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Occoneechee Mountain

My friend (and swim coach) Danielle suggested Occoneechee Mountain near Hillsborough as a great place for hill repeats on a cross or mountain bike. So we set a date and went out and did 4 climbs. It’s a gravel road that climbs about 200 feet in about a mile. I’m more challenged by the descent, [...]

Latest Favorite Author, James Gleick

A while ago I wrote a blog post about books I was reading at the time. Lately, I haven’t had as much time to read, but have been going at two books by James Gleick– Chaos and Faster. I think James Gleick is hilarious. I don’t know if he thinks he’s funny, but I believe [...]

Keeping It Rolling.

Pretty high volume weekend included 5200 yards in the pool, 105 miles on the bike and a little bit of running. Felt great until this morning, when my body didn’t really want to wake up. Creaaaak…. and tomorrow I’m riding 50 miles down to the parent’s place so we can eat grilled ribs. Yum!

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Holy Humidity!

Tonight I did big gear intervals on the trainer on my back porch. Why? What else are back porches for?

One thing’s for sure. My back porch ain’t air conditioned. I knew I was in for a wet one when the sweat started beading during my small ring warmup. By the time I was [...]

Feeling Good Today

Earlier I did an easy run on a flat trail and felt super good. Nice and relaxed but I felt so strong somehow, cruising a 7:10 pace, which is pretty quick for “nice and relaxed”. These are the types of workouts that are a joy and make the tougher days worthwhile.

Tonight was a swim [...]

Work Necessary to Maintain vs. Improve

I’ve discovered, as many others probably have, that the amount of work to maintain improvements in an area is surprisingly less than we would think. It’s no secret that it takes focus and hard work to increase bike strength, improve run durability or endurance, improve swim power, or whatever we decide needs work. What’s tricky [...]

Memphis in May Triathlon – 5/21/06

Memphis in May (MIM) is a big race compared to those in North Carolina. There were over 1700 athletes and over 100 just in my 35-39 women age group. Plus, the top of the field had some depth. I was looking forward to checking out a different race and pitting my skills against a bigger [...]

Good Steak Eatin’

My husband and I drove around Memphis looking for some good pre-race dinner and found The Butcher Shop. A big ‘ol steak house where you can cook your own steaks if you choose. I ordered the smallest steak on the menu– the 8 oz filet. Delicious. Everything else was 12 oz, 14 oz….all the way [...]

Thunderstormus Interruptus and Oversleeping

Last night I tried to fit in a short run. It had been raining and thundering, but the thunder sounded distant and the rain subsided so out I went. As I ran, the lightning got closer and closer. Less than 1/2 mile from my house there’s a bright flash/clap really, really close. I duck and [...]

It’s the Rocket Helmet

Last night was round two of the Marina 10 mile cycling Time Trial. You might think that these TT’s are primarily about doing some speed work and measuring your improvement throughout the season. But you’d be wrong. Those are good reasons to come out and TT, but it’s not the main purpose. No, the number [...]