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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Friday, April 25, 2008

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, GO TRI!!!!

by the time i landed back in La La Land from Denver, i had about 8 missed calls and 1 text. the flight was only 3 hours. what could these people want? what set off the alarm was that 3 of them were from my mom, and 3 of them from my grandma. i went into instant panic mode...

OH NO. PAPA.

my grandpa is 89 now. in his lifetime he has survived polio as a child and later a stroke and prostate cancer. they took his driver's license away from him at least 15 years ago after he plowed into a row of parked cars near his home. this was the saddest day. being Latino and full of machismo, it was humiliating to him to have my grandma chauffeur him around town. he is constantly plagued with gout and arthritis, but this doesn't stop him from taking classes at community college and making his weekly trek on the bus to Downtown LA to light candles at Iglesia Nuestra SeƱora Reina de Los Angeles, the oldest Catholic church in LA. still though, i panic whenever my grandma calls. i couldn't dial my voicemail fast enough.

grandma vm #1: "honey i just saw something on the news about a shark attack. are you swimming in that ocean?? will you call me as soon as you get this?"

mom voicemail #1: "are you still in Denver? you're not in San Diego are you? can you call me as soon as you get this??

my buddy Edmund: "hey. you heard about this shark attack? Angela (his wife) called me from work and told me about it. you're not in San Diego are you? anyhow, it sounds like it was a guy triathlete swimming in a group. guess this is gonna thin out the pack for your race season and for surfing this summer too. call me."

then the text message came from fellow LA Tri Club member, "Riptide" Ray...

"shark attacked and killed triathlete this a.m. in Solana Beach. Fletcher's Cove"

my reply: "yep. it's the ocean, and sharks live in the ocean."

don't get me wrong. i am very saddened that we have lost one of ours, a triathlete, retired veterinarian, Dr. David Martin. my thoughts go out to his family members and fellow tri club members. loss of life is sad no matter what, but i'll be damned if i'm gonna buy into yet another shark frenzy.

THERE'S ALSO BEARS IN THE FOREST

THERE'S SNAKES IN THE DESERT

LIONS IN THE JUNGLE

but you know what? you're more likely to die in a car accident than be killed by anyone of these awesome creatures.

i have a 2 mile ocean swim on the schedule for sunday. mind you, i live 3 counties away from where this unfortunate incident occurred, so against my grandma's protests, i'll be in the water by 7am.

LIVE YOUR LIFE AS IF EVERY DAY IS YOUR LAST.
THAT'S ALL WE CAN DO.

6 Comments:

Blogger Shelley said...

I like the way you think..follow your dreams!

April 26, 2008 at 4:25 AM

 
Blogger Rainmaker said...

Have a great swim tomorrow.

And not to worry, three counties should be far enough. A typical Great White Shark can only go about 50 miles per day. :)

April 26, 2008 at 7:12 PM

 
Blogger Tri to Be Funny said...

I agree 100%! The only thing we can do is live our life and stop being in constant fear! If we were fearful all of the time, none of us would attempt Ironmans, right?

April 27, 2008 at 5:36 AM

 
Blogger greyhound said...

My mother has already used this as ammunition why I should quit triathlon--and I only swim in the ocean once a year at Lone Star.

April 27, 2008 at 12:38 PM

 
Blogger IronJenny said...

That was very sad, but you are right. I will still swim in the ocean, too

April 28, 2008 at 5:43 PM

 
Blogger Dan Seifring said...

You said it Monica

"THAT'S ALL WE CAN DO".

April 30, 2008 at 8:22 AM

 

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