Psst… I’ll Tell You A Secret

Psst… I’ll Tell You A Secret

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When Deb and I sat down on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, to begin our most recent round of coaching, she immediately tasked me with re-creating my “bucket list.”  This was a list of 30 things that I wanted to do, be, or have in my life.  The list could consist of ANYTHING – from huge, Level 1 goals like solving the healthcare crisis in America to super-simple Level 3 goals like getting a new pair of sunglasses.  I had the entire world of options at my disposal.  I came back to session #2 with my list of 30 things and proudly read it to Deb. Like most of our clients, I quickly discovered, much to my dismay, that my list was, in fact, composed of a bunch of very rhetorical statements that I had absolutely no emotional attachment to. Damn!

So, I went back to the drawing board. I started asking myself the hard questions:

  • What do I really want?
  • How do I want to send my days?
  • What feeds my soul?
  • What things/people/events/opportunities will help me live a joyous and fulfilled life?
  • What is my PURPOSE?

So, at session #3 I present Bucket List 2.0, and although I didn’t know “HOW” a lot of that list would ever transpire, I just knew that I wanted them.

Last week, without any warning whatsoever, TWO of my Top 5 Bucket List items fell into my lap.

Anyone who has read more than 3 of my blog posts knows that I have a great affection and respect for my friend, one of the people who inspired me to start training for triathlon, Meredith Atwood.  One of my top 5 bucket list items was to collaborate with her on a program.  I didn’t know what kind of program or what the topic would be. We had kicked the tires on some concepts before, but she is always going Mach 5 with her hair on fire and the timing just wasn’t right; however, it continued to be a goal, albeit a longer-term goal.

Another of my Top 5 bucket list items was to spend my days “playing” on social media and actually get paid to do it!

So, imagine my surprise and delight when I received an email from Meredith last week that started off, “Hey lady! So. I have been marinating on a new program, and I wanted to see if you and Deb might want to be involved with.”

WHAT?

UHM, YES!

And guess what?  The platform of the program is Facebook-based, so I will indeed be spending my days “playing” on social media!

So, this brings me to the distinction between “allowing” and “forcing.” We have to ALLOW the things we want to come to us and know that if they are based in love and are in alignment with our values and our purpose, they WILL come – they might just not come on our timetable or exactly in the way we first envision them.  When we try to FORCE an outcome and exert our will, the outcome is generally not what we hoped it would be.

Now, what is this new program?  It’s called “Your Brave Mind” and you can read more about it here and here. And it’s going to be amazing!

In a nutshell, Your Brave Mind will be a series of online events (hosted on Facebook) that will each cover a different topic in the area of mental toughness.  The first event is on the bully in your brain! Cool huh?

The bully is that little voice that speaks to you whenever you try to step outside of ​the box​, tackle new challenges,​ ​or​ make a ​significant ​change in your life. Everyone has​ tha​t voice, it’s just that some bullies are much louder and meaner than others. In only 5 days you will gain the awareness​ (and tools)​ you need to tame the bully in your brain​. You will discover:

  • What​ (or who?)​ the bully is
  • Why listening to the bully is the absolute worst thing we can do if we want to change an area of our life
  • How the bully got its voice
  • Why the bully is so mean
  • Why making the decision to change will never be enough
  • How to actually change the conversation with the bully in your brain

If you have ever struggled with the mean girl/guy in your head who tells you that you are terrible or that you can’t do something, etc., then this program is for you! Come join us!

  • Cost:  $24.97
  • Forum: Online group coaching via a closed Facebook Group
  • Duration:  5 Days
  • Starts:  Monday, May 8th

Register Now!

 

I can’t wait to get started!  🙂

My Review: Swim Bike Fuel

SBFOne of my triathlon friends – and one of the handful of people who inspired me to begin my triathlon journey – is Meredith Atwood (MA).  You may know her better by the name “Swim Bike Mom.”  Meredith has done a tremendous job of building a following (The Army) and a brand since she entered the triathlon world and blogosphere on August 26, 2010 with 7 simple words… “I have decided to become a Triathlete.”

What resonated with me so strongly about her was that she was just a regular person… A wife, a mom, a career woman, busy, frazzled, searching… JUST LIKE ME!  She put it all out there – the good, the bad, and the ugly.  She became an advocate for the “every woman (and man) triathlete” – and people loved her for it.  Over the years, as The Army grew, so did the Swim Bike Mom brand… Tri kits, mantra t-shirts, cycling kits, swim caps, and so much more – oh, yeah, I own them ALL and they are awesome!

