Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Before & After

The main difference between just running and competing in a triathlon (when you actually finish the swim!) is that your entire body is sore, instead of just your legs. Yesterday, I completed my 1st Olympic distance triathlon in Lake Mission Viejo. And today, I'm having trouble getting around. Pretty sure it's compounded by the fact that I ran 14 miles the day before...but with the MT marathon fast approaching, I didn't really have a choice. When normal routines like opening your car door, shopping and checking your mail compel strangers to stop and ask if you're okay, you know you pushed yourself! And, my arms! Sadly, in this state, I couldn't be called on in class, hail a taxi or raise both arms if robbed while at a convenience store. More about my triathlon experience in my next post, but check out these pics. I was more nervous about the swim than I can even describe, especially since I've had two previous negative swim experiences: the Long Beach sprint distance triathlon before I learned to swim and then being pulled from the water a few weeks ago for my 1/2 ironman.  These two candids capture my apprehension followed by elation perfectly.
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