Training and Races

In 2009 Cayla, Newbie and I formed a team for the LiveStrong Challenge in Austin, Texas.  It supports the Lance Armstrong Foundation; founded by Lance after his battle with testicular cancer.
*We look pretty serious right?*
The LAF believes that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. You can empower yourself and others if you have the knowledge and as your mom always said “Safety Strength in numbers”.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation became a real part of my life when Jess was diagnosed with cancer.  As we went through her battle together I learned more and more about the efforts of LAF not only in each community but over legislature and globally.  This foundation reaches globally from Mexico to Italy.

This is Jess and me at her wedding in 2008

The LiveStrong Challenge is an annual event held in 4 cities across the US and over the past 13 years has raised over $60 MILLION for cancer research.  Last year we dubbed our team name “Tri For a Cure”- at that time all three of us had completed our first year of competing in triathlons and thought it was an appropriate name for our team being as though we had lost Jess and other family members previously.

I’ll be chronicling my training on here as not only motivation (hopefully to some) but also as accountability.  

2011 Races:
January 8 - Bold in the Cold 15K - 1:42:04 (16 in AG/249 Overall)
March 27 - Rock and Roll Half Marathon - 2:20:47
April 17 - Ochsner Ironman 70.3 -Due to weather, the race was turned into a duathlon (bike + run only) 6:44:11
May 2011 - Spin Certification - I am a certified spin instructor! WOOT WOOT!!
June 2011- Metroplex Sprint Tri (400m swim, 11mile bike, 2mile run) 1:15:36

2010 Races:
April 2010 – Lake Highlands 5K – 34:10 (16/32 in age group)
October 2 - National LiveStrong Day - 30 mile ride Flower Mound, Texas
October 17 – Monster Tri 2 - Denton, Texas
  • 250 yd swim: 5:29.6 (2:12/100 yds T1: 2:33.7
  • 16 mile (very hilly!!!) bike: 1:02:41.2 (15.3 mph average) T2: 1:28.6
  • 3 mile run – 29:21.6 (9:47/mile)
  • Total Time: 1:41:34.9
  • 12th in my age group 243/332 overall
October 23-24 – Livestrong Challenge Austin Texas Part 1 and Part 2 – 5K and 20 mile bike ride
November 25- Turkey Trot 5K 32:53 (79/220 in age group)

December 5 – White Rock Half Marathon 2:20:07 (536/1090 in age group)

2009 Results
April 19 – My First Tri  (Pics)Total Time 1:07:35 (11/38 in age group) 300m swim, 6 mile bike, 2m run
July 2009 – Playtri festival sprint distance – Total Time: 1:31:00 (56/74 ) 500m swim, 12m bike, 3.1m run
August 2009 – Tri the Rock – Total Time 1:44:34 (the hardest bike ever) (88/109) 300m swim, 14m bike, 3m run
September 2009 – Benbrook Womens Tri -Total Time 1:01:40 (bike was cut short due to rain) (19/27)300m swim, 14m bike, 3.1m run
October 2009 – Livestrong Challenge Austin (pics) – 5K run and 20mile bike (un-timed event)
November 2009 – Turkey Trot 5K 38:06 (129/188 – fun run with Amber – we stopped to take have some fun, etc)