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Tough Chik Tuesday – Meet Elizabeth, Heather and Laura

24 Mar
Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Name: Elizabeth H

Location: Nashville, TN

Sport of Choice: Running

What is you favorite distance/race? My favorite distance is the half marathon. My favorite race is the Disney Princess Half Marathon

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides Music!

What are your goals for 2015? Complete the Beach to Battleship Half Iron Man in October 🙂

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you?  Being a Tough Chik means never giving up. I am slower than a turtle running through peanut butter but I always keep going 🙂 When everyone tells me I can’t, I just go out to prove them wrong and that makes me tough!

What is you biggest struggle?  Staying motivated and sticking to a healthy eating program. I’m a work in progress 🙂

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Never give up. No matter how hard it is, never give up on yourself or your dreams!

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? My husband and I did our first dance in Bride and Groom Mickey ears with our names on them 🙂

 

 

Name: Heather

Location: Ashburn, VA

Sport of Choice: Running & Triathlon

What is your favorite distance/race? St Charles Festival 10 miler and the Shamrock Half Marathon.

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? During a race, I have to have my Island Boost and Salt Stick tablets. I’ll crash and burn without them.

What are your goals 2015? Reduce my 5k time!

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you? Setting goals and challenges and taking steps to accomplish them. No matter how big or small. Having an awesome support group to get me through training, races, and general life.

Social Media Links: http://trifrogblog.blogspot.com/

What is your biggest struggle? Staying on track – whether it’s nutrition or training schedule.

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Don’t compare yourself to everyone else. Find a group that you can be yourself & be at your pace.

 

 

Name: Laura M.

Location: Bixby, OK

Sport of Choice: Running

What is your favorite distance/race? Half Marathon

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? Music/ Itunes

What are your goals 2015? Set a new PR for a half marathon. Moon up in Half Fanatics by running 8 half marathons within 365 days. Run at least 2 races out of my home state.

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you? I am beyond excited to be a Tough Chik. I am thrilled to be apart of such an amazing, strong, and committed group of women. The going does often get tough and I am thrilled to have this supportive group to laugh, cry, vent, and grow with!

What is your biggest struggle?  I sometimes struggle with times when training or races take me away from my two daughters. I do feel guilty when I miss a soccer game or other kid related activity. I know my husband totally has it handled but I still feel guilty. I try to remind myself that there are A LOT of activities that I am always at. With two girls, I really want them to see how strong girls and women are. I hope on some level that they can see that through my commitment to running. Mom guilt. Blech!

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Running will not be fun all of the time but those bad runs really make you appreciate the good ones! Like anything, you will have good days and bad days but just keep going!

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? Biggest pet peeve: People who don’t hold doors open for others!

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Meet Debbie, Nessa and Jer…2015 Team Tough Chik

17 Mar
Debbie B

Debbie B

Name: Debbie B.

Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Sport of Choice: Cycling

What is you favorite distance/race? Love metric centuries (62ish miles). They are the perfect distance, not too long and not too short.

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? Blueberry, coconut, chocolate rice cakes also know as Little Debbie’s crack cakes.

What are your goals for 2015? Seattle to Portland (200 miler), Week long MS Global ride in Sept (average 60+ miles per day), one half marathon and at least 2 metric century rides.

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you?  Being a Tough Chik means a soft place to fall when you are struggling; however it is also the place to go and get a swift kick in the a$@ when you need it. Love this group of ladies!

What is you biggest struggle?  Getting started. I work from home so making myself get up and go can be challenging.

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Ride your own ride, don’t worry about how fast or slow you are, just get out there, pedal and enjoy the scenery.

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? Random fact: I have two fur babies, Riley and Jethro.

 

 

Nessa T

Nessa T

Name: Nessa T

Location: IL

Sport of Choice: Running

What is your favorite distance/race? 5 or 10k although I do love the Lincoln Memorial half in Springfield. My favorite race is the BIX 7. The most fun you’ll ever have on a tough course.

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? The Roo Sport…holds your items and you don’t know its there.

What are your goals 2015? Be the best I can be and encourage others along the way.

What is your biggest struggle? Running in the heat.

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Don’t compare yourself to others.

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? Love music on a run unless I’m running in a group.

