& ella said...: TODAY, THE WORLD ENDS. →
andellasaid: And I should have called my brother more. I should have called my sister, and my dad, and my mom and everyone who ever called me but whom I never called because I figured I could have texted them instead. I should have spelled stuff out instead of relying on cute little animated characters to say… And I should’ve blogged more. 2013 resolution, perhaps.
All You Have to Do is Try
Thanks to Challenged Athletes Foundation, I’m headed back to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in just a few weeks. They gave me the chance to write for their blog (cause, you know, I’ve pretty much stopped writing for my own - oops!), and here is the result. Entry originally appeared on the CAF blog. Thank you, CAF, for helping all athletes chase their dreams! “Every...
Sometimes, progress isn’t about the numbers. You won’t necessarily always go faster or further or have a measurable outcome that denotes the progress you’re making. As hard as it is to stick with it when you don’t see the measurable feedback, the forward progress is still happening. Then, one day, you notice the change or you feel the difference and that day is just as freaking awesome as...
dearcoquette: I’m against it, but would you ever tell a man you loved him first? What are your views on that whole conversation? What conversation? The one you’re having with your cats? Quit playing games. If you love somebody, tell ‘em. Go ahead, be vulnerable.
A Life in Transition
Wow, I really owe you guys a solid update. But, in the meantime, I got this email from my coach today and it pretty much sums up life at the moment: There will always be days during the week that you wonder if you can do the workout. But, get on the bike, in the pool, etc and see if you can. Never know until you try. You might end up having a great workout (like last week), or it might suck. ...
It’s opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happen...– Dr. Seuss
ONE FORTY PLUS: If you want to be truly... →
jhnmyr: If you want to be truly intimidating, If you want to make an impact, If you want to have strong connections with others just be sincere. Sarcasm is not an attitude, and it’s not a personality trait. It’s a style of rhetoric meant to be used occasionally to highlight a larger point. Saying… Maybe you’ll stop wondering why I love this guy so much. Trust me, he practices...
To remind myself that there’s more going on than the jobs you didn’t get, the...– runlikeella
The worst advice anyone ever gave was to keep your wish secret.– Chuck, on the topic of anyone (via coketalk)
The Big Coconut
I’ve tried writing this blog a couple different times over the past few days. I feel like I need to offer you some kind of play-by-play breakdown of how the entire day went and where and why things went wrong. But, for some reason, the words just won’t come. I want to explain, but in my head the explanations all start to sound like excuses. I refuse to make excuses. I’ve already...
Show me an Ironman triathlete and I’ll show you a person of integrity. Show me...– Paul Martin, Ironman badass
The Home Stretch
Many of you have asked how I’m doing these days, as the Big Coconut is “just around the corner.” It’s so close. But, not really close enough. I’m 13 days away from departing for Kona and this is going to be the toughest 13 days I’ve faced in the past year. It’s not the physical part that will be hard. I’m pretty much tapering and the workouts...
I know I haven’t posted a full recap of my whole Ironman Louisville experience, and I swear it’s not because I’m lazy. It’s because I feel like my IM journey is not yet over. And, with a bigger, more important IM looming in just four weeks, I don’t feel right really celebrating over Louisville just yet. In short - the entire race experience, start to finish, was...
Much longer day here than expected, so this is going to be short, but I do have a few thoughts I’d like to share on this Ironman Eve. Eleven months ago I made a commitment. A commitment that would eventually take me 140.6 miles to the Ironman promised land, the finish line. I’ve trained thousands of hours, spent thousands of dollars and sacrificed many things (fun, friends, boys,...
Before I drift off to sleep tonight, I just want to take a minute to say thank you. Thanks to all of you who love me, support me, help me, ride with me, listen to me, laugh with me (and at me), cry with me, hug me, let me lean on you & give me a kick in the pants when I need it. Through the highs, the middles and the lows, I’m beyond grateful to always know I’m not alone. So,...
Someone Stole My Wheelchair
I had a three-hour push on my training schedule today (you know, Kona’s only like 2.5 months away and all…) so I headed down to Fountain, my usual spot, to spend some quality time on the road and get in some good training in the hot weather. I did the same thing I always do - parked the car in the small lot behind City Hall, unpacked all my things, got into my race chair (sometimes...
Take That, Buffalo. See You in Kona.
I literally don’t even know where to start. Really. I’m trying to be all crafty and witty and creative and write something really sharp here, but I’m just completely at a loss for words. I know I’m not usually the silent type. But, this one is just that big. I’m four days post-race and what happened in Lubbock, Texas last Sunday is still kind of sinking in and becoming reality. I get the...
Here Comes The Buffalo
Here it is again. Six days until the Buffalo Springs 70.3. I could probably write pages and pages worth of stuff about my history with this race, how I’m feeling now and what I’m expecting come Sunday. But, I’m not going to beat a dead buffalo. You’ve pretty much heard it all before. Instead, I’m just going to say, “thank you.” Thank you to everyone...
There’s no chance of you finding what you’re looking for if you keep looking...– Coke Talk
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some...– Ralph Waldo Emerson said it, but my mom sent it to me
The Task Ahead
“The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.” I saw this on the K-SWISS blog and it was too good not to share. Thanks, K-SWISS!
Racing with Purpose
I could give you a lengthy list of personal reasons why I’ve decided to take on the challenge of Ironman. You could probably guess most of them, or even connect with a few. But, only one or two of those reasons give as much meaning to the Ironman journey as the one I’m about to share. If you know me at all, or have read the blog with any regularity, you know the deep personal...
Big fun in the Big Easy - NOLA 70.3
When I first started doing triathlons, all the way back in 2009, my goal from the very beginning was Ironman. Not just any old Ironman, but I had my sights squarely set on Kona. What can I say, I’m a bit of “go big or go home” kind of girl. I’ve learned a lot over the past two years and at the end of last season, I decided that I didn’t want to wait on Kona to...