Friday, October 20, 2017

Commit to the initiative. Inspire...

To Inspire is to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence. His courage inspired his followers. 2. to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others. (dictionary)

I keep running across people and they tell me how I inspire. I never really understood what that means, but kept going with my life. Then one day a person came up to me and said, "You are a true inspiration to me."  I had to look inspire up in the dictionary, because surely I am not inspiring others. I'm just focusing on my intentions and sticking to them. You know, "doing what I say I will do." or in other words, Integrity.

The definition of inspirational is a person or thing that motivates mentally or emotionally. An example of inspirational is Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

So, don't simply say that you want to serve as an inspiration; get out there and do something. 

Commit to the initiative. 

Reach out to someone who has recognized you as a leader. ... 

It is one thing to act on that desire to serve as an inspiration, but it is entirely another to live as that inspiration.

You can do this as well. 
You just gotta believe in yourself 

See you at the finish line!

Train wisely, and injury free.
Keep swimming, cycling and running.
Improve on bike and run in the Ironman.
Build muscle and strength.
🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 🏃🏻‍♀️

#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 

#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Crashing more lifetime stats

2017 Races Completed:
1 Ironman (Wisconsin Ironman, Sept 10, 2017)
1 70.3 Half Ironman (Door County July 16, 2017)
5 Olympic Triathlons (Lake Country, J-Hawk (2), Wisconsin Triterium)
5 Sprint Triathlons (Lake Mills, Pardeeville, Tri-ing for children, Sugar River, Devil’s Challenge)
2 Aquathons (Madison)
1 Century (Race the Lake 2017)
2 marathons (Grandma, Wausau)
4 half marathons (Green Bay, MadCity, Marquette, Summerfest rock n sole, Hot Cider Hustle)
5K: MadCity, Ocononomoc, St. Patrick Day run
8K: Crazy Legs Madison
10K: Al’s run, New Years Dash

Crashing more lifetime stats:
6 marathons in 6 states (NY, IL, WI, MN, MI, FL)
2 International Marathons (Last was Detroit Free Press Marathon, 2015)
96 half marathons (Last Marquette, Sept 2, 2017)
48 half marathons in 48 states (Last state Utah, Aug 12, 2016)
2 - half marathons International (Last was St. John's Canada, 2010)
2 - 70.3 IronMan (Last Door County 7/16/2017)
6 - Olympic distance triathlon (Last J-Hawks 2017)
13+ sprint distance triathlons and Duathalons

4 Centuries - (Last was Race the Lake 2017)

2017 season results:
▪️Lake Mills Triathlon - Sprint - 4th in AG
▪️J-Hawk EarlyBird - Olympic - 4th in AG
▪️Wi Kriterium - Olympic - 4th in AG
▪️Pardeeville - Sprint - 4th in AG
▪️Tri-ing for Children - Olympic - 2nd in AG
▪️Lake Country - Olympic - 3rd in AG
▪️Wausau Marathon - 1st in AG
▪️Sugar River - Sprint - 2nd in AG
▪️Devils Challenge - Sprint - 3rd in AG
▪️J-Hawks Latebird Olympic - 1st in AG

You can do this as well. 
You just gotta believe in yourself 

See you at the finish line!
Train wisely, and injury free.
Keep swimming, cycling and running.

🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 🏃🏻‍♀️

Ironman Mont-Tremblant Guesses - ❤️🚴🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️☕ Morning fix....🏃🏻‍♀️

Here are my updated estimates for the Ironman Mont-Tremblant ...

Swim: 7 AM start. The swim is 2.4 miles or 4224 yards. To make the cut off I must swim a 3:37/100 yard pace. My goal is to pace at 02:00/100yd in 1 1/2 hours. Out of the water no later than 8:45 AM.

Bike: 9:00 AM start. I have to complete the 112.2 miles by 5:30PM for the bike cut-off (13.43 mph for 8 hours). My goal is 6 1/2 hours, based on training I'm at 18 mph bike pace. To arrive in transition no later than 3:30-4:00 PM.

Run: 4::00 PM start. My goal is to run a 4 1/2-5 hour 26.2. The cut-off is a 14:53 min / mi pace. 

