Monday, December 27, 2010

Secret Santa Gift

DAILY MILE SECRET SANTA!! Your freakin' rock!!  I have been wanting this book forever, its like your read my mind =)  Thank you so much!!!

Trizophrenia: Inside the Minds of a Triathlete by Jeff Mallett

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Oh my gosh what a fabulous Christmas we had, but at the same time it was very bittersweet.  The reason I believe it was bittersweet is because it was our last one on Guam.  Sad but true, next year we will be in the snow and cold that the New England states have to offer us.  Alright, back to warm thoughts. We started off Christmas Eve with making Santa his most favorite cookies, and this year we cheated because all of our household goods are waiting for us in the states.

Santa had oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies that were freshly baked waiting for him at our house that night.  The best part, I think, of the night was while the cookies were baking we started a new tradition.  My kids each made an ornament for Santa to put on the tree.

They left their ornaments on the kitchen table and the next morning, well more about that later.  They each got to open up one Christmas present from the family on Christmas Eve, but the only way they get to open them is if the cookies for Santa are made, the milk is out, the carrots are ready for the reindeer, and they are ready for bed (unless we go to midnight mass then they have to be ready for church).

Well needless to say I think it was a world record with those two getting ready.  I have never seen them get ready so quickly.  They were so excited, for Santa, to open presents, for Santa...yeah I had to mention that twice because that is all my 3 y/o talked about for 2 weeks was seeing Santa.  It was beyond adorable but it started to wear on the nerves a little bit.

So for the family gifts:

 My son received a Math Drills workbook, trust me was excited

 My daughter received a Same and Different workbook, she wasn't as excited

 Hubby got Gran Turismo for his PSP

I got my Hammer sweatshirt!

Then it was for my little creatures to go to bed so Santa could come.  Goodness, it took forever for them to get to bed.  So to buy sometime I jumped on Norad to track Santa so every time they got up I could tell them how close Santa was.  Well needless to say it worked cause they eventually gave up and Santa eventually came.


Now it might not look like a lot, but that's because we emailed Santa and told him we were in the middle of a move and asked him not to bring anything to big.  We were happy to find out that adhered to our wishes.

The Christmas morning wake-up call. OH BOY! Was that fun.  My hubby and I woke up probably about 6am and just laid around in bed waiting for the kids.  We mainly work up because we didn't want any little people's opening presents when they weren't supposed to.  It was so awesome to hear them when they finally woke up.  "Santa came!" "The cookies are gone"...plate to the face "Daddy Santa ate all the cookies".  Yup my little girl threw the empty plate at my husband to let him know that Santa at all the cookies.  Ah, kids!

The kids opened their presents and were beyond happy with what they received.  Lots of DS games, Leapster games, math and reading books, a couple barbies and some bakugans.  Then the hubby and I exchanged each others gifts.  TO FUNNY! We got each other the same thing just different colors: the new iPod Nano, mine is pink and his is a steel color.  It was just to funny for words.

After presents we took a little nap, and then had to get up and get ready for the rest of our day.  We were invited over to three different families houses but only made it to two of them.  We went to our long time friends the Cowdrey's first.  My poor son threw up on her floor.  He went to get his dinner plate and looked at my husband and said "I think I'm going to throw up" and threw up.  No time to get to trash can or anything.  After about 5 minutes of puking in her toilet he just laid down and played his DS for the rest of time we were there.  Poor guy.  After there we went to our neighbors and good friends house the Woods'.  Where, no puking this time, everyone ate a little more, drank some and had some good laughs. At the end of the night everyone was beyond exhausted.  We came home, it was far walk about 150 feet.  And went to bed.

The next day we went and picked up the rest of my Christmas present.  Hubby got me Giant Cyclotron Mag Trainer for my bike and a pair of lap fins for the pool.  Honestly I think I was more excited about the mag trainer and fins than the iPod, but don't tell him that.

So all and all it was a wonderful, low key, family driven Christmas.  I really couldn't have asked for anything more.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Wish List

After reading TriDiesel's blog about what he is hoping for under his Christmas tree this year, it got me thinking "What is it that I really want this year as an athlete?"  Well here is my grown up Christmas list (feel free to help out Santa =) )

Let start with a beautiful piece of equipment:

The Cannondale Slice Women's 4 Rival.  This bike just screams ride me to 1st place.  

