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The Jaro Cat

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

I am a cat person.  When I was born my parents had Clio. She was a very smart black kitty with a hoarse meow. My parents had to move her across the country and apparently she meowed the entire way in the cargo area on the plane and her voice was never the same. The first cat that I picked out was a little tabby from the barn where I went to ride horses.  I named him Toto because at the time The Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie.  Toto also became known as “tripod” because he lost one of his back legs in a very unfortunate...

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Courtesy and Post Its

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

(January 24 update…persistence pays off; if you don’t hear back just keep emailing!) On my ride today I got to thinking about courtesy. Sometimes, I notice that common courtesy seems to be lacking in our society. As a rider, I always try to have courtesy for others on the road. I ride to the right, listen for cars, call out my position if I come upon other bikers and generally try to stay out of the way.  Some cars are courteous and give me plenty of room when they pass and do so slowly and safely. Interestingly, I am surprised by...

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Season Finale

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

First, I never wrote about my race in LA on September 30 so I will give a short run down.  The swim was wavy.  I practiced in the days before on getting out through the waves effectively and then trying to ride waves back into the beach.  To be honest, the first day I was there the water was extremely choppy and I stood on the beach after getting slammed a few times wondering if I was in over my head!  I kept going in and out and finally felt better about the waves and it actually became fun. The day of the race there were waves but once you...

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Emily vs. the Kelp, the 3rd Round

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

The kelp.  It brought me back to Pacific Grove.  I totally sucked in it the last two years and I was determined to do a better job.  Last year I came out of the water second to LAST and did not even want to look at Andy as I ran to my bike. I was totally embarrassed and completely pissed off.  Needless to say, I was really nervous this year for the swim! What if I continued this trend of sucking in the kelp??!?!?  We actually drove down to PG earlier on Friday so I could swim in it for practice and try to develop some coping mechanisms to get...

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Chicago Triathlon 2012

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Chicago Triathlon 2012

The Chicago Triathlon was my first triathlon back in 2004.  Since then quite a bit has changed (no longer a paralegal, don’t live in Chicago, race professionally, etc.).  It was good to get back and race a course that I know like the back of my hand.  Plus, we had some family obligations so it was good reason to combine a family visit with a race.  However, this meant a lot of running around, in Chicago traffic no less, so I felt a bit pulled in different directions which caused some stress in addition to my normal pre race anxiety....

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Tri at the Grove

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Tri at the Grove

Last weekend I had the opportunity to head up to Eugene, OR for a race put on by Rolf Prima Wheels.  I was excited to head up and check out where my wheels are built, hang out with everyone who works there and meet a few other athletes that ride Rolf Prima as well. I made it there by noon on Friday after my flight got delayed by 3 hours out of SFO. I made the best of this delay and instead of sitting around in the airport doing nothing I ventured back to my parked car, changed my clothes (in the car) and went for run. I stumbled upon a path...

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Olympic Dreams

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

I am a sucker for the Olympics. I get roped in every time watching the athletes and it never fails; I cry more than once during the coverage.  It has definitely become a lot more commercial, and I suspect, somewhat corrupt, but the underlying themes of achieving your dreams and overcoming obstacles still shines through for me.  There is also part of me that feels a bit jealous of the athletes. When I started as a young swimmer I always said my goal was to go to the Olympics. A lot of people have that dream and it comes true for a small...

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Rev3 Portland–Be Here, Now

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Blog | 3 comments

After Alcatraz I recovered fairly quickly and got right back into some good training for Rev3 Portland. I knew that I would need to be in good form since the women’s field was deep and the course, most notably on the bike, would be challenging. I watched the course video but once we arrived in Portland I knew it would be important to get a look at the course to make sure I was prepared for the hills and the technical descents. Once we began to drive it I was excited to tackle it in the race. It was hilly and challenging but the scenery...

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Keeping the Faith–Alcatraz 2012

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

After I finished Alcatraz on Sunday Andy tweeted something about keeping the faith all the way through the race and interestingly enough, I was thinking the same thing during the race. Besides the stunning backdrop of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge the thing I love about this race is that in terms of triathlon, the distances for each discipline comprise a “true” triathlon because they are more evenly weighted. I believe to do well at this race you have to be strong across all three sports and there is no hiding from a...

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A New Focus….

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on A New Focus….

Actually, Focus is plural but I could not figure out whether the plural of focus is foci, like fungus and fungi, and the title “A New Foci” just does not seem right…. Anyway, I have new bikes!  I have to thank Duke and the gang at Napa River Velo for putting me in touch with Focus and getting the bikes all built up! The last time I had a new bike it was in July 2007. I think the 5 years I went without buying a new bike must be some sort of record for a triathlete as far as the race bike. Everyone seems to upgrade every 2-3...

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