Cross the Finish: When all goes well I will cross the finish line between 8:30-9:00 PM, depending on how nutrition works.

Estimates: - adjusted based on simulation
Race start: 7 AM-7:20 AM
Swim: est. 1-1/2 hr. 8:30 AM
T1: 5 min
Bike: 9:00 AM start. 18 mph pace. est. 6 1/2 hr. 3:30 PM
T2: 5 min
Run: 4:40 PM start. est. 4 1/2-5 hr. 9 PM

Cross the finish: 9 PM

See you at the finish line!

Train wisely, and injury free.
Keep swimming, cycling and running.
Improve on bike and run in the Ironman.
Build muscle and strength.
🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 🏃🏻‍♀️

#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 

#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Thursday, October 19, 2017

It's time to celebrate with the fun fall and winter run-for-fun

For many of us who competed in the Wisconsin Ironman, Wisconsin Triathlon Series in the Dells or J-Hawks Fall Triathlon, or Detroit, Chicago or Milwaukee Marathon, the long key fall races are behind us. Watching our fellow runners accomplish these amazing goals helps inspire us. Perhaps give us the okay to bring it up a notch.

It's time to celebrate with the fun fall and winter fun events like The Great Gobble Wobble in Hales Corners, which is a family fun run we do on Thanksgiving every year. And for some of us, that have not yet jumped up to the half marathon or marathon distance there are additional 5K fun runs on the list like the Santa Run 5K and The New Years Day 10K dash or the Holiday Hustles around the areas. For me, there might be another half marathon like the Green Bay Hot Cider Hustle Half Marathon; but, we'll see. "We'll get there when we get there" as my Texas friend's say.

You don't even know who you inspire until you get that single phone call or text asking for help. My friend did just that this week. She asked me to be her fitness accountability friend. She set a goal to do something on a specific day and asked if I would follow up with her to see if she went to the gym. It's easy enough to do. Not only are we helping each other to get back on the fitness train, the training miles will be less daunting if we do this together. Making simple and realistic goals. Let's do this!

My motto...
  • Set goal
  • Make plan
  • Get to work
  • Stick to it
  • Make it happen
  • Shock every single one of them!
  • It’s as simple as that.
See you at the finish line!
Train wisely, and injury free.
Keep swimming, cycling and running.
Improve on bike and run in the Ironman.
Build muscle and strength.
🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 🏃🏻‍♀️
#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 
#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Striving for my best - 2018 Athletic Goals

I officially set 2018 athletic goals: 
  1. I will complete the IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant #IMMT on August 19, 2018,
  2. I will swim my first 2 mile Point to La Pointe in Bayfield. 
Many of you know, I narrowed down my “big” athletic goal for 2018. I signed up for the Ironman Mont-Tremblant #IMMT held in Mont-Tremblant Quebec, Canada. 
I’m looking forward to this because I’ve invited my sisters, brother and their spouses, and invited a good friend and her husband to take a holiday along with me.  We will stay in a suite that sleeps several right in Mont-Tremblant. I can’t wait, and have some number goals to work towards this time around now that I have some Ironman experience under my belt.

My goal times for this Ironman will be as follows:
Swim:  (keep consistent)
  • Complete the swim
  • Swim time 1:23 or better
Transition 1: (cut time 7 minutes)
  • Reduce my transition time to 5:00
  • T1: 5:00
Bike: (cut time 1:30)
  • Cut my bike time down 1 1/2 hour
  • Bike time 6:30 
Transition 2: (cut time 10 minutes)
  • Only change top, no other change of clothes this time around.
  • Reduce my second time to 5:00
  • T2: 5:00
Run: (cut time 1:29)
  • Actually run the marathon
  • Run a 9:30 pace
  • Run Time 4:30
Finish Time: (cut time 2 hours)
  • Ironman finish time 12:40 

My plan is:
  1. to adjust my nutrition, add my Salt to the IM day and incorporate this as practice my training.
  2. to build more muscle this time around.
  3. to focus on my running. Run more consistently and add sprint repeat workouts. Bring my pace down to where I was before 2009.
  4. I will lose a few more fatty pounds and replace those pounds with muscle weight.
I plan to do the Door County 70.3 Ironman for training, include a spring marathon, July marathon, and do the J-Hawks early bird, the Triathlon series and do a couple half marathons. I plan to train swim and bike at Booth lake on Sundays starting when it gets warm, hopefully to start end of May. 

