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Tough Chik Tuesday – Meet Elizabeth, Heather and Laura

24 Mar


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!

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.





Name: Rasan

Location: California

Sport of Choice: Running and Triathlons

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

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 Kim, Danielle S and Danielle C!

15 Apr


Name: Kim P.
Location: Jersey Shore
Sport of Choice: Running, especially the Half Marathon
Hobbies: Crochet, movies, reading, logic puzzles, kayaking, paddle boarding
2014 Race Plans: Dopey, 14 half Marathons, a duathlon, some mud runs, including the Spartan Race, a bunch of 5Ks, a few 5 milers, and a couple 10Ks 😉
What makes you a Tough Chik? Perseverance, I never give up, no matter what! I may not be a fast runner, but I finish what I start!
What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? iPhone
What is your favorite inspirational phrase? John Bingham: ‘The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.’
Fun Fact: I was once the back cover/inside story girl in a Collage Video’s catalog.



Name: Danielle S.
Location: Westbrook, Maine
Sport of Choice: running
Hobbies: Now that I have my son, my “hobbies” have taken a back seat… but other than running, I enjoy spending time with my family, taking photographs, reading, and attempting to learn how to sew.
2014 Race Plans: Mid Winter Classic 10 miler in February, Great Bay Half Marathon in April, Maine Coast Marathon in May, potentially the Pineland Farms 50k, Bradbury Mountain Trail running series, and potentially two fall marathons. I’m tired just looking at that schedule, haha (and I’m sure that wont be all!)
What makes you a Tough Chik? I think just being able to lace up my shoes and get out the door for a run makes me a tough chik (makes anyone a tough chik!)… but I ran a 10k, two 5ks, and two marathons (!!) while pregnant, and bounced back after having him and ran 3 half marathons in 6 weeks, and getting a new shiny PR. Life with a newborn is tough, but running makes me feel so good and helps me be a healthy role model for my son!
What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My nalgene water bottle… i know its not a gadget, but I cant live without it!
What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” -Patrick Overton
Fun Fact: omg I LOVE fun facts! After meeting my (now) husband and deferring my acceptance into a Social Work masters program in Boston, I changed my career path entirely. I am now a Respiratory Therapist at a small hospital in southern Maine and I love the work that I do. There are many things in my life that remind me to always keep my mind open to new opportunities. You never know where the road of life may lead you, but its hard to see all the beauty if you keep your eyes closed.



Name: Danielle C.
Location: RI / NC
Sport of Choice: Running
Hobbies: Other than running, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two great kiddos who keep me very active! I enjoy reading, cooking, photography, designing, blogging at fitmomsfullplates.com, sewing, and watching Project Runway and Top Chef.
2014 Race Plans: I’m hoping to run a late spring marathon to try for another BQ time but I’m also going to be moving from RI to NC at that time so it will be difficult to train. If that doesn’t work out then I’m looking at Air Force Marathon in September as a last chance 2015 BQ time.

I think I will also be running NYC in the fall, as I am the last year grandfathered into the 3 and in rule for the lottery selection!
What make you a Tough Chik: I don’t accept anything less than my best! Running is not something natural for me–it has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get where I am. I still have a long way to go in order to get where I want to be, and I won’t accept less than 110% of my effort. It’s about inspiring others and showing my daughter that if you put the work in and believe in yourself anything is possible!
What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? iPhone…it has my music play lists AND a camera…what more do I need?
What is your favorite inspirational phrase? I have a few but if I narrowed it down to two the first would be from Dolvett on the Biggest Loser–“Hard Work; Dedication!” it applies to so many different areas of life–not just running!

My own mantra that I repeat to myself is “Be epic; run fierce; and have bitchin’ focus!”
Fun Fact: I’m moving from RI to NC at the start of the year. It’s bittersweet because I’m leaving my extended family and friends and everything familiar to me and starting a new journey with my husband and kids where we know 1 person. It’s going to be a challenge but w


2014 Team Tough Chik – Meet Andrea, Maria and Katharine

1 Apr

Name: Andrea T.

