"Don't let the fat chick beat you"?

I have been racing for about 5 years now. I am not a typical runner or even triathlete. I fight with serious medical conditions every step of the way, but each step makes me stronger. I have two boys both with special needs and I have learned to chalk that up to making me stronger as well.

It is with sad heart that I must report that lupus has won the battle this year, but trust me when I say the war is far from over! My racing days are not over by any stretch of the imagination. This is just a minor setback that will make me stronger.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Back in the saddle!

I am so happy to report that yesterday not only did I finally make it down to the gymlet I got an amazing workout in! Because of a century ride coming up in four months I am trying to get on the stationary bike 3 times a week to get my butt back to being in a saddle and to get my bike muscles woken up. I got on the bike, selected a nice hilly/flat ride, put my headphones in and something sparked! I don’t know if it is what was playing, but I got into that ride! My tush wasn’t hurting to bad by the time I got off 30 minutes later (I only have a lunch HOUR plus I figure 30 minutes is a good place to start), as soon as my time was done I hopped onto the treadmill for a song. Started off at a 5.0 (I am a slow runner, I know). During the chorus (refrain, whatever) I pushed it up to 6.0 (still slow, I know). Three and a half minutes I did a short cool down. When I got on the treadmill my legs had the attitude of ‘excuse me? We did our bike workout, we are done now. Hey, wait, I like this!’ I only have two tris on the books this year, but one of them is a half ironman and my hardest park is the bike to run. I will work on my legs to get them used to that transition.

I have trained for multiple marathons, triathlons and so on. But cycling, not so much. I mean I got miles in for the triathlons, but it is something I need to work on, big time. I was sitting here trying to figure out who might be able to give me pointers and it occurred to me John from John’s Ironman Adventure might be a good person. So I cheated and contacted him, luckily he said he would help! I have 121 days until my first century ride (which is my first true step towards my first IM) over the next 121 days I will be posting how everything is progressing. First thing is first, however, Baby (yes, I named my bike Baby) will be going in for her annual check-up and I might get her tape changed too! Sooner rather than later I plan on getting a new rim. Two summers ago (sadly I didn’t take her out at all last year) I was out on a lunch time ride and hit a pot hole at 30+ miles an hour (by the pure grace of God I did not lose control of my bike or go flying), I brought her into the shop, and they said it was ok, but I am not happy with it, so I will be getting a new rim!


  1. YAY for a new rim! YAY for being SAFE!!


    IS amazing!!

  2. GO girl GO!! Love that you have posted your IM goal! 'I think' will beome I know! before you can blink an eye!

  3. I have “I think” because the date isn’t official, it is only an educated guess. I am so excited that I am not longer saying ‘the year after next I will be an Ironman’ it is now ‘next year!’. As soon as CDA 2011 is over I will know that date and my countdown will be update without ‘I think’!!!!