On the Right Track with Inside Tracker

Stuff you do when reaching middle age: freak out about your health and aging! I have a close friend who turned 50. They didn't believe me about the keto diet until they tried it and lost 10 lbs, just in time for their birthday! Out of curiousity and a mid-life present to ourselves, we tried the Inside Tracker test. We did the Inner Age test, which gives you a snapshot of how you're aging. This test didn't include a cholesterol test, so they are taking a separate cholesterol test and waiting for the results, which we will update later. The website allows you to submit test results to your profile.

The Inner Age test will give you a good idea of what's going on using key biomarkers, such as inflammation, glucose levels, liver function, vitamin D, and testosterone. We both had similar results, with most of the biomarkers optimized, and needing to work on our glucose. It was very simple, just had to go to Quest Diagnostics and get a blood draw, and the results came up pre…

November in Pictures

November was a long haul, but just taking it one step at a time gets you to the finish line!
Signed up for next year's races: A half marathon and a half-iron triathlon!
Got my Inside Tracker blood test results, will be in a future post.
Ate well, but moved a lot, so nothing to worry!
Will be adding in more strength training next month.

The Love in the Air is Thicker Than The Smoke

The month was tinged with smoke and sadness, as disaster hit close to home in the North Bay Fires, but was great to see the community pull together to help out. I knew people affected by the fires and also Hurricane Maria. It is going to take a long time to rebuild but we can do it. Community building and resiliency is an ongoing project. That is why I became involved in Back on My Feet, using the power of running to aid in this project on the local level. Running is the great equalizer as one of our volunteers put it. She wrote an article about this subject for the Chronicle. It seems like we are getting triggered on a daily basis to succumb to disaster and get distracted from the task at hand,  but to be able to have the strength to stay positive, focus on the next thing we can do to problem solve and overcome our challenges collectively is the task of the day.

September in pictures

September was an end of summer blowout! We had heat, smoke, wind, and lots of events. I traded some running miles for swim miles to try to balance out my body and work on weaknesses. I'm getting used to the longer swim workouts so now I can add the running back in.

Natural Disaster relief efforts are underway for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico. They need our support right now.

USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships

I'm back from Nationals in Omaha and it was a lot of fun and a great learning experience! I finished in 3:06 and did the best that I could that day. It's a great opportunity to meet other triathletes from all across the country and find out about other races, other places to swim and different challenges in their state for training. Some people have to deal with altitude, some deal with cold wet winters, some no open water to train in, some hot summers. Some athletes deal with physical health and life challenges. By and by everyone dealt with those challenges and it brought them here. I had to deal with a little sciatica injury, but recovered just in time and raised a few bucks for Back on My Feet, which is a plus! Thanks to everyone who supports our cause!
Overall, I feel motivated and energized to continue to do triathlons. I was feeling meh about training for a long course such as Ironman but the Nationals can keep you psyched to do the short course racing if you are looki…

Race Week is here!

Race week is here! I kept it easy with a swim,  a bike, a run, a walk with BoMF. I had a great night of sleep feel rested. My bike is on its way to Omaha, thanks to Kyle from Trek Bikes in Marin. I'm taking a super early flight tomorrow and I'm pretty much packed. Started carbing up and hydrating. On my run I remembered all the training and working through injury and lack of motivation that I dealt with. The group training and doing it for a cause did it for me. I'm reminded that it is a privilege to be able to do this, but it takes consistency and putting in the time and effort towards fitness. I'm a recreational triathlete so have to remember to push myself a little more when the time comes (but not get injured). I'm so thankful for the love and support!

It's not too late to donate to Back on My Feet SF!

Week 2 - In the bag

Countdown to USATAGNC! Last week's training: 2 Swims, 2 Bikes and 2 Runs = 8 hours (plus 50 miles bike commute). I had another big 2 hour SUP this weekend from Golden Gate Bridge to the San Francisco Bay Bridge supporting a Water World Swim event. Great to see people acheiving their long swim goals! My knee is a little sore from walking a lot with my SUP so I am taking it easy for the rest of the weekend taking a physical and mental break and just getting everything packed and ready for my race. Last minute check to see if I can slip on my new bike shoes easily without socks. I am down to my goal weight, which is a little lighter than my last tri. It's all in the bag. The only thing left to do is arrive "fit and fresh".

My running mentor George Rehmet of RRCA joined us for our BoMF monthly evening run and social where we celebrated member mileage milestones! I am completely self-funded for my race. Help me raise funds for Back on My Feet! I will blog more often durin…