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

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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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Monday, February 4, 2008

DAY OFF: A TIME FOR REFLECTION

man oh man, this is a welcome day off. peeps, i don't even know where to begin. for one, as Bold explained to me a while ago, your training doesn't start to get really serious 'til you're at about 112 days on the countdown, a day for every mile on the bike. yeah, take a look at the little polar watch over in the left column. UH HUH......it's for reals now. and i say BRING.IT. i just can't believe where i'm at. i can't believe i'm actually getting through this. not that it hasn't been difficult, or even painful, but surprisingly IT HASN'T BEEN IMPOSSIBLE. i know, i know. all you IronPeeps out there are probably sayin' to yourselves "silly little Iron virgin. you just don't know what's ahead for you. you're gonna get your ass served to you on a platter." and maybe so, may.be.so. but remember that this isn't my second season in this sport. nope, this has been a slow 7 years in the making. in fact, when i first started in triathlon and even up to my first oly distance, i never EVER saw myself doing a full Ironman. i just didn't even entertain the thought, but the more and more i raced, and the more people i met in the tri community, i got the bug. BAD.

two years ago while dickin' around looking at race calendars and results, i discovered that there was a Half Iron distance race in New Hampshire that would fall on my 35th birthday. yep, the actual day i was born 35 years prior, and at just about the same hour too, as i was born into this world early in the morning. what better way to celebrate my 35th birthday?? so i got a coach, and he gave me a schedule. up until then, i'd just trained when i could, and it seemed to work for me. during one phone consultation, he asked me if i was considering a full Ironman at some point, and i laughed. oh no no no. this would be my resting point in my triathlon career, the Half IM distance, thanks though. then he laughed, "oh, i bet you'll change your mind."

training for that first Half IM was life altering. everything i knew or thought i knew about fitness and my limits just got turned UPSIDE DOWN. somewhere along the way, i began to think more and more about the FULL DISTANCE, and then i really started to freak. what if i found the half distance so difficult and traumatic that i would never want to do a full one?? suddenly, i wanted to pull out of the 35th birthday plan altogether. i wanted to just skip ahead and go for THE FULL MONTY, but coach talked me off the ledge and promised me that with the training i was doing, there was no way i'd have a bad half. then somewhere along the way, in a shorter training race, an aquathlon no less, i went and did something REALLY STUPID and qualified to race for Team USA at ITU Worlds in Lausanne, Switzerland. now not only was i racing my first Half Iron distance tri on my birthday, but 10 days later i would find myself traveling to Europe for the first time ever to race for my country. IS THIS FOR REALS??? I MUST BE DREAMING!! I'M DREAMING RIGHT?? OK, JOKES ON ME. YOU CAN ALL COME OUT NOW.

to be continued...

5 Comments:

Blogger Kim said...

make sure you buy your compression socks and newtons before the race! only 112 more days to go!

February 5, 2008 at 9:07 AM

 
Blogger Rainmaker said...

Funny how it's all very addicting. I remember first hearing about the Ironman and thought to my self - those people are quite simply dumb and crazy. And now...

February 5, 2008 at 6:50 PM

 
Blogger Tea said...

oh....I SO want to BE you!

February 6, 2008 at 8:10 PM

 
Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

No, you won't get your ass served to you. I still look back and don't believe that I finished IM. It doesn't seem real. GOOD LUCK!

February 7, 2008 at 5:38 PM

 
Blogger Bolder said...

eye of the tiger baybee!

shits gettin' real!!

February 11, 2008 at 4:19 PM

 

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