Location: Jacksonville, FL

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: motorcycle riding

2014 Race Plans:

The Gate River Run
Wolfson’s Children Hospital ultra marathon
The Donna Full Marathon

What makes you a Tough Chik? being a strong runner yet not having a “runner’s body”

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

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? suck it up buttercup




Name: Maria L.

Location: South Lyon, MI

Sport of Choice: Running, skiing, bike riding.

Hobbies: Gardening, reading, sight-seeing.

2014 Race Plans: Marathon Maniac in May!!! with Flying Pig and Rite Aid Cleveland
Hollywood Half
Chicago Women Rock Half
Martian Marathon
Whatever comes up and sounds good.!

What makes you a Tough Chik? I’m a Tough Chik because once I set a goal I do whatever I have to reach it. I don’t give up easily!

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

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? You only get ONE life so LIVE it!




Name: Katharine R.

Location: Texas

Sport of Choice: Running, Triathlon

Hobbies: Girl Scouts
Weight lifting

2014 Race Plans: Galveston Marathon
Seabrook half
Austin Triathlon
Sugarland Triathlon
Fort Worth Marathon
Firecracker 4 Miler
BCS Marathon

What make you a Tough Chik: I may not be the fastest or smartest, but I am the most dedicated and I succeed by my sheer determination.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Iphone 5

2014 Team Tough Chik – Meet Lori, Tina and Zenaida

18 Mar


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.




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!





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 Jodi, Jenifer and Angie!

11 Mar


Name: Jodi G.

Location: Rockford, IL

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

Hobbies: Photography and cheering on the Cleveland Indians

2014 Race Plans: 6/8/14 – Esprit de She sprint tri Naperville, IL
7/14 – Rock, Roll ‘N’ Run sprint tri Janseville, WI
8/16/14 – Dirty Girl Mud Run WI
9/6/14 – Rev3 Cedar Point sprint tri
10/26/14 – Marine Corps Marathon!!  My first!!

What makes you a Tough Chik?  Being out there and staying active.  Age is just a number!

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

Fun Fact:  I deal with criminals all week as a Probation supervisor and spend my weekends volunteering with some awesome kids who were blessed with an extra chromosome.



Name: Jenifer O.

Location: West Covina, Ca

Sport of Choice: Running… But actually I call it “wogging” which is in between walking and jogging.

Hobbies: I love crafts. Knitting is my favorite; I am a big time volunteer and my kid’s school. I love “glamping” which is glamorous camping. I am not going to a port o potty in the middle of the night.:)

2014 Race Plans: As most of the girls know I completed my 1st sprint tri 2013 on a cruiser and it was not easy. I want to conquer that course again on a real bike. I plan on toning down the half marathon and maybe focus more on some fun runs with the kids. I would also like to hit some trails.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I think I am tough in a lot more ways than I considered last year. I am a more confident person. I really feel with the right mindset I can conquer anything. At 37 years young I never thought this would be where I am at. I am a much happier, confident person because of this team.

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

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? My last half my friend told at the last mile to “push my brave”. It was a rough mile and I think I cried to the finish line.

Fun Fact: I really am silly fun living gal. I “wog” so I can drink beer and eat ice cream. I love tennis shoes. I still feel like I am 16.



Name: Angie Z.

Location: Lincoln, NE

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

Hobbies: Photography, show jumping (jumping horses over fences)

2014 Race Plans: Lincoln Half Marathon (May 2014), Omaha Women’s Triathlon-Sprint (June 2014), Omaha Triathlon-Olympic (July 2014), Hy-Vee Triathlon-Olympic (August 2014)

What make you a Tough Chik: When I make up my mind I am going to accomplish something, I do it.  I have set some lofty goals in my life and have completed many of them.  I continue to set high goals for myself as I try to reach for the stars!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Garmin 910XT

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fun Fact:  I usually read a couple of thousand pages worth of books each year!

2014 Team Tough Chik! Meet Cynthia, Heather and Sheila

4 Mar


Name: Cynthia T.

Location: Lincoln, RI

Sport of Choice: Walking – mainly half marathons.