So, that sums it up as a recap.
Here we go, another journey begins.

See you at the finish line!

Train wisely, and injury free.
Keep swimming, cycling and running.

Improve on bike and run in the Ironman.

Build muscle and strength.
🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 🏃🏻‍♀️
#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 
#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

7 steps to accomplish more!

Here are seven steps to revolutionizing your workday so you can accomplish more:

1. Wake up earlier. An early-morning routine is powerful because it allows you to take time for yourself. In the early hours, it’s quiet, and there are fewer people vying for your attention. Many successful CEOs, including the former CEO of PepsiCo, begin their workday before 6 a.m., and if you can fill those hours with something meaningful, it will set the right tone for your day.

2. Put off texting and emails. When you grab your phone first thing in the morning to check messages, your mind can’t help but shift into reaction mode. When you constantly check your phone, it can lead to increased stress, because you feel an immediate need to respond to demands. Before you know it, you’ve lost control of your day. Instead of letting others dictate your priorities, give yourself at least an hour to focus without external distractions. If you struggle to let go of your digital leash, put your phone on airplane mode before you go to bed so you aren’t tempted to check your messages when you wake up.

3. Give thanks. Gratitude is a powerful way to put things into perspective. By acknowledging the things that are working in your favor, the one thing that isn’t won’t seem as problematic. As soon as you wake up, say three things you’re grateful for to start your day with positive energy.  

4.  Read your goals aloud. You already know the importance of setting goals but reading the goals you’ve set for yourself helps ensure they don’t fall by the wayside. Every month, I set 30-day goals and write a letter to myself as if I’ve already achieved those goals. Every morning, I read this letter out loud to remind myself of what I’m working toward and to hardwire my brain for success.

5. Nourish your body. Just as your mental state in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, what you eat for breakfast helps determine what you’ll eat throughout the day. If you begin with a healthy breakfast, you’re more likely to continue that trend. I start every day with a green smoothie. Remember: Your health is everything. It deserves more attention than those emails.

6. Get moving. A good morning workout is invigorating, especially if you have great music or a motivational podcast that gets you fired up. I start my mornings with CrossFit -- but running, yoga, weight training or even a brisk walk can be good for your health and make you more productive.

7.  Make time for yourself. This may be the most important part of your morning routine. Take some time to be alone and enjoy it. You can use that time to meditate, read or teach yourself something new. Whatever you do, make it something you enjoy.

If you’re already stretched thin, you’re probably thinking that you don’t have 90 minutes to devote to yourself. But the ROI is too great to ignore. When you’re happy, energetic and focused, it does wonders for your business. Take it from me. Ninety minutes is just what you need to take your startup to the next level and live the life you’ve always wanted.

~By Nick Unsworth, Entrepreneur Media, Inc. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Believe in yourself and what you are doing. 

Yes, this is still on the radar. Lately, it's been crazy. I am taking a little side street along the way; but, that's okay. I accept my half marathon journey the way it is, it's not perfect, it's brilliant. Dream big and consistently believe in yourself!

These are random statistics from the half marathon's I have run in each state across the country…
  • First State in Quest: Wisconsin (home state)
  • Last State since Quest: Utah
  • Next State planned: Alaska
  • Last State planned to run: Hawaii
  • Years Half Marathon'ing: 16
  • Fastest Half Marathon Time/State: Fox Cities 1:48:00
  • Slowest: 2:36:07  January 13, 2008 (*Sprained Ankle)
  • Longest drive: 2870 miles round trip (New Mexico) *
  • Shortest: Whitewater (12 miles)
  • Longest flight: 4,129 mi
  • Ratio Drive to Fly: 9:1
  • Average out-of-state travel cost for run: $118.70
  • Favorite half: Marquette Michigan (downhill course)
  • Interesting Trivia: 48th State:  I am on my way to running 50 states and have 96 lifetime half marathons under my belt, working toward 100 lifetime half marathons.
  • My advice today: Chase after truth like hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.
  • My experience: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
  • Viewpoint now: "You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created."~Albert Einstein
See you at the finish line!
Train wisely, and injury free.
Keep swimming, cycling and running.
Improve on bike and run in the Ironman.
🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 🏃🏻‍♀️
#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 
#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A map and a plan for the next 12 months…

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.~Maxwell Maltz *´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•`♥

I know I've been lighter on my workouts these past 6 weeks. It's time to pick up the slack and get going.

