Why We Do This: Chris McCubbins

Chris McCubbins is the uncle of my masseuse, Katharine Chaney at www.PureJoyBodywork.com. He recently died after a valiant battle against the cancer that I am racing to cure. As a youth, Chris never got a hit in Little League baseball, he was the last person to be selected in school yard games, and he was the […]


Holiday Week – A Bit Behind on the Diary

‘Tis the season and all that – which basically means something had to “give” and that something was posting on the blog. Not the training, I’m happy to say! This week, after the aborted Bike Ride (see previous post), we had Monday off, then Tuesday was an hour of Progressive Load training on the bike […]


What We Are Doing This For: Hank The Vineman Marshall

I was really sad that I couldn’t stay to meet our Honorees at the Sunday workout. I am really looking forward to it. But we received the following email from Sedonia (our swim coach) today, and this made me so sad…and determined at the same time. Take a read: Hey Team, If anyone is yearning […]


CouchPotatoWoman to IronWoman at the Louisville Ironman 2010

Yes, I have finally put mouth to microphone to podcast about what’s been going on for the last month – namely, my Quest to be an Ironwoman in 2010! It all started with Tony Robbins’ Unleash The Power Within…but if you want to hear more, I guess you should take a listen! As promised, CLICK […]


Ironman Movie, Stats/Maps for Louisiana Ironman, Remembrances from Previous Races

First of all, check this out Pretty exciting, eh? Many folks who are considering sponsoring me through a tax-deductible donation on my fundraising website are curious what each of the miles “mean” for Ironman Louisville. This is the best I can find out (especially with respect to the times that you need to meet to […]


Team In Training IronTeam kickoff; first training day

Arrrrgh – just had a computer hiss-fit and it pulled down what I had already written here. Grrrrr…OK, “hit Save hit Save hit Save.” There now I might remember it… SO, yesterday was Kickoff day for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. I had a couple of “familiar faces” there – Lizzie Duemig […]


Story about Mike Pigg; My first triathlon; Bike Tune-Up; Cycling thoughts.

Saturday is “D Day” – the first day with Team In Training where they get to see my face and hand me a training schedule. Yikes. I’m getting more and more “wary” about the whole thing as time progresses, but I am also listening to more triathlon-related podcasts and starting to feel a bit more […]


My Heart Skips a Beat . . . My First Donation!

HALLELUJAH! I’m so excited. I can’t even believe it. I received my first donation towards the IRONMAN. One of my teammates, Maria Afan, is an “old hand” at doing Team In Training. She has done two marathons through them – one in Rome (GO GRRL!) and one recently in San Francisco. Maria is actually a […]