IRONMAN Boulder 2014

IRONMAN Boulder 2014
IRONMAN Boulder 2014 - Photo Courtesy of Nils Nilsen @N2PhotoServices
former professional couch potato and dorito eater with no fitness background to 2 x IRONMAN triathlete. blogging about all things training so you can be inspired to be active in your life! there's no 'can't' - just think of when you will take that first step!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I'M SICK! And, I haven't done my workouts...

Today is day 10 since I've done a SINGLE workout!

I woke up with the intent of doing an easy, recovery ride for about an hour but I'm just not there yet. 

There's still that heaviness in my chest, still a little congested, and my body is plain tired. (Actually, I'm pretty much always tired, so I need to eliminate that from my list of reasons why not to do a workout.) I'm out of breath at the top of the stairs coming out of the subway. I have a cough that isn't the most productive. There's still some congestion in my sinuses. 

This started about three weeks ago when I felt a LITTLE under the weather. I took a few days off and when I started feeling slightly better, I jumped RIGHT back in with the same intensity as if there wasn't anything that hit me. I was going strong for about ten days until the evening after my weekend of long workouts last weekend. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

What's your MQ score?

Gadgets, gadgets, GADGETS! I love GADGETS!!!

A couple weeks ago I received the Skulpt Aim. The Skulpt Aim is a small device that allows you to measure the MQ (muscle quality) of individual body parts in addition to body fat percentage!

You simply select the muscle you want to measure on the Skulpt Aim device, quickly spray of the sensors on the back, gently press the device against the belly of the non-flexed muscle and BOOM! Your numbers are captured in just a few seconds! Simply repeat on all the body parts you want to measure! Then, you sync the device to the app on your phone and you can analyze (or OVER-analyze) your data!


This is a great device and VERY eye opening. For example, my measurements showed that my legs are beyond athletic and almost SKULPTED! But (WOMP WOMMMMppp), my chest appears to be less than fit and almost in the average range! So, as you can see, it's a great tool that can tell you where you may want to spend a little extra time in the gym!

I highly recommend the #Skulpt Aim!




Monday, January 12, 2015

EnduroPacks Product Review


When it comes to almost everything I get into in life, I can be quite obsessive. When it comes to my health, I've become more protective of my body and the items that I put in it. I read labels closely and do a lot of research. The least amount of ingredients typically is my go-to. Make them organic, or at least non-GMO, HUGE BONUS!

Here's why...

Without diving TOO far into the details, I had some blood work and saliva tests last year when I went to a naturopathic physician. I wanted to discuss options that could get me OFF my anxiety medication AND help me wake up feeling refreshed each day. The summary of the series of visits and tests was that my body was not getting enough rest due to poor diet - likely "leaky gut" - which prevents proper absorption of nutrients. This was likely a huge reason for me often not getting restful sleep and suddenly waking up at 2am with my mind racing. 

Also, although not fried, my adrenals were taxed out and sitting in an "adapted to stress" state, which if not addressed could lead to diabetes, heart disease, and possibly many other things that I stopped hearing because I was in shock. I was in shock because I was, I thought, doing good things by eating as Paleo possible and staying active with my workouts. To hear diabetes and heart disease calling my name BAFFLED me!

New prescription...

Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

SOMETHING BEATS NOTHING - Tips on Staying Active with Limited Time!

How not to be a permanent slob post IRONMAN...

We recently got Garmin Vivosmart fitness trackers for the team at The Running Institute. And, it has been enlightening!!! I'M BARELY ACTIVE WHEN I'M NOT TRAINING FOR AN EVENT!!! My steps could easily be just around 5000 for the day on a regular basis had we not started using these for some fun challenges. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

IRONMAN Boulder - The Never Ending "False Flat"

I am far enough removed from race day so I can rationally reflect on it.

The morning of August 3rd, 2014, was great! The temperature seemed perfect and the Boulder reservoir was so calm that it looked like glass! The latter was a VERY important detail!!!

During my pre-race activities of pumping up my tires, loading my nutrition, dropping off final items into transition bags etc, I had a couple friends come to say hello and wish me luck. Andrea is a great friend from Chicago that was suppose to race but still came out even though she got injured a few weeks before. She crutched on over in her brace to find me and wish me luck--it was SO great to see her because it had been a while since we saw each other last in Chicago! Another friend was from Twitter; her name is Jennifer and she is, coincidentally, the sister of a former neighbor and friend of mine, Dana. It was really great to meet her in person and wish her luck - she ended up coming in 3rd in her age group and is on her way to KONA! CONGRATS, JENNIFER!

One particular hello and wish of luck came from #TriTeamForGood teammate Pam. I nearly lost it into her shoulder when she gave me a hug