Random Thoughts from the Swim

If you didn’t start swimming until you were an adult, you may already know that swimming is an incredibly mysterious thing. There are so many questions in a 35 minute “form-focused” workout…   Why does my swim cap sometimes fill up with air and start floating off my head? How come I can do a bunch of turns and then just…

Perfectly Imperfect

I had a hint of how things were going to go, the night before, when I was copying my morning swim workout on to paper: 50 breaststroke no rest. Text to coach: Hey, coach. I don’t know how to swim breaststroke… The day didn’t start for me until well after 6:00 thanks to a crazy night of…

Trust, the Process

My parents will vouch for me, since I was little, I’ve always hated running out. As a kid, I strictly rationed Halloween candy to myself, so I could make it last until the following Halloween. I could make a small bag of m & m’s last a month. And I was often teased about the pride I felt…

What are you up to?

The last text I read, from a triathlete friend, repeated in my thoughts. “How about you? What are you up to?”  I spent some time mentally crafting my response. I thought about what I was doing at the moment – lying on a paper covered table in a softly lit room with quiet new-age music…

Thank You Team Steve the Bike Guy

They say that if you want to be successful or happy (or both) you should surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you.

CX Nats

One warm evening in 2015, Julie Lockhart made us promise that we’d all go to Nationals and race Masters when it came to Hartford in 2017. She was insistent… I promised. we were at Midnight Ride of Cyclocross, the 1st race of my 2nd CX season. I’d come a long way in the year since my ride on the wheel of Helen…