Muddy Princess

This past weekend I participated in The Muddy Princess, which is an all-women’s mud-based event that is 100% about fun, teamwork, and getting outside your comfort zone!  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!  There were over 15 women on our team, and we stuck together to help each other out of the mud pitsContinue reading “Muddy Princess”

Returning to Where it Began

Last weekend I ran the Runnin’ of the Green 7k in Denver.  There wasn’t anything particularly special about this race – it wasn’t my longest or fastest – but it was a great time to reflect back on the 6 years that have passed since I first walked the Runnin’ of the Green 7k inContinue reading “Returning to Where it Began”

Costa Rica Surf Retreat

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica for a surf and yoga retreat with a bunch of other rowdy women.  Surfing isn’t really something I ever thought I would want to try, but my friend Nicole DeBoom is really good at talking me into things… Going to the beach andContinue reading “Costa Rica Surf Retreat”

Stepping onto the Red Dot and out of My Comfort Zone at TEDxCherryCreek

“If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.” ― Roy T. Bennett Last Friday I got to stand up in front of 500 people (and who knows how many others through live-streaming) at TEDx CherryContinue reading “Stepping onto the Red Dot and out of My Comfort Zone at TEDxCherryCreek”

The Importance of Authenticity During My Journey to the TEDx Stage

Back in middle school, an adult amputee came to speak at an assembly and I got to meet with him afterwards since we had the amputee thing in common.  I remember that his story could roughly be summarized as follows: he was living a great life, he had an injury that lead to amputation ofContinue reading “The Importance of Authenticity During My Journey to the TEDx Stage”

Inspired by Aunt Linda

Growing up, I remember hearing stories about my Aunt Linda doing the Ironman in Hawaii twice during the 1980’s and although I had no idea what an Ironman really entailed, I was always extremely impressed.  Funny enough, my mom and my grandma have always mixed me and Linda up, and I’ve always been honored byContinue reading “Inspired by Aunt Linda”

Adventures in Trail Running

I purposely didn’t put any races on my calendar after Ironman Boulder this year because I knew I’d need a mental break from intense training and I didn’t know how my residual limb would react to that amount of exercise (mostly the running) in one day.  I’m glad I was smart about this because forContinue reading “Adventures in Trail Running”

Overcoming Fear in a Safe Space

I’ve been trying to get into mountain biking recently, but it has often left me frustrated and sometimes even in tears.  I have a hard time accepting that it is VERY different than road biking AND that it doesn’t come naturally to me despite how similar it is to horseback riding (which I spent manyContinue reading “Overcoming Fear in a Safe Space”

The Value of a Personal Motivator

I got to witness the beginning of something wonderful for about 20 women today as they started their journey to run/walk a 5K with Running Start this September. Running Start is a nonprofit organization, started by Nicole DeBoom, whose mission is to “provide women with barriers to fitness the confidence, courage and community support theyContinue reading “The Value of a Personal Motivator”

Strategies to *Try to* Stay Ahead of Major Stump Issues

My stump (residual limb is the more proper term, but I call it my stump and so that’s what I’m going to call it in this post) is generally fairly compliant and, even when not compliant, at least somewhat predictable. I know the problems I’m likely to have when exercising for long periods of time,Continue reading “Strategies to *Try to* Stay Ahead of Major Stump Issues”

Parents Cheering from Different Time Zones

The following guest posts come from my mom, Zach’s dad, and Zach’s mom and provide the perspective of parents cheering on their kids doing an Ironman from afar.  I hope you enjoy reading about their experiences! Sheryl Damron – Emily’s Mom When I first heard that Emily and Zach were going to train and commitContinue reading “Parents Cheering from Different Time Zones”