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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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I MADE IT THROUGH THE WILDERNESS
SOMEHOW I MADE IT THROUGH....

here's the math so far:

32 hours since i left L.A.
1 lost FUCKER before i got to Miami
8 mile run knocked out while running back and forth through the Sao Paolo airport trying to avoid...
1 more lost bag and...
1 missed flight
6 more hours of layover in Sao Paolo in which time
1 lost FUCKER was found and reunited on the rescheduled flight which cost me...
0 money (shout out to Luigi at TAM airways who is super fond of his year he spent abroad in Chicago)
1 happy iron virgin, who somehow through it all did not freak out or utter one curse word to anybody (maybe it's just because i don't know how to say FUCK in Portuguese)

turns out Oli brought his laptop, so i'm able to get online and write while he watches "The Magnificent 7" up in the room. and if it hadn't already set in that i'm here and about to do an Ironman, let me just be a star fucker for a second and let you in on who else is sitting with me in the lobby soakin' up the free wireless. to my left on the couch next to me sits HILLARY BISCAY. um, yeah, kind of a big deal. we've been swapping lost bike stories while she's online trying to coordiate her peeps back in the states to put another bike together and ship it to her. wow, doesn't suck to be her!!! now across from me sits perhaps the biggest deal going here this week. yep, two-time IM Brasil winner, cancer survivor and recent winner of IM China JUST TWO WEEKS AGO, OLAF SABATSCHUS. he's calm cool and collected, smiling and joining in with the banter around the lobby. so while we're not staying at the super posh hotel, we're clearly staying where the pros like to kick it, and that's cool by me.

and just one last story from before i left home. you might wanna take a second and go get the box of kleenex for this doozy:

for as long as i've been training for this thing, my moms has been non-stop with the questions. how long is it? how long will it take you?? what if you have to pee?? how do you eat?? but a few weeks ago when they aired Kona again on tv, my mom and i were driving in the car somewhere and she asks me why i chose Brasil over going to do the one in Hawaii that they show on tv. naturally i pissed myself laughing and then explained the minor little detail of qualifying that goes along with Kona. then she asks if i have a chance to qualify at Brasil. piss down the pants again, and i told her "nope. let's just say i'm not bringing my 500 bucks to Brasil." i explained that that's the code phrase when you're asking someone if they're trying to qualify for Kona, "you bringin' your 500 bucks in cash??" so cut to 3 nights ago. i'm cranky, rushed, pms'ing, and trying to just get my work done and get to sleep. she walks up to me as i'm sitting in the living room with my laptop and hands me this beautiful little envelope made out of gorgeous, deep purple, hand-made parchment. you see, my mom still has a love for the written word, hand-written letters, and collects fine stationary. she hands it to me and says "here. i want you to take this with you to Brasil because i think you owe it to yourself to be ready." i look up, still kinda agitated and confused as she puts the small envelope in my hand. i look at the writing, her perfect all caps printed writing that i've always tried to emulate since i was a kid, and there was one simple little word written on the front:

KONA

i cried, and cried, AND CRIED (coulda been the PMS a little bit too). i couldn't take it from her. i mean unless every other woman in my age group out there pretty much DIES on the course, y'all know as well as i do that i don't have a chance at qualifying. so my mom says "well then buy a bunch of t-shirts. i want you to have it." and there you have it. so now i'm pretty much as big of a deal as Hillary and Olaf sitting here with me. yep, i'm sponsored now. and that's the feeling i get from all of you with your kind words of encouragement and inspiration, like a sponsored pro with people rooting for them all the way, yet most of you don't really know me from adam. i hope not to let you all down out there. and if i don't qualify, no worries, YOU'RE ALL GETTIN' T-SHIRTS!!!!!

hope to check in again if i can.

16 Comments:

Blogger Rainmaker said...

Hilarious! Glad you got there safe and sound.

Keep enjoying the ride!

May 20, 2008 at 8:03 PM

 
Blogger Ezequiel said...

good luck

May 20, 2008 at 11:50 PM

 
Blogger Shelley said...

Awwwwwww...well here's hopin that everyone pretty much FAILS in your AG but you!! Yay Kona! :-))

May 21, 2008 at 4:45 AM

 
Blogger momo said...

monica. i had to get the kleenex. that is EXACTLY something my mother would have done if she were here. you made me miss her today. maybe one day i'll get a chance to meet your mom and give her a hug.

have fun, girl, there's nothing like your first. :-)

May 21, 2008 at 8:17 AM

 
Blogger stronger said...

I love it!

What a perfect story and a great memory to keep with you!

May 21, 2008 at 8:39 AM

 
Blogger Kim said...

holy shit, what an experience so far! and still so much to come!

your mom sounds like a truly wonderful woman. im all teary eyed over here.

after all the IM is done, we are having a meet-up to celebrate. thats all im saying.

May 21, 2008 at 9:24 AM

 
Blogger Tea said...

OMG--the story about your mom was just awesome. I already knew she was coolest EVA and now....oh crap....she's awesome.

(I'm so glad you found the bike. My heart skipped a beat when I read that)>

May 21, 2008 at 9:39 AM

 
Blogger Formulaic said...

Damn it! I'm a guy and I got all weepy eye (I DID NOT cry though - so I get to keep my macho status).

Here's hoping that you rock Brazil so hard it doesn't know what hit it.

And here's to hoping that everyone has GI issues but you!

I looked over your old posts and noticed your wetsuit issue. I had the same thing (feeling like you had rubber bands from the gym on your arms). My solution was to pull it really far up and create A LOT of extra space. Yeah I looked like a Sharpei dog but my arms were free to move without restriction.

Good luck to you!

May 21, 2008 at 9:41 AM

 
Blogger IM Able said...

Tears, pouring down. Must wake Michael and tell him this one.

I love your mom.

Now, go fight for the excuse to use that on something other than t-shirts, mkay?

Thinking of ya here, beyotch. Kick it.

May 21, 2008 at 6:45 PM

 
Blogger cdnhollywood said...

Next time, insure the bike!!!

Best of luck to you, and enjoy it! Especially that last mile...

May 21, 2008 at 7:27 PM

 
Blogger Camilo said...

God bless your mom.

Good luck out there. Can't wait for the race report.

May everyone in your AG, except for you, mistakenly take ex-lax instead of Power Bars!!

May 21, 2008 at 11:16 PM

 
Blogger Spokane Al said...

What a great story and a terrific mom! It brought a lump to my throat.

Thanks for sharing.

May 22, 2008 at 7:48 AM

 
Blogger CoachLiz said...

Yea for Moms!!!

What a beautiful thing for her to do. She loves you so much and she is so proud of you. In her heart you are always the first place winner.

Now the important stuff...did the FUCKER get extra miles points for the extra leg of the trip???

May 22, 2008 at 12:38 PM

 
Blogger Fe-lady said...

Great story! I love your mom's heart (and the fact that she still likes fancy stationery and the hand written word...me too!).
Anything can happen at an IM....even qualifying.
Have the race of your life lady!
Best of luck and have a great time!

May 22, 2008 at 1:57 PM

 
Blogger LA_Badger said...

What a wonderful tear-jerker story. I can't wait to hear the race details. You will do awesome! Bring on the tattoo!

May 22, 2008 at 8:39 PM

 
Blogger Warrior said...

I feel like a sap, It must be the back pain. I can't get to the end of your story without crying. What a mother. Wow.

May 22, 2008 at 11:25 PM

 

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