Month: November 2015

2016 Plans – Full of #HeartandCourage

After Ironman Boulder in August, I immediately made some plans for the rest of this year and a rough sketch of next year. Breaking my collarbone has forced me to drop a race or two and re-prioritize my races. I don’t think I can start a full training load until January. So here is the plan for next year:

  • February,  The Tour of SufferlandriaThis is a week of indoor bike riding with close to 2,500 other all over the world. Lot so of fun to collectively suffer! This will be a great way to get my bike legs started again.
  • April,  Oceanside 70.3 – This was going to be an “A” race for me but I really don’t think I will be ready to put it all out there by then. I am committed to fully recovering so that I can have a good year. This will just be a solid race where I want to have a good time.
  • July, Vineman 70.3 – I expect to be 100% by this race so it would be great to go sub 6 hours and hopefully closer to my PR there of 5:32.
  • October, Arizona 70.3 – I signed up for both races in Arizona so this will be a good lead up to my only full this year which is….
  • November, Ironman Arizona – I had such a great race here in 2014! I can’t wait to take another crack at it!

Not on the list anymore is Ironman Boulder. I just don’t think I will be ready to have a great race by August. That, coupled with the fact that it costs mush more money and time to go to Boulder, means it will be out for 2016. I fully plan to go back another year. It is an AWESOME race. I know I can go faster on that course!

The best news is that I am a Coeur Sports Ambassador for 2016 again!

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I feel so lucky and honored to be a part of this group. Besides the fact that Coeur is an amazing sponsor, they make me feel so awesome, and make the BEST endurance clothing around, the ladies on this team are incredible! They inspire me that my goal of getting to Kona one day truly is possible.

2015 Halloween Candy for the Troops!

Purge your Halloween candy!

Operation Gratitude Blog

Happy Halloween PicWe are really excited aboutHalloween! Are you getting ready for another great year of collecting and donating sweet treats to the troops?

If you represent a company or group that would like to host a candy collection drive, sign up here!

Please read these important and helpful “Do’s and Don’ts”!


  • DO ship your candy NO LATER THAN November 15 to:
    Operation Gratitude
    17330 Victory Boulevard
    Van Nuys, CA 91406-5438
    ATTN: Halloween Candy/Angel Cuevas
  • DO separate chocolate and non-chocolate candy.
  • DO line your boxes with big bags to safely ship loose candy, or place the candy into zip-close bags.Say THANKS to our Troops
  • DO include donations of individually-packaged toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste — we need to keep smiles on the troops’ faces all shiny, bright and healthy!
  • DO fill out the Donation Form and include the number of pounds of candy, number of toothbrushes, etc., you are shipping. This donation form…

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Healing… but slower than I would like


I saw the doctor yesterday for a 4 week follow up for my broken collarbone. Good news and bad news.

Good news is I am healing. There is evidence in the x-ray that the bone is repairing itself. (look hard at the little halo around the top picture at the break area) As I said last week I am feeling better for sure!

Bad news is they said at least 4 more weeks until I can start running again. That wasn’t what I wanted to hear.

I just need to treat resting and healing like it is on my training plan! Maybe my coach can put it in my Training Peaks!