Rudy Project.  Oh the lines, the art form, the beauty, Rudy Project helmets and glass just scream sexy.  After your riding 112 miles and then running a full marathon, I firmly believe that no matter how nasty you get doing it you should still look sexy while getting it done, and you can definitely achieve that sporting Rudy Project.
Rudy Project Sportmask Titanium With Laser Black Lenses

Rudy Project Sterling Helmet

Zensah Compression Socks.  I would really like a pair of these for my plane ride, you know make them multi purpose =) Wouldn't you want to wear a pair of compression socks for a 24 hour plane trip too. And yes, they have to be pink, cause those ones ROCK!

Newton Running Shoes.  Well the Lady Isaac S to be exact.  Since I began my training I've learned a whole new form and realized that my shoes are yuck and I was turned on toward the Newtons.

Allied Medal Hangers.  I can't wait to get some race bling to place on this.  Now I understand this is kind of placing the cart before the horse type of thing, but what a better way to stay motivated then having this beautiful piece of art on hanging there for all to see to help keep one motivated.

Tri Apparel: Tri-Tops, tri-bottoms...oh yes, I need to build up my inventory of umm, NONE.  I'm hoping Santa will bring me apparel from Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, Road Id, just to name some of my favorite place.

But its not all triathlon based stuff I would like.  I would love an iPad, a new wardrobe, a new car, a tattoo, you know fun stuff that makes adults stay kids at heart.  Well that is just some of my grown up Christmas list.  Maybe one day I'll strike it rich and get everything my family and my hearts desire but for now we will leave it up to the magic of Santa.

What did you ask Santa for?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Downward slope and an eventful week to come

I'm really beginning to think I'm finally on the downward slope of this nasty cough I've had.  I went most of the day today with out a coughing fit, which was freaking awesome!  So I'm really kind of excited to be hitting the gym again soon, very very soon.  **WHOOP**WHOOP**  I'm thinking I'm going to take Sunday to completely bleach my house out to make sure I do not get this nasty cough again, and then hopefully hit the gym/pool/bike on Monday.

There is so much coming up this week, our MWR and Fleet & Family are really pulling out all the stops to try and bring the Christmas spirit to our little island.


Cookie Exchange and Chapel


A Chamorro Christmas

A Christmas Movie under the stars


Rock Concert - SEETHER


The Day Care kids preform!


Rota Walk

Ah yes, the holiday season is really now in full swing and the morale departments and the commands here on the island really try their best to make the Christmas season a good one every year.  They do a pretty good job of it too.  I mean we do not get snow, it cost over $1200 for one plane ticket back to the states, so they know the Scrooges and Grinches they are up against and still they always pull off great times.  Plus there is always so much to do out in the community this time of year.  They have lights up everywhere, and the hotels always look so grand.  Then the families on the island always go out of their way, wither they are military or non-military, if they know you do not have anywhere to go over the holiday they make sure to extend and invitation to you. Its always so warm and friendly.  Guam really reminds you of what the Christmas season is truly about.

I absolutely love the Christmas Season!

Friday, December 10, 2010

ISO a new design

Yes that's right, I'm looking for a new look to my blog, and I'm clueless.  Are you shocked? You shouldn't be, especially if you know me you shouldn't be.  I utilize all sorts of free sites for my background but I think its time to commit to something of my own.  Something that will bring in more readers, that says more about who I am, something that SCREAMS me.

I am looking for a complete blog make over.  If you can suggest a designer, can take on this enormous task yourself or direct me to someone who can I would greatly appreciate it.

Jungle Bells

We have a different way of doing things here on Guam, and one of the best ways is to change up songs.  This is our take on the classic Jingle Bells.

Jungle Bells
to be sung just like the traditional Jingle Bells

Here we are on Guam.
Without a hope of snow.
But though the spreading palms.
A typhoon sure can blow.

Santa Clause will know,
What the tropics will allow.
Instead of riding eight reindeer,
He'll ride a carabao.

Ohh, Jungle Bells, coconut shells,
Sticker burrs all the way.
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a two wheeled carabao sleigh.

Be watchful everyone
He'll send a telegram,
That today he'll be on Guam.
Send out by Uncle Sam
Santa will be here

To see what you have done
So let's all greet him. Ha! Ha! Ha!
And join him in the fun.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Oh how I missed you!

