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ROCK the BAY was ROCKY

…but the ladies ROCKED!

2019 TEAM HEREV

2019 TEAM HEREV

With one more race to go, I completed the famous but infamous Rock the Bay Duathlon. Infamous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride and famous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride! You read correctly. Having blogged that, when you’re done, you find a whole new set of chest hairs to be proud of!

Rock the Bay Triathlon/Duathlon is one of the more challenging events in the KOZ tri-series. When it comes to the bike ride, you have to navigate around the slower riders, dodge the super fast riders, look out for all the pot holes and maneuver around very the sharp turns with tons of people taking the same turns. Last year was my first year participating in this event. It was an EYE OPENER to say the least. I was shocked at how hard it was because, like I said, you have to pay attention to eVErYThiNg around you BUT Rock the Bay made me a better bike rider for sure!

This year did not disappoint with the drama. No, not the event itself but for me and my teammates! One of my girls fell transitioning from the water to the bike. We were literally crossing paths. While she was in the midst of her race, I was running to the starting line. From the corner of my eye, I saw a woman go down and immediately turned to help but when I realized it was a teammate, I freaked out and hung around until I saw she was OK. Her feet flew from under her (the ground was so slippery) and her head met the concrete with a nice bounce to it. Don’t worry, she’s good! She’s TOUGH. MY GOODNESS! She freaked the sugar-poops out of me.

Once I finished the first mile run, I headed out on the bike. Coming around the first curve, a guy twice my size went down! I just missed him by a few inches and got around him. Sorry, guy! Once I completed the first loop, on to the second one. I was kind of struggling and couldn’t understand why until a rode over a bump and heard some metal. I looked down and noticed my back tire was flat as a pancake! SERIOUSLY? Seriously. I didn’t know what to do. Well, yes I did. I had to keep going because I didn’t have a spare and I don’t do tires. Ah,no.

As I was coming back to finish the 3 mile run, I saw another teammate heading in my direction. I put my hand up to give her a high five and she throws both of her hands up, full of black grease yelling “technical difficulties”! Apparently, her bike chain decided to play tricks on her after hitting a bump in the road. Her bike chain dropped and unlike me…Miss Prissy over here…SHE got off the bike and fixed it, got back on the bike, caught up with her competition and made the PODIUM! Yasssss!

Hey, sugar-poop happens and you just have to make the best of it. The one great thing I learned this weekend, I have truly surrounded myself around some AMAZING women. We are BOSSES, baby! We love competition. We love to finish what we started. My teammates, my girlfriends…ALL OF THEM…ROCK!

I have to dedicate this blog post to all the women out there who ROCK! The one great thing about being a woman with just a little tenacity? Women will make things happen no matter what the circumstances. Rock the Bay was RoCkY but the women at this event truly ROCKED!

RESULTS for SEENICRUN: 5th overall human | 2nd overall female | 1st age division | 45 seconds slower than last year…thanks Mr. Flat Tire!

It is DUathlon Season

I am BACK to running and biking and runn’n…OH MYYY!

I just finished the Solana Beach Duathlon a couple of weeks ago and now I am heading into a new weekend of fun with the CVC tri & duathlon event in Chula Vista. I looovvvvve participating in the Solana Beach duathlon! I love the beach, the competitors and the racing staff. It’s a whole vibe because everyone is out there to have fun, test their legs and drink a few brewskies with friends after the race.

This weekend, the Chula Vista Challenge is under way and if I remember correctly, it’s a hot one. Right now, I am debating if I should do the longer race or stick to the sprint. I would love to challenge my endurance this weekend but I am a little worried I will get completely bored on that 28 mile bike ride…sooooo….right now, the sprint race is still pretty enticing.

2019 Solana Beach Duathlon

2019 Solana Beach Duathlon

My training has been moving along pretty well...no real complaints!

I have taken a different training approach this year and that is, “don’t push it!”. If my body is tired, I take a break for a day or two. If I feel OK, I do an OK workout. When I am ready to get back into it, I take a 3 day block of good, solid workouts and murder the crap out of them! I know it sounds crazy but I’m not 22 years old any more. I do what I can do when I’m ready to do it! I have to listen to my body.

Does it work? Heck yeah…I realized this past week that all my times have improved this season by a full 2 minutes at every duathlon race. TWO MINUTES! That’s like chunks of gold, new diamonds on my necklace and a King Kong roar! You don’t KNOW. I didn’t know until I saw my stats at the Solana Beach event. I finished right at an hour! I reduced my time in transition by a full minute, my first mile time was a 6:36 min/mile pace while my 5K pace was around a 7:20 min/mile pace! I felt pretty good. So, I am one happy 40+ athlete!

San Diego’s sprint duathlon and triathlon season continues with 3 more KOZ events to go.

