Sunday, May 3, 2009

Changes!

Things are seriously changing around here!

Let's start with training:

I am LEAGUES ahead of where I was last fall! I can tell because Saturday at the Tour de Fire I had the most awesome and fun ride EVER!

Tour de Fire is a group ride sponsored by Pro Cyclery, ridden from Boulder Beach out toward the Valley of Fire. Ride lengths ranged from 20 miles to 138 miles! Fully supported with food at the start and finish line.

I signed up to do the 42 mile ride with Tony, his friend Natalie, and his other friend Jason. Our other good friends Leslie and her husband Kym signed up for the 20 miler. The 42 mile course is the same as the Rage 1/2 Iron course but turns around a few miles sooner. It was actually 46 miles, with the turnaround at mile 23!

This workout was to get in some endurance miles and Coach's only instructions were to fuel smartly and have fun. Well, I always fuel smartly! So, I concentrated on having fun. The weather was nice, the company was awesome and the best part was that I did not push myself hard on this ride. I let myself enjoy it. Because I wasn't worried about time, heart rate or any of that, I was able to let loose and just have fun.

And by doing that I arrived at the finish with a time that was faster than than both long Silverman rides last fall (on the same course)! While I felt like I wasn't pushing very hard yesterday, both Silverman rides I felt stretched pretty thin.

Yup! I am much less intimidated by the hills and much stronger than last year! The hills that ALWAYS give me problems . . . . really didn't. My legs said "we got this, just enjoy the ride!" So, I did!

This week I'm taking the bike in for a tune up. It was starting to shift funny -- nothing too serious but it needs to be in top shape for BAM which is next month already!

House Addition:

We are adding approximately 240 square feet to our home, on the kitchen/laundry room side. This will more than double our kitchen size and create a new home office for ME! The framing is done, doors are in and now Glenn just has to put the roof on. After that it's interior work.

Business:

Starting and running my new business is a lot like training. It takes persistence and consistency to see results. There are breakthroughs along the way, and some days it's very tiring and you wonder . . . . .

I love to write and have no doubt that white papers are the way for me to go. From there, who knows!

If you are interested you can click on Glenn Frank Design to see a sample of my work. I wrote a white paper about remodeling for Glenn's business and am about to launch a marketing campaign for it. The landing page does require an email registration to read the entire paper. Don't worry, no selling of email addresses and no spam!

Till next time, and take care everyone!!

Oh I wrote an article for the latest Swim Las Vegas newsletter!!! When it comes out I will post it here.

11 comments:

Calyx Meredith said...

I can't wait to read your work! How exciting about your new home office. And how amazing about your progress on the bike. You are a total and complete ROCKSTAR!! You keep hitting milestone after milestone - with such consistency and a buoyant attitude. Thank you for sharing it.

Molly said...

Stef! Great job on all the training - can you believe how different it feels this year? You rock!!!

And thank you by the way for starting the facebook-status-takeover-during-races trend :)

SinGal said...

Congrats on rocking the course! I heard it's a pretty burtal one. My roommate did the full 138 and was hurting pretty bad all weekend...or she could just want me to extra chores this weekend! lol

WADDLER26.2 said...

Awesome job on the ride. Your training is paying some big dividends.

Good luck with the new business challenge. I know that you'll do great.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

It sounds like things are coming together in all aspects of your life. How cool is that?!?!

Wes said...

I spent so much time during Ironman training being scared of that burning feeling in my thighs. I still had 80, 90, 100 miles to go after all. Now, I embrace it. It is that which makes us stronger.

Well done, Stef!!

JohnnyTri said...

great times you had stef.. and nice job on enjoying that ride! You are doing awesome in your training and proud of ya!! Keep up the great work and I am sure I will be getting chick'd by you.

rockon`

Formulaic said...

You are rocking!

You keep growing by leaps and bounds.

BAM this year is going to be so great.

Are you working Aero?

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

You are doing awesome! I'm so glad to hear that everything is going so well for you. See what confidence will do for you!

ShirleyPerly said...

Wonderful to hear you have made friends with those hills! And no doubt it's because you have been working hard in training. Great job with that and awesome that you'll be getting a new office soon too!

Kevin said...

Great news on your progress. Sounds like you have been etting in some very productive training