Monday, July 7, 2014


Yesterday after taking a shower, I said to Bernie (yes, Bernie is a dog. Yes, I talk to him.), "now I feel more like a human again and not a triathlon machine".

This was after our 100 mile ride and 2 mile run workout. 

Later in the day while we were hanging out with our friend, Rob, I said something along the lines of that I couldn't believe that we had completed a century ride earlier, and how quickly my body forgets about it (although, my quads are having a harder time forgetting about our 20 mile run/100 mile ride weekend).

It's still amazing to me that Mike and I are able to do what we do. We just started running in April 2011, and in less than two months (less than 7 weeks!!) we are going to be attempting to complete our first Ironman.

 Thumbs up for completing our century ride!

I pride myself on the fact that I am true to who I am, and that I don't change who I am to fit in or to be like everyone else. But, then I think about it and I really have changed.

I never would have thought that I would have completed a century ride, one freakin' hundred miles. I don't even drive 100 miles in a week most of the time! And, completing that ride the day after running 20 miles, please. A few years ago I would have laughed in your face if you would have told me that I was strong enough, physically and mentally, to do what we just did this weekend.

Now, I believe that anyone can do anything if they truly put their mind to it (and want to do it). Anything is possible. I used to say, "never", "I couldn't do that", etc. Now, the possibilities are endless. I have seen what my body and my mind are capable of accomplishing, and as long as I take care of them I see no end in sight.

Are some days a struggle? Sure. Yesterday's ride wasn't all rainbows and puppies, some parts of it were a bitch and rightfully so. I don't think that riding 100 miles should be easy, because the things that really matter are never easy. I don't want this to be easy. I thought to myself yesterday while riding, "you know this is going to hurt, so just do it". Did I still complain and swear and make Mike mad because of those two said things? Yes. But, in the end I got it done.

So, have I changed? Yep, you bet I have. I am stronger than I was before, and I am just going to keep on getting stronger and pushing the boundaries.

That's a change for the better.


  1. It is amazing to me how much you are able to do. You are such an inspiration.

  2. Awesome! It has been amazing following your journey.

  3. "you know this is going to hurt, so just do it". <-- that's what this sport is all about--owning the pain and pushing through the discomfort.

  4. I am crying. Why am I crying? I guess cause my lil' Jamie is all grow'd up. ;) I love you. I'm so happy that you see the beautiful, strong, and amazing person that you are. <3