Overcoming Fear During Injury

For me, it was a fear of the elliptical. Yes, it sounds terribly silly. Why would I be afraid of a bunch of plastic that plays TV shows, and makes me feel like I’m walking in space? This fear, however, is symbolic of the mental struggle we have with “doing less” when injured.  The fear: Sometimes when you find yourself injured, the toughest part is swallowing your pride. It’s hard to return to square one, and exercising caution can be a challenge. You see your friends at the next group ride or run, and everyone announces how far or how…

3 Critical Trainer Workouts for Winter

  The weather is a bit colder, and many are heading indoors to spend some quality time with their pal the trainer. Your relationship with your trainer may be a sort of “love/ hate,” like mine with Mr. CycleOps. It’s annoying to spend time indoors, when you know you could be out soaking in the sun and air. But, the trainer can be efficient and almost comforting. It will be there rain or shine, and it is our ticket to a great off-season. Often times, you are just looking to stay fit and maintain a base over the winter. Other…

5 Portraits of My Vision Vs. Reality In Triathlon Training

1. How I feel while running at the gym: …What the gym staff see.  2. What I feel I look like at the finish line: …What the crowds witness.  3. How I think I look in my wetsuit: …What my friends see.  4. How I feel while cycling: …What pedestrians see.  5. How I feel while swimming: …What my swimming coach sees. 

A Corsica Cycling Trip: Travel Diary

Three years ago, while streaming the Tour de France from my laptop computer at home, something caught my full attention. Sweeping aerial views took me by surprise, piquing my curiosity. What is this enchanting, mountainous island with charming villages and plenty of cycling? It was the island of Corsica.  How it all started: Corsica is a beautiful place for cycling. After I had seen The Tour stages on this island in 2013, the images and thoughts of Corsica were impressed on my brain. I had never really forgotten how interesting and intriguing it looked, or the amazing cycling routes with lots…

7 Attributes of the Modern Triathlete

  1. Hates walking for longer than 10 minutes. Loves racing at max speed for 6 hours non-stop.   2. Gets bored easily at social events   Doesn’t get bored swimming 100 laps of the same pool in utter silence and breathlessness, studying tile patterns. 3. Had zero self-discipline as a child. Now has militant devotion to a training schedule. 4. Doesn’t care about fashion at work or social events. Does colour coordinate bathing suit, bike shorts, jersey, and shoes. 5. Preaches clean eating and vegan dieting. And consumes 6 mostly plastic gels filled with 12 times the daily recommended amount…

From Injury to Ironman: The Road Ahead

Every journey has a beginning. I believe every challenging journey provides and opportunity for growth. This is my journey from labral repair surgery to the major lifetime goal of becoming an Ironwoman. Hopefully documenting my recovery and experience, will help other cyclists or athletes going through the same. What is a labral tear? It all started back in March. I was ramping up training for the no longer existent Wildflower triathlon located in California, when it screeched to an abrupt halt during a speed workout at the track. I took off for my first stride, prior to our main workout…