Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I couldn't post yesterday...

I was in the middle of my 60 minute training run and got a text from my mom about bombs at Boston Marathon. Generally, I turn the ringer off on my phone when I run so I don't get interrupted, but yesterday I didn't. And usually when I forget to turn my ringer off, I ignore texts that come in until I'm done, but yesterday I didn't. 

I was horrified! Horrified that someone would bomb a marathon, horrified that I knew people there running the race. Stuck in place on sidewalk, I started searching Facebook, trying to contact friends running there to make sure they were okay. And trying to remember who was there. Awful! 

Finally a report, one friend had just crossed finish and was hugging her family when explosion happened. They are not hurt and were together thankfully. Another friend was also fine. Relief.

Finally, I started to walk. I took one last look at Facebook and saw this picture of the fireball:

Immediately tears stream down my cheeks. Usually it's really great when your job and your hobby intersect--not today. I thought about heading home but then I got angry, remembering brother and sister firefighters who responded to September 11, 343 firefighters never went home. Now this. I posted on Facebook, "First you bombed my brother and sister firefighters, now my brother and sister runners. Fuck you!" and started to run and run and run, tears running down my face. I finished my intended route, a negative split, full of resolve.

We will not stop fighting fires, we will not stop climbing skyscrapers to save victims, we will not stop running, will we not stop living. Just watch us. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Race Calendar 2013

Hey! Guess what? I didn't fall off the face of the Earth...it just appeared that way! Life just got extremely busy and I took a little break, but I'mmmmmmmm Baaaaack!

So let's get right down to it...what's my 2013 Race Calendar? So far...

10     Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, Seattle, WA

17     Shamrock Run 15K, Portland, OR

6     To Hell with Cancer 5K, Kirkland, WA 

18     2013 US Masters Swimming 10k Open Water Swimming National Championships, Lake Mead, NV. Will be doing 5k event.
10     Blue Lake Olympic Tri, TriNW Club Championship Race, Fairview, OR     

16    Hagg Lake Open Water Swim Gaston, OR

23     Clackamas Cove Triathlon, Clackamas OR
29     Pac Crest Long Course Tri, TriNW Long Course Championship Race, Sunriver, OR

21     Portland Bridge Swim Relay, Portland OR 

22     Ironman Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, CA

It's a lighter calendar than years past, but I think smarter as I work up to my first full Ironman, and a very aggressive one at that. It has a lot of variety too, which I think is fun. Of course, I may add a few other events here and there, depending on my schedule and how I'm feeling, and, well, honestly, what I get uber-excited about and talked into by the mere mention of a race other friends are doing! June looks pretty full, with a race every weekend, so I may end up adjusting that. I am for sure doing Pac Crest Long Course as it is at elevation and will be a good indicator of how my training is doing to prepare me for IM Tahoe.

The 2013 Race Team training plan comes out January 21st, and I'm ready to start.

Let's do this thing!!