I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike!


I finally took Connie’s fancy LightSpeed triathlon training bike out for a spin today. I was scared. She must have known, because she called me right as I was taking it out of the garage. “I was just thinking about the bike,” she said. “Me too!” I said. “Do you know how to use the […]

On May 9, 2011, in Triathlon, by juliejulie

Mother’s Day Cookie Walk


When the kids were little, we started a Mother’s Day tradition called “The Cookie Walk.” We baked cookies together, invited the grandmothers over, and went for a walk or a hike. We’d stop every time someone thought we should, and eat a cookie. We pretended the walking erased the calories in a few dozen cookies […]

On May 9, 2011, in Family, Food, by juliejulie

Hanging out with Triathlon Geeks: How to get your neighbor to change out your bike pedals!


This is Scott. He’s an IronMan. He’s also my friendly neighbor. He’s also the one who told me I should do a Triathlon, and introduced me to Robin over at Every Mom to Iron Mom. She coaches his Master’s Swim class, and he figured she could coach me to try something  I’d never even dreamed […]

On May 8, 2011, in Fitness Adventures, Triathlon, by juliejulie

How to put on a wet suit: Triathlon Training Workshop


Fifteen fabulous people showed up to our Triathlon Training Workshop at Just Breathe Movement Studio today to talk about the upcoming Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon in Portland, OR on June 26th. Coach Robin of Every Mom to Iron Mom, the vetran Triathlete of the group (she’s been doing triathlons since the 1980’s!) talked us through the gear, […]

On May 8, 2011, in Fitness Adventures, Francine the Mannequin, Triathlon, by juliejulie

A Fair Trade: Upcycle Your Inner Fashionista at the Consignment Store!


I have a thing for boots. Cowboy boots are my weakness. Along with biker-chick boots. And black leather spikey-heeled boots. And gray tweed boots that will surely match something I have yet to buy, because gray tweed is always in style. I love to shop, but I need to be practical with my spending. Boots […]

On May 7, 2011, in Fashion, by juliejulie

How I lost 25 pounds on the Paleo Diet, and my Trader Joe’s Product Pick of the Week


First of all, I’m not a nutritionist, or a trainer, or any sort of expert on how or what you should eat. You know that right? I have a degree in English. And one in Fine Arts. Just so we’re clear.

On May 6, 2011, in Food, Health and Wellness, by juliejulie

Win an Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon Race Entry!


Every Mom to Iron Mom’s Coach Robin and I are partnering up with the fabulous people at Iron Girl to give away a free race entry to a Sprint Triathlon! A Sprint is much less scary than a full triathlon, just so you know. We’ll be doing a half mile swim, a 22 mile bike […]

On May 6, 2011, in Fitness Adventures, Running, by juliejulie

My First Half Marathon: Why I ran and how I felt


Okay, I admit it: I’m quite proud of myself. I ran my first Half Marathon on Sunday, and had the pleasure of crossing the finish line at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, where many of the greatest runners in the world have raced. I was expecting to feel relieved. I was not expecting to feel […]

On May 5, 2011, in Middle-aged Angst, Running, by juliejulie
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