Raise Your Glass – Or Sports Bottle

Proper hydration is essential in endurance sports. There also is no linear formula for the “right” amount. Each person is different and trial and error tends to be the best way to determine the “right” amount. What to drink is also a question – water only? Combination of water and sports drink? Only sports drink?Continue reading “Raise Your Glass – Or Sports Bottle”

Set Backs and Things To Come

Last I wrote I was under the weather with a terrible bout of allergies. Well, I am on the mend, but far from recovered. By last Wednesday I was back in the pool swimming, I ran on Thursday, and went to a spin class on Friday. After spin I swam, but was cut very shortContinue reading “Set Backs and Things To Come”

Motivation and Purpose

Finding motivation is not always easy. After the tragedy at the Boston Marathon yesterday, it is hard to say be positive, but it is not difficult to find motivation. I haven’t written in a while mostly because I have struggled quite a bit with sharing what I am going through each day. I will touchContinue reading “Motivation and Purpose”

No Fooling

Yesterday morning I got my eight mile long run in before Easter festivities. I ran a bit faster than I usually do for my easy long runs, but I made sure I felt like it was a “working easy” pace. My course was the familiar hills in my neighborhood. After the run, I felt veryContinue reading “No Fooling”

Putting It Into Practice

Training with a sinus cold is not ideal, but after that vicious stomach virus I had earlier this year, it didn’t seem so bad. Once again, perspective is relative. My workouts since Wednesday have been interesting. Now that I know my T pace in the pool (threshold pace) I am able to set time goalsContinue reading “Putting It Into Practice”

Time Trial – Swim

Races and time trials are some of the best ways to monitor progress. My friend asked me if I wanted to swim a time trial with her that her coach gave her to gauge her pace for swim in a half iron distance triathlon. With my race three months away, I agreed – it isContinue reading “Time Trial – Swim”


The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. – Henry van Dyke A friend of mine posted this quote today on Facebook when I shared the weather forecast here in Cleveland. These words are very true. EspeciallyContinue reading “Spring”

Mixed Emotions

Patience, moderation, frustration, exhilaration, laughter, and sadness. Common feelings and I experienced them all today. My swim this morning went well – I did 16 repeats of 100 meters in my main set – with the goal of descending times with in sets. It was challenging and I felt good. The last 12 repeats IContinue reading “Mixed Emotions”