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Shaq, You’ve Been Challenged!

For those who don’t know, Shaquille O’ Neill has a show called “Shaq Vs”. On his show he challenges athletes in their respective sports to try and prove that he’s “the greatest athlete.”  Well, my fellow Team Red, White, and Blue teammate, Jim Wilkes, has issued Shaq a challenge: Run a sprint triathlon.  Say what?  Tis true.  Jim Wilkes wants Shaq to come to Sandusky, Ohio, when Rev3Tri rolls into town, and run a sprint triathlon. 

Check out Jim’s challenge to Shaq:

I think that this is an excellent idea and hope Shaq accepts the challenge.  Not only would it be great to see Shaq attempt a triathlon, but I think it’d be great for my hometown of Sandusky, Ohio.

Please retweet, repost, and get the word out.  Hey Shaq, accept Jim’s challenge!!

Choo! Choo! The Decision Train Is Rolling!

I have been having minor wig out moments recently.  As you know, I have some OCD-like tendencies.  I like to feel like I have control of the situation.  If I don’t, enter my wigging out.  I know the future is uncertain.  Heck, tomorrow is not guaranteed.  However, I was at the point where I didn’t know what decisions to make or how to implement them since my future is so uncertain. 

On top of that my head has been spinning about planning a vacation for our 10 yr wedding anniversary, creating a race schedule, figuring out a training schedule, getting a coach or not, deciding if I want to join a triathlon team, keeping up with all of my jobs, and becoming a FitFluential Ambassador. Believe it our not, most of these are somehow all interconnected.

As Elphaba would say: It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap.  So I did.

Source: via Alexa on Pinterest


For well over a year we’ve said, “Let’s book a trip to Italy.”  Well, we finally booked it!  This past weekend D and I booked our flights to Italy to celebrate our 10 yr wedding anniversary.  It’s always been my dream to travel to Italy.  Having married at such a young age, having little time to savor our wedding, and having very little funds, a honeymoon wasn’t in our cards.  Thankfully after 4 yrs of marriage we were able to go on vacation and have since been on several wonderful vacations.  With that being said, we always say that we choose our vacations to “make up for our missed honeymoon.”  This definitely fits the bill, as either of us has been to Europe.  We’ve spent countless hours researching, trying to find the best places to stay, which fit into our budget and style.  We area beyond stoked to head to Italy in just a few short months.  I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this in the future.


As for creating a race schedule, figuring out a training plan, and deciding on a coach…well that’s still a work in progress.  This is my first off-season as a triathlete and I’ve been kind of like a deer in headlights.  What do I do?  I’ve just been rotating my workouts to cover all of my bases.  Then, adding in trying to train for a half marathon put another spin on it.  Thankfully Laura has come to my rescue and shuffled me along.  I swear I’m beginning to think we were separated at birth or something.  She can read my fears and anxieties as if she’s been through them (maybe she has?) and has provided an abundance of knowledge, guidance, and reassurance just when I thought I was losing my mind.  With her assistance this is what I’ve come up with.  Tentatively I am planning for the Glass City Half Marathon in early spring, have several ideas for smaller triathlons throughout the summer months, finishing up with my “A” race, the Half Rev3, in September.  I plan on focusing on the half marathon throughout the winter months using Hal Higdon’s training schedule, which also includes cross training/strength training days.  Finally, as for a coach/Half Rev3 training plan, I’m still working on that.  I think there’s something coming to fruition that will fit the bill.  I’ll fill you in on that when it becomes available!

I already posted that I have chosen to join the Team Red, White, and Blue Triathlon team, so that’s not really any news.  This was one of the first decisions I made and it helped get the decision train rolling.

Lastly, I have to keep up with my jobs along with adding in FitFluential Ambassador duties.  As you guessed I am a very organized person.  Keeping up isn’t necessarily hard, I just have to use any spare time to my advantage and optimize any time that I do have.  Making lists and crossing off items definitely helps.


Since I’ve already made some major decisions other things will begin to fall into place.  Now, instead of saying, “What if…” I can say, “When this happens….” I feel more prepared and more in control.  Ahhhh.

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

Team Red, White, And Blue

In 2011 I signed up to volunteer for Revolution 3 Cedar Point.  Just a few days prior to the race Beyond Transition released an article on Jim Wilkes of Team Red, White, and Blue.  I was immediately inspired.  Here was a wounded veteran overcoming all obstacles set in front of him, and proving everyone wrong.   Come race day I got to see Team Red, White, & Blue in action. Oftentimes Team Members run with full-sized American Flags.

Team RWB’s vision is to transform the way wounded veterans are reintegrated into society when they return from combat and exit their position in the Active Duty force or National Guard.  This idea struck a cord with me. As you know from a previous post, I am a wife of a former Marine.  Although D never served in a war zone, I understand firsthand the struggles that veterans go through whether during their time in active duty or thereafter.  In addition, I’ve also seen and experienced the strain veterans and their families have while filing and awaiting a ruling for disability compensation.  This is just one of the many struggles that veterans face.  Team RWB was recently featured on the Today Show.  The feature can be seen here.

I have been looking to join or be accepted by a triathlon team for the 2012 racing season.  I figure a team would provide camaraderie and guidance to me as a triathlon newbie.  Upon research, I found that I could become a member of Team RWB.  By doing so, I will not only be part of a team, but I can raise awareness and funds for an incredible organization, with a mission that’s close to my heart.  All while doing what I love….swim, bike, and run.  I have since “met” Jim Wilkes and Team RWB on Twitter and Facebook and am proud to join such a great group of people.

I must admit, fundraising isn’t something I’ve ever excelled at.  Although I’m straightforward, I am a non-confrontational person and hate to be seen as pushy.  I know that most funds from any fundraising efforts go towards wonderful organizations, but the actual activity of fundraising often makes me uncomfortable.  Of course it is my hope that I am able to raise some sort of funds for Team RWB, but my main goal is to focus on awareness and giving back to veterans in any way possible.

I’m very excited to be representing Team RWB throughout 2012 and look forward to the adventures ahead.  If you would like to donate, please head over to my Team RWB page.


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