In April, 2015, Meredith was looking to make some changes.  She was strong as a bull and a fine triathlete in her own right with 2 full Ironman triathlons under her belt, but she was stuck weight wise, and she knew she was not reaching her racing potential.  Enter Meredith Vieceli… MV is a nutritionist, a triathlon and running coach, and a metabolic specialist – and an Ironman in her own right.  MV started coaching MA in April and the results were both immediate and drastic!  A 70.3 PR at Gulf Coast in May, followed by IM Lake Placid and her “best race ever” at IM Louisville.  The ever-shrinking Meredith Atwood was getting a lot of attention.  People wanted to know what she was doing?  What diet plan? What? Where? Who?  How?

I think ole Swim Bike Mom must follow the same philosophy as one of our business coaches:  Look at the things you say “No” to on a daily basis and find a way to say “Yes.”

And Swim Bike Fuel was born.  SBF is a one month program that reveals truths about nutrition that are not necessarily common knowledge – one lesson at a time, one day at a time.  It’s delivered in a way that is easy to digest and implement in your life.

I’ll be honest, when Swim Bike Fuel was rolled out late last year, I wasn’t really interested.  I thought it was a cool concept, but I had a really good base in sports nutrition and I couldn’t imagine what I could possibly learn from it (talk about arrogant thinking!).  Two cycles of SBF passed before I started looking at the changes in MA’s body and performance and took a long hard look at my own situation and realized that MV and MA must have some missing piece of the weight loss/performance puzzle that was eluding me.

I mean seriously, check out the difference in just ONE YEAR!!

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So, I enrolled in the April, 2016 class.

Holy Cow! It was amazing!

The SBF folks set up a secret Facebook page for our SBF class.  I honestly don’t know exactly how many ladies were in the April group, but there were a lot, and yet the interaction was very smooth.  The lessons were delivered each day by email and the questions that were submitted for each lesson were compiled into an FAQ and posted.  There were 2 scheduled Q&A conference calls, although our group didn’t send in any questions for the first call, so we didn’t actually have that one.  The 2nd Q&A call went almost 2 hours and was jam packed with great information.

Meredith Vieceli was absolutely available to us when we needed her and Meredith Atwood chimed in daily with how the lesson du jour impacted her journey.  If we posted a question or asked for clarification on a lesson MV usually answered within an hour or so – and she lives in Utah, so the time zone thing was in play.

I found that most of the lessons focused on concepts I was already aware of, but that maybe I just wasn’t being consistent with or had forgotten or needed to tweak.  Over the month I had a number of “Ah-Ha” moments that really made a huge difference.  I loved that there was no prescribed “diet plan.” Never once was I told that I had to “eat this” or “workout like this” or “drink that.”  There were no pills, no powders, no restriction.  Just good old fashioned common sense, combined with the very best up-to-date nutritional information- a very holistic program.

I’m not quite ready to go posting my before/after pics yet, but after 1 month I dropped 4+ pounds, and shed 5-1/2 inches and I know more has come off since then.  But beyond that, I feel terrific!  I have so much more energy, I’m sleeping better, my skin is clearer, I’m healthy (all the old aches and pains are gone), I’m catching those old self-sabotage triggers that would normally send me running for the bag of chips or ice cream before any damage is done, I’m recovering faster between my workouts, and I had one of my best races ever at St. Anthony’s on 4/24.  It’s been really great!

So, if – like me – you’ve been diligently following your training program and have been eating what you consider to be a healthy diet (maybe with a few more treats than you planned, because hey, you just killed that brick workout), but you’re not seeing the results you expected manifesting on your body, I encourage you to give Swim Bike Fuel some serious consideration.

Sure, there’s an investment – that made me think twice too – but it was totally worth it – EVERY . PENNY!

And my main question was this:  Well, what happens after the month?  A month of hand-holding is great, but what happens when it’s all over?  The great news is that the Facebook page remains and each group can decide how they want to proceed.  In our case, we are going back through each lesson – day-by-day.  We post a thread each day discussing our victories and our struggles – we are each other’s cheerleaders and support system.  We hold each other accountable, and that’s what gives the program it’s staying power.

This is not a fad diet – it’s a lifestyle program – and it is awesome!  There’s a new class forming for July.  Check it out!

 

This is my unsolicited testimonial based on my experiences with the Swim Bike Fuel program.  Your mileage may vary.

