Bike Lessons From My First Triathlon

The nice thing about being last out of the water in a small triathlon is that the bike course was pretty uncrowded. There was no one behind me until some of the Olympic distance triathletes (who started their race earlier) started doing their second loop. I may have been 143 out of 143 exiting the water, but by the time I finished the bike I was 106/143. I’m not sure that’s a testament to how […]

Donate to end cancer & win a $200 gift card from Caroyln Mackin Art!

My wonderful artist friend, Carolyn Mackin, has donated a $200 gift certificate towards her artwork to benefit my Tri For a Cure fundraiser! Here’s how it will work: bid below between now and July 1st! When the auction closes, the winner will be notified and will receive their gift certificate after their donation to the Maine Cancer Foundation has been made to my fundraising page. You can use this $200 gift certificate towards any beautiful Carolyn […]

Swim Lessons From My First Triathlon

I learned so much from the Sebago Lake Triathlon (my first tri!) that I’m going to break it into three separate posts. (The trick will be remembering to re-read them all before my next triathlon!) First… the swim. The swim was the whole reason I wanted to do this triathlon. I needed a break through. It’s too easy in the pool to take a break every length; I have been swimming 3 times a week for […]

Unplanned First Triathlon!

Sometimes an opportunity comes your way. One that scares you a little bit, but promises to change you in return. We were up in Maine this weekend for my niece’s dance recital, when we learned that the Sebago Lake Triathlon was on Sunday and Greg’s brother’s girlfriend (an experienced triathlete) was doing it. “You could do it, too!”   “It’d be great practice!” “You’ve got your bike!” Suddenly, Greg’s brother was e-mailing the race director to see […]


As I read about the deadliest mass shooting in US History, I am reminded of the importance of being a force for good in this world. We can advocate for better gun laws, and be aware of the laws in our own state. We can choose to vote for the candidates least likely to let hatred and fear control their words and actions. We can model compassion and love to our children, so they’re more likely […]