The Ups and Downs of Life!

The Ups and Downs of Life!

This journey I am on is getting me more attention than I deserve. I don’t see what I am doing as any big deal. I love training and challenging myself. Triathlons and running have become a passion for me.  Life is such a rollercoaster ride.

Back in November, shortly after Ironman Florida, my son started texting me, asking me questions about my thoughts about finishing the Ironman.

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Stepping It Up

Stepping It Up

So much has happened in the past few weeks.

I retired!

Three weeks ago I taught my last class for Tulane University’s School for Professional Advancement. I enjoyed my 13 years teaching in Biloxi and New Orleans. I did leave my name on the roster and may go back occasionally. So far my three weeks has been busy. Not busy enough though.

I don’t think I was made to relax.

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It's All About the Base!

It's All About the Base!

It’s all about the base!

The month of March has been very busy. I continue to work on building a base for the most important 20 weeks of training. I enjoy training, however, I become so focused on the long-range plan I sometimes forget to enjoy running.

This month I have made a list of races, running and triathlons, that I want to do before summer. I began to race again, but now with a different focus: I want to go out and have some fun.

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Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

It is time for Mardi Gras. My life is not all work and training. There are times for just plain “mindless fun,” and that time of year is during Mardi Gras.

Many people think Mardi Gras is the 4-5 days before Ash Wednesday and occurs in New Orleans. Actually it begins on the Epiphany and the parades in our cities began yesterday.  For the next couple of weeks there are parades in most cities along the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandles to Texas. Some other “inland” cities also have parades. I am a member of a group of women called the “Chili Pepper Queens.” We participate in two parades each year, a Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day parades.

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