6784 total / 1256 in 2014

5k in under 29 minutes. Half marathon in under 2:20. Oly Tri in under 3:30. Complete my first half Ironman. Become a better cyclist. Have fun.

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  • 7 miles
  • 01:47 time
  • 1095 calories
  • 3 workouts
  • This Week time period


  1. RUN
    Track workout: 5 * 800 3.7 mi 00:37 09:55 pace

    Finally, a track workout that wasn't miserable! For "warm-up" (I use that term loosely), we ran up and over Cricket Hill several times (most people did 10 times, but I did eight). ... read more

  2. RUN
    good neighborhood run 3.55 mi 00:40 11:12 pace

    Evening run around the neighborhood. My shin felt tight for the first mile or so, but eventually loosened up.

  3. swim
    good Blue Dolphins class at the Sw... 00:30

    For our final session, Fitz had us go in smaller groups to the Blue Dolphins swim studio, which was really cool. The studio had an endless pool and I had never been in one before. Basically a wat... read more

    • Amy H.
      Amy H.

      That is awesome!!!! Did you learn a lot about form?

      4 days ago Like

    • Tim M.
      Tim M.

      Sounds neat!

      3 days ago Like

    • Patty M.
      Patty M.


      3 days ago Like

    • Joanne M.
      Joanne M.

      It WAS fancy and neat! A lot of what Fitz told me about form I had heard from him before, but this was extremely helpful for visualizing things differently and seeing exactly how I need to work on things. Cool stuff.

      3 days ago Like

  4. RUN
    good neighborhood run 3.26 mi 00:35 10:44 pace

    More beautiful running weather! Felt great.

  5. RUN
    good run with CES 10.98 mi 02:06 11:26 pace

    Perfect weather for a run! I helped pace the 11:30s for the second half of their 18 miler. Jenn wanted to get in a couple extra miles to make it a 20 for her, so I joined her for that as well. F... read more

    • Vanessa B.
      Vanessa B.

      It is really great that you and Tim are helping out with the pacing. A good pacer makes all the difference!

      6 days ago Like1 person

    • Sonja R.
      Sonja R.

      So cool that you're stepping in for the long distances. It is odd not to have the same goals as the participants, the community of training makes it so much more fun.

      5 days ago Like1 person

  6. RUN
    blah mile repeats 4.5 mi 00:48 10:35 pace

    Bleh. Tonight at the track we did mile repeats, but my stomach was causing me issues. I had to slow down quite a bit because I felt really queasy. :( After the fourth mile (one of which was a w... read more

  7. RUN
    good neighborhood run 3.6 mi 00:40 11:06 pace

    This felt good! Not that I ever forgot, but I feel like I'm remembering how to run again. I have a small blister that annoyed me a bit, but other than that, a very pleasant run.

  8. RUN
    good neighborhood run 4 mi 00:46 11:34 pace

    Okay enough run through the neighborhood. Felt a little achy in places, but for the most part felt fine. Great running weather!

  9. swim
    good Big Shoulders 5k swim 5000 m 02:13 42:52 pace

    My first 5k swim is in the books! The water was cold and choppy and I got passed by people wearing caps of every color of the rainbow. Still a great experience.

    I loved the view of the skyli... read more

  10. RUN
    alright neighborhood morning run 2.9 mi 00:33 11:22 pace

    Ugh, stomach felt upset. Probably ran too soon after eating breakfast. It wasn't too hot, but it sure was humid!

    • Vanessa B.
      Vanessa B.

      Very impressed you do weekday morning runs. Are you training for any upcoming races?

      15 days ago Like

    • Joanne M.
      Joanne M.

      I don't normally do morning runs, but I'd slacked on my workouts earlier this week and I knew I was busy tonight. :) I'm training for the Des Plains River Trail Half Marathon in October. And the Big Shoulders swim this Saturday.

      15 days ago Like

  11. swim
    good EAC laps 1760 yd 00:37 36:50 pace

    Even though Tim tells me that the swim hay is in the barn, I wanted to get a swim in just to remind myself that I haven't forgotten how.

  12. RUN
    good run with CES 10.14 mi 01:56 11:28 pace

    Man, I've missed this! I joined in with the CES 11:30 blues as a pacer on the second half of their marathon training run this morning. The group was doing sixteen miles total, but I only ran... read more

  13. swim
    good long swim at Ohio Street Beach 4400 yd 01:53 45:03 pace

    Another longest swim ever! I took it nice and slow, and felt like I could keep going at the end. I feel confident that I'll be able to finish Big Shoulders, even if I will be one of the last... read more

  14. RUN
    good neighborhood run 2.1 mi 00:23 10:57 pace

    A short easy run around the neighborhood. Man, I've missed these! Perfect weather tonight. I was short on time; I would have liked to go father.

  15. RUN
    good track workout (100s with acti... 4.5 mi 00:50 11:03 pace

    Tonight's workout was half laps around the track fast, with half lap jogging recoveries. I did 16 repeats of this, plus a half mile warm up.

    Most of my 100s took about 1:10 to 1:15, and my r... read more

  16. swim
    good Blue Dolphins class 2000 yd 00:50 43:59 pace

    I was tired from the tri yesterday, but I didn't want to miss our last swim class at the lake. So glad I went. Everyone else who went was tired from the tri as well, so it felt low pressure.... read more

  17. RUN
    good Chicago Triathlon run 10 km 01:12 11:33 pace

    This was my redemption run. When I did the Chicago Tri in 2012, I had a terrible time of it. So today my goal was just to keep my run pace around my long run pace, to walk at all the aid stations... read more

    • Tim M.
      Tim M.

      Awesome PR. Proud of you smashing it in a number of different ways. Did you know that I'm re-retired from tris, though? :)

      26 days ago Like

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    • Patty M.
      Patty M. Great Performance
      Great Performance:

      Thanks for the swim/bike/run updates - congratulations on such a solid race!

      25 days ago

    • Joanne M.
      Joanne M.

      Thanks everyone! I'm super happy.

      25 days ago Like

  18. VELO
    good Chicago Triathlon bike 40 km 01:37 15.4mph pace

    Interesting new bike course. Going on Lower Wacker and on the busways was pretty surreal. The bike started out super speedy with a strong wind coming from the south. Turning around, I really fel... read more

  19. swim
    great Chicago Triathlon swim 1500 m 00:36 38:25 pace

    I'm really happy with my swim today! This was a swim leg PR by about six and a half minutes. The water started out fairly calm, but became pretty choppy in the second half. Fortunately, the... read more

    • Tim M.
      Tim M. Great Performance
      Great Performance:

      Good job crushing the swim PR - I know that's where you put in the most work.

      26 days ago