LONG Overdue Post

The last time I blogged was back in May of 2012 after IM Texas. Not sure why I never wrote a post on IM Florida which I did in November 2012… in summary, it was more of a fun race without my typical training regiment. Lets just say I will NEVER do an IM again without training the right way. Lesson learned on my part.

Rosita and me pre start :)

This year has been about having fun with training and racing (short course) and testing the waters with some new adventures. Along with doing some road races, short course triathlon, and one half IM, I was able to get in some hiking. For the first time I did a multiple day run relay with a coworker. We did the Hood to Coast in Portland, Oregon. Nothing like being with 6 people in a car for 20+ hours. It was super fun and I met a lot of cool people… or should I say type A runners!?!

Pic with Ashton and Lopez!

I also joined a group of coworkers in organizing a pretty cool event to raise money for Doctors Without Borders… The Billy Goat Challenge. I am Iron Goat given my ironman status. The plan is to bike 135 miles from Badwater to the base of Mt. Whitney. A group of hikers will hike Mt. Whitney after us bikers finish. I actually bought a new road bike for this journey. There was no way I could do it on my trusty tri bike. Turbo would not have been so turbo and with 90 miles of hills speed is not really important.

LITESPEED ahead... best bike ever!

Unfortunately, The Billy Goat Challenge was to be Columbus Day weekend, but the government shutdown has impacted the event. National forests/parks are closed so the hikers can’t hike and some roads down in Death Valley area are closed too. That creates a problem for us bikers. So the event will take place in June 2014 or in September 2014. Such a bummer as we have raised 17K for DWB already… looks like we will just keep raising money :)

My two favorite Goats - Mountain and SLO

I plan to close the year out with a 10 miler the end of October and then start training for Boston Marathon. I just need to find a charity to run for… more to follow :) HAPPY! HAPPY!

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