One of a kind and always late…
Let’s talk about the my first Ironman again since I’ve uncovered some new facts. I realize how much I've learned as I reflect back, I think I could do more and cut time in the following areas:
  1. Swim, improve by 5 minutes
  2. Instead of taking 15 minutes for each transition reduce the time by not changing clothes, so I could cut my time from 25 minutes to 10 minutes, by not changing from bike to run.
  3. Focus on my bike methods, speed up cadence.
  4. Focus on my run, doing more sprints.
  5. Focus on my strength, by adding at least 1 day a week doing weights.
In practice, what does that look like?  Early November will be:
  • Monday: Swim early mornings. Run 5-7 miles on the trail or hill repeats at the high school track. I will look into weights. (2 hrs)
  • Tuesday: 5:45 master swim. 6:00 bike with SBR. (2 hrs)
  • Wednesday: Race-walk AM 6 miles. 1 hour bike on trainer, 20 mph and sprint repeats. 6:45 PM master swim. (3 hrs)
  • Thursday: 5:45 master swim. 6:00 bike with SBR. (2 hrs)
  • Friday:  Swim early mornings. Run 5-7 miles on the trail or hill repeats at the high school track. I will look into weights. (2 hrs)
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. master swim drills. then morning run 6-10 miles. afternoon choice bike at least 20 miles. (3 hrs)
  • Sunday : Early morning Yoga. And choice. (1 1/2 hours, no cardio, strength)
This is a 17 hours week.  Totally doable.  Even when the runs get longer, this will expand beyond 17 hours, which is my normal volume right now.  I think it will work out well.
Double the distance, double the crazy eyes?

I am actually going to swim more!  

Training with power on the bike.  I plan to focus on bike this season. Working with SBR to learn a more scientific and calculating method. Focusing on cadence an heart rate.

Probably back to lighter weights at this point. But, weights indeed. I tend to avoid weights, and this season I will add weights at least one day a week. More than nothing for now.

And, I will get back to my running pace, actually train for the run.

My last race of the early 2018 season will probably be another Ironman. For now, I have selected one:

  • 8/19: IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant

My for sure races include:
  • New Years Dash 10K
  • Sedona half marathon Arizona in February
  • Door County half marathon in May 
  • Police Week 5K in DC in May
  • Lake Mills Triathlon in June
  • Wisconsin Triterium Triathlon Verona in June
  • Pardeeville Triathlon in July
  • Door County Ironman in July*
  • Tri-ing For Children's Triathlon in July
  • Race the Lake Century Bike Ride in August
  • Point to La Pointe in August*
  • Door County Century Ride in September
  • Devil's Challenge Triathlon in September
  • Great Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving in November
The next build will probably be to get ready for the next Half Marathon.

If for some reason that falls through, there are about a million other 13.1's in the area around that time (and I might consider doing 2 of them if I can space them enough apart – it would be AWESOME to have two cracks at the distance on the same build).

As a self-check on recovery, I’ve given myself some breaks (2 weeks in May, 2 weeks in Sept).

It’s weird to consider that you have the next 12 months of your life mapped out, but I tend to do better with a map and a plan than just sailing around aimlessly.  I’m excited to get started!

See you at the finish line!
Train wisely, and injury free.
Keep swimming, cycling and running.
Improve on bike and run in the Ironman.
🏊🚴🏻🙏🏻 🏃🏻‍♀️
#cycle #bike #cyclist #running #healthylifestyle 
#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Refocus, Reset, and ReNEW

There are so many of us who struggle with the written word. I think it is impossible for some to realize their inability to communicate and their impacts on others. I experienced this first-hand at my job very recently. 

A newly promoted executive leader was creating a new organization with a smaller team. A smart leader with good intentions. She was overwhelmed. Didn't have time to onboard people appropriately, didn't have the proper structure in place, didn't know how she wanted to design the organization. 

