A friend on a Triathlon forum shared this poem by Olivier Blanchard today and I thought I would share it with you!

(to be hissed or groaned at any unfriendly hill)


Olivier Blanchard (Greenville, SC)

In my world,
The water is cold,
The wind is hard,
And the road never ends.

In my world,
There are no losers.
Only competitors
still on their way,
And spectators
waiting to be inspired.

In my world,
Victory is not weighed in gold,
But in determination and courage.

In my world,
There are no boundaries,
No limits,
There is no end.
Every day is the last day of my life,
And the first.

In my world,
The word “can’t” does not exist,
And nothing is impossible.

I love it!!  It summarizes my feelings about triathlon perfectly!  It’s never been about “winning” – unless I’m beating the crap out of the “old me.”

It’s about just getting out there and being better today than you were yesterday – and BELIEVING in yourself and all that your magnificent body is capable of.

Hope you have a fantastic day!!

2013 By The Numbers

2013-By-the-NumbersI was looking over my training logs for 2013 and I was pretty shocked and delighted by what I found.

I started training for a Sprint Distance Triathlon on May 6, 2013 – before May I may have gotten on my bike and gone for a spin around the inlet, but it was sporadic at best.

Before May most of my exercise came from quick HIIT workouts on the stationary bike or elliptical, strength training, and karate.

I added up all the numbers.  Between May 6 and December 31, 2013, I swam 12.6 miles (swimming ended for me in August when school started as I have a kiddo to get on the bus during Masters swim – that will change in this spring); biked 716.62 miles; and ran 381.14 miles – that’s 1,110.36 miles.

how sweetIf I got on I-95 here in Port Orange and headed North, I essentially swam, biked, and ran my way to New York City!!!

I have triathlete friends who probably look at those numbers and think something along the lines of, “Oh isn’t that cute,” but it’s kind of a shocking realization for me that I pretty much S-B-R’ed the width of the USA!!!

And 2014 will only be bigger and better!!  So excited to see what happens next!


A Swim-Bike-Run Christmas

2013-12-24 001 2013-12-23 009What a wonderful Christmas we had here at the Cheslow-Flynn house!!

The majority of my presents had a distinct “theme” – SWIM – BIKE – RUN!!

A Triathlon Christmas – how WONDERFUL!!

Indoor trainer workout videos, compression socks, new running shoes, running shorts, a SBR magnet and keychain, yurbuds, a speed/cadence sensor, a footpod…

garminBut my very favorite thing was the Garmin Forerunner Running GPS.

Now I can do all those fun speed intervals that Pam wants me to do without having to guess.

I know I said I was taking a couple of weeks off from running, and I have…

But I just HAD to try the watch out…

I mean, it would have been ruse not to, right?

So, I headed out for a nice, easy 4-1/2-ish mile run yesterday afternoon, and then came home an excitedly uploaded my run to application that shows all the cool charts and graphs that I love so much.

chartsYes, I run Galloway.  Right now, I do 2 min run/30 sec walk for a 9 min mile.  I am planning to get faster.

Yes, my elevation gain was 16 FEET!  I live at the beach.

One thing that was immediately apparent, even though there WAS a north-to-south wind is that my pace is not consistent.  I go out quick and then the pace fades.

I will have to work on that.

I can also see that I will have to monitor the amount of time that gets sucked away by my new toy.  I’ve already spent a lot of time looking at all the features and playing with the monitor itself.  Once I get the bike speed/cadence sensor and footpod there will be even MORE data to play with!

My heart is so full!!! 🙂

Hope you all had wonderful Christmases (or whatever holiday you celebrate).  I’m looking forward to an amazing 2014 filled with all kids of firsts!!