@PDXGym December Expresso Bike Challenge

I really hope you like climbing..

This is a huge amount of hill work coming in December.

Please feel free to ask questions.

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The Other Side of Me…. A Thank You Letter to @TheWCWC and Wrestling in General

Okay… I will get back to health and running stuff later. If that’s all you read with me you may move on.

For those of you who follow me in my social media adventures, you pretty much know that there is only one thing I love as much as I love running. This just so happens to be professional wrestling.

I have been around Pro Wrestling for as long as I can possibly remember. My late grandfather used to sit in front of his favorite chair every Saturday night for Saturday Nights main event. My mom was raised on it, and turned my father into somewhat of a fan. And I was just kind of raised on it from the early Portland Wrestling days.

Someone posted something on Facebook that came across my timeline that hit home with me. It was in a letter to his fellow wrestlers.

“That for just that small moment, as that person, be it child or adult, cheered or booed, you helped remove them from the horrible realities that surround us all every day. That for just that short moment, you helped take the pain away.”

I would not say its a horrible reality that surrounds me. But, if you have been following my journey for any length of time. You know I have been dealing with a lot outside my running life when it comes to my fathers illness, all the logistical issues that come up with it, supporting my mom through this and trying to figure out my own future. At times it gets to be a lot of stress. Running is always helpful but there are some days that running just does not snap me out of funks.

One of my faviortes Remey Marcel myself and Nick Price

One of my faviortes Remey Marcel myself and Nick Price

A good dose of Professional Wrestling always seems to do the trick and leave me smiling for days.

We ware lucky enough here in Portland to have The West Coast Wrestling Connection. I honestly found them because of the fact that they brought in one of my “must not miss ever” (See name of blog website if you have never figured this one out). But I have found what feels like a second home. And its a guaranteed break away from sometimes feels like uncontrollable chaos The talent there is amazing. And they really care about putting on the best show they can for their fans.

The WCWC has also jumped on to be one of my biggest cheerleaders in my fundraiser for George. They have promoted it social media. And really stepped up to back me up.

It is to the point that I look forward (when running is not interfering) to when they are on my calendar.

Thank you to all involved with WCWC for not only reminding me why I love wrestling. But giving me that break away from chaos that comes with the life of being a dreamer, a hard worker, a care giver, and a women with a flat out

My fashion hero, and one of my favorite guys to watch, Ashton Vuitton

My fashion hero, and one of my favorite guys to watch, Ashton Vuitton

nutty life. Thank you to the ones that support my crazy dreaming as a runner, business lady and soon to be… well you just have to wait and see.

I am the social media guru/ambassador for the Premier Wrestling Federation and it is a dream come true for me. Everyone has such an amazing passion for the business. It is a dream come true to work with such a great group of people and be able to help them out with things. Thank you to the PWF team for dreaming big.

And thank you to the few others, who know who they are (including my adopted running coach) for following my crazy journey and supporting the chaos. And thank you for putting your talent out in the world.

Being a “Fireball” – Zumba Half-Time Show @ Portland Trailblazers

I miss Zumba.

Because of what has been going on in my family, I have not been to Zumba or done Zumba in 15 months. My workout time is limited and so dedicated to my running time. Zumba is just not a huge priority. But when I saw a chance to dance with the amazing Portland Zumba community. I jumped quickly. I needed that positive, crazy juice.

Our day of performing started early. We had a rehearsal at 1:30 so we knew where we needed to be on the court. We could go through the dance a few times, work on getting on and off the court. It was nice to see some of the amazing people I have met through my crazy fitness journey.

Satha, who is one of the most amazing positive people that I have ever come across has helped organize this event for the past few years was joined by a new face to me, Zumba George. I had heard about some of the amazing things that he has done but this is the first time I have ever gotten to dance with him. His energy is amazing and pretty infectious.

Like the first time I ever did this a couple years ago. I got stuck in the back row. This time by choice as I asked to be put there. I have big clunky feet at times that need more space.

