MONICA
37 years old
freelance photographer
running coach
Sunny Southern Cali, US of A

NO AUTOGRAPHS, PLEASE.
JUST TAKE THE BUTTON...





CHI RUNNING
by Danny Dreyer

GOING LONG
by Joe Friel
& Gordon Byrn

THE PALEO DIET FOR ATHLETES
by Loren Cordain and Joe Friel

KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE:
85% OF TRUE STORY

by Chuck Klosterman

WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING
by Haruki Murakami

HAVEN'T HAD CABLE SINCE THE MOVE SIX MONTHS AGO. NOW I HAVE THAT DIGITAL BOX THAT I GOT FREE WITH THE GOVERNMENT VOUCHER. I'M HOOKED ON THE FREE USN CHANNEL (NBC) THAT PLAYS OLD KONA SPECIALS FROM YEARS PAST!!!

THEN OF COURSE FOR THE HOURS I SPEND ON THE TRAINER...


MY O.G. IPOD SHUFFLE



2009
2/1/09 Surf City Run HALF MARATHON
2/8/09 Chinatown Firecracker Run 5k and 10k
2/14/09 Tour de Palm Springs 55 MILE RIDE
3/14/09 Pasadena Triathlon REVERSE POOL SPRINT
4/4/09 Oceanside 70.3 HALF IRONMAN
5/3/09 Cinco de Mayo Run for the Cure HALF MARATHON
8/1/09 Vineman Full FULL IRONMAN
11/1/09 New York Marathon MARATHON
2008
2/3/08 Surf City Run HALF MARATHON
2/9/08 Tour de Palm Springs CENTURY RIDE
2/10/08 Chinatown Firecracker Run 5k and 10k
3/08/08 Pasadena Triathlon REVERSE POOL SPRINT
4/19/08 Rage in the Sage HALF IRONMAN
5/25/08 IM Brasil FULL IRONMAN
140.6 BABY!!!
7/20/08 Strawberry Fields Triathlon OLYMPIC
2007
2/4/07 Pacific Shoreline HALF MARATHON
3/31/07 Oceanside 70.3 HALF IRONMAN
6/3/07 Danskin All Ladies Tri SPRINT
6/24/07 Breath of Life Tri OLYMPIC
7/12/07 Playa Del Run #2 AQUATHLON
7/22/07 Vineman 70.3 HALF IRONMAN
8/9/07 Playa Del Run #3 AQUATHLON
8/19/07 Hansen Dam Tri SPRINT
10/7/07 People Powered Ride METRIC CENTURY FUN RIDE
11/4/07 New York Marathon MARATHON

ALLEZ
BOLDER
DC RAINMAKER
DECAF PLEASE
DYING WATER BUFFALO
FE-Lady
GREYHOUND
IM ABLE
IRON DEAN
IRON JASON
IRON MOM JENNY
IRON POL
IRON WIL
KONA SHELLEY
Lance NotStrong
LITTLE MISS RUNNERS PANTS
LOCKED AND LOADED...
NEOPRENE WEDGIE
NEWBIE TRIATHLETE 2007
OBRATS
SPANDEX KING
SPOKANE AL
Steve in a Speedo?! Gross!!
TEA
TriFAThlete
TRI GEEK KAHUNA
triSARAtops


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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

SPAAAAAAAAAAH........NOT!!!!

this is my brain.......


........and this is my brain after 4 days in palm springs, 24 hours in anaheim working the disney half marathon, and another local overnight for an early shoot today



yes ladies and gents, i'm officially fried. the shoot in palm springs was rough, but we got through it, and i'm sure we got good shots. their pools sucked ass as i suspected they would, but then again, people don't check into a place like this to get their sweat on by way of exercising. i got up early saturday morning before we started shooting and got my 8 miler in on the treadmill. all i can say is thank fucking god for the ipod and the gygo podcasts!!! as much as it sucked, there was no way i could get it done outside in the 115 degree heat, so i was pretty proud of myself for knocking it out while the rest of the resort guests were getting their sleep on.

the best part of the trip was getting to visit with my very first running coach. to fully undertsand the magnitude of how significant this reunion was, you must first know that for the last 6 years, i thought this man was dead. long story short, he came looking for me at the la marathon race expo earlier this year only to find out that i wasn't working that day. but he left word with a coworker to be sure to tell me hello. when they finally got around to mentioning it in passing a few weeks ago, it was as though i'd seen a ghost. so when i knew i was going out to palm springs for work, i looked him up and gave him a call. i brought him pictures of a few of us who'd trained with him who now all do triathlons. he kept asking "and what time was your run?" "and what time did he do the run in?" "and what's you pr now?" "are you doing work on the track?" we had such a blast catching up. i told him how i often get thank you letters from my runners when they've completed their marathons and how the other coaches in my program like to make fun of me for "pampering" my runners and "spoiling" them all the time because i do things like waterproofing their shoes. i take it all as a compliment, and i always give credit to the man who was my first coach. everything i know, everything i do as a coach came from having a great one myself. we're gonna go back early next year for the palm springs century ride and we'll stay with vic and get to catch up more. can't wait!!! but dummy so-called-photographer me forgot to get a picture of us!!! DOH!!

i'm back home tonight, however, my brain has been mush ever since. i just hope i can recover in time to get a quality 18 miler in day after tomorrow. in the last 6 days, i've checked in and out of 3 different hotels, and in the next two weeks, i'll be checking into 3 more, but i'm gonna do my best to keep up with a light training schedule. more on where i'm headed next in another post, but let's just say they have a kick-ass pool!!!

2 Comments:

Blogger Spandex King said...

Treadmill=Dreadmill

September 6, 2007 at 8:41 AM

 
Blogger Kim said...

ugh seriously i hate the treadmill AND the spin bike at the gym. not even reruns of america's next top model make it any better...

i need to update my ipod, my "slit your wrist" mix of coldplay, counting crows, and pearl jam just arent cutting it.

September 6, 2007 at 1:01 PM

 

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