33rd season – it’a a wrap!

So another year has almost come and gone.  They go by more quickly than ever now and each passing year means that I have less time to be here enjoying those I love and doing what I love doing.

I have the option to draw my SS money right now.  But I love my job too much to even consider retiring next year.  Maybe one more, and then???

Thank you Ali’i for having me as a team member this year!  I love their kits and bought a ROKA wetsuit through being a member.  Was comfortable racing this season for sure.

I had a good local race season.  Didn’t travel anywhere to race except to work in a 5k with my nephew back in Ohio.  I had podium finishes in all my races except the 5K, with all being firsts except for an Oly tri where my hammies kept cramping up and I practically walked the entire 10k, so faded to 2nd in AG.  So mortifying!  Gotta figure out what the trigger is…it’s definitely NOT dehydration or electrolyte imbalances.  More pickle juice I guess!  It’s all about choosing one’s race venues right?

Next year?  It’s being planned-tentatively.  A mountain bike event in Prescott is being tossed around.  I almost won the Whiskey Row marathon there years ago and I would love to go back and see that course again-most of the mountain bike course is on the marathon course I hear.  Maybe a two mile swim in Redding…and some local stuff including a back-to-back Oly one day followed by a Sprint the next day!

Have you ever done back to back tris?  How was it?

Have a great break from racing for a short while!  Get strong!  Get focused!  2016 race season will be here before you know it!



Not yet….

True story.

Two young guys were running along the streets of Santa Monica in the early 70s going at a leisurely sub 6 min. pace, chatting about work, school, girlfriends, the usual…when some on-looker decides to comment with sarcasm; “Oooh”, he quips. “Wish I could be a fast runner too!”

Without skipping a beat or breaking stride, one young man turns to the naysayer and says, “not yet”.  They run on.

Sage advice given.

There are many moments in life like this where we tell ourselves and others that “now” is not the time.

You are too young to have that baby.  Not yet.  Maybe someday.

You are not fast enough to run that 10k.  Not yet.  Maybe someday.

You are not trained enough to drive the car, teach a room full of students, do therapy.  Not yet.  Maybe someday.

You haven’t had enough life experience to be able to vote, have a truly meaningful relationship, buy and maintain and pay for a house.  Not yet. Maybe someday.

It’s good to have a marathon (or two or a dozen) under ones’ belt before a BC is attempted, or the marathon at the end of an Ironman.  Not yet. Maybe someday.

It’s good to have experienced what a classroom of 30 is like before you decide to become a teacher for life.  Not yet.  Someday.  Maybe.

It’s good to have knowledge of child development and have some parenting skills before you raise a child.  Not yet.  Someday.  Yes, someday!

It’s good to practice parallel parking, your calculus or your Spanish, if you are going to be tested on these things.  Not yet.  Maybe one day. Someday.

Practice is good.

It makes you good at what you do, or what you want to do.

Don’t expect to do things well if you haven’t.  Make someday, today.            IMG_0006