Zumba Group Photo The routine was to Pitbulls Fireball. The bad news for me is I did not have much time to work on it. There is just a ton of stuff on my plate. But I picked up on it pretty fast. And was lucky to have some great people around me who knew it really well.

After a couple time running through it (which at this point made me really okay with doing this) we worked on getting in and off the floor which is a science in itself.

Performance time was a bundle of excited energy. Lets be blunt, there is only one team in the NBA that I ever pay attention to (#thunderup). So I spent more time just enjoying the people and the sights. Blazer games have their own amazing energy. And the people are really dang cool. The group met up on the concourse before heading down to the courtside level. Everyone was excited. We spent a lot of time talking to each other, taking photos, taking our big group photo.

The performance itself went so fast. I was so into it that I was just off in my own world. I was way over the top. Which I was having fun with. It was good to me, to just go off and be a show girl.

I miss the Zumba community. Some of them have been some of the most amazing and supportive people even as I have gone through all my chaos.

One thing I learned, I need to go back to dancing quickly.

#NABloPoMo: November 4th Prompt: Graduation Day

Today Prompt:

Nov 4: What is your favorite holiday memory? (And yes, you can pick any holiday, including your birthday.)

I don’t really know if you consider this a holiday or not. But it is a day by all indications I never thought would happen.

I have told the story before. I was doing okay in college. Nothing really impressive. And then my dad got sick. He was spending time in nursing homes, hospitals ect. (Sound familiar? I am going through that right now as well.)

I ended up having to drop out of getting my bachelor degree. In reality, I actually failed out.

Yep, my GPA was insane. (I think it was a 1.25?)

I really did not even want to think about coming back. I figured the bridge was burned.

unnamedIn the middle of everything going on with my weight loss journey, rebooting my life, finding running ect. My job situation had fallen apart. With the help of a couple amazing people in my life they convinced me to not take it as something of a derailment, but take it as a sign that it was time to go back across that bridge.

It was tough. I had to petition to the college to let me come back with aid. I had a term to prove myself. That term was nerve racking. But I rocked a 3.36 right out of the gate and I was flying.

I had a few challenges. It seems anatomy will never be my best subject EVER. I also hate math with a passion.

It took a lot of work, a lot of struggle and a lot of flat out hard work.

I do not regret it.

We do not even talk about my final capstone project; which was my first ever research paper.

In December of 2012 I graduated. And because I graduated when I did, I had to wait until June to make the walk in my cap and gown. Because of what is going on with dad I almost did not make graduation until my dear sister from another mister and friend Kathy drove up from Dallas, picked me up and we took a road trip across the state for me to be able to walk across the football field.

That was a major accomplishment for me. Our college president Dr. Davies had known me and about my journey and he even gave me a hug as I made it across the stage.

I will never forget being able to celebrate this day.

George’s Love and Fundraising for the Love of Dogs

Can I just say it?
Fundraising is hard.

When my little canine angel George passed away in January, I knew I needed to take the pain and grief I felt and put it towards something to do some good. This is what he would of wanted. We always had the best time together at the Doggie Dash, Run for the Love of Dove, Walk5K9 Run/Walk and the Mt. Tabor Doggie Challenge. Hell, he took to the stage at the Doggie Dash in a dress. He liked the time out with me, he liked the time with other dogs.

We made differences all over the place and made a lot of people smile.

George watching me work one summer day. He loved sitting with me when i would take the laptop outside to work.

George watching me work one summer day. He loved sitting with me when i would take the laptop outside to work.

I have said it before. George was my heart. He was rescued from a really bad situation where he was abused. But he never let it stop him from unconditional love, and make sure everyone in his path left with a smile. He took his health issues in stride and even loved his medical team.

I did my research and realized that what the Seattle Humane Society was doing to allow runners to fundraise without all the pressure of the tradition race fundraising programs and I knew it would be a perfect fit. The funds I would raise would be able to help other animals and humans find that bond that we had.

