Wednesday, August 13, 2014

After A Bike Crash - 6 Lessons Learned

Here are 6 Lessons Learned from my Bike Crash / Accident and what to do and NOT do during the first 30 days after an accident.

  • Wait at least 30 days before you decide to sell all your bikes, tri gear, wetsuit, and jerseys on Craigslist. Do throw away your helmet.

  • Do what you can do: walk, hike, swim – stay active.
  • Talk to your friends. Talk about the accident and get it out of your head. When people stop oh my goshing’ing and their eyes start to glaze over, find the next friend to talk to.
  • It’s okay to unfollow and unlike social media related to biking and triathlon, for the first 30 days.

  • Be thankful for what you can do. Be very thankful even if it’s so small like being able to walk the dogs without help.
  • Reflect on past accomplishments and future goals but do not make plans that can’t be undone in the first 30 days.
I may or may not have done all or some of these things. 

And, I appreciate all my friends who listened to me and understood.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Leadville & Mountain Biking & Motivation

I will be back on the mountain bike.
I saw this picture on my computer...... and remembered..

2014 24 Hour Race Tucson, AZ

I am a mountain biker -

An outdoor lover.

I will get back on my bikes post-injury. It will take some time.

In the meantime, I am adding Leadville 100 MTB to my endurance race bucket list. Maybe in 2016?!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ironman, Transformation, Running

“Everything can be transformed.  Every single thing.  Goodness exists.  It is all around.  It’s just sleeping.  It can be wakened.”

I love this quote. It is from the TV show Enlightened. The main character is kooky, lovable, and often makes bad choices - hmm.... sounds like someone I know.  

As I get ready to run my long run this morning I’m thinking about transformation. I’m thinking about how the last six years I lived triathlon. How becoming a triathlete changed my mind and body, how it made me change into a person who could do anything she set her mind to. 

As I watch friends and bloggers write about their transformation while training for Ironman, I am excited, thrilled, and jealous. And since I’m obsessed with nutrition, training, and mental preparation for Ironman I have been reflecting on my own past training and racing. 

After I finished a race I never thought much about the accomplishment of it. I did it. Okay, what’s next? I’m always wondering what’s next.

For now I relegate Ironman to remembering long training rides runs; and how good I felt after. I remember finishing my first, second, and third Ironman and the family and friends I shared them with. 

Coeur d'Alene 2009, Arizona 2010, Wisconsin 2013
I took for granted that they would just happen and would continue happening.

The What’s Next for me is my transformation into a runner: #50marathons50states. I am scaling down and focusing on the run, getting leaner and faster. 
Monologue from Enlightened:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Accident Recovery Day 26 – New Goals

Saturday, and Day 26 post-bike accident.

The half cast for my pinky will stay on for at least another three weeks but my ortho doc wants me to take it off a few times a day and do hand exercises. Without the cast I can type a little bit faster, and therefore, I am able to write this post, finally.

Race Schedule Update
Due to the injury I was able to roll my Mountain Man Long Course race to next August. It’s going to be a long road to get back on a bike.

I’ve been thinking of new goals and trying new things. I have some exciting activities planned for this new lifestyle: 

I am a travelling, endurance athlete-writer.

1 – A Marathon In Every State
I love to travel. I want to see and do everything. I also want to visit friends and family along the way. I want to run in the places where friends can show me their world, their place!
Since I’m taking a break from biking and racing triathlon, I want to run. I want to trail run and I want to road run.
My new goal: I will finish a marathon distance or longer in every state by 12/31/2019.
I have already finished a marathon in Colorado and Arizona. I’m not counting the marathons completed as part of an Ironman; the race must be a standalone marathon or ultra distance running race.


I am registered for the Duke City Marathon in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Hoover Dam Marathon in Nevada. In Nevada I will hang out with my friend Meghan who lives in Las Vegas. I'm trying to convince her to run one of the races! Just do it! 


I plan to sign up for the Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson, MS in January. This location was decided because I get to see my friend Rich. He has visited me in every state I’ve lived in since moving from New Hampshire. He lives just outside of Jackson now and I can’t wait to see him and take a tour of his southern place. Rich says he will run the quarter marathon! It's going to be an awesome week in Jackson.

I plan to run the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach, California in February since I have yet to see the California seacoast.

I will finish a few marathons before signing up for more in 2015.

2 – Yoga, Pilates, and Spin classes
I have been training and racing triathlon for 10 years. This lifestyle didn’t leave any time or energy for group, indoor activity. In May I started weekly Yoga and Pilates classes at the Northwest YMCA at the urging of my friend, Libby. I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved the classes and instructors. Now, these classes have become part of my new lifestyle post-injury/crash. I've convinced my friend Kassandra to come to the weekly Power Yoga class and she has added it to her weekly training plan. She is training for her first Marathon - Tucson Marathon in December. (woot!) I also attended my first spin class since moving to Tucson last week and really liked it, too. I never thought I’d need a spin class since I always thought I’d be biking outside in Tucson.
Adapt – Change – Discover

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Bike Crash and Broken Finger

When life gives you lemons – I say make a smoothie:

My new saying doesn’t flow like the original.