2014 Race Plans: I Plan to finish 60 half marathons in 2014 to celebrate turning 60 yrs. old.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I am a Tough Chik because at 56 yrs old I completed my first half marathon with RI Team In Training and in the last 3 years have completed 46 half marathons, 4 full marathons, one sprint tri, and many 5ks.  I will never win a race as I am a walker but I still finish every race I enter and love encouraging those along the way.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My race belt.

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Everything happens for a reason.

Fun Fact:  I try to ‘dress up’ for my half marathons.  Makes the distance much more fun.




Name: Heather B.

Location: Onawa Iowa

Sport of Choice: Running, newly found.

Hobbies: Love to go for walks with friends, watch my daughter in Volleyball, Dance, Gym, track, and Basketball. Love seeing her grow and learn what her body will let her do. I love challenges to better myself. I love to read when I get a chance.
Now my newly found love in running has been so helpful to me in many ways like the support you get from people you don’t even know, support from friends and family and the smile on my daughters face when I completed my first half and she said I knew you could do it!

2014 Race Plans: I am going to do a FULL MARATHON. I am not sure where yet, but will do one for sure. I also love the mud runs, which we will have some around here, and I will do another half to see if I can get a better time.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I think just being a woman will make anyone a Tough Chik. I have a lot of determination to make myself healthy and fit. Like most women we have so much on our plate so to do something like running, walking or exercising to get out and get our ducks in a row makes us healthy but most of all for me is the satisfaction I get.

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

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live!
One day at a time.

Fun Fact: Dry sense of humor.





Name: Sheila K.

Location: Steinbach MB

Sport of Choice: Currently I am running. I have done a half marathon, a 10 mile and a 5K race this past year. I will be starting swimming and cycling in the New Year.

Hobbies: reading

2014 Race Plans: 2014 will be a 5K resolution run, a half Marathon, a full marathon, as well as Try a Tri… in late august.

Other than that, we will see how the year progresses

What make you a Tough Chik: The fact that I am 100 lbs overweight, and am training for events.  I have Hypothyroidism, which makes weight loss extremely difficult.  I therefore run with extra weight on my body.  I am trying to break the cycle of obesity/diabetes/health issues in my family

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? GPS – mileage/speed

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Get ‘er’ Done.

Fun Fact:  I am 45 overweight and in the best cardiovascular shape of my life (when I was slim, I could not physically do the things I do now!)

Iron Girl – Lake Las Vegas Triathlon

31 Oct

On Saturday I broke my 6 month race hiatus (which lasted 2 months) with Iron Girl Olympic Triathlon at Lake Las Vegas.  After “only” racing 2 tris this year (although both were 70.3s) I thought I would try a shorter distance and see how I shaped up.  I had a few factors working against me.

For one, I only trained 4 weeks for the race.  Typically a training cycle is 8-12 weeks and although I wasn’t starting from scratch, I didn’t feel as prepared as I wanted to be (but I rarely do!)  The biggie was I was working the expo the day before.  Working an expo means standing all day, a lot of heavy lifting and poor fueling/hydration.  I rarely get a chance to eat lunch and since I typically work solo, bath room breaks are a luxury (so I don’t drink as much as I normally do).  So I pulled on some compression sock (and my big girl pants) and grabbed a big bottle of water and hoped for the best.  Luckily the expo was relatively short and I was packed up by 6:30.  I was also lucky that Marc was there to help me load and unload, a HUGE help.

This was the first year for the Olympic distance, although Iron Girl has had the Sprint race at Lake Las Vegas for many years.  The course was pretty much just 2 laps of the sprint course, easy enough.  The swim was a little odd in that after out first lap, we had to physically get out of the water, cross the timing mat and swim a second lap.  I heard that it was the only way they could ensure that we swam 2 laps, which makes sense, but was a pain!  I think they could figure out a better way.  I had never heard of that before.

Race morning – 4:30 AM – UGH why do I do this again?  Really who pays to wake up at 4:30???