 

 

Name: Jer

Location: Garden grove

Sport of Choice: Triathlons

What is your favorite distance/race? Race on the base, sprint Triathlon (favorites-swim and bike)

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? Water bottles and fun

What are your goals 2015? Learn how to schedule “training” into my life schedule. Learn to put myself out there more and have fun!

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you? That other strong women are in my same shoes and we can support each other.

What is your biggest struggle? Running and training time with current life. Making time for me!!

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Just keep swimming (Nemo reference). Feel like stopping-just go to the next short goal and the next.

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? Terrible things don’t happen – it is an adventure, a learning experience. Peeve: people that are not considerate of others.

 

2015 Team Tough Chik – Meet Katie, Michelle and Rasan

24 Feb

Name: Katie

Location: Chicago

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

What is you favorite distance/race? I am not sure yet what my ‘favorite’ is as I have only just begun.

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? Good bike shorts!!

What are your goals for 2015? I am training for sprint tri’s in 2015 with my A race an Olympic distance. I also have goals to long complete some long distance cycling events.

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you?  I am so inspired by other women’s successes and so happy to be in this group to learn and grow with them.

Social Media Links: http://craftykhandytris.blogspot.com/ and CraftyKhandy on Twitter

What is you biggest struggle?  I have early and severe Osteoarthritis Arthritis in my knees. Running on pavement is difficult for long distances. I am learning how to train to minimize pain and prevent further injury.

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others?  Life and Health are precious gifts; if you don’t use them to their fullest now… they will be lost.

 

Name: Michelle D.

Location: Beaverton, OR

Sport of Choice: Running

What is your favorite distance/race? Half

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? Phone and music

What are your goals 2015? Run an entire half without walking

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you? The relationships and friendships are unreal and so genuine. A true family of constant support no matter what.

Social Media Links: Www.michdenise.com

What is your biggest struggle? Self love

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Don’t ever give up.

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? I am mom to a 20 year old and 5 year old!
Biggest pet peeve are people online who push push push and are not genuine.

 

Rasan

Rasan

 

Name: Rasan

Location: California

Sport of Choice: Running and Triathlons

What is your favorite distance/race? Running-10k
Triathlons-sprint

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? At least one of my Tough Chik buddies, Jody or Holly!

What are your goals 2015? Not sure of all of them, but here are a few. i would like to complete a couple 40+ mile bike rides, 3-4 Sprint triathlons, another RAGNAR, Mudderella, and hopefully an Olympic distance triathlon relay with Jody and Holly!

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you? Being a Tough Chik means an overall mentality that I can face a challenge, physical or mental, and overcome it.

What is your biggest struggle? I struggle with my eating habits.

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? To never underestimate your inner strength and there is so much gained with having friends to train with!

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? I LOVE seeing family and friends achieve their fitness goals!

 

 

2014 Team Tough Chik – meet Christine, Erika and Barbara

6 May
Christine

Christine

Name: Christine H.

Location: Harwich, MA (Cape Cod)

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Outside of Running, I enjoy anything Walt Disney, I enjoy flying in our little Cessna airplane with my husband, I love going to plays, and reading.

2014 Race Plans: Feb 2014 Princess Half Marathon WDW
Hoping to do Coast to Coast with Sept 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon, Dumbo Dare with fellow TTC Virginia Howard, and also Rock’N Roll 1/2 St. Louis.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I think I am a Tough Chik because I keep moving- sometimes it isn’t what I want to do, but I do it anyways!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? I don’t think I have any gadget I cant live without

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? My favorite inspiration quote is by Walt Disney,
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Fun Fact: My husband and I were married at Walt Disney World and Mickey Mouse was at our reception.

 

Erika

Erika

Name: Erika M.

Location: Canton, MI

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

Hobbies: Other than swimming/biking/running, I love spending time with my daughter Julia (and now Emily!), my husband Rob, scrap booking, outdoor activities with friends and family and anything around Michigan State!

2014 Race Plans: I’m due with my second baby in April 2014 (she just had baby Emily our newest Toughie!), so race plans are a bit on hold until late summer. I hope to compete in the National Age Group Championships for Olympic distance triathlon in August, but that’s TBD. Beyond that, I may do some late season triathlons and maybe a half marathon here and there.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I am determined, focused and won’t let anything stand in my way. When I’m faced with difficult situations or trying to juggle a million things at once, I find a way to make things work and still continue to train and work towards my goals.

