It’s been a loooong time since I posted last. Lots has happened in my life, but little of it has anything to do with triathlon or training or even maintaining my fitness levels. However, lately, as my life has started to slow down again, I have been thinking about training, getting back into shape, and making some goals. Today I was inspired to the utmost excitement as I learned that a fellow Saskatoon triathlete has “won” a spot in the 2013 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon!!! Escape from Alcatraz has been on my bucket list ever since I visited San Francisco … Keep reading

Race Day!

At tonight’s Team in Training “Inspiration Dinner” we were brought in to the dining hall by cheering staff and coaches in costumes with noise-makers, pom-poms, tu-tus, and so much purple it was hard to look. I had no idea it would be like that and if I wasn’t so confused, I would have been emotional. That came later. There are 232 participants from all over North America with Team in Training. Collectively, we raised $769,000! There was a woman (who I can’t remember her job title or her name or even where she is from) who led the program, which … Keep reading

1 Day Left!

Yesterday we left Saskatoon with our Prairie Team in Training team. I’ve never done a race with 50 other people, most of them strangers. However, there a few that are quickly becoming friends. My nutrition plan is to stay as normal as possible. However, last night I went out in search of a vegan restaurant. The place I wanted to go was closed, but I’ll be heading back there for lunch. Instead, my fellow vegetarian Ashley and I headed to a Lebanese restaurant and had a wonderful meal even with DESSERT! It’s just so refreshing to go to places where … Keep reading

In Memory

Last week I was asked to send a photo in of the person I was running in honour or memory of. Of course, I am running in honour of all the people that have suffered from Leukemia and Lymphoma, especially MellowJohnny. However, I am also running in memory of a man that I never met in person. He came into my life through one of my best friend’s and he left the world and our lives before I could journey out to Vancouver to give my final approval. Before he passed away, I briefly got to talk to him on … Keep reading

Countdown: 5 Days!

The Vancouver Marathon is coming up in 5 days! After months of training and fundraising, we are almost at our goal. While MellowJohnny and my romantic relationship did not survive this endeavour, our passion for this cause remains and so does our friendship. I have learned many important things during this journey: 1. Fundraising is HARD! It is way harder than doing the training. 2. When fundraising, try to get it done as early as possible to avoid the last-minute stress. 3. Buy new shoes! My knee became very sore after my last few long runs. This was because I … Keep reading

Training hard or hardly training?

My absence on this blog goes through my mind often when I’m biking outside on the highway. Sometimes I will see the deer prancing beside me in a field and I think, “I should blog about that!” By the time I get home, eat, ice my legs, and have a nice shower I have completely forgotten about it. Plus I’m exhausted! This spring has been AMAZING for training. The warmth and dryness is terrible for the farmers, but great for the cyclists. I have biked more in the March and this first part of April more than I did all … Keep reading

Day 1

So it is officially Day 1. I have tried really hard not to eat anything with sugar over the past couple of days, but haven’t been too strict about it. Although, I didn’t eat any of the chocolates that were passed around after last night’s bike workout that I was coaching. It was so nice of one of the participants to bring them and they looked good. It wasn’t that hard, actually, to say no. I have always had a lot of self-control once I decide something. Last night I felt kind of like crap. When I checked my food … Keep reading

Now Sugar Free!

For the month of February, I am taking on a new challenge. An intense challenge. I am giving up sugar. Completely. A few months ago I started thinking about how much sugar I was ingesting. It was probably after using My Fitness Pal for a while because there is an option to see how much sugar is in your food. So for a few weeks I just observed myself and my sugar habits. I didn’t try to change anything, just watched and tried to reduce my intake. Every once in a while I would go through everything I had eaten … Keep reading

Why this? Why now?

MellowJohnny really hates it when I talk to people about him having cancer. I can understand that. He’s kind of a private person and he’s shy about this awful disease that took away a big chunk of his childhood. However, the reason why I’m putting so much time and effort into this cause is not to run a marathon, but to raise money. My reasons for doing this are as follows: When Darcy’s mom was told that her 8-year-old son had a potentially fatal disease, I can’t even imagine how she felt. Leukemia. In the 1980s, it was one of … Keep reading

The Juggling Act featuring Moi

I have a little juggling act going these days. We are really pressing forward right now on fundraising because our recommitment date for the marathon is coming up on February 1st (!!!!). We would have liked to be almost done fundraising by this time, but we are far from it. Our upcoming fundraiser will be the real showing of where we are at with our fundraising commitments. The preparation for this fundraiser has been taking a lot of time lately. On top of that, MellowJohnny and I are training. You know, for this, like, marathon thing we’re doing in April. … Keep reading