RACE REPORT: Beach 2 Battleship 70.3

Beach2Battleship-Iron-Distance-TriathlonSorry it’s taken me so long to get this up, but I came home from B2B and ran headlong into a MONSTER work deadline.

My Fall “A” Race for 2015 was Beach 2 Battleship 70.3.  I have read my friend, Cortney Martin’s (CortTheSport.com), race reports from this event for the past 2 years over and over and over again (okay, so she is a ridiculously fast triathlete and WON the Masters division at this event in 2013 and placed 2nd in 2014 even though she raced a sub 5 hour 70.3, so they were SUPER cool race reports!  Check them out:  2013 and 2014).  Plus, my non-pro tri-idol, USS NCMeredith Atwood (aka Swim Bike Mom), raced the B2B full distance in 2014, so I just KNEW I had to make my way to North Carolina in 2015.

Beach 2 Battleship is unlike any triathlon I have done to date.  It is a “point-to-point” race.  In other words, you don’t finish in the same place where you start and there are 2 different transition areas.  The race starts in Wrightsville Beach with a 1.2 mile swim up Banks Channel to the Seapath Marina, then continues with the 56 mile bike leg that ends at the Wilmington Convention Center, and concludes with a 13.1 run out and around Greenfield Lake and back to the Convention Center finish line by the USS North Carolina (the “battleship” part of Beach 2 Battleship).

B2B-swim      B2B-bike     B2B-run

The weather reports leading up to the race were a tad ominous (from a Floridians point of view) with predicted start time temps in the high 40’s.  I wasn’t worried about the swim part, because if the air temp was in the 40’s, then the water that was in the high 60’s/low 70’s would feel like a warm bath.  Regardless, B2B is a wetsuit mandatory race, so I had yet another chance to race in my wetsuit!  The swim at B2B is current assisted, which sounded just delightful.  In 2014, the world record iron distance swim (2.4 miles) was recorded at this race, at like 36 minutes or something ridiculous like that.

20151015_07532620151016_141653On Thursday morning, Deb and I headed up I-95 to North Carolina.  I was especially excited for the opportunity to meet Esther and Sara – two of my Swim Bike Mom Ambassador teammates.  Esther and her family had driven to Wilmington from their home in Mesa, Arizona!  Sara lives in Raleigh and her Mom and Stepdad hosted a dinner for us at their beach house in Carolina Beach on Thursday evening, which was lovely!  We were going to be pushing it to get to dinner on time, but were able to stop by our hotel, the Blockade Runner, check in, and drop off all our stuff.  It always amazes me how much STUFF is required for a quick weekend trip!  The Blockade Runner was the host hotel for the race on the “beach” side of things.  Our room was oceanfront and was terrific!  There was so much buzz about the race all around.  You can tell that Beach2Battleship is a big deal in the Wilmington area.  Everywhere we went people asked us if we were racing in “that marathon.”  LOL.

We made our way down to Carolina Beach for dinner at Sara’s – what a lovely time!  Thank you again for hosting us and for the amazing food!!  AND for the goodie bag of all things North Carolina!!  NOM!!!

20151016_171515On Friday morning, Deb and I availed ourselves of the complimentary breakfast buffet that the hotel put out – LOTS of simple carbs!  🙂  We made our way over to the convention center for packet pickup and were very surprised that there was almost no line at all.  Check in was absolutely painless.  I handed in my ID and USAT card and received my race shirt and bag which contained my T1 and T2 bags, a post-race bag, my timing chip, a chip strap, a custom swim cap, race tattoos with my bib#, my race bib, stickers for the bags, my bike, and my helmet, etc.  We wound our way through the expo, bought a couple of things I couldn’t live without, and then I found a secluded place to pack my T2 bag.  This bag was turned in on Friday and I wouldn’t see it again until I biked into T2 on Saturday, so it was important to make sure I had everything I needed to go from the bike to the run in the bag.  I put my sticker on the bag and then a volunteer showed me place on the rack where my # was.  One last mental run through, and I said a “Hail Mary” and walked away, praying that I hadn’t forgotten anything critical.

tri-fectaThen there was a quick meet up with my Ambassador teammates and ladies from the Swim Bike Mom Tri-Fecta Facebook group.  It was so awesome to have the opportunity to meet people who I have “talked to” online, but never actually had the pleasure to meet in person.  They were all delightful!!

Then Deb and I made our way back to T1 and dropped off my bike at my rack space.  I was able to wait to bring my T1 bag until race morning, which I preferred so I could fuss over it a little more.  I let some air out of my tires – just in case – said goodbye to my bike and told him not to feel intimidated by all the super cool tri-bikes on the racks and walked away.