I also love helping my friends achieve their goals – and even though in the midst of a race when I’m pushing them beyond their limits and they hate me at the time, once we cross the finish line they are so thankful for my help. Tough love sometimes does the trick!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? my iPhone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them and beyond.

Fun Fact: I was one of the first Bicentennial babies born in Washington DC

Barbara

Barbara

Name: Barbara W.

Location: Llano, CA

Sport of Choice: Triathlon and Cycling

Hobbies: I own my own internet business and I also help my husband with his business. We each have our own Harley’s and enjoying taking them out. As well as off roading in our Polaris and cruising in our Dune Buggy. So basically anything with wheels I love. I also have a TT Bike, Road Bike and Mountain Bike. Yes, they all get used.

I love to go pine cone hunting and hiking.

I also love crafting and scrap booking.

2014 Race Plans: So far ..

Shadow Tour 50 Miler in January in Ocotillo, CA
Firecracker Bike 30 Miles and Run 10K in February in Chinatown – Los Angeles
Napa Valley 70.3 Triathlon – CA in April
Silverman 70.3 in Henderson, NV in Oct

What make you a Tough Chik: I’m a TOUGH CHIK because I don’t let nothing get in my way of my dreams.   I give it all I have and do my best. I want to show my family and friends it is never too late to start.

Here is my blog of where I came from and where I am going.

http://BionicBarbiTri-ing.Blogspot.Com

75 lbs later and a new hip and shoulder reconstruction I am ready to TEAR IT UP! Ironman 2015 is right around the corner.
What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Iphone because of the music

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? There are No Mountains You can’t climb!

Fun Fact:I am a jokester! I love making people laugh and acting goofy.

And if I see you out there racing, you just might hear me yelling HI or waving to everyone I can! Sometimes I forget its a race!

2014 Team Tough Chik – Meet Ronda, Christine and Jody!

22 Apr
Ronda

Ronda

Name: Ronda W.

Location: White Hall, MD

Sport of Choice: Running, cycling, soccer, volleyball, hiking

Hobbies: Reading, sewing, crochet, gardening, playing 🙂

2014 Race Plans: Disney Princess Half Marathon in February, women’s sprint duathalon Columbia MD in August. I’m planning for a fall marathon too, just haven’t picked a race yet. Will run another half or two. I’ll also run some 5ks and 10ks. 🙂

What makes you a Tough Chik? Well….I wasn’t sure I qualified as a tough Chik at first. I started running regularly January 2012 for me and my sanity. I survived my divorce and was finding me. I ran a 5k in February. I ran my first half marathon October 2012. I’ve run 3 half marathons and a marathon since then. Completed a Tough Mudder. I’ve PR’d in my 5k, 10k, half and marathon this year. My journey has been fantastic and I can’t wait to see where this year goes!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My Garmin forerunner 10 aka “G”

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Just one??
Doing today what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.
Your legs aren’t giving out. Your head is. Keep going.
Run when you can, walk if you need to, crawl if you must, just never give up.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Fun Fact: I have great Halloween costumes. This year I was Wonder Woman. 🙂
I named my bike Squirt.

 

Name: Christine C.

Location: Orange County CA

Sport of Choice: Road Biking, 5K races, Triathlon sprints, hiking

Hobbies: Tending my garden, road biking with my buddies and having fun with my cats.

2014 Race Plans: Race on the Base, as well as some other local Tri-sprint events. I’ll probably ride the OCW Century in September

What makes you a Tough Chik? I may not be at the top of the leader board, but I’ll grit my teeth and push on! As I become more athletic, I am becoming more OK with my competitive nature! I like being strong and active!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? can’t think of one

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? pain is temporary, pride is forever
Destroy your illusions

 

Jody

Jody

Name: Jody D.

Location: Marysville, CA

Sport of Choice: 1) Running
2) Cycling
3) Tri

Can’t pick only one……

Hobbies: Training, reading, being outdoors

2014 Race Plans: Several small races + my first 10 miler and my first 1/2 marathon!

What make you a Tough Chik: Pushing myself beyond what I think are my limits and always trying to up the ante!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Garmin

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Make your moves count ’cause you ain’t dead yet!

Fun Fact:I love the ocean.

