Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

My next movie

I hate watching to much TV however I have been watching lots of movies lately so this is my next one, tonight when Landen is a sleep Tyler, mom and I will be watching this one. I just love to watch Steve Prefontaine I can watch these movies over and over!! I like his charismatic, how tough he was, he gave it his all and then some. Steve he pushed his limits and smash records always wanting to be the best! I will let you know which one is better this one or Without limits.

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday Halloween whooohooo!!! Before we go trick or treating I have to go in for some minor surgery or do I call it freezing?? This time my doctor Barb had found some abnormal bad cells in my cervix so I have to have cryotherapy done a short description of this is where they freeze your cervix and crape out all the bad cells then send them in for a biopsy looking for cancer. I’m not looking forward to this at all!!! I will have my family waiting for me in the waiting room so that makes it easier. Then that night I will be taking Landen Trick or Treating with my family and their children. After we Trick or Treat we go back to my house and eat pizza and candy, this is so fun.
Halloween to me is a time to watch little kids run around with fun costumes on go door to door getting their bags full of candy's, and having fun however you know darn well none of the kids brush there teeth like they should after getting all that extra candy. Thank gosh it only comes ones a year. Unless you live at my house then it’s an everyday thing I have a huge candy drawer and I do make my kids brush their teeth all the time.

Next Race!

It soon will be time to Turkey Trot!! Last year at this time this was my first race back from surgery yeap 14 days after surgery I was out racing but this one almost put me back into bed, my heart rate during this race was 192 the whole time well I shouldn’t say the whole time when we started waiting for the gun to go off it was 145. I did run with my friend (Chad) he was trying to keep me from getting my heart rate up so high and not to push myself back into the hospital. The whole race I would hear Chad say slow it down, back it off, and your just getting done with recovery, I just couldn’t I wanted to be as good as I was the following year which was 22 min. so I pushed it as much as I could and ended up with 26 min. for me that was way to long...... "in a nice way" and oh yea was I feeling like CRAP after the race I thought I was going to pass out. This year now that I’m feeling better I will try for 21 min. and push it as much as I can. Mike and his children will be coming up for this race this will be Mike’s 3rd race, he's finished Octoberfest 5 miler with me and he did a local 5K in his home town of MT. Pleasant IOWA, he took 2nd in his age group : ). I can’t wait to see how he does at this race.
Both of our children will be running in the kid’s race I just love to watch children get into the races this is so good for them.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Goals for 2007

Now that I have signed up for Ironman Kentucky http://ironman.com/events/ironman/louisville I better start planning out my year.
One of my goals if my health is great through out the next coming months “which it will be” is to qualify for Kona, watching it this past weekend was great! Larry Schmit from Sparta WI did a phenomenal job there. I will try and get into the lottery when it opens however, everyone tries to do this so I think my chances will be slim to none” but you never know”, until then I will get myself properly conditioned, my nutrition down properly and for sure my running down. I feel confident in the swim -I can get this faster and my bike is great but my run SUCKS!!!! I need to pick it up in this area so I’ve decided to take up indoor running with my friend the treadmill, weight training and functional training. I won’t do any swimming until December or so, unless I need those recovery days then I will swim.

Landen will be 8 in January that means he can start doing the Kids Triathlon's this coming year. This is another goal of mine to work with Landen and get him ready for a Kids Triathlon. Landen has been swimming 10 laps in the pool and running 1 mile everyother week, now to get him on a bike we are ready to roll. Landen has been talking about this for a while so it wouldn’t be like mom's pressuring him to do one “ok maybe a little”, (just kidding)! : )

I will try and post a tentative schedule for you in the next coming days.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

No WI Ironman, it's going to be Kentucky!

Ron and I are signed up for this one. Get ready to sweat, whoohoo I love the heat!
: )

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Fitness Weather

Take a look at this link to find out how many hand and feet warmers you will need for your run or ride and if you are going to do any type of outside swimming you're nuts! "In a nice way"

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Running in the cold!

Following are some tips for those planning on doing Fall Runs!
Make sure to Layer clothing: Wicking layer close to skin (polyproprelene, etc.)
Insulation layer next (cotton, or pile layer) Shell layer on the outside (Goretex, nylon, etc.) By layering, you can remove layers as your body warms up. - Head – wear a thermal hat - Hands – wear mittens or gloves (old socks work good) - Legs – running tights (different materials and thickness for different conditions) - Feet – keep feet dry by using an inner sock made of a moisture wicking material.
You want to wear enough layers so that you are not freezing, but are a little chilly at the start. A general rule is to dress as though it is 10-15 degrees warmer than the starting temperature. Remember, you will warm up as you start the race!
You could do all of that or just purchase a ton of those heated hand and feet warmers you know the ones they use for skiing or snowboarding and put them all over your body make sure you purchase a pair of tight paints, and a tight shirt to keep them close to your body and your off and believe me you will be really warm.
Safe and fun running!

