Another Ironman First

IMCDA swim

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

Consistently Inconsistent

I got my legs back!

Last week was a tough week. I actually wrote a blog post about being consistently inconsistent and it turned out to be a self-prophesying post. I was busy and tired and did the best that I could, but I didn’t get on my bike and I didn’t swim. I took the term “rest week” to a whole new level where I did so much resting, I did a whole lot of not much else. However, I went on my walks and I restfully recovered. This week is already off to a better start with a great swim today. This morning I … Keep reading

Training buddies are the shit

This is Blair. He is proudly almost 70 years old and he kicked my ass on Friday. He told me he'd make me bike faster next time. I'd better get training!

Last year I moved to a small town to be with my partner and his kiddos. It has taken some time to settle in and I’m still not completely there. However, I’m starting to get to know people, and I’m noticing and enjoying the perks of small-town life more than I used to. Training has been a big issue for me since moving for lots of reasons. One of those reasons is lack of training buddies. A few weeks ago I thought that I might be able to start a little running group, or at least a walking group. I … 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

Raw Vegan Olympian: Alexey Voyevoda

Alexey Voyevoda is a World Champion arm wrestler and an Olympic bobsledder from Russia. He is a big guy…. like, really big, weighing in at 253 pounds and stands 6’4″. I would love a photo beside him as I’m 4’11″ and 130lb. That would be a great photo! Yesterday his team won the 2-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the prominent fact about him was that he is a raw vegetarian (vegan?). Before that was announced I had no idea. Of course I wanted to know more about this guy! PETA has a good, but short, article … Keep reading

The Biggest Loser, Indeed

Rachel The Biggest Loser

Over the last few months I got hooked on The Biggest Loser. I really and truly never thought that I would say that! Reality tv is not really something that I enjoy and I had never watched any of the previous 14 seasons. However, it airs at a time that is convenient between a couple of my favourite Tuesday tv shows. I really enjoyed TBL’s positive messages about healthy living and eating, and helping people to feel empowered over their food addictions. The trainers helped talk them through some of the underlying issues that was part of their unhealthy lifestyle. … Keep reading

The Treadmill Mocks Me

Our Dreadmill

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

Salads

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