If you are interested in trying a multi sport, go to the KOZ website and register for an event. They have something for EVERYONE! There is, of course, a triathlon, duathlon, relay, and aquathon. You can move at your own pace OR come out , check it out and cheer for all the local athletes! They would love it. For more information, email me or go to kozevents.com.

SEENICRUN19 is your KOZ discount code. I’z gotz connectionz!…LOL!

KOZEVENTS | CVC TRI & DUATHLON | SD TRI SERIES | SD TRI CLUB | ROCK THE BAY TRI & DUATHLON

Posted on August 6, 2019 and filed under Running, Training, Triathlon, Goals, Girl Power.

Celebrating Women of Color in Sports

Recognizing Women of Color on the Track

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the 2019 NCAA Track and Field meet in Austin, TX, thanks to my daughter who qualified in the 800 meter run. The best of the best, division 1 athletes, competed for a NCAA title. The men competed on days 1 and day 3, while the women competed on days 2 and 4.

On Saturday night, the meet couldn’t be anymore perfect. The heat from earlier in the day slowly cooled down and the competition heated up. As a former collegiate runner, it was really nice to be in the stands and not on the field. While waiting for the 800 meters to start, I was watching the triple jumpers. I was amazed at their strength, focus and drive. These young ladies were confident and jumping their hearts out! Let me tell you, the strength of a woman is an amazing thing to watch.

It wasn’t until the final few jumps and the women’s 100 meter dash that I started to focus on the spectrum of black women participating in every event. It sent chills, good chills, up and down my spine. So many different hairstyles, complexions, heights, shapes and everything in between, we were there…breaking records and making track and field history! Yes, I had a #blackgirlmagic spiritual moment and it was amazing! I was so proud.

I honestly can not think of any other sport that creates that kind of emotion in me. Yes, there is Serena Williams, Dominique Dawes and Ginger Howard and so many others, but there is something about having an arena filled with black, smart, athletic and dominating young women. Track and field embodies all of that.

I love being a woman and I am extremely proud to be a black woman, a black mother. There are definitely frustrations that come along with it but you learn, “teach”, re-adjust and move on.

My daughter? She made it to the finals and came in second overall. She got her NCAA trophy and represented women and women of color, along with her competitors extremely well. I couldn’t ask for a better day! If you are a woman of color in sports or any profession, I applaud you and I will be in the stands cheering for you. There’s a lot to be done, so keep moving forward, ladies!

Serena Williams | Dominique Dawes and Ginger Howard | NCAA Track and Field

The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” Malcolm X 1962

10 Reasons Why I Love My 4 Mile Fridays

I started my 4 mile Fridays a few months ago while training for my last couple of duathlons. Something I needed to do to stay motivated and get out of bed (really to get out of bed). I started posting my runs every Friday on my Instagram story for my own personal accountability. The more I posted the more people supported my craziness! So, now I feel like I have to get my 4 mile Fridays in…YASSS!

Check out 10 more reasons why I love my 4 mile Fridays

1. Gets me out of bed. 
2. Makes me feel like I have accomplished something other than the “norm”. 
3. Fights off all the negative thoughts that swim in my head. 
4. Controls my anxiety. 
5. Puts steps on my watch so I can brag about it at work with co-workers I compete with (I usually win-HA!). 
6. Brings incredible happiness & excitement to my soul for the entire day.
7. Reminds me of how blessed I am to get up on any given day and get those miles in and I’m STILL able to walk (not necessarily straight but I’m walking)!
8. Reminds me of how strong I am. 
9. Shows my girls that daily physical activity is a MUST. 
10. Gets me excited for an incredibly long HOT shower after my run (the best on a cold Friday morning)! ❤️

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Posted on February 8, 2019 and filed under Girl Power, Goals, Motivation.

Most Inspirational Athlete of 2018 - SD Tri Series

What a surprise tonight! I was named the “Most Inspirational Athlete of 2018” by Koz Events and San Diego Triathlon Series. I am in shock and honored.

If you know me, you know I had a rough couple of years_personally. At the beginning of this year I decided I needed a good distraction, so I committed myself to train for AT LEAST 3 duathlons and couple of running events. I surrounded myself with other multi-sport athletes ended up doing 7 duathlons, 3 5K runs and 2 half marathons this year!

Yep, I desperately needed strength and positivity in my life and I got it. As each month flew by this year, I was getting stronger mentally and physically. I was not going to be stopped.

I want to thank all my parents, daughters and close friends for their support and motivation to keep going this year. Thank you KOZ events and the San Diego Tri Series from the bottom of my heart and "sole" for pushing this old-girl forward and making 2018 a fantastic year! So grateful. 

KOZ EVENTS | San Diego Tri Series