5 Things I Learned While Spectating the Trials

I love watching races, especially super competitive ones! There’s nothing more inspiring than watching the culmination of years of sacrifice and hard work come together for one shot at a lifetime dream. That’s why my husband and I traveled to Houston in 2012 to watch the Trials, where we had an absolute blast. Four years later, having several friends participating, it was a no-brainer to make the trek to LA for the big event. more » Read more

Vanilla’s January 2016 Training Log

Another year!  New goals, new challenges and new ideas. I haven’t posted a training log for awhile, and I wanted to get started again.  The second half of 2015 was a challenging year for me both athletically and professionally.  We did get our housing situation settled and moved about 15 miles north of Boulder to a small town called Lyons, which is on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Every more » Read more

Vanilla’s Catch-Up Log!

Well Salties…  the year is almost half over, and I’ve completely neglected my 2015 goal of posting my training logs timely.  The intent is there, but time has gotten the best of me.  To get caught up, I’m borrowing the format the Clove used in her recent Badwater Training Log (thanks, Clove).  I’m hopeful to get back on the posting wagon very soon!  Here are some of my training highlights more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 5-3-15 to 5-9-15

Catching up on another week in May! 5/3:  Colorado Half Marathon. Decided to run a half about an hour north from my house.  I ran a 1:35–first in my AG.  I felt OK, and being that most of the course was downhill, I was hoping to go a little faster.  But… it was 2 weeks after New Orleans, and I barely slept the night before.  I had to wake up at more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 4-26-15 to 5-2-15

It’s Memorial Day weekend, so why not start posting my training logs for May?! 4/26:  Watched the replay of the London Marathon, then lifted and swam 1,650m.  Easy 4.15 miles in 35 minutes later that day. 4/27:  5.5 miles with 5 x 90″ hard. 4/28:  First bike ride since New Orleans.  17.5 miles on the trainer.  Not gonna lie, this was tough, and my legs still felt heavy.  4.4 miles more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 4-19-15 to 4-25-15

Sunday, April 19th was the New Orleans 70.3.  I had been focused on this race for a few months, and I was excited to race at sea level (below sea level).  I was a little nervous since I hadn’t swam in open water since November + the first race of the year (regardless of the sport) is always doubtful for me. The forecast called for downpours of rain, so we more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 4-12-15 to 4-18-15

Here is my training log leading up to the New Orleans 70.3. 4/12:  Easy 34 mile ride, followed by easy 4 mile run.  Windy on the bike at the end. 4/13:  Rest 4/14:  4.1 miles with my running group–helped coach the workout. 4/15:  TRACK!!!  Met my friend/co-worker, Erin, for a short track session before her Boston and my New Orleans.  She had 8 x 400, and I had 6 x more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 4-5-15 to 4-11-15

Last hard week before the New Orleans 70.3!  Doubts and uncertainty are starting to set in, but I’m also ready for it to be over with. 4/5:  48 miles on the bike.  It was awful.  I had no cadence, and I just felt off.  I couldn’t wait for the ride to be over with!  6 easy miles in the evening before a big Easter dinner. 4/6:  Rest day.  Went to more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-29-15 to 4-4-15

Birthday week training log!!! 3/29:  55+ on the bike with my friend, Eddie.  A little chilly and windy at times. 3/30:  Super easy 3.7 miles at lunch. Weights in the evening. 3/31:  About 7 miles in the evening with my run group.  Coached a 25 minute tempo workout. 4/1:  My Birthday!!!  I took the day off from work to relax and have my own schedule.  First, I ran 8 miles more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-22-15 to 3-28-15

Hello Salties!  What happened?  I have fallen off the training log wagon again, and it happened without warning.  Here’s my attempt to catch up! 3/22: Double brick of 20 mile ride/3 mile run.  It was pretty chilly, so I opted to do the workout inside.  First ride of 20 miles was just over 18 mph and felt fairly easy.  Run after was 3 miles in 22:56 with just about 3 minutes more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-15-14 to 3-21-14

Well…it’s happened again… I’ve fallen behind with my training logs!  Ugh!  Better later than never, right?  This week was a real confidence booster since I hit 3 milestones in my training:  50+ mile ride, sub 20:00 for 3 miles and 3,000m swim.  My race is coming up quickly! 3/15:  52+ on the bike with my friend, Eddie.  It was 75 and sunny with NO wind!  This ride made me remember more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-8-15 to 3-14-15

Spring is my favorite season.  I love watching the flowers bloom, and I love that the days get longer.  I do not, however, enjoy the time change.  It has always messed with me, and it takes me about a week to acclimate.  But, I always tell myself that it’s worth it. 3/8:  4 miles pretty easy, then I met my friend, Eddie, for an easy ride of just over 32 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-1-15 to 3-7-15

It’s March already!  Time for spring!  Time for March Madness–both in basketball and in training.  This is the month to really start focusing on the New Orleans 70.3 in April! 3/1:  Still pretty cold outside, so indoors was the only option.  25 miles on the trainer + 15 miles at race pace.  It was challenging, but I got through it.  I tried not to freak out at the stats as more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 2-22-15 to 2-28-15

Winter hit us hard this week in Colorado! 2/22:  33.7 miles on the trainer followed by 3 miles.  Tried out my new snowshoes for 30 minutes on the trails.  What a great workout! 2/23:  Weights then easy 3 miles.  1,850m swim in the evening. 2/24:  Super tired in the morning, so I slept in.  4.5 miles with my run group in the evening.  It was a hill workout called dice more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 2-15-15 to 2-21-15

Winter finally made it to Colorado this week!  I guess we were jealous of the entire  country, so we needed our share of snow! 2/15:  Easy 8.3 miles.  Left the house with bright sunshine and blue skies, and after about 45 minutes later, I could just see the clouds rolling over the mountains.  By the time I reached the last mile, snow flurries started.  Colorado weather changes so quickly! 2/16:  President’s more » Read more