Ironman Times and dates to watch!

Boulder, CO – Ironman North America will partner with the Versus network (formerly OLN) to air the five full Ironman events held in the continental United States. These national broadcasts on the Versus network (US) are scheduled for October and November at the times show on the schedule below (all time ET).

October 22, 2006 3:00 pm Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid
October 23, 2006 4:00 pm Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid
October 24, 2006 1:30 am Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid
October 25, 2006 5:00 pm Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid
October 29, 2006 3:00 pm Ford Ironman Wisconsin
October 30, 2006 4:00 pm Ford Ironman Wisconsin
November 5, 2006 3:00 pm Ironman 70.3 St. Croix
November 6, 2006 4:00 pm Ironman 70.3 St. Croix
November 26, 2006 3:00 pm Ford Ironman Florida
November 27, 2006 4:00 pm Ford Ironman

FloridaIronman North America produces six full Ironman events; Ford Ironman Arizona, Tempe, AZ, Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene, ID, Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid, Lake Placid, NY, Subaru Ironman Canada, Penticton, BC, Ford Ironman Wisconsin, Madison, WI and Ford Ironman Florida, Panama City Beach, Florida. For further information please log onto

Earthquake Strikes Ironman Hawaii

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Ironman!

Here is the site check it out!


A little something to think about!

A speech from Jimmy V.
But, I can't help it. Now I'm fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how's your day, and nothing is changed for me. As Dick said, I'm a very emotional and passionate man. I can't help it. That's being the son of Rocco and Angelina Valvano. It comes with the territory. We hug, we kiss, we love. When people say to me how do you get through life or each day, it's the same thing. To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives.
-Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day.
-Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought.
-Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special. :)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Boot Camp, and Oh My Aching Legs!

“Good Morning Sunshine’s” I say to my Boot Camp class at 5:30 am. I teach this at the YMCA and today class was a full, you wouldn’t believe how many people get up to see how far they can push themselves or to see if they can beat the instructor (from what I gather). I have to tell you, I do everything with my classes No slacking! (Remember those days when you were in track or cross country and the coach would tell you what to do? and then he/she would ride his/her bike next to you when you were running or they would just watch??? Yea, not this instructor, I like to get in on the fun too plus it wouldn’t be fair to my class if they were sweating their butts off and I wasn’t.

Back to the class: My class has many different variety of people, I have competitive people, and this is mostly guys, they like to see if they can keep up or beat the instructor in drills or running " in a nice way", then I have people whom just want to get in better shape or get in shape period. This is so great to see people wanting to get in shape, get faster, loss weight, or be mentally stronger, I love that, plus I like to be the one that is helping them out.

So today’s class consisted of lots of sprinting down and sprinting back the length of the gym, sit ups, push ups, lunges, high knees, mountain climbers, drills and more drills it was so much fun at the time, but I bet tomorrow it's going to be “oh my aching legs and arms” for all of us, however that's what makes it so fun.

So we'll see how many people show up next Thursday's Boot Camp Class??

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Hair Loss

OK I know your thinking what is that??? Back when I was going threw radiation I was loosing some of my hair, my Aunt Ramona picked this up for me and it has helped out so much. These past few weeks I've had so much hair loss I thought I should get it out again. I was in the doctor a few weeks ago and found out my T4 and THS levels were way low so we needed to bring them back up! I had to double my medication about 50% for the past few weeks which has caused my hair to fall out again Yuck! I guess it's normal but it really sucks "in a nice way". My suggestion if you are going through any type of hair loss pick this up it helps.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Photo's of the race - The photo's are not in order oops!

Still in Canoe

Off the bike now to the run

Time to roll whoohoo!
Landen running in with Mom to the finish he won!

Forgot my shoes, so I have Brian's on

Tracy in her canoe I'm waiting to get started!

Monday, October 09, 2006


Saturday what a race, Ron and I did the DAM CHAALLENGE, it's a 7 mile Canoe, 14 mile all hills bike and a 3 mile hilly run "WOWZA" I must add! I have to say always make sure you don't forget anything when you go to a race, I forgot my extra pair of shoes for the canoe, and sun glasses I hate not wearing glasses. Thank gosh Brian H. had an extra pair of shoes in his car they were size 10.5, I wear size 8.5 so I looked like I had clown feet it was great! Ron had sun glasses so I was set.
On to the race:
The Canoe was great we had perfect weather we had so much fun, we saw a person fall out of his Canoe, I jumped out of the Canoe to get us off a huge sand pile, I yelled out lots and lots of times hard right, hard left and were going to hit it but “ Thank gosh I had the arm floaters on they saved me : )”. There were all sorts of people there some that were very, very competitive and some that were there just to have fun.

