I’m in my own way

I realized the other day, when making my goal list, that I’ve really been standing in my own way.


I find this frustrating although I know it’s all too common.  I even read a post on it over at Nicole’s site and it really resonated with me.   Since finishing HIM Puerto Rico I’ve been floundering – professionally, personally and athletically.  I have all these “goals” and “to dos” in my mind but have not made much progess towards any of them.  I’ve been the queen of excuses though.  Sure, some are legit (kind of) but most are just, well, excuses!  Here are some of the excuses / road blocks I’ve been using:

  • I’m so busy packing
  • I’ll do it after the move
  • I’ll get to it once the kids get settled in their new school
  • I have to wait till after my Michigan visit
  • I’ll register for that once we pay X bill off
  • I’ll do that once we get in to our OWN house
  • I’m tired / short of cash / old / busy
  • I don’t know anyone here
  • I have to work
  • I afraid my husband / kids / dog / cat / hermit crab won’t be on board with me

The last point is total BS since my husband has pretty much supported anything and everything I’ve ever wanted to do (Thanks Honey!)

Interestingly, I’ve been noticing SO many signs lately that indicate I need to move toward things  – could be coincidence (like when you decide to buy a certain car then you start to see it EVERYWHERE) but regardless, I’m using these little “signs” to  get it in gear.

SO today I registered for our half marathon in November.  And I’m registering for the Plant Based Certification through eCornell.  I’m really excited about this – if for not other reason then to increase my knowledge on the subject.  Three of us in the house are plant based and the other day Athena, unprompted, said she wanted to be plant based and cut down processed food.  I took that as another sign from the universe that I need to sign up.  September is the perfect time to start a class right?

I’ve also decided to re-frame my attitude around work.  I’ve been feeling burnt out but I realize that I am incredibly lucky to have a job where I’m now able to work from home and be there for my kids before and after school. My boss is great and my co-workers (currently remote but I use to work in person with them) are awesome.


It’s amazing how focusing on the positives of a situation versus the negatives can change your whole outlook!  I realize that is usually easier said than done but it is SO worth the effort.

A quick trip and some new goals!

So I went to Michigan for a quick trip to see family over the weekend.  It was great to spend some time with my mom, sister and aunt as well as see my dad and in-laws!  I packed a lot in to my 3 days there and am VERY happy that included getting my workouts in.

My trip involved food, wine, spray painting a lot of furniture, a 3 mile run Saturday and a 7 mile run Sunday.  Here is the weekend in pictures:

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5 photophoto-2

I also made a list of goals on the plane coming home.  My tendency toward anxiety and depression has been pretty high lately – I am assuming due to the move, etc.  Putting pen to paper and getting some solid goals and intentions down is helpful – it gives me focus and direction when I feel overwhelmed.  I’m excited to begin moving towards some things I’ve been thinking about for awhile now!  This involves some different races as well as some self study I’ve been meaning to start.  Maybe even a certification (or two!)

Happy Monday!

Hola from the ATL!

It’s been months since I’ve posted which I’m bummed about.  Life got insane with the HIM 70.3 training, trip and the relo from Iowa to Georgia.  But finally WE ARE HERE!  It was an insane few weeks getting the kids registered in school, spending countless hours chasing down immunization records and getting them Georgia compliant (no small feat) but alas, we are somewhat settled.  Oh, and there was the whole “horse shipping” thing too but we got it done and Trader is here as well and enjoying his new barn!

Trader and his new buddies!

Trader and his new buddies!

The Half Ironman race in Puerto Rico was a most amazing experience!  I managed to exceed my goal time and finish happy.  I’d recommend this race whole heartedly although I don’t have a lot to compare it to.   The only downside was the bike shipping – something I had not thought about when registering.  Apparently there is a Tri Bike Transport service but it didn’t ship from Iowa.  I ended up renting a bike box and flying my bike as oversized luggage.  Total cost about $350 which I believe is close to what Tri Bike charged.  Just something to think about should you register for a race that requires air travel!  Here are a few pics from the finish line.  My lips are a little blue but that always happens at the end of a race for me.  I actually FELT ok though and was SO excited to see my family at the finish!





I’d love to do another HIM and am looking at Raleigh in May 2015 and perhaps Steelhead in August 2015.  I have to get Tony in to the pool and to register as well.

Moving as a process stinks but we are enjoying Atlanta.  Thankfully the girls have adjusted nicely and found friends.  We are settling in to a routine and since I work from home and Tony mostly works from home we don’t have to deal much with extreme traffic situations!

Currently I’m training for a half marathon on November 8.  It looks fun and I am going to try hard to PR.  I am currently in week 4 of the  Hal Hignon Intermediate Plan and following it to the letter!  

I’m also pondering some educational opportunities.  I feel the need to set another goal but am a little lost as to what that should be at this time!  Hopefully time will tell.

Happy Tuesday! 

When the going gets tough…….

you gotta Just Do It.  Thanks Nike for that!  It’s kinda my go to thought when things are so busy/hard/overwhelming!

just-do-it And OVERwhelmed is an UNDERstatement to how I feel lately……chicken with head cut off anyone?  Gross visual I know but it is the one that came to mind.

