Wednesday, January 28, 2009

This seems to have become a habit

Not posting to my blog seems to have become a habit...a bad habit. But I guess in some ways it is a really good thing. I am busy working, training for Ironman USA, getting another season of CANCER to 5K off and running and planning a wedding. (less than 12 weeks!!!)

My life is FULL and I would yell "tilt" except that I am so honestly THANKFUL to have a life this busy again. I am happy that I can get up and swim for an hour, work an 8 hour day, head back to the gym for a 45 minute run/bike and then come home, eat dinner with Jim, play with the Bengals for a bit and then check email and crawl into bed.

I am living my life and right now Life is Good! I look over at my personal definition of what LiveSTRONG means to me and find that it still applies. That speaks volumes because we all know that every challenge we face, self-imposed or unexpected, forces us to use what resources we have, internally and externally, and find a way to move forward.

And afterall that is always the ultimate goal in life isn't it? To move forward...towards a new life together, towards a faster mararthon, towards the next triathlon, towards remission, towards a college degree, towards a new home, the list is endless and unique to each of us. The Finish Line is not always a physical banner we can touch but there is always a metaphysical "Finish Line" that we are all reaching for as we go through Life.

Life IS Good! LiveSTRONG!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Workout Fairy Gently Reminds Me...

That I have a chart on my side bar that is supposed to be tracking my weekly workouts in 2009 so I have finally got that up-to-date through January 12, 2009.

My weeks are Monday thru Sunday and because I am trying to keep track from the beginning of the new year, I will be recording 53 weeks in 2009 - Week One started with December 29th.

My chart, my calendar, my rules...

Thank you for the gentle reminder and for the html code, SnowWhite!

In terms of volume and actual workouts - all is going well right now. The biggest challenge has been finding a schedule that still lets me enjoy some "Non-Triathlon related" things like spending time with friends, reading some good books and getting another season of CANCER to 5K underway for SPRING 2009.

Life is Good! LiveSTRONG!

Monday, January 05, 2009

May the wind be forever at your back Jim Owens

Cyclist Combatting Cancer saw a great loss this weekend.  Jim Owens (Jim' passed away quietly Sunday morning after a 10-year battle with a rare brain cancer.  Jim was an amazing guy and I was very lucky to have had the chance to get to know him, meet him in person several times and to call him a team mate.  

Yesterday's 32 miles on the bike outside, I rode in his honor. Every tailwind that pushed me along made me smile and think of Jim Owens.  He is the kind of guy who brought "tailwinds" of encouragement wherever he went and and he touch so many lives.

See you on the other side of the next big climb, Jim.  Thanks for every moment you took to encourage me.  You will be greatly missed but never forgotten.


Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year from Wallace & Grommette

May 2009 be full of
and the occasional good NAP!

Life is GOOD! LiveSTRONG!