On the morning of July ,1 I crashed on my tri bike breaking my left pinky. 

How it happened:

I was finishing my last four minute interval in aero position when I hit a patch of sand to the right of the white line on Moore Rd in Oro Valley. I watched my front tire lose contact with the ground sending me head first into the road. 

My head, shoulder and arm are fine; amazingly. Amazing, lucky, blessed. 

My left pinky didn’t fare as well. It was pointed in a direction no pinky should ever point. 

At the ER I had four stitches near my elbow and my pinky was pulled back into place. I have a lot of road rash on my left side. 

After a visit to Tucson Orthopedic two days later, the doctor reset the pinky bone, again, (i.e. pulled back into place) and I have a new splint on it.
Hopefully by next week the pinky bone will stay in place. If not – surgery.

A big thanks to:
The random guy, Alex who saw me crash and drove me home.
Dan, who always answers his phone when I call.  
Torie, who drove me to the ER.
Missy, who walked my dogs while in the ER and gave support.
Vanessa, who picked me up and took me to get the good pain meds.

I have a great support system and am so thankful.

I don’t think I will be biking for a very long time but I have all my faculties, I can still train and race in other sports, and will practice yoga and Pilates more.

I am now one-armed and feel a new sense of gratitude and wonder. It’s hard to multitask so I’m slowing down and living in the moment more than I ever have. 

Anyone interested in a pink, Quintana Roo tri bike? Size Medium? 

Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 Swim Bike Run Goals - The Half Way Point

In January I posted my goals for Swimming, Biking and Running this year.

Today I calculated them using  

2014 Goals (As of 6/30/2104 miles completed)
Swim: 75 Miles (34)
Bike: 5,000 Miles (1,635)
Run: 1,500 Miles (411)

Uh Oh – I better get to work in the next 6 months.
I have some work to do. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Toughman Arizona Long Course Race Report

Originally I was signed up for the double race: Toughman Arizona Long Course on Saturday and Sunday's Xterra Deuces Wild

About two month prior to the race, the race director sent an email cancelling the Xterra; the Forest Service wouldn't give them a permit because the forest would be closing due to fire danger.
I adjusted my training plan, cut out mountain biking and trail running, and concentrated solely on road biking and running.
I decided the day I signed up that I would camp and camping was the best option considering the transition area was a mile from the camp site in Fools Hollow State Park. Check in for the race and camping was easy and I could just relax and go to sleep.

I haven’t been nervous for this year’s races. I just seem to go through the motions prepping food and gear. 

I had heard from other races last year that aid stations on the run could be sketchy so I knew I would run with a water bottle. I carried two water bottles on my bike which I normally don’t do in Ironman races since aid stations are always stocked and reliable. I wasn't sure what to expect on this bike course so I played it safe. 

The Race:
The swim was shortened from 1.2 to about .9 since water levels were low. A racer told me they were pulling water from it for fire fighting. The water was nice about 60 degrees and since there were only about 30 people in the race it wasn't difficult to find a place to swim. Towards the end there were weeds that seemed to want to grab my arm and pull me under, but I have swam in worse so not a big deal.

Out of transition and on the bike, I was expecting long, steep hills and that is exactly what was out there. I felt lucky there was no wind considering that last few weeks the wind was gusting from weather reports I watched. No clouds just blue, blue sky.

I was disappointed that the aid stations didn't have any Gatorade or Heed, but was thankful there was water. I liked their method of swapping out water bottles and hoped they were clean (I’m sure they were.)
I really pushed it on the bike and felt fast. I passed about 15 men and women throughout the 56 miles. I knew that I was pushing it too hard to have anything left for the run, but did it anyway.

Back into transition and off on the run, I should have taken it as a warning when the transition area was out of water, it was hot and felt like 100 degrees but it was only 80. The run started on trails paralleling the lake which I really liked. Once I got to the first aid station they only had Heed. I filled my water bottle and by the next aid station water would have been great, but no water. More Heed. 
The run course ran by my camping spot and I was tempted to stop and get water and ice from my car but decided to wait. I had one more loop to do and if I needed to I would stop during the next loop. By the second loop the aid station had awesome cold, icy, water. 
My legs felt dead and I walked a lot knowing that my time would be slow.
I finished feeling okay and headed back to camp to think about my time and the race: 6:53

Show Low is a beautiful town. Reminds me of the western slope in Colorado. I would like to race the Xterra if they have it next year. The four hour drive from Tucson was LONG! 

A beautiful drive through the Salt River Canyon was spectacular.