In fact, she was creating the organization organically, making decisions on the fly, in the moment. Changes were happening minute-by-minute. It was an emotional rollercoaster for me. I was trying, making a lot of mistakes along the way, just to try to get the work done. It didn't work. 
I got caught in the crossfire and was, "kicked off the island." As my current executive leader used as an analogy. I was so happy that he said, "Let's forget that any of this happened and move forward." 

What a mature way of looking at it. Now this is a leader with integrity. I respect both him and my current manager. 

Here are some tips, as I refocus, reset and renew in my current position.

  • Be impeccable with your word. 
  • Speak with integrity.
  • Say only what you mean.

  • Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.

  • Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
The words you use shows confidence. Mentally strong people understand that your  mental ability has a powerful effect on your ability to succeed. This notion isn’t just a motivational tool—it’s a fact. 

A recent study at the University of Melbourne showed that confident people went on to earn higher wages and get promoted more quickly than others did. You must use your words to support you think and know.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

What can you do about it? #crazyrunninggal

One morning a week I race-walk with my very good friend. I look forward to these days, the walks are like therapy: we talk about life, how we can do better as mom's (in her case, grandma's), wives, sisters, daughters and employees. 

We talk about how to deal with the everyday stresses of this world... and let's be honest, we do a little complaining. We joke about how at the end of our walks we solve a few more of the worlds problems. 

Today, we were dumping a lot on each other, griping this morning about what's going on in this country, and this world. Then I stopped, and said, "hold on a minute." I need to reset. I told her, "I dumped a lot on you today." She laughed and said, "That's what our walks are for."

I decided to change my tune, whenever I'm complaining or annoyed I stop and ask, "What can you do about it?" If the answer is nothing, I figure it's not worth talking about and move on to something else that I can change. I've decided to build this mantra into my life and workouts. 

Let's try to spend our time and energy focusing on the things we can change, it's time and energy well spent. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Running ambassador

How many lifetime marathons/half marathons have you completed? 96 half marathons and 12 marathons. I’ve been running marathons and half marathons since 2002. I just completed my 1st Ironman (Wisconsin Ironman, Sept 10, 2017), I’ve run 6 marathons in 6 states (NY, IL, WI, MN, MI, FL) and 48 half marathons in 48 states.

Other big races on your schedule: I’m planning to run a half marathon in Alaska next year and to compete an Ironman either in Boulder or Arizona in the coming years.
Stay tuned!

Craziest pre-race ritual: Probably nothing fancy, but the night before the race, I have the typical pasta feed with a side salad and a glass of shiraz or Malbec. The morning of the race I get up at least an hour early, simply eat a banana, performance drink an juice plus veggies and fruits. 

Funniest / dumbest thing you’ve done during a run: 
I was running a half marathon in South Carolina and there was this crazy downpour of rain, then it started to thunder and lightning. Many people ran off the course under cover. But, a few of us kept running what turned into 4 inch
puddles. We splashed our way through the deep water. About a quarter mile in behind me, lighting, hit a tree and it feel down.  It was an adrenaline rush even though it was very unsafe. I made it to the finish and under cover safely. But would never do this again. This was several years ago, now races close down if there is a hint of lightning.

  • Rule 1: Of there are signs of lightning, be safe.
  • Rule 2: Sometimes it’s good to jump in the face of fear, you experience something real and the adrenaline is something one never recovers from.
  • Rule 3: Try new things, run in another city, state or country. It's a great experience and life-altering.

During a Detroit marathon race in 2015, I didn’t train like I should and I wasn’t prepared. I signed up with my friend who also wasn’t ready. Before the race we agreed to just
have fun. We did just that. We did cartwheels before running through the mile-long tunnel from Canada. We ran two times through “Hitting the Wall” at mile 15. We sang songs, encouraged and talked to other runners along the way. We met so many people during that race and have stories to tell to this day.

  • Rule 4: always have fun.
  • Rule 5: talk and encourage to other runners on the run.
Lastly, they say running a marathon is 85% mental and the rest is physical. I trained for a race only by doing yoga two times a day without running. I wanted to test my endurance through the mental focus. This race was the Disney Goofy, running two in one weekend: half marathon and marathon. I proved that if you have experience with running long distances, you can train your mind to endure the pain.

