Ramblin Rose Raleigh 2017

Ramblin’ Rose Raleigh was on June 8, 2017. This is such a great venue for any woman starting out in the triathlon world, wanting to just try it out and see what happens. It’s also great to come back repeatedly to grow in your speed and ability. Can you really do this? Is it impossible? Is this the last, or is it the beginning of something bigger…the initial steps to a life long relationship with endurance sports (like it was with me).

Rose Raleigh 2017

Ramblin Rose Raleigh – June 2017

Doing things that feel impossible are such amazing growth tools. It’s hard to get out of our comfort zone, holy moly that is hard. Ditching the bed for an early swim, or running/walking knowing it might rain, or keeping a commitment to yourself or someone else to meet for a ride is not easy. But those things do get easier. They do. And the more you do, the more you can do.

The Rose event was great!! I had coerced, I mean wrangled, a few friends into doing it. Most of us did it as a team, with each of us doing one or two legs. And one person who does not see herself as a triathlete yet did the whole thing! (You know I’m talking about you Lady J…) This year the swim was outside which meant that it was easier to watch everyone. The bike was really, really hilly. And then the walk/run – and it was done!


Here are the bigger accomplishments, progress, & outcomes from my friends this weekend, using just initials for privacy:

  • TN is talking about ways to improve her swim and be less uncomfortable in the water
  • KP learned how to swim about 2 months prior and finished the swim!
  • CS is considering doing TWO more triathlons this summer – one with an open water swim!! And she’s getting a road bike this week!
  • JH just signed up to do the October Ramblin’ Rose event!
  • AK volunteered to learn more, and is committed to the October Rose along with several others who didn’t participate in this particular event

…but the biggest outcome is the belief in progress and the believe that they can move forward in a challenging sport. A sport that can be very tough on long courses, and one that can be very hard to get comfortable in. You have to learn how to be ok with being uncomfortable, sweaty, and tired – but in the best and most accomplished way!


It’s a PANTS miracle!

pantsFor whatever reason, the stars lined up and today I will celebrate the reuniting of me with my new pants. These are special, magical pants. Ones that I never thought I’d see again…..well, the original ones are probably in a trash can somewhere, but this is a much better replacement.

Ta-daaaaaaaaaaaaaah! It only took almost six months to get them back. This is a good lesson in hope: keep hope alive. You never know when your missing and almost irreplaceable pants are going to show up again! Even the dog Frank is like – WTF!? Are you serious!?

Who really knows why or how this pair of pants was so reluctant to enter into my life. It’s a mystery. ┬áThe story of these wandering pants started a while ago...and then continued here... and now the story ends today. These pants have a special place in my life. They will be a symbol of waiting, confusion, mystery, intrigue, and weirdness.

Hello pants….I might sit around in you tonight for fun!

Back to what I love

Lately I’ve been feeling the nudge to get back to fitness classes. Not taking them – TEACHING them. Years ago I never thought I’d be circling back to cross this bridge again, but I am seriously thinking this way…

Life is short. I don’t want to feel like I’ve missed an opportunity somewhere along the way. I feel the best about myself and everyone around me when I’m consistently physically active AND encouraging others to come along and challenge whatever perceived limits you have for yourself.



Back in the day I taught step, floor/aerobic, and some water classes. I really enjoyed it! I didn’t do the high impact & high intensity. I loved teaching beginners. I was really, really good at that.

I listened to this podcast lately about this lady who’s a larger than average runner (meaning more than a size 4) who wants to change the face of running. It was really eye opening to me and has stuck with me for days. I hadn’t really connected those dots but whether it’s about running, cycling, triathletes, the gym, or whatever – all the “leaders” in those roles are usually so small. The image is nearly everywhere and it’s very hard to find the “normal looking people” taking leads in the fitness biz.

I can’t really describe it – I just “feel” this nudge to look deeper into resources & see where this might lead me. I’m really wide open to possibilities and trying to figure out what’s next for me. Looking at the next bridge I may cross…

Got any ideas? I’m wide open & ready for suggestions.