The night before the race I slept like sh!t.  I woke up about 20 time in a panic looking at the clock.  Don’t you just hate that?  This had happened to me before ITU last year and I had one of the worst swims I could remember, so I wasn’t feeling too confident.  I got up and got ready, ate some breakfast and Marc drove me to the start.  I told him that he didn’t have to stay and I would call after the race for him to pick me up.  I was secretly hoping he would say, “No, it is ok.  I will come watch.” But he eagerly accepted my offer and slowed down enough for me to get out of the truck before he speed off back to bed!  (I joke)  You know you have been racing a while when your significant other doesn’t even show up anymore.  But I was OK with that.  I knew that Lauren and Helaine were going to be cheering me on, so that helped.

Since I was a vendor at the expo, I was able to pick up my packet before the expo opened and rack my bike first.  So I had the very first spot, right at bike out, SCORE! So I set up my transition spot and was chatting with the girls around me.  Everyone was excited and nervous, but generally nice and inviting.  That is what I love about the all women races.  Everyone is so supportive and positive.

I walked down to the beach and found Lauren.  She was unable to race this year due to injury, so she was volunteering as support on the water.  Keeping the swimmers safe and more importantly…on course!  It was nice to see a friendly face and have someone to talk to while we waited to get in the water to warm up.  This race had a time trail start, meaning only 5 racers would go out every 10 seconds.  I had never participated in a race like this, but my guess is because the lake is narrow at the start, the didn’t want us all to go out together.

SWIM – 1.5K

I am not a great swimmer and I didn’t want to be in the water when the let the Sprint race start.  I really wanted to get this part over, so I jumped in at the front of the line.  I was in the 3rd group to go and I went out WAY too fast for me. I was about 100 yards in and I felt exhausted (just like ITU).  I was getting passed right and left and I felt like I was never going to get out of the water.  At that point I reminded myself that I was here to race my own race, not beat this girl or that girl.  I wasn’t going to win, so just HAVE FUN DAMN IT!  So I started to swim at a comfortable pace and actually look around when I can up for air or to sight.  The sun was rising and the lake was beautiful (man-made but beautiful).  I finished my first lap, got out of the water and did it all again, this time at my own pace.  I kept a look out for green swim caps (Oly was pink, sprint was green) and I was able to make it out of the water before the green caps.  Out of the water we had a 1/4 mile run up hill to transition.  This was part of our swim time, which is a bummer because I would like to compare it to my past swim times.  But it probably would have been longer either way with getting in and out of the water. Time – 40:44 13/20 (div) 57/88 (overall)

Lesson – I need to work on my speed and not worrying about everyone else.  Getting a good night sleep is beneficial to the swim for me, but that won’t always be a given.  I was good with my sighting, I felt like I was improved there but I don’t have the speed.

TI – After my hike up hill I made it to T1 with no issues.  Found my bike easily and was able to get on and go…no problem.  Half of the bikes were gone when I arrived and I was surprised I wasn’t the last one, even if I was one of the first in the water. Time – 2:44 9/20 (div) 24/88 (overall)

Lesson – Buy expo space at all races to ensure early bike racking! 🙂

BIKE – 40K

If you follow my blog or know me from Team Tough Chik, you know that I LOVE THE BIKE.  This is my sanctuary, where I feel at home, where I should shine.  Gordy (my bike) had been making a clicking sound on and off for the past few weeks.  I couldn’t locate the sound and Marc had been traveling and unable to look at it.  I was hoping that it would magically disappear for the race, no such luck. So there was a click with every tire rotation the entire bike.  SO.FREAKING.ANNOYING. But I tuned it out the best of my abilities.  The portion of the bike in and out of the resort area was pretty hilly, so we didn’t get much time to warm up before we were climbing.  There were quite a few ladies already on the course by the time I go there due to my less than stellar swim.  I passed a few, but for the most part, I rode the first lap solo.  By my second lap there were a lot more women on the course and some of the sprint athletes were on the bike as well.  I saw 2 Tough Chik jersey out riding and that made me smile.  A lot of women were walking their bikes up the hills to get out to the main road.  I have never seen so many people have to hike a bike in a race.  It was a tough course. Time – 1:32:51 8/20 (div) 33/88 (overall)

Lesson – I could have done better, bottom line.  I am a strong cyclist and I don’t feel like this reflects my true ability.  I think this is were I suffered from standing 8 hours the day before.  My quads were burning for nearly the entire first lap.  So buy expo space for early racking but just sit in said space to ensure fresh legs.

