Monday, December 11, 2017

Stick 🌲 tree 🌳 Christmas Story

One cold, blustery winter. In the upper midwest, the news of no Christmas trees, was buzzing about.

I ask my guy, to go outside for some sticks. He came back to his workshop, and went right to work. 

And then, in our workshop, I heard sounds of cutting and hammering, too. And up the stairs, he brought trees made of stick. He said, "can you do something with this?" I said, "I surely can try." 

I dug up material, some crafty things, too. Some yarn and old ornaments; tinsel and google eye-ball, too. Then, got right to work. 

I cut and I pasted. I designed and I glued. Strung lights and some garland and a tree was in sight. I added some ornaments, and glitter for a nice touch. Then, had enough stick trees to make a nice bunch.

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours...

"That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination." - Walt Disney
See you at the finish line
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Friday, December 8, 2017

SMART Goals (2018)

I can't believe it's been over 10 years since I set my first goal to run half marathon in 25 states, after completing that goal in 2009; now, I only have 2 states to go toward the 50 and I have completed an Ironman. 

So what’s next. I have another huge year planned for 2018. So excited to continue to work with my master swim coach and find a weight lifting coach for another huge year and goals.

My  SMART Goals for 2018

1. Ironman, 1/2 marathons & 2 mile OWS (see running goals)
    My updated Athletic goals list:
   πŸ…First Call 1/2 Marathon
   πŸ…Aurora BayCare High Cliff 70.3*
   πŸ…Point to La Pointe 2 mile OWS*
   πŸ…IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant*
   πŸ…Race the Lake Century Ride
   πŸ…Door County Century Ride
   πŸ…Other events to be decided.

2. Continue my good job at Work.
3. Create, Expand and Show my Art Portfolio.
4. Write & Prepare for a Published Fiction Novel.
5. Continue to focus on 10-year investment plan.
6. Maintain balance in these areas: Financial. Career. Balance. Health & Wellness. Spiritual. (Wellbeing)
   - Eat Well, Run Often and Practice Yoga Regularly.
   - Continue morning time (for meditation, healing, & focus).
   - Play the piano regularly.
   - Take walks outside regularly.
   - Spend time with family.
   - Run with my Social group early mornings.
   - Continue swim, bike and run regularly.
   - Take time to write.
   - Take time to create art.
   - Travel and explore new places.

You do not have to know how things will happen, just what you want to happen. Hold your vision.
I’m So Excited!!!!! 
Working on the plan for running my 1/2 (13.1) marathons in the remaining 2 states:
Hawaii (Maui) 1/2, Alaska 1/2 and A Wineglass 1/2 
All in the works!


"That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination." - Walt Disney
See you at the finish line
#swim #bike #run #healthylifestyle 
#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Monday, December 4, 2017

IMMT Dec 2017 Lessons Learned - ❤️🚴🏽‍♀️πŸƒπŸ½‍♀️☕ Morning fixπŸƒπŸ»‍♀️

Quote for this month: 🎢 "If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon." — Emil Zapotec.

Well, well, well.... if an injury exists, be patient, stop, reset, and focus on healing. Funny how everything surrounding us in life happens for a purpose. Maybe, someone is telling us something. Maybe, it's to take it slow. I started focusing on speed for my running. It was going quite well. I even got with a morning, early-before sunrise morning running group. Good and unexpected things happened while running with this group. But, when doing sprints on my own one day, on the last couple sprints, my muscle tensed, and that's all she wrote. Gone were my final weeks goals, like achieving running my 100th lifetime half marathon. That goal will be there, but what will not, is my strength and endurance if I don't take care of the immediate injury. So, I did. I stretched, rolled, massaged and yogini'd (is that a word? ha ha), and took time off. I missed that chance, but the race will always be there. I'm still on-track, and doing well. Can keep swimming and biking and will run when my body is ready. πŸ€—. 

Not knowing the course keeps coming up as a concern of mine. But, then I think, what if I sign up for another race, like Santa Rosa or Costa Rica. I will not be able to ride, swim or run those courses. And heck, I have run all over the country, in all sorts of races that I did not know the course before. I can do this. Just train for hills and get to know myself and how I can technically handle the situations.

