Monday, January 14, 2013

It's Not Too Late to Get in Shape in 2013!

Are your fitness resolutions already starting to fade?  Lacking motivation?  Struggling to get to the gym or out the door?

Join us for another amazing season of Team in Training with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!    Beginners welcome! Intermediate athletes welcome!  Everyone is welcome to join other inspirational people to train for a triathlon and help others at the same time.  

We are the largest endurance training organization in the country.   Our athletes raise money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  We are currently recruiting a team to race at the Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon in June.  This is one of the most popular races in Colorado.   Beautiful scenery and a great race environment.  Here’s what we provide the team:
  •   A detailed training schedule with several ability levels to choose from
  •   Options for true beginners all the way to experienced athletes
  •   Awesome coaches - Charley Perez, Mary Carey, Khem Suthiwan & Nicole Drummer
  •   Coached run on Tuesday nights - one option at Wash Park and one in Lone Tree
  •   Coached swim workout on Wednesday nights at Arapahoe Community College
  •   Coached rides and/or runs on Saturday mornings all over the Denver area
  •   Clinics on topics such as gear selection, stretching, Triathlon 101, etc.
  •   Entry into the race
  •   A team dinner before the race
  •   Mentors and team captains to help you every step of the way
  •   An Honored Hero to inspire you all season
  •   A TNT wetsuit that is yours to keep
So, what’s the catch?  All we ask from our participants is that they have fun, train hard and raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   Come join this amazing team.  Make a difference while you train and race triathlon.  Information meetings are taking place this month.  To find an info meeting near you or to sign up for our team, please visit  If you have questions, you can also contact any of the coaches listed above!  Hope to see many of you on this awesome team.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 - It's All About the Journey

By the numbers...

Swim - 42 hours
Bike - 2160 miles
Run - 645 miles
Crossfit - 61 hours

It was a great year and a tough year of training and racing for me.  Despite several bouts of vertigo and bronchitis, I managed to stay relatively healthy this year.  Training went fairly well given two small kids at home, a husband who was also training, etc.   Training for Ironman again was a blast, especially doing it with some great friends.

I raised thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and raced the Lavaman Triathlon in Hawaii in the spring, placing in the top five in my age group.  It was a fun race and a memorable trip.

In June, we raced the altered Loveland Lake to Lake course due to the horrible fires in northern Colorado.  Despite the tough breathing conditions and a new course, it was still a fun little race.

In July, we raced at over 9000 feet in altitude at the Rocky Mountain Triathlon in Silverthorne.  Sometimes we forget how hard it is to race at altitude!  We had a great weekend in the mountains and I won my age group!

August was the big month.  We raced Ironman Canada.  I hadn't been to Penticton since 2004 and it was great to be back.  A few days before the race, we found out that this 30th anniversary race would be the last Ironman Canada in Penticton.   It was memorable for many reasons including racing it with full-blown bronchitis and asthma, spending 43 minutes in the medical tent in T2, and crossing the finish line with Brian.  Definitely some highs and lows, but despite the obstacles, I got to the finish line.  It was my slowest Ironman race and definitely not pretty, but sometimes those are the races to be most proud of.

Topped off the season with the Oktoberfest Sprint tri in September for fun.  RMTC made it extra classy with several relay teams in costumes.  It's always fun to see the fast guys racing in pink speedos, dresses, etc.  Fun way to finish the year.

2012 was a reminder that triathlon is often as much if not more about the journey.  If my entire season had hinged on my performance at Ironman, what a disappointment this year would have been.  But, I truly enjoyed the journey.  Long rides with good friends.  85 mile rides by myself including many great climbs.  Getting out for some long rides with Brian.  Some smaller, fun races.  I had a fun summer of training and racing.

2013 brings new challenges and goals.   I hope to enjoy this journey even more!  And, I look forward to spending time with everyone who will be along for the ride!

Happy training!