Motivation in Practice

Today I had two workouts that really needed motivation to complete. First in the pool - I swam with two of my friends. Actually they were swimming for a while when I got in. After a warm up we did part of my workout together. They are both faster than I, but it was still... Continue Reading →

Finding Motivation

This morning I was back in the pool and was able to get 3,200 meters in. I swam with my friend who swims the same pace as I swim. We did a lot of 100 meter repeats - the goal was to maintain a set pace with only 5 seconds recovery for the first 10... Continue Reading →

Quality Over Quantity

Irony is one of my favorite forms of humor. Irony in life really makes me chuckle. Just yesterday I wrote about "focusing on what is right in front of me." Today I went to the eye doctor for my check up and, as always, I had my eyes dilated. Now I can not focus on... Continue Reading →

Clear as Pea Soup

Today was my rest day. Choosing to focus on the word rest, I slept until 7:00. For a week day, that is very late for me. Of course it did not go without interruption - my cat got a few pokes in, my alarm went off at 5:15 (hit snooze), and a friend texted me... Continue Reading →

Break Down to Break Through

I am getting into a routine on Sundays that I am liking quite a bit. My morning starts with my cycle workout my coach has given me. Today was for an hour but it was geared to mimic hill climbing. Something I need to spend time doing - the Syracuse 70.3 climbs 1,000 feet over... Continue Reading →


Learning my limitations can be humbling. Today it was just frustrating. With the cold spell we have been experiencing, my exercise induced asthma has been a bit more provoked. Running outside when the temperatures are below 25 causes issues. My frustration sets in because I enjoy running on a cold morning when the wind is... Continue Reading →


The extreme cold - and snow - continues to linger but it has not stopped me. Quite the contrary, I have been so busy this week I missed writing twice. I am happy to report I have been busy with the good stuff - training and enjoying a little leisure time. (I had almost forgotten... Continue Reading →

Frozen Isn’t So Bad

Over the past 36 hours I have swam 5,500 meters, ran 6.7 miles, and cycled 17.7 miles all under the roof of my gym. We are experiencing an extreme cold wave here in the Midwest with highs around 15. Running and cycling for me are best done inside. How some people are able to ride... Continue Reading →


Today was a rest day for me. The intensity of my training has ramped up to the point where I am willing to rest one day. Wanting to do┬ásomething I went to a yoga class. I am learning that swimming does not strengthen all of my arm and chest muscles - I am sore after... Continue Reading →

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