No really I have missed you!  So much has happened, I don't know where to start.... Oh I know.  Thanksgiving.  We had a wonderful time, we volunteered the night before at the USO to help set up for their annual Thanksgiving feast for the families and active duty members who are stationed here on Guam. We showed up at about, oh, 6pm and didn't leave until 9pm.  We would have stayed longer but our the kiddies needed to get to sleep so they were not completely unruly the next day.

So Thursday morning we get up, lounge around the house for a bit and the get ready to meet up with some friends at the USO Thanksgiving Day feast.  HOLY COW! is it packed.  I knew when we left the night before there was seating for about 215 people and now there was standing room only.  And by standing room I mean people are squished in shoulder to shoulder there almost wasn't any empty floor space in the place to be seen.  Honestly if the fire marshall would have come by he would have shut the place down, we were well over our alloted limit.  And then the talking began.  Yes I understand you have to thank all the sponsor and everything else but really do you need to talk for an hour with the house packed to the rafters and the aircon not working.  So there we sat, kids getting antsy, people not listening, others lining up to eat already, I mean come on enough already, and then it hits me like a ton of brick.  I'm trapped, I can't get out, I'm in the middle of the room and there are people all around me, I can't see the doors, people are touching me, stop touching me, I can't guessed it, full blown panic attack.  Luckily about the time my panic attack decided to set in, they were finishing up and blessing the table to open the lines to eat.  Thank God, because my husband was just about to leave so I didn't start freaking out.  My friend and I take our girls and get at the very end of this line that isn't moving and we being to wait.  Now we are prepared to wait forever, mainly because after 5 minutes we still haven't moved 2 feet.  Luckily the volunteers were going around and pulling parents with small kids out of line and giving them head of the line privileges because they saw how ridiculously long the lines were.  So we jumped up to the front of the line, made all of the kids' plates (3 for her and 2 for me) and sat back down, figuring we would eat at the next place but the kids needed to eat now.  As soon as the kids ate we bolted out of there.  I think if it was a just a little less chaotic we would have had a great time.  So we headed over to our friend Jenell's home for Thanksgiving with her family.  It was so roomy compared to where we just left it was a welcomed change.  Unfortunately my husband and I didn't get to eat right away at Jenell's house either.  We made a commitment to run the Turkey Tort 1.5 mile and 5K that same evening and we going to keep to that.  After seeing all her wonderful food we had to leave our appetites at bay and go do our run.

I was really kind of excited to finally get back out run/walking again after being out of the game for so long.  I took part in the 1.5 mile and didn't do to bad.  I ran as far as I could, while keep in mind my form and coming to the realization that my shoes are probably a size to big.  I finish the 1.5 in about 32 mins.  Now most can finish a 5K in that time but I haven't ran since May so I am in no way conditioned to run.  So the fact that I finished a 1.5 with a mixture of running and walking I am quite happy with.  After the hubby came across the finish line we came home, showered and returned to Jenell's house to finally eat.  And oh my gosh, the food tasted so good.  It was good food, great company, we had good some good laughs.  It was great way to end a rather crazy day.

After Thanksgiving, life went on as normal, well almost.  The sickness has taken our house hold by storm.  My little girl had the cough first, and to make matters worse every time she would cough it just happen to be into my face.  Thanks dear.

So then the sickness hit me harder than it hit little bit.  So I have been down from training for about 2 weeks now.  I'm just starting to get my appetite back and all I want is CHOCOLATE! nummy nummy!  I'm hoping to be over this cough soon though, I feel like a bump on a log just sitting here wasting away to nothing.  But the latest victims of the sickness seem to be the hubster and the son.  Hubby came home with a headache today and slept for 3 hours and sonny-boy has started coughing.  Great!