  • Rule 6: The race always hurts. Expect it to hurt. You don't train so it doesn't hurt. You train so you can tolerate it.

Favorite distance: The half marathon, hands down. It seems to be just perfect for me. I can do a half marathon every week and it doesn’t phase me. I am a distance runner and can do marathons and 70.3 Ironman, I find the 5K and 10K sprints challenging. 

Guilty pleasure post race (food/drinks/other/etc.): Not too guilty but the first thing I do is have two large glasses of chocolate milk or a chocolate protein drink. There is nothing more satisfying. An hour or so after I’ll eat a hamburger, but cannot eat much before then. My favorite is a California burger at the hamburger stand.

Do you have a personal mantra, motto or words to live by? Aim, purpose, Arrive. Which means, make the goal, do the work with purpose and show up daily for the work, and arrive at the race ready.

What is your day job? I work as a senior project manager at an international company servicing the banking industry, managing large-scale transformation efforts.

What motivates you to run? Simply keeps me in shape and
healthy. I am not much for Conventional Medicine and tend to focus on healthy lifestyle holistically focusing on Alternative Medicine. The perk is that I meet like-minded, healthy athletes who inspire me.

Tell us something we should know about you: I started running over 40 years ago, paved the way for having girls on the cross country team. I was one of the first girls on the cross country team in high school in 1981. I am known as (hashtag) #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl. I blog about my running experiences in hopes to inspire others. You can follow me on my Blog, Instagram and Twitter for all the fun leading up to the half Marathon!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hope to accomplish the next 10 years? (October 2017) - 1 year later

What I accomplished in the last 10 years.
  1. Volunteered at DC Fashion week 2016.
  2. Hosted a formal dinner party with Friends and Family! June 2016.
  3. Traveled to Germany with Staci to visit Deika and family.
  4. Completed running a half marathon in 48 states.
  5. Traveled to Spain to visit Staci in Madrid, traveled to Ireland and Greece together.
  6. Received my 2nd masters degrees: MIS & C.S.
  7. Published my first and then 5 children's books.
  8. Produced my first play, Nate the dragon.
  9. Traveled to Prague and South Africa.
  10. Lead a speaker session at Women in Leaders Conference in South Africa.
What I accomplished in the last 1 year.
  1. Started doctorate courses in Organization Leadership.
  2. Exhibited my Art in an Art Show in Chicago in March.
  3. Completed an Ironman September 10.
  4. Accumulated AG awards and finisher bling and donated to major causes in the process.
  5. Learned to swim in master swim.
What do you hope to accomplish over the next 10 years? 
  • Run a half marathon in Alaska and Hawaii island to achieve completing my 50 half marathons in 50 states and 100 lifetime half marathons.
  • Do well professionally and seen as an expert in the industry 
  • Seen as a major contribution to my company.
  • Complete my Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. (bucket-list)
  • Continue to build our net worth. 
  • Hike the freedom trail, El Camino de Santiago. (bucket-list)
  • Run Big Sur half marathon! (bucket-list)
  • Paint in Chiang Mai City in Thailand. (bucket-list)
Describe yourself in one word.
  • Driven
Do you have a mantra?
  • Aim, Purpose, Arrive. ~Groshek, K
How would you like to be remembered?
  • Strong-willed person who cares.
Any bad habits?
  • Pick at nails.
What person do you admire most?
  • Grade school friend
How do you indulge yourself?
  • Taking long walks on the bike path.
Fill in the blank…I wish I could…
  • Turn back time and encourage more people to take ownership of Respect, Honor, and Responsibility!
What drives you to succeed?
  • Goals and Accomplishing what I set out to achieve.
If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?
  • Self (if I was the only one in the fire)
What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?
  • Completing the Ironman (to this day, after two weeks, I still wake up in the middle of the night thinking I have to do the Ironman tomorrow).
People would be surprised to learn that…
  •  I was a model in college.
What is your biggest fault?
  • Care too much.
What has been your most spectacular failure?
  • Not following my heart and making rash decisions too quickly.
What’s next for you? 

  • Go off the grid.