The Unintentional Consequences of the Triathlon


February 2016


That day you see on the horizon and know all those early mornings will pass and you can sleep in.  I was so looking forward to this morning.  I was ready to just dream and stay all snuggled up in my bed just relaxing and enjoying a few moments of sweet blessed sleep.

Then this morning came.  5:08 the clock said.  My brain kicked in and I was awake. I guess when you regularly get up at the crack o’dawn your body and brain say ha ha no way!

Alas to look forward to the next rest day.


The time had been set.  True the forecast in Seattle is always kind of a gamble.  It does rain a lot here.  Especially this year.  But the morning seemed pretty decent. Cloudy, a little cold but so far no rain.

We arrive at the track and as we start getting out of the car we look across the horizon.  Dark clouds loom.  It is then we both realize this might be a very wet and soggy workout.  I joke about if the rain comes I am hiding out in the car.  But I figure we have a shot to get the whole thing finished before the raindrops start.

First lap, warm-up the wind starts picking up.  Second lap, I am finally not freezing and my core temperature is starting to increase.  Third lap, the drizzle begins.  Walking lunges commence and then the rain.

I kept telling myself this is all part of the training.  To just keep going.  That to persevere through the wind, cold, and rain is what being an ironman is all about.  To just not stop moving until the finish.

Well happy to report that is exactly what I did.  But I was soaked through when we finished.  I am not sure my shoes will dry out for a couple of dayd

Push Ups

Yesterday included lots and lots of push ups.  Who knew if I just challenged myself I would be able to do 80 push ups.  Ok I was supposed to do perfect push ups and take my time.  I definitely need to work on getting closer down to the ground for a more full extension but I have graduated to being on my toes!  I call that a victory.

The 4 o’clock hour

  When you are at the gym before the world wakes you know yo are ether crazy or committed. Or maybe both. I am exhausted but here. Going to get the workout done. So thankful for training partners who keep me accountable. 

Rowing and Healthy Lunch

We have been tacking on some rowing drills at the end of the workouts. This morning both my legs and lungs were screaming at me. Mind you this is all at the crack o dawn so brain is still waking up. One of these days I will get under 2. Jeff you win this battle so far. 

Also what has been discussed lately is eating more healthy meals. I might be 60/4o on that one. But today salad it is for lunch. A quite pretty one I might add so figured I’d post.  


weight loss starts in the kitchen

Oh how I wish that wasn’t true.  I keep coming back to that phrase.  I love food and love to eat.  I follow shows that focus on food.  Listen to podcasts on food and about chefs.  Participate with a group of women in a supper club.  Love pouring over and trying new recipes.

So that phrase is just…ugh!  Eating to fuel my body I find to be a complete challenge.  I would rather just devour whatever I want and not have to think about it.  Alas that isn’t how life works, is it?  So wanting to get down to a racing weight and be able to be strong at the finish I have been thinking a ton about that phrase.  I am exploring how to make dishes that are healthy,taste good and provide my body the fuel it needs to keep moving.

Oh the love of all things sugary and full of carbs.  We will not part ways but we will have to limit our time together.

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