We spent the rest of the day just relaxing.  We took a walk on the beach, stopped at the poolside bar and got a drink and a snack, and went to dinner at the restaurant in the hotel.  I ordered a thai veggie stirfry for dinner, not cluing in the fact that “Thai” is code for “HOT and SPICY.”  As I ate it I was REALLY hoping I wouldn’t regret it in the morning.

I set my alarm for 5:30 – which is pretty late for a race day alarm, but my swim wave didn’t go off until 9:06 am and I had plenty of time to get my bag and bottles to T1 and catch the shuttle to the swim start.  Deb dropped me off at T1 and I met up with Esther after I put my hydration and nutrition on my bike, pumped up my tires, and pulled my wetsuit on.  It was chilly, but certainly not cold (around 60 degrees) and the water temp was reported to be 69-71 degrees.  PERFECT!!  Esther and I caught one of the shuttles down to the swim start and still had over an hour to kill once we got there.  The full-iron distance race began at the end of the beach (another 1.2 miles south of where we were) and started at 7:30, but it was only a matter of minutes before we could see the athletes swimming toward us.  They were FLYING!  As the swimmers passed our position you could really see how strong the current was.  The people who were swimming were moving fast, but then you would see someone bob up and stop swimming to see where they were going and they were STILL flying by!  This was MY kind of swim!  LOL!

20151017_090449The half-iron race started at 8:30, with waves of 150 or so racers starting every 5 minutes.  My wave was the Women 45+ and Athena, so I was starting with a number of my friends.  I hadn’t  expected it, but Deb had made her way down to the swim start to see us off, which was a super nice surprise! As we entered the water, it felt warm compared to the air.  The wave before ours was sent on its way and we were told to head out into the channel.  The current was so strong that we had to swim backwards to stay behind the start line.

And just like that, the starters horn sounded and we were off  I put my head down and started swimming, but quickly realized that there was a small problem.  The water in the channel was so choppy from the current and the wind that every time I took a breath I got hit in the face.  Now, anyone who knows me is aware that swimming is my weak link, and open water swimming is even worse.  The water slapping me in the face made me a little panicky, not gonna lie.  I tried Tarzan swimming so my head stayed up above the water, but that was pretty energy inefficient.  I tried breast stroking, but my breaststroke sucks, so no good there.  Plus I was in a bunch up of people who were also freaking out – not a good combo.  So, I put my head down and swam through the mass and then when I was more alone, I flipped on my side and sidestroked for a while – just to catch my breath and calm down.  I looked for the turn buoy in the channel and it seemed so far away.  Yet then, boom – there it was – the current was that fast.  I made the turn.  There were people hanging on the turn buoy – I think one girl was actually crying, poor dear.

BEA_S3576Once I got out of the main channel and into the lane that goes to the marina, the chop was much improved and I could actually swim.  There was still a good current, although nothing like what was in the channel. My swim time was not stellar, but I made my way to the ladders and pulled myself up out of the water.  I was REALLY glad to be out of the water!  B2B also had another first waiting for me – wetsuit strippers!!  These were guys and girls who helped you out of your wetsuit – how lovely!  As I stepped up onto the doc, someone grabbed my zipper and pulled it down.  I pulled my suit down to my hips and then sat on a bench, held onto the back of it, while a very nice young lady yanked my wetsuit off me.  She handed it to me and I started jogging down the path on my way to T1.  I guess it was probably 1/3 mile from the swim exit to the entrance of transition.  Lots of people were taking their time in the showers, but I’ve never really had a problem with salt water chafing so I just ran right through. (Swim: 39:37)

Into T1 and since we were the last swim wave, it was not at all hard to find my bike.  I squirted off my feet, dried them, sprayed them with trislide, then socks, bike shoes, sunscreen, helmet, sunglasses, throw everything back in the swim-bike bag, tie a knot, grab my bike, and go! (T1   7:05)

bike1The bike course description was (and I quote):  “The bike course is totally flat with the only elevation change taking place when participants finish the bike course by crossing a bridge on the way into the second transition area located inside the newly constructed Wilmington Convention Center in downtown Wilmington.”

