Back on the Saddle: Training for My Next Triathlon, After Two Kids

I've been spending my early mornings, lunch breaks, and late evening training for a triathlon. It's been over two years since my last race. And now with two young kids,  I'm determined to get back in the water, my running shoes and, yes, on the bike saddle....more

Road to Triathlon-Chapter One

Last year I ran my first full marathon. It was something that I wasn’t sure I could do, until I actually did it.   Shortly after the marathon I was invited to be part of a cycling team that was doing a 30 mile ride. I had about 3 weeks to train and a generic hybrid bike, but I kept up with everyone else and had a blast doing it. ...more

Triathlon Tips: 5 Things to Do (and 5 Things Not to Do)

I was terrified to participate in a triathlon. What if I get kicked in the face?! What if I get trampled in the water? What if I tip over on my bicycle.  Actually, that last one happened, but at least it was during a practice run. ...more
Thanks for the Triathlon tips. It’s very difficult and you need much more stamina to compete. I ...more

Weekly Recap and a Cowboys Game

This week I had a 10k race planned for Saturday, so I wanted to take the week pretty easy so my legs would be ready to go. However, this wasn’t a big goal race, so I wasn’t willing to do an all-out...Continue Reading ...more

Doing the Little Extras

 In case you hadn't noticed, I spend a good bit of my time working out. It's obviously not all I do...I also teach, host/co-lead a Bible study, take courses for my Masters, study God's Word, maintain a healthy happy marriage, and all the other every day things we all do. I'd say for all of us, it can be pretty difficult to fit in everything we want to. Cuts and compromises need to be made. However, lately I feel like I've been making some cuts in my triathlon training that are not necessary and that I am not happy about......more

{Weekly Training Recap}: So many fun visitors

What a week! There was so much going on, mostly all fun with just a bit of stress. It all affected my workouts a little bit, but was totally worth it. Before, I go into the recap of my workouts, I’m going to give you a little peak into my awesome week.The good: Kyle’s fam-bam came to visit. His parents, 2 sisters, and niece all braved the 12 hour drive (that turned into a 16 hour drive because of a flat tire) down to see us for a... To keep reading, click on over to my blog at...more

So many racing plans!

As I mentioned before, I've had a bit of races-I-want-to-do-OVERLOAD. I love dreaming about all the different races I can do, but I know I just can't do them all. Why, you ask? Well, for one: Races are expensive. Two: Some of the races are at the same time. Three: I'm looking at a variety of race types (tris, 5ks, marathons, bike rallies, etc), and it's hard to properly train for everything. I decided it would probably be a good idea to narrow down the list to the races I am going to actually plan to do....more

Compete vs. Complete [And Some Happy-Haps!]

As I was making plans to move up here from San Antonio, I registered for a couple of races.  One was, for all intensive purposes, a sprint-oly triathlon (750m swim, 14.4 mile bike, 4.5 mile run) about a month after I had arrived.  Well, I explained about my *umph* and training last week and how it has considerably dwindled (especially swimming) since I moved here to Chicago, but I can't lie...I knew I'd be fine going into the race.  However, I struggled with the idea of *completing* rather than *competing* several times; I think even lost sleep over it....more

If the shoe fits

I have had many people ask me how to get the right pair of running shoes. In my experience, it’s all about the fit. If the shoes fit right, it makes running so much more enjoyable. If not, well, this is often the culprit of stories beginning with “I tried to start running once, BUT…”Step 1: Where do I begin?...more

Cort the Sport - Triathlete

I'm a circa-1967 mom of two boys, Spencer (12), and Grant (10).  After working and teaching at Virginia Tech for many years, my skills and passions have converged and brought me to the fortyninegroup as the Director of Client Marketing. I bring my mix of competitive sports experience, human factors engineering skills, and creativity to serve the needs of the our event, athlete, equipment, accessory, coaching, media, and registration clients....more