I have dedicated what has turned out to be a crazy running year on his behalf. I have raced some amazing races including two marathons. I have developed a great love for Virtual Racing (Thanks Skirt Sports and Joist Running). I have just explored the idea of less racing and more running for me and reconnecting with the idea of running being my therapy.

The fundraising has been a challenge. I have had some amazing friends who have stepped up and helped me because they understand how much that it has meant to me to be able to do this. I have had a lot of doors slammed in my face and a lot of friends just flat out tell me that they do not want to hear about it. I think I let the no’s get me down.

I decided to put it back out there this week, and I have had some amazing support. It reminded me that I could do this. I could keep raising funds to make a difference. The no’s did not need to stop me.

At the end of the month, I will be back in Seattle (yes Seattle peeps) to celebrate this year with a final run. George did so much in his little life to make me better.

I will continue to fight for George. Even if you can spare $1 it will help. You can click here for more information Charity Athlete Page: Bonnie Wilson

#NABloPoMo November 3rd Prompt

I tried to do some of these last year, but my discipline with them was not good. But I really want to try more of these this year. #NABloPoMo is a Blog Her program that gives people prompts to encourage creativity and more kind of daily posting kind of thing.

So the November 3rd prompt

Write about an amazing imaginary brand or organization you’d love to work with. What would their pitch to you look like? What would your post say?

unnamedSo… If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I have been dealing with a lot outside my running life that has made a big time dent in my race schedule. I am not racing near as much as I used to. It is not really by choice but the money is not there.

I have really focused on the idea that running is my therapy and it is the time that I need outside the chaos of helping my mom, helping figure out things related to dad’s health issues, running my business stuff ect. Running is the time to focus for me. I want to prove to people just because you might not be able to focus on race goals, does not mean you have to give up on running.

It has changed my relationship with running a lot.

But there are companies out there that don’t seem to see that. So I would love to work with a company that is realize running is more then just racing, its about getting out there and having the time to dedicate to yourself and dedicate to your health.

Oktoberfest Virtual 5K- AKA- Where did all that speed come from?

Note: Jost Running has been kind enough to invite me to participate in their fall series of events in trade for blogging about my experience. No other compensation was provided.

Just ever have one of those days?

You know you have.

When you are getting pulled in ten thousand directions, you have a plate full of things that have to get done, you are just not getting anywhere.

And it all feels like chaos?

That was one of those days for me today. I was a WRECK.

I was unfocused and a tad bit frazzled when my mail showed up. In the mail was the yet to be earned Oktoberfest medal from Jost Running. If you did not read my last blog. Jost Racing hosts a monthly virtual racing series that always benefits a charity. This months medal was for the Midwest Food Bank.

Because things have been far from normal for me, this virtual racing thing has been the perfect. It gives me motivation to challenge myself when racing may not be in the cards. Or it gives me a chance to challenge myself in my training without having to stress about the confines the race.

Today was just one of those days that I needed to have something to focus on. I went out to take a 5K on Willamette. I started out really fast, and I think it was just the frantic energy hitting me, but it felt really really good so I decided to go with it.

I knew the second my first mile was a 9:09, my fastest mile in at least a couple years (since I started to focus on the half marathons and full marathons) that I probably went out way too fast. But I made the decision instead of going back to my regular interval running I was just going to throw it all out there and see what was going to happen.

And it completely paid off.

I was completely spent after. But I pulled off the fastest 5K I have in a long time. It was nice to know that I could still pull that speed off when I was determined to do it.

For being a virtual racing skeptic, I am starting to see that virtual racing has an all upside. Its a great way to keep challenging yourself in between races or give you something to focus on when the world seems to be dragging you out of focus and you need to be centered. I have one more challenge to work on for them until next month.

You can check out Jost Running at https://www.jostrunning.com/ or click on the photo above.

My medal and the time that even shocked me.

My medal and the time that even shocked me.

@PDXGym November Expresso Bike Challenge

This is the November Bike Challenge for the Expresso Bikes. As usual if you have questions please feel free to find me when I am doing my workout. Or reach out on social media.

