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My First Triathlon of the Year

Monday, June 03, 2013      8 comments

For those of you that know me, you know that I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has been kicking my butt for the last 6 months or so. The medication is finally starting to level the playing field but I dont feel up to par a... Read more

My Plate

Wednesday, April 17, 2013      5 comments

My plate is full right now and not with food. I find myself sitting and pondering my next move. I was diagnosed with Hoshiemoto Hypothyroid Disease and started taking medicine fo... Read more

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Thursday, April 04, 2013      6 comments

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. Trees are blooming, life is renewed. Life definitely goes on. 16 years ago yesterday, on my birthday, I bought a pup for my dad ... Read more

Birthday Ink

Wednesday, March 27, 2013      4 comments

My birthday is quickly approaching. I keep trying to ignore that fact but the inevitable will happen. My husband got an appointment with my tattoo artist and here is my new ink. It is done by the same artist that did a lizard playing golf on my... Read more

The Game Has Changed

Thursday, February 21, 2013      9 comments

When I first joined Spark People, I was in the middle of losing weight, learning how to swim and how to become a triathlete while balancing a job, kids, and elderly parents. Several thing have changed. My kids are now in college, my father pas... Read more

Missile Man Duathlon

Wednesday, February 06, 2013      3 comments

This last weekend White Sands Missile Range in White Sands New Mexico hosted a duathlon. The first run, on a nice dirt road (sandy, rocky in spots) was 7K, the bike was 28K and the last run was a 5K. The weather was perfect, very little breez... Read more

Holidays and School

Friday, December 07, 2012      7 comments

If you know me you know that I work at an alternative high school. The group of kids we currently have are some of the most challenging individuals I have ever worked with. ... Read more

Hell's Half Acre hike and pics

Friday, November 30, 2012      12 comments

Last Sunday, my cycling buddy Maggie took me on this hike. It took about seven hours and it was absolutely breathtaking. Despite the bear sign and mountain lion tracks, the day was carefree and perfect. Enjoy the pictures. Read more

Tour de Tucson 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012      5 comments

Here we are the Gila Chicas, just before the start of the 112 mile race. From left to right: myself, Christine Rickman, Ale Neves, Suzanne Thomas and Kimberlee Chase. We all fini... Read more

Old Friendships Die Hard

Friday, October 26, 2012      14 comments

Ten years ago I had the experience of a lifetime. I got up to go to the gym at four in the morning and there was a doe in labor and totally exhausted in my front yard. This doe was so tired that she literally "let" me deliver her beautiful set o... Read more

Mulecreek New Mexico to Threeway, Arizona Bike Ride

Friday, September 28, 2012      4 comments

Recently Maggie Knox and myself road from Aldo Leopold Vista through Mulecreek, New Mexico and into Arizona. The following pictures show some terrain. The ride is mostly "gentle" rolling hills but it is deceivingly tough. Read more

Hillsboro Peak Hike

Tuesday, September 25, 2012      6 comments

Sunday I hiked to Hillsborro Peak with my cycling buddy Maggie. There is a fire lookout on top of the peak complete with cabins, etc. The weather was perfect, views great, and the wildflowers were awesome. Enjoy! Read more

Roadrunner Triathlon

Monday, August 27, 2012      10 comments

This past weekend I participated in the Roadrunner triathlon. It was held at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The weather was beautiful, a little breezy on the bike but overall wonderful. I was several minutes behind on the run... Read more

Cycling Summer

Wednesday, August 15, 2012      4 comments

This summer I spent a great deal of time cycling with my great friend Maggie. She is an excellent cyclist and I am learning a lot. I truly enjoy her company and wisdom. W... Read more

Forest Fires in the Gila Wilderness and Forest

Monday, June 04, 2012      3 comments

Almost a month ago I went on a ride to Cliff New Mexico (on mother's day) and took a picture of a tiny smoke trail of a "controlled" burn, or an allowed burn caused by a lightning strike. Little did I know, but this tiny little smoke would lead ... Read more


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