When we finally came to bridge 14 they took our Canoe and we were off to the bike Ron and I ran up the hill together and it was go time!!
My bike was great, I felt sick only 2 times and had to back it off just a tad to get my heart rate down, my goal was to pass 8 people and I passed 7 that’s all I saw ahead of me. I do have to comment on a few hills one hill was amazing you had to stand to climb it and you were maybe going 4 mph, then the other one whooohooo you kicked butt down it, I’m sure there were a lot of people who road there brakes all the way down it, however that would be that last thing I would do the faster the better!
I was flying down the last hill and it was off the bike and time for the run, my legs were shot trying to get them to run was amazing. It was an off road run lots and lots of hills, my Achilles were on fire, I could only run so fast well I mean so slow and that was that I couldn't give it anymore. When I came to the finish line there was my little buddy Landen he was going to beat mom across the finish line and he did. Great job little buddy! I just loved it!! However if it was anyone else yea that wouldn’t have happened “in a nice way”.

I did get 3rd in the over all for competitive women and 2nd fastest bike for women “WHOOOHOO”!

I’ll have pictures for you tomorrow.

Lottery Spots Available again!

Lottery Spots Available for Subaru Ironman Canada and Ford Ironman Wisconsin

Boulder, CO - Ironman North America is pleased to announce that there will be additional entry opportunities for the 2007 Subaru Ironman Canada and Ford Ironman Wisconsin events by way of a lottery.
Each event will have 100 general entry spots available via the lottery. Lottery entry will be available through the individual race sites and administered through www.active.com
Entry to the lottery is $20 US for each event. This fee is non-refundable; however, those athletes selected via the lottery will have this amount credited towards their entry fee.
The lottery will open for both events on Tuesday, October 10th and will close on Tuesday, October 31st.
The selected athletes will be notified by email, on Friday, November 3rd. Please log onto www.ironman.ca to register for the Subaru Ironman Canada lottery and log onto www.ironmanwisconsin.com for the Ford Ironman Wisconsin lottery.Subaru Ironman Canada will be held for the 25th time on Sunday, August 26, 2007 in Penticton. BC and Ford Ironman Wisconsin will take place for the sixth time on Sunday, September 9, 2007 in Madison, WI.You have actively registered to recieve these emails from Ironman North America. We do not harvest information nor do we send this newsletter to any who did not specifically sign up to receive it.You cannot reply to this email. To be instantly removed from the list, click the following link or copy and paste it into your browser:http://www.ironmannorthamerica.com/newsletter/remove.php?remove=Y&id=9e5f64cde99af96fdca0e02a3d24faec

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Quotes from Runners

This is the BEST! "I agree with this 100%"
"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more." Steve Prefontaine
Great Great Quotes from a Great Runner.

1."Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make
something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, 'I've never seen anyone
run like that before.' It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than
anyone else. It's being creative."
2."A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can
punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody
is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing
the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself."
3."To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift."
4. "I don't just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting."
5. "Something inside of me just said 'Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him,' and I just took off."
6."What I want is to be number one."
7. "Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it."
8. "I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who
can win it."
9."How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races? All my life
people have been telling me, 'You're too small Pre', 'You're not fast enough Pre', 'Give up your
foolish dream Steve'. But they forgot something, I HAVE TO WIN."
10."A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re
capable of understanding."
11."You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself
a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes
down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."


Before Landen went to bed tonight we read 1 chapter of this book, Landen loved it! I was also looking on his web site http://www.prefontainerun.com/ and they have a Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run, I have to see how many people I can get to go do this one. By then Landen will run it with me or I mean I will run it with him by then he'll be doing 8-9 min miles "Maybe".

Without Limits

This movie you have to watch!
Landen and I watch this movie 2 times today. Then Landen and I went down to the track and ran 3 laps.
Landen took off like a rocket and did his first lap in 1 min. 49 sec. "wow" I kept thinking he was going to slow down but he kept it up, until he got to the finish line then he was done, he started to walk and said Steve wouldn't have done this and started to jog slow, we went 2 more laps he did great! "That's my boy" Never give up!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Something New!

Today, Ironman and the Greater Louisville Sports Commission are proud to announce an addition to the global Ironman event series in 2007, Ford Ironman Louisville. The five-year agreement for Ford Ironman Louisville will enhance an already substantial list of Ironman events, with more than 12 events nationwide. The inaugural Ford Ironman Louisville is scheduled for August 26 and will serve as a qualifier for the 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship taking place on October 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Brining up the Trainer!

I have done it! I have brought up the winter piece of furniture it's the trainer. I have to move my furniture around in my living room so my bike and trainer can look nice. However I have to keep little Landen off of it, he loves to ride my bike when mom's not looking.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ford Ironman WIsconsin TV Schedule

The one-hour Ford Ironman Wisconsin show will be aired on FSN North’s channels beginning two weeks after the day of the race.

2006 Ford Ironman Regional Television Schedule
October 1 – 5:00 a.m.
October 2 – 7:00 p.m.
October 8 – 7:00 a.m.
October 9 – 4:00 a.m.