Top 100 – Dragon Fit Master Series
November 1-30

Rules

Snatch these coins from the land, young grasshopper, and master the different disciplines of Dragon Fit. The team that earns the most points this month will receive the official Dragon Master Trophy and will forever be immortalized in the Top 100 Hall of Fame.

DragonFit Masters
Master a discipline by riding each of the three unlocked maps in 10-minute intervals – Coin Toss, Dragon’s Island, & Animal Adventure.
Chase Masters
Riders of Vintage Chariots! Master your terrain in each of the 5, 10, and 15 minute intervals.

Master of Speed
275,000 points

Reach 275,000 points to earn your badge and unlock the ability to purchase your Master of Speed t-shirt. Your best score from each map will be used to determine your overall Master of Speed score.

Coin Toss (10 min)
Dragons Island (10 min)
Animal Adventure (10 min)

Master of Power
300,000 points

Reach 300,000 points to earn your badge and unlock the ability to purchase your Master of Power t-shirt. Your best score from each map will be used to determine your overall Master of Power score.

Coin Toss (10 min)
Dragons Island (10 min)
Animal Adventure (10 min)

Master of Tactics
250,000 points

Reach 250,000 points to earn your badge and unlock the ability to purchase your Master of Tactics t-shirt. Your best score from each map will be used to determine your overall Master of Tactics score.

Coin Toss (10 min)
Dragons Island (10 min)
Animal Adventure (10 min)

Master of Proving Grounds
55,000 points

Reach 55,000 to earn your badge and unlock the ability to purchase your Dragon Hunter t-shirt. Your best score from each chase interval will be used to determine your overall Master of Proving Grounds score.

5 min
10 min
15 min

The Fine Print: Riders MUST have a MyExpresso account by creating a rider ID, password & additional information on Expresso.com. Bikes must be connected to the Internet with eLive and all rides must be reported directly from the bike. Neither team nor individual totals will be adjusted for crashes, flat tires, missed workouts, charred egos, or any other down time. Good Luck!

The Zombies Take on Pier Park: $5 5K Series Finale

You have heard me talk about the $5 5K series here before. I have ran three of the five this year and have truly enjoyed my expereinces. It is a great series that is offered by Portland Parks to open running up to all budgets, ability and ages.

The series finale for 2014 was at my own home park of Pier Park. To be honest, I was not sure I was going to make this one. I had not been feeling 100 percent. But I also knew this would probably be my last 5K for the year, so I did not want to miss this unless I had to.

For this event, runners had been invited to dress up in costume but that was not a requirment. Not many people actually did other then the kids.

Like I have talked about before, the kids race is just awesome. Its free for kids and they get to do a 1K on the

The Pier Park startline

The Pier Park startline

same course the adults get to run on, and before the adults take off, it is all about them. People gaither to cheer the kids on, the kids get their own finisher medal.

I was actually pre-registered for this one so I picked up my bib number very quickly and was able to get to the start line very easily.

The start line was a little narrow because it started on the path right by the soccer field. The course was a on road and off road combindation through the woods in the park. The one thing about this course is it had some tough off road up hills. But it was still an amazing course and this one was very well supported as volunteers had been at every point that you could get turned around.

I was pleased with how this one went for me. I was not totally expecting the rolling hills. I decided to just make it part of my mission to stop stressing about race running and just get out there and enjoy it.

I truly reccomend this race series to any of the racers here in Portland. It is such a well organized fun series and is extremley budget friendly. Its also all abilities way to see some of the best Portland has to offer.

@PDXGym – Interactive Fitness October Bike Challenge

My apologies for not getting this up a tad bit sooner. Its been sitting in my email but I flat out forgot.

Ghost Buster 3

This is pretty simple.

The goal is to beat your best time on 10 different courses this month. For those who have ridden for awhile; my advice to you is to look for rides that you have not tackled in some time and try those first.

If you beat 10 ghosts, you will finish the challenge.

Feel free to ask questions.