Sonny-boy just had a birthday.  He is 7, really where does the time go? He had a couple of his friends over and they played we ordered pizza and made ice cream sundaes for dessert.  The pizzas were a hit once they finally got here.  We ordered them from a very well known franchise, name to be with held, and have never had any issues ordering from them before.  So we order 2 large pizzas, 1 cheese and 1 pepperoni not a hard order right?  The driver shows up with 1 pizza, the pepperoni one and the boys all want cheese.  The drive has no idea where the other pizza is, and is headed back to the store to find it. Um, yeah you are cause I paid for 2 and you gave me one.  So hubster didn't sign the credit card receipt. Then we are waiting and I go to give the boy the pepperoni so the quite bothering us and its cold.  Like not cooled down from being hot but like it sat under hot lamps all day and they threw it in a box cold.  I was PISSED!  There was no sweat ring on the counter so I knew it was most definitely a cold pizza.  So we called the pizza place back up and told them what happen, the manager was very kind and compensated our entire meal and us 2 new pizzas for the boys.  It was horrible that it took the entire party to get the boys fed because the party was only 2 hours.  Oh well I guess we know for next time.

And here we are, see not really to much has been going on.  I changed my page made it a little more festive and I've updated my event schedule.  Other than that not much has changed.  I'm hoping to get back in the gym here soon.  Our moving is coming along we do not have much longer left on Guam and I'm going to miss it here sorely.  So for now I will say good night.  I will catch up with you all another day.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Food Log for Nov 18

November 18:
Small bowl of Wheaties with skim milk

Medium banana

Beef ravioli with fresh mushroom and tomato sauce

Wildtree Jambalaya with sausage, chicken and shrimp

24oz Hammer HEED

Cycling 1hr 11miles
Ab/core 15mins
Yoga 5mins


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Food Log for Nov 17

November 17:
small bowl of Wheaties with skim milk

3 Pure Chocolate Whippets

2 Corn Dogs with 2 tbsp of bbq
2 tbsp of Nutella
1 medium banana
1 large Fuji Apple

Organic Whole Grain Grilled Cheese
1 cup Tomato Soup
2 stalks of celery with peanut butter

1 cup coffee, 3 tsp sugar and F. Vanilla Creamer


Turkey Day Madness

Oh my oh my, this Thanksgiving is already turing out to be so busy and we do not even our household goods.  We are headed to three turkey dinners, the first one is Sunday afternoon at church.  I think its going to be fun and eventful with some of our fellow catholics.  Then we have a couple days to do the family thing, train, school, you know the usually weekly madness, but toward the end of the week its going to pick up like a mad man.

Wednesday we are headed to the USO to help set up for their annual Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday.  They usually server around 500 - 700 people every year.  It is such a huge event that they start at noon and usually run out of food by 3pm even though its supposed to go from 12-5pm.

Then on Thursday we are headed back to the USO to enjoy some of their yummy deliciousness.  See some of our fellow volunteers and active duty members and their families.  Then we are headed off to hand out with my girlfriend Samantha and her family.

There is Turkey Trot on base, a 5K or a 1.5 miler to help work off all of the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and yams that have been consumed that day.  Plus the best part is I get 10 points in my team challenge for taking part in the Turkey Trot.

I'm already exhausted just writing all of this and thinking about what I have coming up in the next week. I hope everyone has a wonderful and fulfilling Thanksgiving.

Team PRS FIT Challenge

I mentioned that my tri coach was doing a Maintain Don’t Gain Over The Holidays Team PRS FIT Challenge! for our team this year, trust me I did see posts below,  and that I was going to blow this challenge out of the water.  Well to keep myself accountable I am posting the challenge up here to I can get friendly reminders for my friend who are keeping tabs and helping me keep myself accountable.

I will keep track of my own points on this contest. 
  • 20 points for NOT gaining weight from start Nov 15 - Jan 15
  • 2 points for each day I do my workout & log it even if it's a rest day
  • 1 point if I log even if I do not get my workout done
  • 10 points for a little local race around Thanksgiving
  • 5 points for healthy recipe submitted (limit 3)
  • 10 points for December bike challenge..more info to follow
As of Nov 17th I have 6 points, and there still is a long way to go.  I know with my wonderful and understanding family, my supportive friends, I can make this happen.  It's just going to take some determination, dedication, and commitment.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Food Log for Nov 16

November 16:
Small bowl of Wheaties(R) with skim milk

1 medium bananas

Taco sandwich (ground beef, spinach, cheese, cream cheese & salsa mix)
Piece of pizza

6 milk chocolate Lindor Truffles

1/4 cup of flank steak
5 stalks of asparagus
1/4 cup of couscous

Crepe with strawberry

6 oz Landshark beer
10 oz skim milk with strawberry flavoring

Elliptical 30 min 3K


Awesome News and Help Needed

Let's start with the most awesome news so far.  My name was pulled out for the Chesapeake Bay 4.4 mile swim! JEAH!! I was so excited to get my email, I had to send off my qualification results and pay my entry fee and TA-DAAAA I'm in.  Here I come Maryland, look out now cause its going to get crazy.

