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Early Season Shenanigans – 2016

Due to the low exchange rate, my obsession of running away from bears, and Whistler’s breathtaking scenery, I signed up for IM Canada in July.  I needed a good kickstart to my year. Russ Brandt invited me to join his training shenanigans in Tucson. With superstars Jon Coffen, Russ Brandt, Ben McMurray, David Tindall, Malcolm McGuire, John […]

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Ellie Wins Fittest Durapulse Athlete

I participated in the Durapulse “Functional Fitness Challenge” this past week.  My coach created this competition to determine the fittest all around athlete in six grueling days of strength and endurance events.  There were nine total events.  Though it was a “friendly” challenge, it brought the competitive nature out of all of us.  There was […]

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A Miracle in McNary

I had many great dates with my P3.  We danced up Mt. Lemmon and went on many memorable rides together.  I rode her to the 70.3 Ironman World Championships, three Ironmans, and several podium finishes.  We shared many laughs, pain, sweat, hardships, and saddle sores together.  I will miss you Tekka Maki. Me love you […]

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10 Things New About Me

A month and half after Vegas, and I’m back at it. 10 things new about me: 1. I have my “A” races mostly planned for next year: Ironman Canada (Whistler), Ironman Boise (or St. George), and Phoenix Marathon. I’m setting the bar high next year. I want to pull off the trifecta: Boston qualify, Vegas […]

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Pain-cation: Vegas/Flagstaff

Vegas training is in full swing! Last week I treated myself to a nice little PAIN-cation away from the blistering heat in Phoenix. First stop: Vegas! I rode the 70.3 Worlds course.  The first 42 or so miles are beautiful! The last miles leading into Henderson… not so much. The next day I ran a […]

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Mt. Lemmon – King of the Mountain

This was my third year in a row climbing the epic Mt. Lemmon in Tucson– 27 miles and 7k feet of climbing.  As always, it didn’t disappoint.  It’s by far  one of the most scenic rides you can do in Arizona. Kevin, Angi, and I left Phoenix at 3:45 a.m. to make the 6:30 a.m. […]

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First Bike Accident

I had my first serious  bike crash this past weekend… I was house/dogsitting for a friend over the week and she owns tubulars.  She hadn’t rode them since Ironman Coeur d’Alene.  Before this past weekend, I knew very little about tubulars so I had no clue what to check for.  I pumped them up and […]

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Two Men and a Baby – SOMA 2011

Red Rock Company’s premiere event, SOMA triathlon, was supposed to the grand finale battle between “Father and Son.”  Dan had beat me at Marquee Triathlon and I won at Ironman Coeur d’Alene earlier in the year.  This was going to be Round 3… for all the marbles. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel I could get ready […]

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I’m going to Boston!

Wow, I suck at blogging. I’ll try to be better at this… —— Earlier, this year I had qualified for Boston at the P.F. Chang’s Marathon with a 3:06:40. However, shortly after, Boston Athletic Association implemented a rolling admission system, allowing the fastest qualifiers to enter the earliest.  The 2012 Boston marathon “rolling registration dates” […]

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Mt. Lemmon, Giant Cookies, & Pizza

My marathon is less than three weeks away and I’ve been consistently running 40-50 mile weeks.  My coach told me “I’m not a triathlete for the next few months but strictly a runner.”  I’ve been trying to maintain fitness on the bike and swim, mostly going to the Durapulse spin and Phoenix Swim Club Master classes. […]

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