I love it when things work. . . .

7 05 2012

After a stressful work weekend where lots of things didn’t go as planned I want to talk about something fun and positive.  I was working in Knoxville this weekend (and in Charlottesville too) timing the REV3 race.  I remember the first race in Knoxville.  I have been to every single REV3 race since Knoxville 3 years ago.  It has been such a joy to watch the races grow and see ideas grow into bigger and more amazing realities.

The first kids adventure race was small.  It seemed that folks either didn’t know about it or weren’t buying into it yet.  Fast forward three years and this was the sight at the kids adventure race:There was so much excitement and energy watching the families race together.  I saw the same athletes we had checked in on Friday and Saturday morning.  I am so proud to work for a company that understands that during that long boring race and a weekend full of hurry up and wait it’s important that athletes and the companies that serve them need to give a little time and attention to those that have supported them through a lot of training time.

Get out and RUN

26 03 2012

This morning at 3am eastern time the staff of REV3, the staff of the Ulman Cancer Fund and some other crazy folks took off on a journey across the US.  Over the next 21 days they will run the entire US, Oceanside California to Maryland.  They are running the raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund, an organization that supports young adults with cancer.    I have had the pleasure of working with the Ulman fun timing their race, the Half Full tri for the last two years.  It is truly an amazing organization that I am proud to support.

You can track the journey of the group here: http://rev3tri.com/america/raa-blog/

Today, and maybe every day for the next 21 days take a minute and run.  Run because you can.  Run for those that you love that have been affected by cancer.  Just run.


The Yes, I actually said that post.

2 02 2012

Before I tell you my story I must first give you a few facts:

This will be my third season working for REV3.  It will also be my third season racing on their age group team.

Because I have been to all but 1 REV3 race (that’s EVER) I have a LOT of REV3 shirts.  Even when I’m working I grab a leftover finisher shirt if they have them, I just love these shirts and I always get stopped with questions about my cool shirt.  I like this because 1.  I am an attention hog.  2.  It promotes REV3.

Even my kids have REV3 shirts, my husband has REV3 shirts – if there were a dog REV3 shirt Bodhi would wear it.

So, we are geared out.  Got it?  Get ready for a healthy does of stupid.

Ok, take a look at my very first REV3 finisher shirt and pay close attention to the R logo.

Dinner at CoachKati’s last night, Mr. Coach was wearing one of his REV3 shirts:

A:  Hey Daddy, look those lines inside the R make a 3, like for REV3

E:  Duh, we have talked about that at dinner before.

Mr. Coach:  Still laughing

This went on for a few min, at which point I looked down at the REV3 shirt I was wearing at the time and admitted:

“Um, I never noticed that before.  Seriously, ever.”

I think it took Mr. Coach about 2.5 seconds before he was on the phone texting Charlie (my boss) to relay the story.

There you have it, a wonderful CoachKati blonde moment of the year.   (I guess in this case a brunette moment because I’m a brunette!)

2012 Schedule

23 11 2011

Alright, I have an idea of my 3 big goals for 2012 – FINALLY.  It took a nice two weeks of finally training regularly again, a talk with the big man about my work schedule and some planning with the hubby and I think it’s finally coming together.

I’ll work back from the end of the season just to make it interesting:

1.  PR at the brand spanking new REV3 Wisconson Dells HalfRev.  I would really, really love to be around 5:45.  I have a lot of biking and running to do to make that happen, but I am pretty strong willed so I think I can make it happen.


2.  I’m going off road.  I have developed a new love for mountain biking that I can only say surprises me.   Since I am a gal who loves control and fears, um falling this one is a mystery to me!   My birthday ‘suprise’ is a pair of cool mtn. bike shoes and pedals.  I’m going big time moving up from my plastic flat pedals and strapping myself to my bike.  My fight or flight sense tells me this might be a horribly bad idea but the mountain junkie in me is so excited to grow as a cyclist.  I’m still waiting for the XTerra schedule to be finalized before I choose a race but I’m thinking it will be in mid to late June or July.

2.  Since running has been my struggle on my road to recovery this one is my hardest goal.  First it will be a challenge to keep training and complete with the lack of a running base I have right now.  Probably even more it will be difficult to have my goal be to finish and not set a time goal for myself.  I don’t think I have the time or the base to be looking for a pr on this course so I’ll have to settle for FINISH as my big goal.  Ouch, that one hurts.

So, who will be joining me out there at my races?  (and all my wonderful friends that will be racing the REV3 races – don’t fear, only one REV3 race on my schedule is only because I plan on working almost all the races!)


The Brown Truck Fairy

31 10 2011

I have some serious ordering to do.  I am  (GASP!) almost out of all my EFS and I am all the way out of my Ultragen.  I love my First Endurance goodies, especially once trainer season hits (with snow this past weekend I’d say it’s here) – I’ll get a bottle of EFS ready the night before and wake up, hop on the trainer and the EFS gets me through w/o needing breakfast before my workout.  This might not be, metabolically speaking, the correct way to do things but I need fuel in the am before or during a workout so it works for me.

Since I’ve vowed to get my running back on track this winter I’m planning on needing my Ultragen to recover from my long runs.  I envy those that can just pop down a chocolate milk as a recovery drink – my stomach would be UNhappy if I did that.  Instead I’ll stick to what I know and have my cappuccino flavored Ultragen shake.

I actually had to buy coffee beans from the store yesterday.  I’m not sure how  I let my 25 bags of coffee directly from Costa Rica run out but – ack, I did.  Since the next REV3 Costa Rica race isn’t until March I’d better get on the net and put in my next 25 bag order!!

It’s also time to put in my order for my Tri-Swim goodies.  I have been keeping up with my atleast 2 swims a week for a few weeks and since I actually got my hair colored at a real salon (gray hair, what gray hair?) I have to be very good to my curly locks!!