I obviously have been a little lazy about updating and when I did try the other day I had technical issues which was highly annoying! All seems to be working now so let’s get to it!

FUN STUFF RECAP –  I had a GREAT visit from my mom!  She came out and we did fun stuff like go to lunch, shop, get a pedicure and see a movie (American Hustle).   We also watched the Oscars in entirety which I have not done in ……….maybe forever.  It was a blast!

Amazing what a pedicure can do for runner's feet!

Amazing what a pedicure can do for runner’s feet!

The pedicure felt AMAZING – I had not had one in awhile and was really looking forward to it.  It was also timely since we are going on spring break and it will be nice to have somewhat pretty toes.

We also ate out for lunch a lot while mom was here – it’s what we do!  I actually didn’t find it too challenging to eat vegan.  I did a quick search before heading out once or twice and picked up some good ideas!  Someone somewhere online noted that Red Robin had Vegan patties and you could substitute that for chicken on the salad and omit cheese.  Did that and the result was so good I had to Instagram it!

We did some shopping at Pandora and a few other places in the mall.  Thought about these shoes but then I thought they might make me too tall……….

Thoughts? First one in my head was "ouch"

Thoughts? First one in my head was “ouch”

……..But maybe since mom is tall I could wear them when we go out together…….

Look - I'm short!  Not really....mom is tall.

Look – I’m short! Not really….mom is tall.

We just really enjoyed hanging out together.  I still managed to get my workouts in but tried to not get too caught up in other day to day stuff since we so rarely have this “girl time”.

Workouts have been almost 100% on!  I’ve been aiming to get one session in EARLY in the morning – like wake up at 5 early.  This really helps it seem like the training isn’t cutting too much in to other things.  When mom was here I did a few rides on the trainer while we watched TV together and chatted.  Gotta multi task!  I’ve also enjoyed being able to get some outdoor runs in.  I’m hoping we can ride outside on spring break as we are taking bikes with us.  I bought clip on Aero bars today and don’t think practicing with them while on the trainer will be overly helpful…….and as we all know I’m terribly klutzy and need to get familiar with those prior to racing.

Speaking of training/racing I don’t know how I will EVER be able to train for a full Ironman but it is still on my radar.  Maybe after the move when I’m not worrying about selling/buying a house it will be easier but I don’t know.  Plus how can anyone ride that long?  My rear hurts just thinking about it!

Speaking of moving look at the pretty faucets Tony installed this weekend.  HGTV has taught me that it is important to get rid of ugly brass fixtures.

My husband is so handy!

My husband is so handy!

Well that’s all I got for now!  Actually, not really but I have to go pick up Athena from her horse lesson and go hit the pool for my swim……………..like I said, OVERwhelmed!     But I’m going to JUST DO IT!


Time flies when you have a lot to do

TGIF – but I can’t believe it’s Friday again already!  Time is marching sprinting by lately and, to be honest, it’s freaking me out.  I mean, how is tomorrow MARCH already?  I’m overwhelmed with so much to do (work, house stuff, training, details for triathlon like bike fit, shipping, blah blah blah) but trying to comfort myself with the fact that the important things always seem to get done.   I’m betting on that trend continuing.

Best thing about the time that has passed since Christmas?  MY MOM IS HERE!  She arrived today and I’m SO excited to have her visiting.  When I was in Michigan in December we booked her ticket and have been looking forward to this get together since then!  Lots of fun plans including pedicures, shopping at the Pandora Store for new charms, lunch, walking (and hot tub) at the gym, etc.  The girls are also excited to have Grandma here and so are the boys (Chester and Zeus).

Chester & Zeus

Chester & Zeus

Grandma & Lexy

Grandma & Lexy

We had a great time catching up and talking until our jaws ached.  Mom was interested in Mexican so we went to Los Laureles where I grabbed some veggie fajitas and mom got a Taco Salad (and a Margarita of course!)

Veggie Fajita at Los Laureles

Veggie Fajita at Los Laureles

I asked if the re-fried beans were made with lard and the waitress said No, they used canola oil which was awesome for me since no animal product meant I could have some.  Yummy!  Between the chips and salsa, refried beans, veggies and guacamole I was definitely satiated.  Since going vegan I have found that it is EXTREMELY helpful to Google a cuisine or even specific restaurant to get an idea what dishes you might want to order.  This will definitely assist in reducing any anxiety around eating out which is important since dining out should be a pleasure, not a source of stress.

Training is going well!  This was a recovery week and speaking of time flying, I cannot believe that I’m am wrapping up week 12 of an 18 week plan.   Today was a 90 minute run which AGAIN was on the treadmill.  Tomorrow is a relatively easy 20 mile bike followed by a 1000 yard swim. I’m hoping to get up and get it done early so I can enjoy the rest of the day with my mom and daughters.

On the agenda tomorrow – a MUCH NEEDED pedicure and a visit to the Pandora store – I can’t wait!

So what are YOU doing this weekend?