2014 Team Tough Chik – Meet Dede, Kathy and Whitney!

8 Apr
Dede

Dede

Name: Dede H.

Location: Big Bear Lake

Sport of Choice: Biking, swimming, paddling

Hobbies: Biking, gardening, SUP, kayak, hiking

2014 Race Plans: Tour de Palm Springs
Snowshoe the Bear
Big Bear PaddleFest
Big Bear Memorial Day 5k
Kodiak 100 (support)
Tour de Big Bear (support)
Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo (organizer)
Big Bear Grizzly 100 (organizer)
Endure the Bear
Big Bear Turkey Trot
Big Bear Triathlon (support and/or participant)
complete a century ride or sprint tri???

What makes you a Tough Chik? I have always been one tough chik!!! At over 60, I keep on keeping on! Still think I can do everything I have done all my life and MORE.   I am thankful that my daughter and her friends all accept me as the “mom” of the group.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Kindle

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? My life is better than your vacation. (I’m retired and enjoying life!)

Fun Fact: Lauren’s mom…and the rest of the Big Bear gals!

 

Kathy

Kathy

Name: Kathy A.

Location: Ohio

Sport of Choice: Running and biking.

Hobbies: Reading, studying (I am a college student now that my children are almost grown – and I love it!!) and running. Playing with my 2 adorable grandchildren.

2014 Race Plans: I always run a couple of 5ks in my hometown, and I would love to run my second marathon if I have time to train. I would really love to run a trail marathon. Maybe a couple of half marathons.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I started running a few years ago when I was 42 years old, but I have been biking for a long time. I bike the MS Pedal to the Point (150 miles) every year.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Garmin watch. No, my iphone.

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Just change one letter and hill becomes hell. Hah! My sister & I say that repeatedly on long bike rides!

Fun Fact:I am one of 11 children and I have 7 kids of my own. Holidays are crazy but so fun!

 

 

Whitney

Whitney

Name: Whitney Sutherland

Location: Bella Vista, AR

Sport of Choice: Triathlon – Running, Swimming, Biking!

Hobbies: I enjoy reading and hanging out with my family. I wish I was a craftier person! I do occasionally try to get crafty with new recipes!

2014 Race Plans: Still working them out but currently signed up for Disney Princess Half Marathon. I have a few signature triathlon races that I do every year…Route 66 Festivus in June and Shark Sprint in July.

What make you a Tough Chik: I think I’m a Tough Chik because I have the courage to try. I was not an athletic person growing up. My sport was dance which does count but it wasn’t something that I did competitively. I love doing triathlon and running races because it helps me discover what I am capable of and that has a huge impact on every aspect of my life.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My Garmin!

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Finish stronger than you started.

Fun Fact:My family enjoys sports together. We do a Turkey Trot together every year and a 4th of July race together too. Even my nieces and nephew participate. What’s super fun for me is to see my sisters and their kids get interested in triathlon now too.

 

 

2014 Team Tough Chik – Meet Lori, Tina and Zenaida

18 Mar
Lori

Lori

Name: Lori N.

Location: San Marcos, CA

Sport of Choice: Running and just about any other form of athletic torture for fitness.

Hobbies: Labs and More Rescue (transport, fostering and weekend adoptions), bike rides, hiking, reading, movies and spending time with my family and friends.

2014 Race Plans: After the mileage I’ve put in running 2013 miles to raise $2013 for my lab rescue group in 2013, I thought I’ve taken a break. But my passion for running has already got the first half of 2014 somewhat scheduled. I’d like to upgrade my triple crown medals, but haven’t decided yet. So far some half marathons and 1 full are on the schedule.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I have always worked out and fell in love with running about 5 years ago. Being a Tough Chik to me is challenging myself to push harder or just accomplish the race set before me no matter how “tough”. I will always listen to my body and every race will be different, but I will always “tough” it out to do the best I can.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? iPhone – it’s my music, and my saving grace when I’m stuck and need a ride or food/drink or help for that matter.

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? 1 Cor. 9:24-27
Run in such a way to get the prize…

Hebrews 12:1-3
Run the race marked before you with perseverance… Do not grow weary and lose heart.

Fun Fact:  I’m obsessed with athletic wear, especially shoes! I’m kind of Imelda Marcos with my running shoes.

 

Tina

Tina

Name: Tina G.

