Friday, July 18, 2014

Boulder Peak 5150

Last Sunday was my return to racing for the 2014 season with the Boulder Peak 5150 (5150 race series meaning the total miles in an Olympic distance triathlon). It was a bit of a last minute decision to enter the race as I had been rehabbing since late March from my foot surgery (neurmoma removal and plantar plate ligament repair). My training had been going well since I came to Boulder the end of May, and a local race seemed like a good chance to get back in the race of things.

After focusing on 70.3 and Ironman racing for the last 6 years, I went into this race thinking it would be a walk in the park, but I was quickly proven wrong! I realized about 200m into the swim that a 1500m all out swim is a whole other world of hurt compared to a 4km Ironman swim. And a 40km bike timetrial followed by a fast 10km run? I would have to say that most days I would pick the 180km bike and 42km run of an Ironman!

Anyway, back to the race. Despite having to wear running shoes for both transitions (running barefoot is still yet to be checked off the rehab list), I was happy to finish 10th in the pro women. With the 10km run being my longest in 10months, I'm sure it didn't look pretty, and I'll likely be recovering for another couple of days yet!;) As happy as I was to finish top 10, I was even happier to be back racing again, and to have a happy right foot for the first time in almost a year. So it's back to training now and back to planning the rest of my season. Onwards and upwards!:)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Off On The Right Foot

This is my first blog in a couple of months, and as I write this, I’m on my way to Boulder to train for the summer, but first I should back track to where I left off in March.…

I had been struggling since last August with pain on the ball of my right foot, and after an inconclusive MRI in November, 5 weeks off running in December, and  months of  therapy, I finally decided in March to get a second opinion and a second MRI which would show a more localized area of my foot. To make a long story short, the MRI showed a large neuroma between my second and third toes, and a partial tear in the plantar plate ligament at the base of my second toe. A week later, Dr Carriero removed the neuroma and repaired the plantar plate ligament. 10 days in a walking boot, 4 weeks off biking, 9 weeks off running and a record number of swim practices later, and I’m back on the road to starting my 2014 racing season. A little bump in the road, but thankfully, not too big a setback.:)

A BIG thank you to Dr Carriero at Core Orthopaedic in Encinitas for diagnosing my foot injury, and giving me a happy foot once again. Also, a BIG thank you to Pam Cloud, my PT for putting me through endless lunges, jumping and bounding drills of every kind – I’m ready for the circus now if this triathlon thing doesn’t pan out.

Onwards and upwards to a great summer ahead!

Boulder bound and looking for luck.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

March Running Tunes!

Here are my four latest downloads to my running iPod. Enjoy!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

2014 Sponsors and Groundhog Predictions

For 2014, I'm happy to announce that I've returned to Cervelo as my bike sponsor. Growing up in Canada, I had close ties to this leading edge bike company early in my triathlon career, and was sponsored by them from 2008 through 2010. I'm very excited to be back with Cervelo for 2014, and grateful to continue my sponsorship with some of the best companies in the sport who have supported me over the last few years : TYR, First Endurance, FuelBelt, Cobb Saddles, Zipp, SRAM, and Saucony. I'm also excited to be wearing D2 Shoes.

I love this time of year because it's the time to put in base miles on the bike and run, and there's nothing I like better than going out for a long ride or run. Living in Southern California, it's sometimes easy to forget that it's winter when it's 70 degrees and sunny in February, but as Mr Groundhog reminded us today, there's actually six more weeks to winter. Not good news in other parts of the country I'm sure, but a happy reminder that there's still time to get out and enjoy those long days on the bike, building up a solid base before race season starts. As one of my favorite poems reminds me,

"The heights by great men reached and kept
 Were not attained by sudden flight
 But they while their companions slept
 Were toiling upward in the night" -Longfellow

Onwards and upwards!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY 2014!

Out with the old, in with the new! Best wishes for a great start to 2014, and a year filled with good health, happiness and success!

Monday, December 23, 2013


With Christmas just two days away (yikes!), I figured it was about time for me to update my blog. I'm sad to see 2013 come to an end as it was a better year for me than I could ever have hoped for - a faster recovery than I had anticipated from my two hip surgeries, an amazing summer training in Boulder, and a race season highlighted by 2nd and 3rd place finishes at Leadman Bend and Leadman Tempe. Now that I've had a little off season break, (from training and, umm, blogging too), it's back to work to get ready for an early start to the 2014 season.....more exciting news on that to come later!:) To my family, friends and all of my sponsors who supported me this year, a very very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014!

Monday, September 23, 2013


I've just returned from Leadman Bend, without a doubt the coldest race I've ever done, but also one of the most challenging and spectacular courses I've raced on. As I've been getting back into race shape over the last 6 months, the Leadman series has been a great distance for me - 2.5km swim, 106km bike and 16.5km run (shortened to 12km this past weekend).

I guess I could chalk it up to ignorance as a Canadian for not being aware of the fall temps in Oregon, but it was a bit of a shock to wake up to 38 degree air temp and 56 degree water temp race morning! I spent the early part of the bike blowing on my hands to bring them back to life, and wondering how I would overcome the challenge of opening my gels and gripping my water bottle with frozen fingers (note to self : full fingered gloves next time!). Somewhere around the last 30km of the ride, we started our decent back down into lower altitudes and thankfully I started to thaw out and the shivering came down a few notches.

The run was a beautiful undulating 12km loop around a golf course on the north west side of Bend. Although much warmer than earlier in the day, I was still feeling the effects of the cold when with 3km left to go, I mistakenly took a slight detour when I saw an arrow for golf course parking. I was thankful to the car coming towards me who woke me from my stupor and told me that I was going the wrong way!

I finished the race as 2nd place female and 8th overall - very happy to have another race under my belt for this season, and happy to survive the adverse conditions. An added bonus was finishing under 5hrs (4:37) and claiming a belt buckle. Thanks Leadman for putting on such a great race!