My Volunteer Experience

This was my first time volunteering at Ironman, but being an athlete made me very prepared for all of my jobs over the past few days. Bike check-in I had the hardest job at bike check-in: traffic flow. It sucked. There were 2400 athletes stressed out and not really knowing where to go. My job was to direct them out of the area. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the other person did what they were supposed to do in directing them at a corner. I had to argue with people and try to give them directions “around the … Keep reading

First Impressions the Second Time Around

The trip to Coeur d’Alene was uneventful. Except for the 6-hour delay due to forgetting to renew my passport. It was a costly mistake that really threw me off, but I persevered and made it to the rental house I’m sharing around 2am. On the drive I listened to the audio book of Tyler Hamilton’s “The Secret Race.” It sure did keep me up and will probably change how I watch the Tour de France from now on. I want to “read” the rest of the book before I give my book review, but for now I want to say … Keep reading

Another Ironman First

This coming up weekend I am excited to be an Ironman Coeur d’Alene volunteer! It will be the first time I will have volunteered at Ironman. For the past year I have been stressed and beginning to train for this race. As you readers will know I pulled out a couple of months ago because I was just not ready. After transferring my registration to Ironman Silverman 70.3 (a half IM) in October, I knew that I was still going to have to go to Coeur d’Alene. On one hand I shake my head at myself because I rented a … Keep reading

Training the last few weeks has been going so much better! I’ve been running and running (with walking breaks of course) with absolutely no foot pain! It has been great and I completely credit my massage therapist for it, along with my following his orders to do foot exercises. Biking has been a bit of another story. In mid-March we went on a family vacation to Phoenix, AZ to see my sister get married and to spend some time in the sun. This winter has been absolutely completely brutal and I am cursing mother nature and this early-season Ironman race. … Keep reading

The Treadmill Mocks Me

Yesterday we finally got the treadmill set up! It has been taking up space in our porch for a couple of weeks because it was bought and brought home without adequate space to set it up in. We got the space cleared out and the treadmill set up. I got to take the first few steps on it just to say I did. Then I got off, put my walking cast back on, and looked at it longingly. Maybe this injury has made me appreciate training. It has created in me a WANT to get on the dreadmill! My bike … Keep reading

A Summary of the Last Week

My foot I’ve been wearing a walking cast for one week. There are three possibilities that it could be: stress fracture, Morton’s neuroma, or soft tissue trigger point. People say that I should go to a doctor and get it diagnosed. What most people don’t realize is that doctors really can’t diagnose this. A stress fracture requires a bone scan or a MRI. Both of these require months of a waiting list. I have been through this before and wasted a lot of time and energy. Living where I live means that it will take even more time because going … Keep reading


I have a secret to disclose to everyone: I don’t like salad! I’ve been vegan for almost 12 years now and I have kept this secret until recently. There is an assumption that because someone is vegan that means they like salad. It is often used as the go-to food at a restaurant that has nothing else. “There’s nothing you can eat? Well, you can have a salad!” Blah! This week I have tried having a salad for lunch a couple of times. One day I had a salad with quinoa, grape tomatoes, and baby greens with a ginger-sesame dressing. … Keep reading

Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2014 – 5 months out

Ironman Coeur d’Alene is a little over 5 months out now. While my training is better than it was a month ago, I do feel pretty “behind” where I should be. However, I have learned in the past that stressing out about it is not helpful. Instead of stressing, I am trying harder and harder. Right now my biggest focus is on losing weight and increasing strength. My right foot is still bugging me. I’m doing my best to train without irritating it. Even walking on it for 15 minutes at a time makes it feel like there are daggers … Keep reading


Ever since my run on Tuesday my right foot has been bugging me. There has been a constant mild pain in the front pad of my foot. On Tuesday night I gave my foot a massage and thought it would be fine. Yesterday I did yoga in the morning and it was bugging me all day when I was walking. Last night I was giving my feet a massage and found the spot that was sore – between the big and second toe right at the base of the toes on the bottom of the foot. When I was done … Keep reading