Location: Calgary, Alberta CANADA

Sport of Choice: Running! (Mostly I prefer 10km or half marathon distance)

Hobbies: Cooking, Hiking, Reading, Writing, Soaking in the Bathtub, and, well, Running!

2014 Race Plans

Hypothermic Half marathon – Calgary, AB – Feb 16, 2014
Run for L’Arche Half Marathon – Calgary, AB – March 22, 2014
Calgary Police Half Marathon – Calgary, AB – April 27, 2014
BMO Vancouver – Half Marathon – Vancouver, BC – May 4, 2014
Rocky Mountain Soap Company Womens Run 10km – Canmore, AB – May 24, 2014
Rocky Mountain Soap Company Womens Run 10km – Canmore, AB – May 25, 2014
Calgary Marathon – 42.2km – Calgary, AB – June 1, 2014
North Face Rundle’s Revenge – 25km – Canmore, AB –
Stampede Road Race Half Marathon – Calgary, AB – July 6, 2014
Melissa’s Road Race 22km – Banff , AB – Sept 24, 2014
Vancouver Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon – Vancouver, BC – October 26, 2014

What makes you a Tough Chik?  I just might be 2 scoops of crazy. I run. 4-5 times a week. It didn’t used to be that way. I used to be in very good shape. Then, I spent a lot of time on my butt.

Then 40 came and I got off my butt.  At first it was walking, then running. But I kept moving.  Went from 5km to 10km to a half marathon.  After accomplishing something that I thought I could never do I realized I was tougher than I thought. So I signed up for a marathon! I have never been so excited and terrified at the same time on race day! And then … SO proud of myself.

Since 2011 I have run 21 half marathons. Not fast, but I run. I love how it feels. Getting tough with myself has helped me find my fun, fit, fabulous self. If you don’t love it, don’t do it. Do it, be it, live it, LOVE it. My mantra really is that 40 is a FABULOUS time to try something new. I am slightly terrified at the thought of training for another marathon! But I know I can. In rediscovering running, I have found passion, strength, self-esteem and confidence. And have met some amazing friends.  I have dug deep and discovered I can do things I never ever thought possible. Heck after trying trail running, half marathons and few marathons, and relay races  … maybe trying a duathlon is in my future! I am excited to see where my Tough will take me.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My watch

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” – E.E. Cummings

And often when I am running, I have been known to shout out words like “Go!” or  “Breathe!”

Fun Fact: I was baptised with water from the Jordan River!
I have sung for the Queen, The Prime  Minister of Australia and 2 Prime Ministers of Canada!

 

Zenaida

Zenaida

 

Name: Zenaida A.

Location: Chicago

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Running

2014 Race Plans: Complete one ultra marathon, all RunDisney half marathons) and at least 14 half marathons.

What make you a Tough Chik: I am a teacher with 25 kids in my class.  I am their mentor and inspire them to do their best every single day.  I also run because I know that one day I won’t be able to.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? iPod

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “Rule #1 of life. Do what makes YOU happy.” – Unknown

2014 Team Tough Chik!! Meet Rachel, Monica and Phylis

4 Feb
Rachel

Rachel

Name: Rachel E. – 1st year member

Location: WI

Sport of Choice: Basketball volleyball and track

Hobbies: running*reading * sports

2014 Race Plans: to run a 1/2 marathon with my friend in June.

What make you a Tough Chik? Just ran a race for my high school. It’s called the Rambo run. Its only 1.5mi but it was below freezing‚ there was snow on the ground and went through water that was to my shoulders.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? cell phone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? If you’re in control you’re not going fast enough

Fun Fact: Your foot is as big as your forearm

Monica

Monica

Name: Monica C. – 1st year member

Location: Tallahassee FL

Sport of Choice: Running, Triathlon, Boxing

Hobbies: Knitting, Politics, Jeeps

2014 Race Plans: All the Disney races! A few sprint and super sprint triathlons

What makes you a Tough Chik? I’ve had to work really hard to get where I am and the journey is still just beginning.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Gymboss Interval Timer

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Suck it up, Princess!

Fun Fact: I always wear or carry something that belonged to my late grandmother when I run.

Phylis

Phylis

Name: Phyllis S. – 2nd year member

Location: Norwalk, CT

Sport of Choice: Running, biking and Spinning

Hobbies: I do enjoy knitting but have a tough time sitting still that long.