Off topic, but it’s also winter boot time.  It seems these darn kids keep growing so I keep having to buy them new boots!  Since E will be doing the ski team this year he needs good tromp through snow boots and I learned the hard way if you wit until Dec. you will find every size but the one you actually need.

This is the Life

15 02 2011

Here are a few shots from a few of our first days in Costa Rica. I will have to wait to post video, I can’t find the right app to upload them from the iPod touch.

Warm thoughts during our Snow ‘Storm’

26 01 2011

We are expecting a few inches of snow here in the valley today.  Because we haven’t had much snow this year it seems that all has come to a standstill for 4 – 7 inches of the white stuff.  Truthfully I’m just fine with a little snow, I’ve missed it this year.

Our upcoming trip to warm and sunny Costa Rica makes the snow a little easier to take.  All the details are worked out and all that is left to do is pack!  Since it would be silly to have packed bags laying around the house for a few weeks I guess I’ll show restraint and hold off on packing.

I’m super excited that the REV3 Blogtalk radio get back up and running tonight.   AND – tonight’s guest is Bree Wee – professional triathlete (and former Costa Rica resident) extraordinare!  The show is on at 8pm Eastern time and is worth skipping ABC Wed. night re-runs to listen.  If you sign in you can chat in the chat room while you are listening to the show.  In the past all kinds of other professionals popped in to chat too which was pretty cool.   

Alright, I’d better go and parent my two children that are off school for the day – you have the day to think of fun (or funny) questions to call or text into the radio show!


1 01 2011

In the spirit of looking forward I have finally updated my 2011 race schedule.  I had most of it worked out about a month ago but really needed to work on my goals.  I feel like I have  a good handle on what I would like to achieve so I updated my 2011 race schedule page.  (above)

My overall race schedule is very paired down.  Last year I was really burned out from traveling to the little races and that affected my training for the big races.   SO, this year there are no little races.  I am racing what I love, the half (and maybe the full) distance plus 2 out of my comfort zone different races.  Although I will only be racing 3 REV3 races (Costa Rica, Knoxville and Cedar Point) I plan to be at all the races (working w/ the amazing timing crew at the races I’m not racing) AND I will be at some of the local smaller races as a volunteer, cheerleader and coach.

Half Full Tri

4 10 2010

This past weekend I was very lucky to be able to be a part of the inaugural Half Full Triathlon.  Click on the link to learn more about the event.  Here is a small blurb I took from their site explaining the race:

We believe HALF FULL is having hope and optimism in the face of adversity. Whether it is a 70 Mile triathlon or the fight against cancer, HALF FULL is having the determination and positive attitude to get to your finish line. Surrounded by friends, family and fellow athletes – we are all in this fight together. One Mile at a time, we will finish this race, but more importantly – WIN this cancer battle!

REV3 donated timing services for the event so I was able to get an awesome behind the scenes look at the race and the Ulman Cancer Fund.   Really all I can say is wow.   This was so much more than a race, it was an event and bigger than that it was a celebration of what folks can do when they work together against cancer.

My dear hubby raced the race and didn’t have one bad thing to say.  He said it was just spectacularly run and well supported with more volunteers than you could imagine.  He did say the course was HARD, but I love a good tough course : )

I of course have to mention how much fun it is for me to hang out with my timing guys.  Working with Charlie and crew is just a blast.  I was a little worried about having my hubby there with me for a REV3 timing race – I didn’t want him to know how fun my job is.   (that is while he is at home with 2 kids and I’m ‘working’ a race)  All in all just a fabulous weekend, I am very, very blessed to have an amazing husband, wonderful teammates (that’s YOU Kier) and a great team to work with all the while supporting a fantastic organization.

Now, here are a few shots from the weekend a fun little video.  It’s hard to see in the video, but as a swim coach I love to watch the way people swim.  On the right in the yellow cap is Olympic swimmer and cancer survivor Eric Shanteau, on the left in the orange cap is Rebecca Wassner, professional triathlete and pretty much all around amazing chick as far as I can tell.    I thought it was fun to see Rebecca’s fast swinging open water technique right next to Eric’s long high elbow very traditional pool stroke.  Yes, I’m a swim geek.

Race Morning (with crappy camera)

The finish chute really was a celebration

Our little trailer workspace! AND the elusive Charlie 🙂

Results Tent

First two Survivors into the water

Paul getting ready to hit the water

Kier always full of smiles 🙂

My VA – TN – NC – VA tour

10 05 2010

I will have to work on my epic race report over the next few days.   Just to recap the last 5 days:

Thursday – 6 hour drive to Gatlinburg – 4 hours at Dollywood, rode every roller coaster in sight

Friday – Gluten Free Blueberry pancakes for breakfast mmmmmmm, 45 min. drive to Knoxville, packet pick up, lost for 2 hours trying to drive the bike course, team Trakkers dinner, 45 min. drive back to Gatlinburg

Sat. – drive to Knoxville, Team Trakkers pictures & general team bonding : ), drive back to Gatlinburg to pick up Paul, drive back to Knoxville to pick up Paul’s packet, give away First Endurance goodies, short bike, check in bikes, hang out at the Team Trakkers booth, check into hotel, dinner with Paul, short visit with the kids, off to bed!

Sun – 1.2 mile swim, 56  mile bike, 13.1 mile run – the PERFECT race and the PERFECT mother’s day!!!  Full recap soon to come!  Drive 4 hours to my sister’s house – spend the night

Mon. – 4.5 hour drive from NC back home.  Spend rest of day in semi-vegetative state unable to stand without assistance and too tired to even eat!  Now I sit here in a exhausted blissful stupor, what a great weekend!!!