Making it Work (in Silver Sandals)

Brain Re-calibration About a month out from the Boulder Half Ironman, I realized I needed to recalibrate my brain.  I hadn’t done a triathlon since the epic Ironman experience more than a year ago, and I could tell that my brain was discounting how tough covering 70.3 miles was going to be.  Fortunately, I hadContinue reading “Making it Work (in Silver Sandals)”

Fighting my way off the Struggle Bus

Confession:  I’ve really been in a tough place with my running since the Ironman last summer…  My legs haven’t wanted to move very fast and I haven’t felt like I’ll ever be able to get back to where I used to be with my running – physically or mentally.  Before today, I had done twoContinue reading “Fighting my way off the Struggle Bus”

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”

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”

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”

Team MPI Spring Training Camp

A week ago today, Zach and I were getting home from a 3-day triathlon camp that was hosted by Team MPI in Henderson, Nevada. I have been intending to write a post about camp ever since we got back, and I finally sat down to follow through on that intention today. We arrived at campContinue reading “Team MPI Spring Training Camp”

Why I Run: Updated Version

I originally wrote this for the Achilles International-Colorado blog in October or 2016, and  I originally posted it on my AmpTriLife Blog in February of 2017, but have since added some additional thoughts at the end of the post to recount the continuation of my journey as a runner.  If you already read my originalContinue reading “Why I Run: Updated Version”

Reframing the Fail

To fall short, to be unsuccessful, to disappoint the expectations or trust of, to be deficient in – these are phrases Merriam-Webster uses to define the word “fail.”  Lack of success, a falling short, one that has failed – this is what the dictionary says it means to be a failure.  No offense to Merriam-Webster,Continue reading “Reframing the Fail”

Race Day Flexibility

The Boulder Half Ironman this past weekend was my “A” race for the 2017 season.  It’s THE thing I’ve been working towards since coming back from breaking my rib late last summer.  I had other important races and goals this year, but nothing was as important to me as this race (as far as athleticContinue reading “Race Day Flexibility”