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Updated January 2012

A lot has changed since I wrote the 2008 intro below. I did indeed learn to swim and run, did my first triathlon in 2008, and went on to do many more triathlons in 2009-2011 including a few half ironman triathlons and several half marathons. Now I am training for my first marathon in May, 2012, and I'm back at Sparkpeople for a few months, to lose 7 lbs I let sneak on this fall.

In January 2009, I started a podcast about being a new triathlete and this month, I am celebrating my 3rd anniversary with 110 episodes to date. It is called the Kelownagurl Tris Podcast and you can find it by searching the itunes store, or downloading directly from my site.

Find links to everything "kelownagurl" at


Original Intro 2008

Wow, what a year!

I cannot believe how my thinking has changed in the past year. In 2006, I began to change my fitness level and I became a cyclist. In 2007, I worked harder at riding and improved to the point that I can now consider racing. Who knew I had it in me?! Then this time last year, I began to wonder - if I can ride this well, I wonder if I can run? So I went out and tried it, little by little. I started with walking and throwing in a few running spurts, then I tried running a full km. I could do it! Of course, everything hurt again - I was using new muscles - but that wore off and I once I was up toe 5km, I decided to do the Women's 5km race for fun. I guess I do have a competitive side because I ended up pushing really hard and knocked 4-5 minutes off my regular 5km time, coming in 5th in my age group, against women who race on a regular basis. I amazed myself!

2007 was a learning year for me too. I learned a lot about what my body can take and what it can't. I learned to listen to it, and to stretch more, and I learned the names of more muscles that ever knew I had! IT band, piriformis, gluteus medius, SI joint, shin splints... I was forced to take time off from running and to severely cut back on my riding in order to heal. PT and MT appts and lots of stretching helped get rid of the pain, a gait analysis and a script for orthotics will hopefully allow me to run again in January.

I guess the most interesting things I learned over that injury time was the terrible impatience I have to get back running. That made me feel great in a weird way because I know it's all doable again once I've got it figured out. And I WILL go slow this time. It's not worth the pain in rushing my body.

I had many personal bests in 2007.

• I lost 8 more lbs and became more lean and fit.
* I bought size 4 clothes again!!
• I got my picture and climbing goals in Bicycling Magazine in July!
• I finally mastered Knox Mountain by climbing all the way without stopping.
• I rode my first organized ride - the Shuswap Century Ride in 3:47.
• I ran the Women's 5k in June. 26:17. 5th in age group, 23rd overall.
• Increased my average speed on flat or mild hills to 29.6 kmh.
• I rode 250km in France on my honeymoon!
• I rode my first century around the lake - 162 km, 5700 ' climbing, including 10+ hills over 10%!!

So what's next? Well I decided if I can ride and run, then I really need to try swimming. I think this will be my biggest hurdle but I've been thinking about it all year and I now believe I have to try. I bought a new swim suit, prescription goggles, a swim cap and I registered for a private swim coach in January. I've love to be able to do the Apple Triathlon in August. Wish me luck!!

Here's a link to my Running/Biking log at

And my blog that I started in December 2007.

Member Since: 3/25/2006

My Goals:
- Lose the last 7 lbs!

- Continue to lose fat while building muscle.

* Training for my first full marathon in May 2012

* Do a handful of triathlons and half marathons in 2012

My Program:
- Stretch and strengthen core every day.

- Run 3 times a week

- Ride the trainer 2 times a week.

- Do the strength workout at the gym 2X a week.

- swim once in awhile :)

- Eat healthfully but enjoy life! More vegetarian food at lunch and 2-3 suppers per week.

Personal Information:
I am 451 years old. I live in beautiful Kelowna, BC, work full time as an elementary school teacher, have 3 wonderful kids and one wonderful step-daughter, only my son (14) is still at home.

Other Information:
I love music, red wine, and chocolate. I am obsessed with cycling. I'm a rabble rouser....I love my family and my life...

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  • v 1234MOM
    Just checked out your links and the bike journal is really neat! When I can get back on the bike I may have to try tracking this way.
    5108 days ago
  • v no profile image BALDYJOHN
    Just dropping by to say hello and to wish you continued success with your goals & happy cycling
    John ;-)
    5141 days ago
  • v no profile image BALDYJOHN
    Just drop by to say hello and thank you. Have finally got to view your training journals (my pc kept rejecting website) and have found them useful. Actually had a very bad week and felt like just giving up but am going to kick butt and get back on track. Your journals are very helpful and show that we all have to start somewhere.
    John :-)
    5149 days ago
  • v ABIKER
    I think your lead is safe for now. My bike is in the shop at least until tomorrow. On top of that I have a pretty busy week going as well. However, hearing that your grounded too gives me hope that I will catch you sometime this summer!
    5160 days ago
  • v SUSIEQ1947
    I saw your post about the number of calories you did this week. I answered that post and then went to my fitness tracker and at the fitness tracker, ther is a report you can see if you click on it. I did and It said that I did my gardening for 1075 minues and burned 860 calories for this week. Your friend, Susieq1947
    5199 days ago
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