I also am in the Rhode Island 70.3 and I can't wait.  My training is going along great Also my team is having an in-team challenge not to gain weight during this holiday season. I told them they all can bring it, I am going to tear this challenge up.  I'm going to tear this challenge up!  I've got weight and time to lose, so its on!

I know that I have a ton of weight to lose, so I'm going to start keeping a food journal online.  It will be a weekly journal kept here to hold me accountable.  But here is the thing, I need help being kept accountable.  So here is your task should you choose to accept it: if I do not log my food I need emails to blow up my inbox and comment section.  Also if you see an issue with what I'm eating please let me know, where and what changes I can make.   So are you willing to help me.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Food Log for Nov 15

November 15:

2 medium bananas


Tex-Mex slider w/ pepper-jack and american, 2 slices of avocado (mayo, mustard, bbq, and ketchup about 1tbsp each)
1/2 cup baked potato fries
Huge Salad, probably about 3 cups, with about 2 tbsp of Balsamic Vinaigrette

Crepe with strawberries

24 oz Hammer HEED
12 oz Hammer Recoverlite

Run 2.45 miles in 0:51
Total Body Workout 0:45


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cheer Squad Essentials

When a big race is on the horizon, you start to think about what you can do on the day to support your loved one. The race may be local, or you may be travelling by car or plane to the race location. A few times, I have not planned ahead and found myself racing around a strange town looking for something, anything, that I can use as supporter clothes or cheer tools. Below are some suggested items I have used or seen be used. There is always a group of people who seem so much more organised than you - but you don't need much to make a fuss! Feel free to let me know of any I have missed!

  • Support Crew T-Shirts - these can be made or ordered if you are organised. If you are organised there is a lot of online businesses who print to order tees with your own names, numbers, slogans and photos. If you are not so organised, grab an old or cheap tee and some t-short pens or paints and get creative!
  • Signs - use paint on sheets or fabric if you have somewhere to hang it or use paints/pens/crayons on cardboard. Some events provide banners and board and sticks and an area to put them up. Hang them off your balcony or on your car if you are on the race course.
  • Clappers - these are sometimes handed out and are great entertainment for kids - and useful after hours of clapping as hands start to ache! Bells and maraccas also work well.
  • Chalk - write messages to your loved ones on the roads and pavements.
  • Get patriotic and take with you your nations flag, flag stickers and tatoos for kids to wear, or maybe some patriot tees and caps. 
Courtesy of Triathlon TitBits 

The Supporters Gear Check list


Essentials for the day
  • Camera or two  - you may be requested to video and photograph ( not easy!)   Don't forget to charge and have extra disk/film.
  • Watch - you may be required to watch times - so stop watch useful.
  • Small pad and pen - you may also be required to keep track of the times, or write down expected times so you can calculate when to be expected at each viewing location.
  • Backpack 
  • Drink Bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Course Map
  • Money
  • Snacks
  • Poncho and/or umbrella
  • Small binoculars (maybe not needed it you have super duper SLR camera)
If you have kids
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Fly/mosquito spray (depending on location of race)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Warm jackets and beanies (for early morning) and rain gear just in case!
  • Entertainment - whatever you can carry around (books, pencils and paper, ball)
  • Swimsuits and towel if race is near beach and it's hot enough.
If you are traveling by car to event - and like to base yourself in one spot
  • Torch for early morning
  • Esky with cold drinks
  • Fold up chairs
  • Rug (ideally with plastic base)
  • Sun umbrella/tent 
Courtesy of Triathlon TitBits 

Tips for the loved ones supporting an Ironman

1. You will get used to it!

2. Use the time that they are training (if it's not when you are sleeping!) as your time in the week to schedule catch ups with either other Ironman widows/widowers and their kids, or other friends (with or without kids). Best to get out of house and do something than sit at home wondering when they will be back!