Someone asked me once, “Why do you like running?” I love marathons, because it’s just you and the pavement, no gadgets, nothing else required but a good running shoe can make you faster. Just hard work and perseverance. And now that I'm getting more into the Triathlons, same with swimming and biking, too. πŸ‘

The 3 BIG wins for me this month: 
WIN 1: Went to the Gym or outside to run or swim, when I said I don’t want to. 
WIN 2: Drinking at least 5+ glasses of water and watching what I eat.
WIN 3: Cut my pace down and get faster on my run.

Simple ha? Yes, that's all it takes. Focusing on the little things, chipping away at it, one little step at a time.
Here are my lessons learned, or was reminded of, this month, I learned that ….
1. One step at a time, that's all it takes.
2. Things will happen, injuries will happen. Slow down and take care of it. It's God's way of telling you, to listen to your body, reset and maybe you didn't learn enough about that one thing and you need to go back and take it slower so you actually get it this time around.
3. Diligently move forward, one task at a time; it creates momentum. I look back at the progress I made just in these short few months, and I am amazed at where I am, the things I've done in the sport.
4. The voice of greatness whispers within. Listen. If I feel it in my gutt, listen to that feeling. And follow through with what is right.
5. Things will come up and get in the way of progress. Stop, focus on the thing that came up, try to resolve it, and move on. It’s as simple as that.
6. Keep a journal, capture the story. My husband seems to think it's funny to capture me coming out of the john's before the runs. But, he always says, "You have to capture all moments, because, it's the whole story that counts." He laughs, I don't, then then snicker inside. I know it's true. It's the entire story, not just pieces and parts. Just like my friend who was in the Ironman West Australia this past weekend. They canceled the swim because there were sharks in the swim area. Not safe for swimmers. She told that story, it may not have been pleasant, but it was a part of the story.
7. It's okay. Those made-up stories in your head are just noise. You can listen for the moment, but please let them go. I've learned long ago that I am a great storyteller and it gets me in trouble because many stories I tell myself are fiction. Those stories, though, help me through my workouts as well as, through my races.
8. Keep valuing WHO you have in your LIFE. Stop, and Take a moment with them. It's okay if you are late to the workout or miss it, you can fit it in. You can still get that training in and also be with the people you love.
9. Next time you stress over a workout, take a step back, inhale and laugh. You are just learning. Keep seeing the progress. Even if it's just a little.
Me with my Elf Hat they gave us for
Run Santa Run 5K
10. Have fun along the way. I wasn't going to wear the Elf hat or shirt they gave us for the Run-Santa-Run fun run. But, then I gave in. And it ended up being fun. Stop being so serious. Serious is good and has it's place. But, fun is another way to enjoy the journey. Do it, participate, laugh and have fun while you workout.
11. Stick with it. What seems hard today will someday be your warm-up. Keep moving forward. Relax and take it one lap at a time. Or one mile at a time.
12. Keep focusing on eating well. Stick to lean meats, veggies, fruits and good fats (real foods) when training. And end your day with a high protein snack (like yogurt) or protein shake before heading to bed. And keep drinking that water.

I can't thank you enough for choosing to read my weekly blog entries and social media post. Thank you for believing in me and for believing in the power of hard work. I am grateful, and honored. I hope you were able to take a break from the chaotic work-schedules over the next couple of days and reflect on what you are thankful for, too, and what gives you strength and determination. For me, part of that strength comes from knowing there are people like you, who look to help make sense things, this world, and life. It's a tall order these days, but I'm up for the challenge and I know you are too. Thank you for supporting me as I train for my 2nd Ironman, the Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quebec Canada (IMMT). The Race is schedule for August 19, 2018. 

Home is where your story begins!! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sitting by a roaring fire nestled in the middle of the woods

Thank you for supporting me as I train for my 2nd Ironman, the Ironman Mont-Tremblant in QuΓ©bec Canada (IMMT). We will be there from Friday until Wednesday, the Race is schedule for August 19, 2018.