Yeah, totally flat for people who ride in Boulder or Switzerland maybe.  And no, it was not like Augusta or Clermont, but there were miles of false flats.  There was about a 10 mile section of the course that is on I-140.  The left lane was blocked off for the race with traffic cones, but it was still not terribly comfortable to have 18-wheelers buzzing past.  In those 10 miles I probably passed a half-dozen riders who had crashed.  At every one, I asked if they were okay and every one had someone stopped with them, so I kept going.  I asked one lady who had also stopped what people were going down over and the only thing we could figure was that they were hitting the traffic cones, but honestly, I don’t know.

BEA_B4545We got off I-140 and headed up US 421 where there was a 15mph+ headwind on the way out that just beat the crap out of us – it was really painful!  My tendency in past races would have been to fight the wind and try to go hard through it – always to the detriment of my run.  Instead, I popped down to the small chain ring and went easy as comfortably as I could, trying to save my legs.  As it was, I still passed a bunch of people.  I also had some chafing issues that made the bike pretty miserable from about mile 30 on.  However, the headwind on the out section became a tailwind on the back section and THAT was awesome.  I looked down at one point and I was going 27mph on a flat in my small chain ring!  I stopped at the Mile 45 aid station for a couple of minutes and got off my bike, honestly to just get the hell of my bike for a minute!  I ate the other half of my PB & Banana sandwich, drank a bottle of water, ate a couple of orange slices, and continued on my way.

Just before the end of the bike course we crossed over a bridge with metal grating, which always freak me out (after Battle of the Bridges last year), but I white knuckled my hoods and kept my wheels straight and had no issue at all.  Then we were just a couple of turns from T2. (Bike:  3:15:12)

I reached the dismount line, hopped off my bike and jogged along the path into the Convention Center where a volunteer took my bike from me, yelled out my bib # and pointed me down an aisle.  Another volunteer shouted my bib# again and then yet another met me with my Bike to Run bag and pointed me into the changing area.  The changeover was quick, but I couldn’t resist a stop at a REAL bathroom with no waiting. 🙂  To get to the run course, you take your bag with all your bike stuff and run around the perimeter of the convention center, hand it off to another amazing volunteer, and then continue until you get outside.  It was a decent distance. (T2:  6:34)

BEA_F6501The B2B run course is an out and back from the Convention Center out and around Greenfield Lake and back.  It was a lovely course, but again, not flat.  The out was one continual up – not steep, but up.  I did short run/walk intervals – the seem to do the best at preserving my feet over distance.  I’m never going to set any land-speed records running 1 and walking 1, but let’s face it, that is never going to happen anyhow, so best to do what works for my body.  And, I’m pretty sure that at a run 1 min/walk 1 min pace, I could go all day long.  By this time it was clear that I wasn’t going to make my A-goal of a sub-6 hour race, and while disappointing, I didn’t dwell on it.  Instead, I had fun on the course.  I encouraged other runners.  I thanked volunteers.  I stopped to whip/nae nae for just a second with some of the folks downtown.  I had FUN!

Everything was great until Mile 10.  I was using the on-course hydration – mostly using water, but at the turnaround I grabbed some Heed.  It did not settle well on my stomach AT ALL.  By Mile 10 I though I was going to be sick.  My stomach was churning.  I slowed to a walk for about a mile and a half.  I grabbed some water and a couple of pretzel rods at an aid station.  That seemed to do the trick and my stomach settled down and I was able to continue with my intervals and run through the finish with a smile. (Run:  2:35:15)

BEA_F6502Beach 2 Battleship was an awesome race – incredibly well organized and well supported.  I can’t say enough about the amazing volunteers.  The support of the race by the merchants and residents was evident.  After all was said and done, I finished this race 19/41 in my age group and 203/359 women.  I feel like I have some unfinished business there.

FB_IMG_1445530927381Deb and I went to dinner at Mellow Mushroom after the race and she handed me a card.  Inside, was a great card and a picture of the tri bike I’ve been lusting over for the past 6 months.  I ordered my 2016 Cannondale Slice Ultegra on Wednesday!  I cannot wait for it to get here!

After taking a few days to mull things over, I have decided to register for the full 140.6 distance at B2B in 2016 when registration opens on 12/1.  I know there are a lot of “pros” on the list when it comes to racing “Ironman” branded races, vs. non-branded races, but the distance is the distance and this was a great race.  I look forward to coming back to Wilmington next year.

