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

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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, April 7, 2008

BETTER THAN THE HUMP DAY HAIKU!!

thanks to all for your kind words and thoughts after my last post. the funeral service really took the wind outta my sails. i went home, wrote my post and then slept for 4 hours. not really what you'd call a nap but rather a "time out." i just couldn't deal. while nobody in my immediate circle is afflicted with cancer, it seems to be all around me in other ways, hitting relatives of friends of mine. i'm just done with it. makes you wanna just go hide someplace where cancer can't get to you, and unfortunately that paradise doesn't exist.

YET.

but saturday was just the turn i needed. Rainmaker made a great suggestion to just go out for an easy ride or run to clear my mind, not even focus on training or time or pace. even better, i decided it was most appropriate to put a spin on this "C word." so i got up early to make it to the Venice Pier to lend my lens to the beginning of one man's amazing journey to show his thanks in his fight against Children's Cancer...


Lamar and Nick, 7am, Venice Pier

meet Lamar Sepulveda and his son Nick. to celebrate his 50th birthday last year, he ran 50 miles. at his birthday party later that evening, he announced his next challenge. he wanted to thank the Children's Hospital of Orange County for saving Nick's life 25 years ago from leukemia and further raise awareness of Children's Cancer and inspire us all to get up and take the challenge for whatever charity we see fit. so this past Saturday, he set off ...









a 3.2 mile swim from Venice Pier to Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles County.















about a 30 minute t1 and then he set off for the first leg of a 3 day cycling trip covering roughly 373 miles that ended Monday in Litchfield, Arizona.

yesterday, he left Litchfield and began running a double marathon, 56.4 miles. he'll run the last half marathon this morning ending in Tempe, Arizona. i know what you may be thinking right about now:

"hmmmmmm. Tempe Arizona? isn't that where Ironman is happening this Sunday?"

um, yeah. after 3 days of rest, Lamar will complete his final leg of the journey by becoming and Ironman for the 4th time. and i'm soooooo psyched i'm gonna get to go watch him and everyone else in action at IMAZ#1!!!!

569.2 MILES

oh, and if that's not enough for ya, Lamar's going for Ironman #5 at IM Louisville later this year in August!!!


so if you're at all inspired by this, you can go to his website and read more about his story and hopefully donate some loot. be sure to designate any donations for Pay It Forward Challenge. at the very least, maybe you'll be inspired to take on your own challenge in the name of a charity that's important to you. doesn't have to be an Ironman, maybe just a 5k, maybe a creative fundraiser that's not even sporty at all.

WE CAN AND WE DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

9 Comments:

Blogger Patricio said...

WOW... GO LAMAR!!! that is a-w-e-s-o-m-e! I'll def. check the website and donate. thanks for sharing his story.
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April 9, 2008 at 11:12 AM

 
Blogger IM Able said...

WOW.

No words.

Just WOW.

April 9, 2008 at 11:25 AM

 
Blogger Spokane Al said...

That is one impressive guy. I want to be just like him when I grow up!

April 9, 2008 at 12:37 PM

 
Blogger Kim said...

i got a little teary eyed looking at his pictures. amazing.

April 9, 2008 at 1:14 PM

 
Blogger Tea said...

Lamar is the the coolest of the cool!

April 9, 2008 at 3:25 PM

 
Blogger CoachLiz said...

Holy Cow!!! All of that before IMAZ? That is nuts. I am going to track his race number with the rest of my IMAZ buds on Sunday.

April 9, 2008 at 3:25 PM

 
Blogger Rainmaker said...

Those photos are fantastic - I'm sure he'll appreciate those!

Nicely done!

April 10, 2008 at 7:55 PM

 
Blogger momo said...

treat to meet you and be able to ride together on saturday. i can’t wait to watch the rest of your progress to im brazil!

hugs!

April 14, 2008 at 9:16 AM

 
Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

OH MY GOD!!! That's Crazy!!! GO LAMAR!!

April 14, 2008 at 6:44 PM

 

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