I'm writing this by a roaring fire nestled in the middle of the woods at our beautiful home in the woods. Today’s 7 mile run is something I am trying out, as a new sprint series. I do a 12x400 at pace. This was my daily run today. It will be my daily running routine to ensure my fitness levels will improve, preparing for my next adventure. It’s coming up quick, and can’t wait to share my successes once I get there.

What I experience while I build my training near my home sanctuary is nothing more than bliss. Something I am thankful for every day.

Final thought, the normal lifestyle finds us in flux, things are changing rapidly around us. These aspects prepare us for our next adventure.

Today's run, leisurely walk or hike will take you far. ♡.


See you at the finish line
πŸŠπŸš΄πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

πŸ€— Noodleini Half marathon and 5k. This morning I ran it.

99 Lifetime half marathons!!! Next one I will reach my century lifetime half. 
Crazy πŸ˜œ and unbelievable!!!! 

Having fun! Add another one to the collection inaugural Noodleini πŸœ half marathon!

Getting ready, but first gotta say HI.

Me and my bro.....running the noodleini half Marathon!

Us Crazy πŸ˜œ people going out for a run!! 21 friggin degrees. 

#noodleini #noodles&company #funrunwithfamily.

99th Lifetime half marathons (Last Noodleini, Nov 26, 2017)

Finish time: 2:12:01 10:09/Min Mile
Noodelini Half marathon
AG: 8 
Overall: 227 / 334
Gender: 127 / 206

"That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination." - Walt Disney
See you at the finish line
Health. Fitness. Spiritual. Meditation. Social. Money. Career. Creativity. Balance. 
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Highlights of 2017 (No particular order)

  1. Completed the Ironman Wisconsin 2017.
  2. Ran the Grandma’s Marathon 2017
  3. Had my first Solo Art Gallery event at the Hairpin Arts Center, invited 2 feature artists alongside me. 
  4. Signed up for the Mont-Tremblant #IMMT on August 19 Ironman 2018. #2 New Goals.
  5. Started a blog post a month, sharing the lessons I learned as I trained for the Ironman Wisconsin. Here is January’s post.
  6. Leon officially retired Jan 1, 2017.
  7. Attended my nieces wedding: Ashley Beder
  8. I ran # half marathons and 2 marathons this year.
  9. Rode the loop again for Ironman training with Mia.
  10. Traveled to Mexico to renew at a Yoga retreat. 
  11. Rode one loop of the Ironman Course for the first time with Rita Hookstead. 
  12. Tried for the first time doing an Open Water Swim with my wetsuit and completed my first Aquathon.
  13. Ran the Green Bay Half Marathon with my brother.
  14. Completed my first olympic triathlon of the year through J-Hawks Early Bird Triathlon.
  15. Swam first longest practice swim in open water, in Lake Monona
  16. Completed the Wisconsin Triterium Olympic Triathlon, 3rd in age group.
  17. Completed Lake Mills Sprint Triathlon.
  18. Completed Pardeeville Triathlon.
  19. Completed the Tri-ing for Children’s Olympic Triathlon, 2nd in age group.
  20. Completed The Door County half Ironman (70.3 distance triathlon).
  21. Completed The Wausau Marathon, 1st in age group. Look at all those medals.
  22. Completed the River Sprint Triathlon, 2nd in age group.
  23. Completed my Ironman Training Recap story, here it is if you want to read it.
  24. Swam Booth Lake, 3 mile swim in Open water, first time and several times after for training.
  25. Cycled Race the Lake, starting in Fon du Lac and riding my bike 100 miles around Lake Winnebago. 
  26. Swam 500 yards in water this year.
  27. Completed my first Ironman.
  28. Wore a wetsuit.
  29. Rode over 100 miles on my bike.
  30. Swam in a cold lake at 6 a.m. for over 3 miles.
  31. Ran Marquette Half Marathon
  32. Completed Lake Country Olympic Triathlon, 3rd in age group.
  33. Secured a 3 acre plot of land just south of Egg Harbor in Door County and purchased our blueprint of the house plan we plan to build on the land. And the journey begins.
  34. Met all sorts of new friends, runner friends, fashion friends, eclectic friends, nutritionist friends, yogi friends, academic friends, professional friends, holistic friends and athlete friends. Let me see if I can tag everyone, please let me know if I missed someone: Mia, Dru, Tanya, Tony, Tony, Jacque, Jennifer, Jeni, Alison, Paula, Andrew, Erica, Amy, Shaun, Stanley, Barbara, Sharon, Julie, Fierce Endurance Tribe, Matthew, Dori, Joleen, Steve, Karen, Kenneth, Kitty, J.a., Jonna, Garth).
  35. Reconnected with a faithful childhood friend.
  36. Family run together at the Gobble Wobble Thanksgiving Run. 
  37. Started Money Monday’s with Barbara Stanny.
  38. Continued taking Ph.D. Courses for Organizational Management.
  39. Took my Project Management Professional Certification.
  40. Completed the Late-bird Olympic distance triathlon, 1st in age group.
  41. Finished the Green Bay Hot Cider Hustle Half Marathon.
  42. Jefferson hosted the Harry Potter Festival in October, and I had to get involved in the event to see what it was all about.
  43. Ran Hot Cider Hustle, Oct 29, 2017
  44. Ran Noodleini Half Marathon with my brother, November 2017.

