Troika Triathlon

What a great event! I am so glad that we did this, it was just the confidence boost I needed before the Boise HIM.




The Swim:

The water temperature was perfect, the water was calm and it was a wave start (so it was only women in the Sprint Triathlon, starting at once), and I felt confident that it would go well. Everyone started, I started near the back, as swimming is not a strong suit for me, but once I was in and going, it went great, I was slowly passing other women and able to stay calm even with my face in the water.




I hadn’t raced in open water prior, so I hadn’t transitioned from my wetsuit to my bike gear. It went seamlessly. My wetsuit came off easily. I had my Trisuit on underneath. So I simply put on my socks, shoes, sunglasses and helmet and headed out. Clipped in without issues.



The bike ride was perfect. I don’t think I have had a single ride on the bike where the conditions were so perfect. No headwind. Sun. No rain. It was great. Picked a few people up on the bike. Took in two gels and a bottle of water with Nuun. Easily clipped out coming back in. Not a single issue.


Racked the bike. Slipped off my cycling shoes. Realized I had my running shoes tied together, won’t do that again, got them on and tied, switched my helmet for my visor and took off.


It was heating up a touch at this point. I skipped the water stations on the course, knowing I wouldn’t need much as I drank on the bike. Kept a steady pace. And although pretty hot, felt good.




Great race!! Even placed 3rd in my Age Group!


National Running Day (and link-up!)

National Running Day is coming up on June 3rd. A fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador Jonesin’ for a run is hosting a blog link up, with everyone answering the following questions, thought it sounded fun!

1. Why do you run?

Well, I’ve blogged about this before, a few times. I’ve had different reasons off and on, but primarily, I run because it keeps me (somewhat) sane.

2. How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?

I’ll celebrate with running after my morning swim!

3. How many miles have you run so far this year?

I have no idea. I have never really thought about tracking it, but with my new Garmin, I will!

4. What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?

My biggest focus right now is the Boise Ironman on June 13th!

5. Before I leave for a run you must have:

My Garmin, my Mizunos, my iPod, a honey stinger waffle, and all tucked nicely into my Ogio bag!

6. Do you have one favorite app to track your runs?

Garmin Connect, it syncs itself and has tons of awesome info.

7. Who is your favorite running partner?

Running-Amber; Swimming & Biking-Twila; Yogging-Haili

8. What races have you ran so far this year?

Jan 1st – Portland New Year 10k Run – Portland
Jan 17th – Freeze Your Fanny 5k – Local
Feb 14th – Sweethearts Run 4m – Local
Feb 21st – Edge of Hell Run 4m – Local
March 1st – Hot Chocolate 15k – Seattle
March 7th – Snake River Half Marathon – Local
March 14th – St Pattys Run – Local
March 21st & 22nd – Snake River Triathlon – Local
March 28th – Spokane Superhero Fun Run – Spokane
April 11th – Color the Valley 5k – Local
April 11th – Hope Glow Run 5k – Moscow
April 12th – Rolling Hills Half – Moscow
April 17th – Twilight 5k – Local
April 25th – Seaport River Run 10k – Local
April 26тh – Calla Run – Local
May 3rd – Bloomsday 12k – Spokane
May 8th-10th – Tinkerbell 5k, 10k, Half Marathon – Disneyland

9. If you had to give someone one piece of advice about running what would it be?

Stick with it, it sucks at first. Keep at it. It gets easier. You won’t regret it.

10. Describe your relationship with running in one word:


3 Weeks Out – Boise Ironman 70.3

The two weeks since being home from Disneyland have been tough. This cold has really taken a toll on me (and my baby girls). Today, finally, I’m feeling human again. I’m still trying to kick this lingering cough, but my body feels back to normal and I finally have energy again.

Took my bike out for a 30 mile ride this morning, and it felt great. Thank goodness. With 18 days until Boise HIM, I was starting to freak out a little. But, instead, it’s time to dial it in!

This coming weekend is the Troika Triathlon in Medical Lake. It will be good to practice transitions, and the confidence boost I’ll need!


This damn cold…


Ive been under the weather… Trying to kick a chest cold. Today was a lot of tea, lemon water, cough drops, and chloraseptic spray. But I did manage a nice long 1 mile swim and an hour on the bike. Ironman keeps creeping in closer, I have no time for a cold.


But honestly, all I want to do is nap……..

Boise 70.3, 4 weeks out!

What a weekend, great long bike ride in the pouring rain, a good run this morning and another terrific open water swim this afternoon. Tomorrow we are 4 weeks out from the Boise 70.3 Ironman, and I think we are getting super close. The harder the training, the better my nerves are.


5 Weeks Out – Ironman 70.3 Boise – AAGGHHHH!!


It’s getting so close, getting so real. 

My sister posted this today on her FB. I love this. It’s so true. 

Disneyland Tinkerbell Half Marathon

Wow. What an incredible experience. Although, I ended up with a nasty stomach bug, therefore wasn’t hydrated at all, this was an amazing race. No where near a PR, but with 6 pit stops, I was just happy with a finish. 


-My original Ogio Ambassador backpack

Honey Stinger Waffle (prior to the race)

Honey Stinger Gel (halfway)

Mizuno Wave Rider 18s

Mizuno Featherweight 3/4 tights

-Drymax Hyper Thin Mini Socks

-My ipod and earbuds

-My Garmin Fenix 3


Disneyland must employee a gazillion people, have twice that many willing to volunteer and be a part of Disney races and again that many people just wanting to watch and cheer everyone one. Running through the park, the through the belly of Anahiem is quite incredible, and being surrounded by people the whole way, wow. Sick or not sick, I felt the amazing energy the whole race. 

The Actual Race

Started in one of the parking lots edging the park, which with so many runners and so many corrals, this was perfect. It was a staggered start, which again with the number of people doing the race was perfect. We ran through the park, seeing all the areas of the park that you wouldn’t during the daytime, and seeing all of the rest of the park without the crowds and lines. It was amazing. From the park, you ran out downtown Anahiem, through business districts and neighborhoods, lined with people. There were water and Powerade stations almost every mile and pottapotties about every 2 or less. 
Running a half this incredible, in Disneyland, is an experience that I am so utterly thankful for.  



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