Monthly Archives: July 2013

One more to go


4 weeks and only one more event to go.  The big show, the main event, what people train all year for will be here soon.

Every day I feel more ready.  Physically and mentally.  It’s like when you’ve been waiting for a really long time in the Dr.’s office and you are just SO ready to go in to see the doctor, although usually if you have to see the Dr. you aren’t feeling that well, that you just want to get in there and get it over with already.  I am starting to feel like that.

Or I feel like what I can only imagine what a pregnant person feels like.  Always being asked how they are feeling and all of those other expecting mom questions.  “How is your training going?” etc etc.  I’ve heard that you should keep your goals quiet and not announce them.  Lately I’m feeling that way.  haha

So yeah, with only 2 more weeks of larger volume training in front of me, I’m feeling focused, ready and feeling that hey, this distance IS doable.


Pic from last weekend’s Peach City Classic Triathlon.  Beautiful race, hot day, good times.

One.  More.  Event.


Seniors roll a bit differently in my town.



Whether or not this picture if true we get the idea right. 

Since I started this journey of training for next month’s upcoming race, I have had the pleasure to be inspired by and in awe of many “seniors”.  My swim coach is 73, would have been an Olympian in South Africa if they had the funding and has been breaking Master’s records for years.  He gets BETTER with age.  Unreal.

Then there’s Diane.  Former triathlete and will turn 70 this fall.  We finished this weekends 155km ride at the SAME time.  She is out swimming with us 3x/week and probably gives her grandchildren a run for their money energy wise.  Oh, and she also kicked my ass in this year’s Elevator race in the 8km kayak.

Along with Carl and Diane, there are several other “seniors” and those that are on the cusp who are in phenomenal condition.  I have a few crushes I must say.

They have all chosen a life of health, fitness and activity and look at the amazing things they can do.  They will be fully functional and mobile as they continue to age and will probably still be kicking my ass!

CHOOSE and CREATE the life you want.  I can’t imagine that anyone would actually WANT to be dependent on others or in a wheelchair or gasping for breath walking up a flight of stairs.

It’s up to us.  We are blessed with the awesomeness of this physical body and we create the rest.  What do you want to be able to do?  Create the freedom in your physical body and open yourself up to the possibilities!

Love it, open it, challenge it, embrace it, honor it.

Vegan Chocolate Cake


3 C flour. 

Yes, I know, not GF, BUT, Randy’s dad mills his own flour.  It is called Heritage Mills.  The wheat is organic from a farm just up the hill from his mill.  Many with celiac or gluten sensitivity have reported that they had little to no reactions when using this flour.

2 C sugar.  I used coconut.

6 T cocoa powder or carob

2 t baking soda

1 t salt

2 C water

3/4 veg oil.  Again, I used coconut.

2 T vinegar

2 t vanilla.

Mix together and toss in the oven for about 30 mins at 350.  My cake last night was done in 20 mins so just be sure to check depending on your oven.


1/2 C sugar

1/4 C cocoa/carob

1/4 C almond or coconut milk

3 T veg oil.  Used coconut oil here again

1/2 – 1 C powdered sugar

dash of salt

1/2 t vanilla

In a saucepan mix sugar and cocoa powder.

Stir in milk, oil and salt

Heat to boiling and let boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Let cool, THEN add vanilla and icing sugar until desired consistency.


Breakfast Madness!


Breakfast Madness!

With increased volume in training these past few weeks so has the volume of food intake!
Before my swim this morning, I was looking forward to a nice bowl of my homemade granola and a smoothie upon my return.
After my swim, I wanted to eat my arm and that bowl of granola was just not going to cut it!

Breakfast Madness consists of a coconut wrap from Just Pies, re-fried beans and rice, spinach, tomatoes and cheddar cheese.
Farm fresh eggs with feta and spinach with a cup of juice consisting of kale, spinach, others greens and an apple.
Nom, nom, nom!

Longest ride



Slowly but surely.  This is a pretty slow pace but it’s where I’m at and I’m ok with it.  We are 6 weeks out from the event and it’s balls to the walls time.

Back to Crossfit and putting in more hours on the bike.  I feel good after last weekends half and feel improvements in my body all the time.  This WILL get done!


I LOVE riding by this sign.   So simple yet so powerful.  What if it said “NO?.”  It’s just a word, letters put together but they can create such an impact.

YES, I can get my ass up this hill!!!  YES, you can do that thing you’ve been wanting to do but have been afraid to do it.  YES!  Now go do it!

(This sign is actually in favor of making the area around them a National Park and lots of other signs DO say NO in big red letters)