RUN – 10K

I am not the strongest runner.  I feel like a lot of triathletes start off as runners, so they are stronger runners than I am.  I could be wrong, but that is my impression.  This run was a B!%*#.  It was hilly, very hilly.  The hilliest run at a tri I have ever seen.  Again, so many people were walking that is was not the exception.  I knew that if I stopped to walk, it would be way harder to start to run again.  I never looked at my Garmin for my pace, I just ran as fast as I could.  My friends and teammates Lauren and Helaine were on the run cheering us on.  It was fantastic and so up lifting.  I saw them at the beginning of my first lap and the beginning of my second lap.  Here is Lauren’s sign…

1381390_840780787183_1606706633_nI ran with a gal for the last quarter mile, I was running to the finish and she was running to her second lap.  I felt so bad for her because she had another lap and I was DONE.  It was a very hard run.  This was so many women’s first tri and it was such a difficult course.  I ran across the finish line and there was Lauren and her sign, I almost cried.  She stayed with me to the bitter end.  All of our friends raced the sprint and were done an hour before me, but she stayed out there!  She is amazing!   Time – 1:00:23 11/20 (div) 37/88 (overall)

Lesson – I was very happy with my run time.  11/20 is mid-pack but I am happy with that.  That was a hard 10k and I did it in an hour, I am please.  The lesson is that my hill running is help and to keep moving works for me.

My final time was 3:18:35 9/20 (div) 38/88 (overall)

Final thoughts – I am going to be honest, I knew that this race was going to be a small field and there was a fleeting thought that I might, just maybe, get lucky and place.  Obviously, I wasn’t even close and looking at the times of the top 3…not even in the ballpark.  My goal was 3 hours and I didn’t get there.  I didn’t expect the course to be so difficult but we all raced a difficult course.  I went though so many emotional places during this race, from not sure if I could finish the swim, to actually feeling competitive on the run.  I was all over the place.  i would LOVE a do over and see how I would have done without working the day before.  To see if that played a role or if it is an excuse.  I am proud of my race, yes I can improve and I have room to grow, but it was a good way to end the 2013 season.

Me, Toni, Helaine and Lauren

Me, Toni, Helaine and Lauren

I Run Because… New tee and winners!

28 Aug

Last month we asked you, “Why do you RUN?” , and we got a ton of responses.  Responses varied from funny to serious, physical and mental.  There were so many that we liked, but here are a few…

To finish what I started – Jennifer G.

I run to challenge myself. And to eat those darn snacks! – April

To stay sane! – Jessica

I run to inspire others – Erika

I run to be AWESOME! – Jana

For candy. For elephant ears. For ice cream. For cold beer. – Kasey

Why I run: So I can eat anything! – Trudy

So I can be a superhero. – Darcy

And here is the tee!


But we had to pick 3 favorites, and the winners of the free I RUN BECAUSE tee are…


I run to be a good example vs a horrible warning, peace and fulfillment. – Lisa E. (no blog)

Because someday I won’t be able to anymore. – Angela C @ lifebeyondthechaos.blogspot.com

I run to be a better person, inside and out. – Mathgeek00 (no blog)


I will send an email to the 3 winners, so keep a look out for your inbox!

Thank you to everyone for your quotes and check out the tee on-line at http://toughchik.com/drafts/IRunBecause.php

Why do you RUN?

16 Jul

We all have our reasons for running and they vary as much as we do.  Sometimes the reasons change seasonally or even daily.  Personally my reasons have varied from weight loss, to escape, to complete a triathlon, to stay sane and even because my training plan told me so!


Let us know why you run and we will compile the responses and design a t-shirt around what you have to say!  Similar to the Quote Bike design. Please keep your responses to 3-5 words and feel free to give us more that one reason.  Once we have created a design, the shirt will be available on ToughChik.com.

PLEASE share this post with all your friends!  The more responses we get, the better the shirt will be!  We will give away 3 tees to 3 of our favorite responses, so make sure we know who you are!