As always, thanks to Deb and Josh for putting up with me during this training cycle even though by the end I couldn’t remember what I ate for breakfast, nevermind, appointments, deadlines, or anything else that wasn’t directly related to swimming, biking, or running.  Thanks to them even more for being willing to do it all again with a 140.6 at the end of the rainbow!  Thanks to my coach, Pam Giese, for putting up with me this year.  I can’t promise that much will change in 2016, but I’ll keep trying to do my best not to make you insane!  😉  Thanks to my BTF (best tri-friend), Megan White, for keeping me going when I wanted to quit, sleep in, drop a workout, or go off the rails in any number of ways and for always being willing to go along with my crazy ideas (“Hey left swim 4500 on Friday and bike 112 on Saturday, want to?”  LOL).  I wouldn’t have gotten through this year without you!  Thanks to my Swim Bike Mom Ambassador Teammates for all their support and advice during the process.  Y’all are the best!

Here’s to an awesome 2016!!!  Bring on the off season!

 

 

2015 Swim-Bike-Mom Ambassador Team

eat-sleep-runThe past couple of months have gone a lot like this:  RUN – EAT – WORK – EAT – SLEEP – EAT – RUN – EAT – WORK -… you get the idea.

With the Space Coast Marathon going down in only 5 weeks, the mileage is ramping quickly.  My mid-week run was 9 miles this week, for the love…

Yesterday, I did my long run – it was 18 miles!!!  OMG!!

suck-it-upHOW am I supposed to tack another 8.2 miles onto that run in only 35 day?  I just don’t see it!!

Last Saturday, my training program called for me to run 16 miles, so I signed up for a virtual half marathon – why not get the shirt and a medal for my effort?

But enough about my running, running, and more running.  Let’s get to the GOOD stuff!

A couple of weeks ago, Deb and I went to meet with our race gurus, Chris and Brendan, to make some plans for the Remarkable River Racing Series for 2015 (another post for another day, but stay tuned, because it’s going to be really cool and totally in alignment with our company’s mission!! 🙂 ).  When I got home, I checked my phone and had missed a ton of calls.  As I started listening to my voicemail, I heard a familiar voice.

matwoodIt was Meredith Atwood – aka Swim-Bike-Mom – the IronMom Blogger!!!!!

Let me back up just a second…

I have been following Meredith’s Swim Bike Mom blog since shortly after I started training for my first sprint tri last year.  I was immediately attracted to her style – raw, honest, funny, no holds barred – a real person – someone I could relate to as a partner and a mom with a more than full-time career, AND athletic aspirations.

A couple of months ago, Meredith announced that she was forming an “Ambassador Team” for 2015.  The mission of the team is to “embody the Swim Bike Mom spirit of “Just Keep Moving Forward” and who will represent the Swim Bike Mom “Army” across the U.S. during 2015 races.  We want to let all women know that they can be changed through the sport of triathlon Members of the SBMAT must embody a positive attitude, determination, excellent sportsmanship, and a love for the sport of triathlon.”

SBM-logoHOW AWESOME IS THAT?

There was an application process, so as soon as I read about the team I filled out the application and submitted it.  It was like 10pm and I was headed to bed and really just kind of stream of consciousness threw up all over the form, telling my story of transformation through triathlon.

Later, I came to learn that over 250 other women had applied for just a handful of positions on the team – Man, I wanted to yank back my application and put some real time into it, but too late for that.  So I was not terribly surprised when, a few weeks ago, Meredith announced the 2015 team and my name was not on the list.  But the women who DID make the team?  Wow, they all have INCREDIBLE stories!

So, back to Wednesday afternoon.  Meredith is on my voicemail – I almost fell off my chair.  There was something about the team, asking me to call her, I didn’t hear much after that.

So, I called her back.  She told me that one of the ladies had to back out of the team because of family issues and that she hadn’t intended to fill her spot, but I was the 1st alternate (story of my life) and she re-read my application and knew she wanted me to be a part of the team.

WOW!  I was floored!  I was ecstatic!  But mostly I was honored to be offered the opportunity to give something back to a sport that has given me so, so much!

sbm-ambassadorSo, I am a member of the 2015 Swim Bike Mom Ambassador Team!

What does that mean?

sbm-tri-kitWell, for starters I will be wearing this super HAWT tri kit at every race in 2015 – Deb told me last month that I needed a brighter, more distinctive kit so she could pick me out on the bike.  Think this qualifies?

I might get a call to race in a local race to represent the team (must stay in good shape, must stay in good shape).

But mostly, I just get to keep spreading the word that triathlon has room for everyone – it’s not just for the Crowie’s and the Rinny’s of the world – anyone can be a triathlete!  It just takes the desire and the will to do the work (and being just a little insane helps too).

To say I am excited about 2015 is an understatement!!