When I get knocked down, I get up again….& again…&again…

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The 2012 summary is pretty quick.  I went down 3 times and got up 3 times. Since there was not a whole lot of racing and shining moments, it simply was a year of persistence & perseverance.  The year started off with a stress fracture and a labral tear in the hip as a result of a spill while running, it took time and hard work but I recovered from this injury just in time for the last 2 London qualifying races and then we all know what happened in San Diego.  Luckily for me, I had amazing friends, my husband, and my mom there to pick me up after this knock down. I was determined to bounce back from this one too, I switched my focus to 70.3 and cross country run races instead.  My tri season officially finished at the Miami 70.3–a fun race, a nice city and a 4th place finish. My run season officially ended last weekend in Vancouver for XC nationals and I managed to squeeze in one more fall before this race too…right on my butt on some ice,…

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Solar Powered

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After a fantastic summer/September the weather in Calgary started to turn…the mornings were chilly, the wind had a bite to it and the days were getting WAY too short. When the white stuff hit the ground last week, I packed up the car, abandoned my husband, and drove 1800km south….the long solo drive was worth every boring second….

So it’s official, I’m solar powered!  It’s amazing how much easier a long ride, kilometer repeats and endless meters in the pool feel when it’s 28 degrees and not a cloud in the sky!

Up next…Miami 70.3…hopefully I’m fuelled by humidity too!!


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I Feel it in my bones


Hmmm…where did I leave off…oh right, Calgary 70.3…Here’s a quick recap of the last few action packed months!

I jumped back into racing action (albeit a little prematurely) for the Calgary 70.3.  The swim was ok considering the limited (or lack) of swim training I’ve been doing lately, the bike was solid after only a few weeks riding outside on my TT bike, and the run showed I still had some work to do before I was back to form!  I finished off in 5th position in a fairly competitive women’s field.  The arm was healing, although I can now predict the weather…my elbow aches when there is rain coming, but I still had some work to do on my fitness!!

After that  it was a quick trip to Lake Winnipeg, a nice and relaxing visit with family and a fun cycling group to jump in with–VB 8:00 @ the Gate!

Victoria Beach–Lake Winnipeg

Victoria Beach 8:00 @ the Gate crew!

Being home this summer has also left a bit of…

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And we go back to the start….


The blog has been a bit quite lately…so here’s a little update…

Since getting the all-clear to return to full training 6 weeks post crash (or PC from now on!), I found myself having to start from the beginning one more time this year. So it’s a return to training which is awesome but it hasn’t been a smooth return! 6 weeks is the most time I’ve spent out of the water in 25 years…needless to say, my swimming is less than stellar right now…tough for me to see the slow times after being in my best triathlon swim shape pre-crash, but I’ve put my head down and hope to slowly regain my strength and speed. I was able to ride on my trainer 2 weeks PC but once back on the pavement, I found out that I had been heavily leaning on my good arm and was a little squirrely out there the first few rides! Not to worry, I’ve worked out the kinks! My running only had a minor disruption PC, nothing that Wendy @ Riverside Sports couldn’t fix, but I’m…

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Lisa’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: May ’11-May ’12

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The title pretty much summarizes my last 12 months of racing.  2011 started off promising, an 11th place finish (with a silly penalty) at the WTS race in Sydney.  The rest of the 2011 season was then plagued by a lost shoe incident, a poor immune system, and racing at less than 100% (see previous blog posts for details!).  By the end of the season in mid-September, I hadn’t seen the results I knew I was capable of, I was sick again, and exhausted.

From there I took a much needed extended break. Then finally in December, I felt healthy, I wanted to exercise, I got my nutrition back on track, I wanted to get fit and race & train smart and to my full potential.  The fire was back and I had a lot of work to do. I built up slow, knowing there was lots of time until Sydney in April.  My first hurdle in 2012 came in the form of a stress fracture & labral tear in my hip (from a fall in December).  Not a great start & a pretty big challenge to start the season.  It involved…

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Things I probably should have blogged about but didn’t….

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So I finally downloaded some pictures from various devices and realized that a lot of them were taken for the sole purpose of a blog post or tweet or FB update….most never made it to any form of social media…So today, your update is full of photos I took and never posted, plus a little update on my whereabouts and what’s up next.  Enjoy.   The following pics are of my favourite things in Noosa and things I will miss very much (it may have been my last trip there…)
mmmm….Costa Noosa coffee….how I miss you….
Best used bookstore! Tons of good reads found here over the years!
Noosa Junction. Shops, bakeries, coffee..
Main Beach, Noosa. Even when the waves got big & I was smashed onto the bottom, it’s still my favourite beach!
The Noosa

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Race #1-Sydney WTS

Noosa has been putting on a show for us the last few weeks–it’s making it hard to leave!  Richard is off tomorrow and I head down to Sydney on Wednesday night. Not certain when I will return to Noosa, so I’ve been making the most of my last few days….so many flat whites to drink…

Race Day is Saturday April 14th in Sydney.  7.36am local time.  Here’s the ITU link to get more info on coverage and time zones: Sydney WTS Race

Here’s to the start of a great season!


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One Step at a Time.

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Some may be wondering why you haven’t seen my name on any race results as of late….I’ll admit, I’ve been withholding a wee bit of  information…but the cat seems to be out of the bag now…

Speaking of which, this is Ezra…I’m not much of a cat person but this scrawny guy won me over! He lives at Pete’s place in Noosa.

I have been dealing with a pretty serious injury which I sustained/obtained during a fall while running in the desert of St George, Utah just before Christmas.  Thinking it would heal with a few days off running, I made the trip to NZLD to join the Dutch team anyway in early January. After a few more weeks of no running and suffering  just walking, I went for an MRI.  The results were a double negative (two negatives make a positive right?!).  I had an early indication of a stress reaction in my femoral neck and a labral tear was also evident. This lead to a total of 9 weeks without any running.  Not exactly the ideal build-up for my Olympic qualification…

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NZ, I bid you adieu…

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I am post-due for an update.  My apologies!  It’s been a whole lot of triathlon-ing here in Nelson and now it’s time for a change of scenery.  The weather here has been good but the leaves are changing and the air & sea have a slight chill to them…Although Nelson has been good to me, it’s time to head west across the Tasman Sea to Australia.  That’s right, Noosa is calling my name!

For now, here are some random pics from around Nelson:

 My favourite barn house.  The sad-looking palm tree makes this photo…

The sod roof of the Woollaston Winery just outside of Nelson…

Riding with my buddy on a beautiful day along the sea, doesn’t get much better than this!….

Some country art…

Thanks New Zealand & New Zealanders for the great experiences!  I may be back in October for the World Champs Series Final in Auckland….till then I bid you adieu!

Next up: Australia!!



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A View From the Bike

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Here are some views from my last bike ride in the Nelson area:

Wine anyone?  I think the grapes are just coming into season as all the vineyards are starting to cover there grapes with white mesh, I assume to keep the birds away…

No complaints from me when your views are like this….

Billy the Goat…. 

I planned my whole ride to pick up some plums on the way home…there are fruit stands everywhere, plums are currently in season…

$2, yes please!

And finally, I finished my latest knitting project, a scarf!  Now onto headbands!

More from NZ later…


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