3. Don't complain -  to them! You may have had to juggle a few kids and manage a few tantrums but you were not out doing a 180km bike ride or 42km run.....which you probably would not want to best that neither of you complain but each needs to be aware and understanding of each others situation.

4. Make sure they have a rest day and don't let them train when they are sick!!

5. Make sure they schedule kid time and you time amongst all the other scheduling!

6. If they have had a big training session on the weekend, work out how they can get a 30 min siesta before dragging them out to do chores, play with kids or visit friends - they will be happier and last longer! 

7. Their race means a holiday for you and family to a new destination....

7. Pre-Race - there may be moods, there may be stresses, try not to take it to heart. Be there to help and take control of their packing and organizing lists if this helps but also let them work thru the build up and nerves and only say things and do things that are helpful. Don't bother with unimportant things and trivia  they are focussed!

8. Race Day - do the final check for them before you walk out the door otherwise you are the one who will be racing back to hotel room to collect the bottles!! Be positive, cheer them on, enjoy the day, appreciate how much it took them and you to get to this day and savour the first finish as it will be emotional! Remember they would not have made it there with out you - and this is a big achievement for them!

9. Ignore it when they say "Never again" after the race - wait for a week - they'll be back - it is addictive!!

Top 6 Ironman Tips! 

2.    See rule # 1.
3.    Don’t complain. Yes it will hurt but no one will care cause you were silly enough to voluntarily sign up for this ridiculous event.
4.    Get a coach. Reading articles in magazines and talking to your mate at the pub probably isn’t the best way to prepare for a 226km race.
5.    Don’t set a time goal. Most first time competitors miss their target time and feel someone disappointed. Believe me, you’ll be very happy to cross the finish line!
Courtesy of Triathlon TitBits

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Do you know what today is?

Well do you? Today is the day that the Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 mile swim begins pulling for its lottery.

And guess who's name is in the bin for the drawing?  ME! that's who, and Donna, Sherry, Amy R and Amy C.  We are all in the drawing and we are all anxiously waiting to receive our emails to from the GCBS.  Please keep me in your thoughts, hopefully I'll get in along with the other lovely ladies.  I'll let you know as soon as I hear.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Hammer Nutrition

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Watch out now, cause here I come

I did it I'm headed to Amica Ironman 70.3 in Providence, Rhode Island.  I am so beyond excited, I really don't know how to contain myself, and then I have to workout and it all gets contained.  What even better about this is its my 'A' race of the year.  I am going all out for this event.  I'm inviting friends and family to come see me race, I'm making it a weekend in Providence with my family (even though its about an hour away from our new home), I even made shirts for my family.

Seeing as how I could not do this or accomplish all of this with out them, I thought this shirt is very fitting.  So far my family has loved the design and are looking forward to wearing the shirts.

Oh, I just ordered my very first Garmin. I am really excited about, I was torn between Garmin Forerunner 310XT and the Garmin Forerunner 305.  I wanted one that was able to keep up with all three of my sports and that could handle a little bit of a beating.  Now I realize that Garmins are not supposed to be dropped or banged on but it needs to be a little rugged.  Granted the 305 isn't water proof and the 310XT, but after talking with a number of people I can have different alternatives that would allow me to still use the 305 properly without ruining it.  Well I ordered my new toy and its on its way here now!  I am so incredibly excited about it.  Oh well maybe I should tell you which one I choose, huh?  Well here it is:

(its the Garmin Forerunner 305)

The most important I learned was when I am doing an open water swim, I should put the 305 in my cap. Now I would not have thought about that, so as soon as I heard that I'm even more excited to use it.  Should I get more into triathlons and find out what the 305 can and can't do, I might consider upgrading to the 310XT, but that will come much further down the road.

On a different note, I have signed up to become an ambassador for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.  This is very exciting for me, I have had many members in my family and some friends personally affected by cancer.  I want to do my part and this is one of the best ways for me to help.  I have to raise money and race in a triathlon or 2, to help young adults connect with other young adults going through cancer as well.  Now on my page I have this icon:

By clicking on the Team Fight icon it will take you to my fundraising page where you can help me make the lives of those fighting cancer just a little bit easier.  I will racing in the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon in Columbia, Maryland on August 21st, 2011.  I have always wanted to race in an Iron Girl and what a better way to race in this event by raising money for cancer.

As you can see I have many things coming up in next year.  I will talk with you all again soon.