2019 Mileage Goals

Besides goals for masters swim meets, running road races, and triathlons; I have certain goals for each sport that I love to do and participate in. I want to SWIM 250 miles; CYCLE 2500 miles, and RUN 800 miles. In the end numbers don't matter but they kind of do. I'll be spending quality time doing each sport individually with my race schedule; so I know I can hit these goals and numbers. Here's to an adventurous and phenomenal and successful 2019 of training and racing.

2018 Season In Pictures

I can not believe the year of 2018 is almost over and we will soon be ringing in the year of 2019 within the matter of days. Here are some of my favorite pictures captured from my 2018 season.

One Salty and Happy New Jersey Marathon Finisher

My 20th Marathon Finisher Medal from New Jersey is so pretty.

Could not believe I podiumed at the Kinetic Multisports Tri It Sprint Triathlon in Bear Delaware. I ended up 3rd in the 30-34 female age group. First time I stood on the podium in over 7 years. Yay!

Looking Strong and Powerful on the bike course at USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals in Cleveland Ohio. 

Oh Yeah People! I swam cycled and ran my way to become a USA Traithlon National Age Group Finisher in #TheLand.

Coming out of the water at the Kinetic Multisports North East Sprint Triathlon in North East Maryland. This was a bucket list race for years. Happy I finished my time in the female 30-34 age group with a triathlon I always wanted to do.

Margot Strong

It's been a super tough week for me. Part of it had to do with sweet and dear masters swimming friend Margot Pettijohn passing away after a short and intense battle with lung cancer a week ago. I've been using my off-season triathlon training as a source of comfort to help me get through this rough period. When I've posted about my training on social media I've been using the hashtag #MilesForMargot as a way to honor Margot through my training. To me it's the kindest thing I can do right now for both me and for Margot. Early in the week I cried my way through all my workouts just thinking about how much I miss Margot but then by the end of the week I was able to smile through my workouts; remembering all the good memories of her. I think she'd be happy to know that I am still doing what I love despite her not being here with us anymore. I can't really write much more about this but I just wanted to share what I was doing to keep the memory of Margot going. …

Becoming a Sprinter

It's been almost two weeks now since I swam in the Germantown Masters Solstice Meet at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. This time around for the first time in many years I didn't swim the 200 Butterfly, which was my favorite event. I needed a break from 8 fly lengths of the pool and I hadn't been swimming much butterfly at all so I went for a different meet lineup. How did it go?

Let's see; two new shiny personal bests and a near personal best. I swam the 100 Breaststroke in 1:48 and the 100 Freestyle in 1:29; both PERSONAL BESTS. Unfortunately the 50 Breaststroke; well it wasn't my meet. I was nearly 1.5 seconds off a personal best, swimming it in 52 seconds. I was hoping to break 50 seconds but I'll try again in March at the Montgomery Ancient Mariners Albatross Meet. I really enjoyed this meet lineup. I got to swim two events I have never swam before in short course meters (100 Breaststroke and 100 Freestyle); both being events I haven't swam in severa…

Smaller Goals...

I must admit; I have those days that the last thing I want to do is train. The mornings I don’t want to get out of bed when the alarm goes off at 4:30 am. The nights after a long day at work; working at both SwimLabs and the county pool; that’s when I really don’t want to get my training in. The one thing I can say for those times of day I don’t want to train. They’ve been worth it. Every single stroke, every single pedal stroke, every single stride; oh yeah and every single side plank, it makes it all worth it. I’m sure my thoughts aren’t different from any other athlete’s thoughts. Sometimes you just don’t want to do it. Lately, to be completely honest I’ve been feeling that way. I got to a point in my training for several weeks of the my off-season so far that I would get out and in the midst of a workout I’d want to call it a day and just give in. But all those times I’ve stuck at it. It’s been worth it.

Even though I’m in my triathlon off-season; I’ve been working toward smaller g…

A New Ohana

So last Thursday I got the email I had been waiting for. I made the Zoot Sports Team Zoot for 2019. I have a new ohana and am very excited about it. I know it's just another ambassador team but I'm a big believer of the brand. Off and on for the past 14 years I've worn Zoot. The brand is cute, comfortable, and affordable for a major triathlon clothing brand. I am still so happy I made the team like you won't believe it. It means alot to me; so much I still don't have words to describe these feelings. I know I'll make a great ambassador and can't wait to find out what the team kit will look like. I'm still gonna order the 83 kit; just don't know what pieces of the kit I'll order. It was great to get so much positive feedback from friends and fellow triathletes when I posted that I made the team. More updates as they become available. But here's to a new Ohana and a new Family for 2019. Let's Do This!

Sleeveless or Short Sleeve...

Not the blog post I was gonna post originally but I do have a decision to make. It's the evening of Thursday November 1st and I have yet to hear from Zoot Sports to know if I did or didn't make the 2019 Team Zoot. I guess in so many ways it doesn't matter because no matter what I'm wearing Zoot in 2019. I mean I have so much Zoot apparel and it's comfortable so I'm going to stick with it. I know I'm going to order one of the kits from Zoot, the Women's 83 Collection, just not sure if I should go for a Sleeveless or Short Sleeve Onesie. Wish Me Luck (Or Help Me Choose)!