What a Year!! 2017 was a year of strong athleticism and growth, hard work, achievement and success.

2018 is planned for 2 major goals: I will complete the IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant #IMMT on August 19, 2018 and I will swim my first 2 mile Point to La Pointe in Bayfield. 

Feel  free to comment on the many things that I listed or forgot. Also, I'm  sorry if I didn't mention you or if you are not tagged in this note.

"That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination." - Walt Disney


See you at the finish line
Health. Fitness. Spiritual. Meditation. Social. Money. Career. Creativity. Balance. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

IMMT Nov 2017 Lessons Learned - ❤️🚴🏽‍♀️πŸƒπŸ½‍♀️☕ Morning fixπŸƒπŸ»‍♀️

Quote for this month: 🎢 “If you are going to do it, commit yourself fully to it. Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells “Can’t,” but, you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then hear the voice whisper “Can.” And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are."

On-track with adding core, bike and run this month πŸ€—. I gained a lot of support from my friends this month, receiving abundant gifts and personal visits from friends. ♡ This has been helping me stay on track. Thank you for supporting me as I train for my 2nd Ironman, the Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quebec Canada (IMMT). The Race is schedule for August 19, 2018. ♡ 

Here are my lessons learned this month, I learned that ….

  1. You glow! Your energy is high, and your body is running in tip top shape. πŸ’ͺπŸ’ƒ
  2. Enjoy the process. Training for an Ironman is tough, but it’s part of the journey. Do it with a smile.  πŸ’‹ πŸ”₯
  3. When the workouts get harder, challenge yourself to be stronger.
  4. Sometimes your coach will push you to the limits, because they have greater faith in you than you have in yourself.
  5. Be persistent!!!!! Start running, go to the gym, run around the track, whatever it takes to get the miles in. 
  6. It’s always good to stay open to new ideas and possibilities. I’m studying up on Total Immersion Swimming for improving my technique. 
  7. Expand my Focus: Health. Fitness. Spiritual. Meditation. Social. Money. Career. Creativity. Balance. Get out of my own way. Step back and view everything holistically. Look beyond my perceived immediate impacts.
  8. Stop stalling, sign up and let the wind move your sails in the right direction.
  9. A hand written Self Journal gives me thinking time to reflect. It’s working much better, I’ve added the additional bike and run workouts to my routine because it's actionable and making me accountable.
  10. Remember the Goal! Running is a lot like life. Run a race (pursue life) with patience, with Knowledge (Gain Wisdom), and with Understanding. Remember the Goal. ALWAYS remember the goal. Whatever you do, do all to the Glory of God.

Home is where your story begins!!