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Ironman Vineman 70.3 Race Report

Forcing myself to be comfortable with being uncomfortable; being able to push my body to stay strong, flexible and aerobically fit as I enter a new age group and phase in my life. These are the reaons I’ve returned to race Ironman Vineman 70.3, my favorite triathlon for the 5th year in a row. Add to […]

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Inspirations for 2016: What It Means to Be “Badass is Beautiful”

Happy 2016! It’s hard to believe this will be my 5th year indulging in the sport of triathlons and my 3rd year learning ultra running. When I decided to race my first triathlon in 2011, my primary motivation was to force myself to get comfortable swimming in open waters. And so it began … I […]

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My First Ultra Marathon – Northface Endurance Challenge 50K + 1 mile

I once said I’d never do a triathlon.  I am an Ironman.  I once said I’d never want to run more than 26.2 miles of a marathon.  I am now an ultrarunner.  YES I AM.  And I’m grateful for every opportunity to pursue these crazy things.  Before I continue with my race report, you should […]

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The North Face Endurance Challenge 2013 Marathon – First Trail Race Report

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter.  I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill one only finds there are many more hills to climb.”  – Nelson Mandela Mandela passed away 2 days prior to my first […]

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Ironman Lake Tahoe 2013 Race Report – The Soul of a Triathlon

“The only thing that matters in this world is the positive we do to make it a better world: helping others feel okay about where they are at, applauded for their courage, elevated by their accomplishments. That shared support and inclusiveness is … the soul of triathlon. That’s been true for me since that first […]

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One Year Ironman Anniversary: Celebration, Inspiration and Friendship

Yesterday was the anniversary of my first Ironman.  It was a day of celebration, inspiration and friendship. I celebrated by biking 105 miles with over 6,100 ft of climbing.  I was suppose to ride the day before however was under the weather.  While I felt good enough  to tackle a big ride the following day, […]

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Swimming at Altitude: Interview with Jeff Pearson Coach & National Open Water Swimming Champion

“At 6,000 feet, the race [Ironman Lake Tahoe] boasts the highest starting altitude of any Ironman with plenty of climbing, it may also earn the title of ‘toughest’ Ironman” http://triathlon.competitor.com/2013/08/photos/course-recon-ironman-lake-tahoe_81962 And I thought I was signing up for the pretty scenery and clean lake?  Shoot me now. Even Mark Allen, triathlon God, agreed.  Mark posted […]

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Vineman Half Ironman 70.3 Race Report 2013

The Vineman 70.3 Half Ironman is one of my favorite courses to race.   A qualifier for the Ironman World Championship 70.3, this triathlon attracts a competitive field.   It is also a very scenic course taking athletes on a tour by Sonoma’s picturesque vineyards and wineries. Swim I arrived early at the Russian River and […]

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Wildflower Long Course 2013 Race Report

The Wildflower Long Course is one of the most beautiful and one of the most difficult 70.3 half Ironman (HIM) distances around.  Not only is it hilly, it can also be very hot with windy conditions.  This particular weekend was epic.  We endured scorching temperatures of over 100F on some parts of the course on […]

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Inspiration from Senior Ironman Athletes and Sister Madonna Buder

One of the highlights of competing in Ironman Canada 2012, was racing alongside 82 year old Sister Madonna Buder.  I passed her on the run and felt both guilty and relieved at the same time.  I witnessed up close what a fierce competitor she is.  Shortly after I gave her some words of encouragement and […]

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