

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Unplanned disruption.

Never under-estimate how much the common cold can knock you down.

sunny 22 °F

Let's recap (The absolute and total frustration of the common cold)
The past three days have included.....

Zero pool yards.
Zero run miles.
Zero bike miles.
One complete season of 'Bones'
Two pieces of toast, some pretzels and lots of broth.
Three hours of pure bliss spent cleaning, scrubbing and greasing my road bike.
Four boxes of tissues.
Five car-loads of stuff to my new apartment
Six bracelets, wire-wrapped charms and earrings made.


I can't remember the last time I have been sick, especially like this. My skin hurts.
But. Today is the last day. (I've decided. My body has today left to fight this thing to the ground. It will.)
Because tomorrow...I have a run session with Professional triathlete Martha Grinnell (Dynamic Training) to do some evaluating and work on my run technique. Which is going to be so incredibly helpful for this up-coming season, plus she is a really inspirational athlete : )

What else....
I've signed up for St. Anthonys Triathlon (Florida) and the Nations Triathlon (Washington DC) which I'm stoked about.

Raffle Winner - The parents of one of my youth group kids, The Morris' were the winners - $389. Hoot Hoot!
Thanks to everyone who bought and/or sold tickets.
In June all the OWLs who sold tickets are coming out watch my Cape Cod race, and then we'll spend the day hanging on the beach!

Quote of the Day:
With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

Here's to Peace, Vitamin C and Miss Deely Dog,

I think I'll go get my front wheel and practice changing flats for time.....is it weird that that would bring me great joy? : )

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Brick Sunday

A play by play of the start of week #2....

semi-overcast 32 °F

Internal Dialouge:

Cycling Mile 1-3 "It's cold. Really cold. What am I doing...and why is this vicious head wind so relentlessly pounding 38 degree air against my soon to be wind burnt and numb cheeks?.....Am I going to warm up? I am going to New England Bicycle tomorrow to get a head/face warmer mask type thing. Yes. I wil do that."

Cycling Mile 3-6 "I love hills. I also love that I am totally warming up. Even though this entire gorge climb is in the shade, with a ripping wind."

Cycling Mile 6-16 "Wow, that is the sixth mini-van / SUV in a row that has passed with a Christmas Tree tied to the roof. Thank god I am out on my bike instead of stomping around a field in search of 'the perfect tree' while wearing earmuffs and a horridly festive sweater. Hmmmm......well there is the tree farm where everyone is browsing. Yup, bad sweaters....I can spot them from here." Biking Biking Biking "That pick-up had three trees in it....I wonder if all those trees are for one house...that seems rather excessive. Maybe its a neighborhood affair? But why is there only one person in the cab...."

Cycling Mile 17 "I haven't drank any water yet. That's probally not good" ((Drank three huge gulps of really really cold water))

Cycling Mile 17.3 "Well. I just threw up three large gulps of really really cold water. All over my right leg. Next time, I will use warm water and drink slower. That felt horrible"

Cycling Mile 17.3-20 "I am going to conclude that despite the little puking incident and the fact that the water slop is now frozen on my biking tights, I am still a bazillion times happier being out on the road - - and not inside a tree-topped car, wearing fur-lined Uggs, singing jingle bells, and planning what night we'll all go to bright nights. Yes. I am very content."


Running Mile 1 & 2 "I feel slow. slow. slow."

Running Mike 3 & 4 "The snot on my sweatshirt is frozen now. It's only December. There's not even ice or snow to deal with yet. This is exciting and miserable all at the same time." Run Run Run "Hello legs, there you are! I've never started doing brick training sessions so early in the season before. This is awesome"

Other Important Stuff
New England Bicycle in Southwick - is by far the best bike shop in.....well, the world! End of story.

Quote of the Day:
"You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control." E.Gilbert

Memory of the Day:
Because this makes me laugh.
And because everyone should convince a bus load of students that it is epicly important to go to the condor park, even though it is pouring harder than you have ever seen before. AND Because I'm having a serious day of GAIAS nostalgia.
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Here's to Peace, Coffee and Mile Mondays,

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