Snow, Sarcasm and Soup

Guess what? It snowed AGAIN today!!!!  I was really happy since I had not seen a severe weather warning on my phone for a day or two and really thought something might be wrong.  I need not have worried – Mother Nature delivered with an inch or two of the white stuff this afternoon / evening!  I just knew she wouldn’t let us down!


And, as an ADDED BONUS, we are going to see temperatures go down to the teens and likely even lower his week – perhaps even BELOW zero.  I’ve already confirmed (several times this winter) that the temperature gauge in my car does, in fact, do negatives.  I will make sure it is still in working order later this week. Thank goodness since I am so NOT READY FOR WINTER TO BE OVER!


This past weekend saw some serious training.  Tony ran outside with me on Saturday and we did 10 miles which was nice.  There was some ice but we hop scotched around it and ended up getting it done!  On Sunday I had an EPIC (for me) indoor ride of 60 miles.  This was my longest indoor ride ever and took me 2 hours and 40 minutes.  Talk about building mental toughness – the monotony of these many miles to nowhere sure does that.  Luckily I had podcasts to keep me entertained.  While I know that my mileage and pace is faster biking indoors then it will be in a race, it does provide me the opportunity to spend a lot of time in the saddle and also to practice my nutrition to find out what works as far as fuel.  Once the ride was done I hit the water for an easy 20 minute swim which was a huge relief for my rear end!


Today begins a new week on the training schedule and it is somewhat of a recovery week. This works out GREAT since my mom is coming in Friday – yay!  I’m also going to move Saturday’s long run to Friday so I can get it done before I pick her up at the airport.  Once this recovery week is done we move in to a new block of training which entails “Quality” days of each discipline.  It will be interesting and fun!

So I’m still having SO MUCH FUN experimenting with recipes.  I made Lentil Soup for dinner which is super easy, inexpensive, healthy and YUMMY!  In addition, soup is the ideal food on a cold, snowy day.

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

This is a souper easy recipe (ha ha)!

Get a large pot and toss the following in:

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups lentils
  • 1 veggie buillon cube
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • You need 2 cups spinach too but don’t put it in yet

Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer – cook for 40 minutes or so.  Pull out bay leaves and then toss in 2 cups of chopped spinach – cook long enough to wilt.  Enjoy!

An Atlanta Adventure

So I went to Atlanta for a day!  I actually headed down Wednesday night, had a meeting Thursday and then came back Friday.  Basically I was there for one full day which was book-ended by two nights!


This was the first time I’ve been to Atlanta and I was excited to see part of it as well as to escape the crap Iowa weather for a bit.  Yes, you read that right – I’ve never been there and yes, I have already said we are going to relocate there.  Sound crazy?  It’s actually OK.  I had never been to Des Moines until we moved here and that worked out just fine!

Backdrop – we are moving to Atlanta due to Tony’s job.  We did get to pick our city – it just has to be in the Southeast part of the country.  Atlanta makes sense as he has a couple clients there and some of his colleagues are also in the area.  In addition, the company I just began working with is based there.  It’s all coming together and all signs are pointing us to Georgia!

Anyhow, I went down for a kickoff meeting and was able to meet everyone associated with my new company which was cool.  It was great to put faces with the names and now I feel less “alone” in my job!

I was determined to eat healthy (and of course vegan) while traveling and I also wanted to make sure my workouts got done.  I moved some things around on my schedule, worked out Wednesday before leaving and planned to bike and swim Friday when I returned as I was going to be back in Des Moines around lunch time.  That left me with a run on Thursday which I planned to do after our meeting.  I confirmed that the hotel had a treadmill and packed my running clothes and was ready to go!  I got it done on this retro treadmill – 6 (yes they were painful) miles – woo hoo!

Retro (Antique?) Treadmill

Retro (Antique?) Treadmill

Keeping it clean with food wasn’t too hard.  I packed some Lara Bars and the great cookies from an Oh She Glows Recipe so I had some portable options.  I was also able to get a salad at lunch.  The only thing I had not thought about was dinner.  My hotel didn’t have a restaurant and I didn’t have a car.  I wasn’t quite sure what to do about that situation……. BUT lucky for me when I got back to my room after the run I had a menu stuck in my door!  And it was from a Chinese Restaurant that DELIVERED – thank goodness the food Gods had been watching over me!  I scanned it and found a couple vegan options.  I went with the steamed veggies / steamed rice and also ordered the broccoli / peas dish (there was a $10 minimum for delivery and one meal didn’t get me to the total!)  Everything ended up being super tasty and honestly , by that time I was dying for a large quantity of veggies since my lunch salad was not as substantial as I usually make for myself.  This was just what I needed although I couldn’t finish ALL of the food.

broc mixed


All my flights went really smoothly and left right on time.  The two cabs I took had friendly drivers and the staff at the hotel was super professional and friendly.  My only complaint was paying $5.28 for this water at the airport:


but I was VERY thirsty on my flight back – likely due to the soy sauce I put on the above veggies the previous evening!  Overall a great trip and I’m excited to visit Atlanta again.