2014 Race Plans: Miami Half Marathon on Feb 2 Miami FL
Nike Women’s Half on April 27 Washington DC
Runners World Hat Trick Boston MA June 2
Iron Girl Triathlon- Syracuse NY August 2014
Marine Corp Marathon – My First October Washington DC

What make you a Tough Chik: I am a tough chik because I live everyday to the fullest thanks to my wellness transformation.  My healthy and active lifestyle is an example for my family and co-workers to follow that lead them to become healthier.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? iphone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.  Tip toe if you must, just take the step”

Fun Fact: My husband and all three of my children are left handed. So random!!

2014 Team Tough Chik – meet Cat, Rebecca and Chrystal

14 Jan
Catharine

Catharine

Name: Catharine M. – 2nd year member

Location: Washington, DC

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

Hobbies:  When I’m not biking, swimming, or running?!? Sitting in my underwear in front of the TV on the sofa. Also skiing, rock climbing, baking, and trying out new restaurants and foods.

2014 Race Plans: RnR USA Half Marathon, South Beach Triathlon, Eagleman HIM, Augusta HIM,  Humbolt Half Marathon

What make you a Tough Chik: I’ve always loved the inclusive nature of the business end of Tough Chiks, that’s what got me to join. It’s pretty hard to find businesses, especially small business that carry anything larger then a Large when it comes to tri gear. So I love to support those that support bigger girls. But what kept me in is the amazing and supportive nature of the the members of Team Tough Chik. I am a Tough Chik because I know I can do antyhing I put my mind too. But I have a team behind me to keep pushing and pulling me along when I stumble.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? IPAD!!! What was my life like before this time sucker?!?

What is your favorite inspirational phrase?  “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”

Fun Fact: I’m a swim coach even though I am one of the slowest swimmers in the masters group I coach. But for some reason it makes me one of the most popular as well.

 

REBECCA BRETON

Name: Rebecca B. – new member

Location: Cumberland Maine

Sport of Choice: RUNNING!!!!!

Hobbies: I don’t consider running a hobby, it’s a part of the fabric of my daily life although I do consider it fun!
I love getting together with friends, attending sporting events, reading, outdoor activities in general and spending time with my family.

2014 Race Plans: My race plans for 2014 have been altered slightly with the new found knowledge that I am pregnant (shhhh not public knowledge yet!)  I ran until my 36th week with my last pregnancy and am hoping to do the same this time.  The current goal is to run a half marathon in April when I will be 6.5 mo along with a bunch of other races leading up to that as well as a comeback half in the fall.  Wish me luck!!

What make you a Tough Chik: Running for two is definitely touch but even beyond that when you have children, a husband and a full time career, carving out time for yourself and the things that are important to you is tough but oh so worth it!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Nike Plus watch

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? There will come a time when you can no longer do this, today is NOT that day.

Fun Fact: I am a sign language interpreter 😉

Chrystal

Chrystal

Name: Chrystal V. – new memeber

Location: Kansas

Sport of Choice: Running! I also like biking, yoga, and the gym, but everything I do is to improve my running ability.

Hobbies: Running is my hobby (honestly, running is pretty much what my schedule revolves around) but I also read a lot, draw/paint, and spend a lot of time with my furbabies.

2014 Race Plans: Where to start! In April I’m doing my first Half Marathon, in March I’m doing my second Half Marathon! I also have a handful of races I did in 2013 that are on my list to do again.

What make you a Tough Chik: I don’t believe in giving up.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? GPS!

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “I don’t quit when I’m tired. I quit when I’m finished.”

Fun Fact: I started running BECAUSE the doctor told me I had “Runner’s Knee”. I decided if I had it, I was going to earn it.

I am alive…I promise!

13 Nov

So sorry for my absence, but it has been a very crazy month.  Between traveling to expos, team registration and processing team orders, my blog has take a back seat.

I have done a few fun things!  On Sunday we had a great turn out for our second Tour de Tough Chik.  We had 15 Toughies show up for a lovely 20 miles ride up and down the Pacific Ocean.

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It was so much fun to meet some of our new members in person and catch up with a few old friends.  I hope that we can make this a regular event.  A huge thank you to Theresa for helping me organize the ride and sweeping!