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Oct '14

Who Says Life is over after 40!!!!

Heck as most of you know I’m not only over 40, I’m over 50 and well next year I’ll pass into another decade to what most call the dreaded 60’s. None of my previous birthdays have bothered me and I’m still not sure about this upcoming one but heck it’s just another year and the years have been good to me.

So on Facebook I saw this article “40 Effed up Things About Being 40” and decided there is another point of being over 40, especially being as I’m long past 40…lol. You can agree or disagree…lol. And oh yeah, being an “Adult onset Athlete”, some of these are from my athletic point of view and I am poking fun…lol.

  • Who cares what’s on TV. I watch what I want when I want or better yet I go for a run or a bike ride.
  • Call me “middle-aged”, old or what-ever you like. It doesn’t change who I am. I’m old enough & confident enough to get past name calling and labels. Heck, at this age, I’m happy to enjoy the “Seniors discounts”.
  • I’ll wear sequins if I feel like it. What the heck, you’re gonna call me a cougar anyhow so why not wear what I want.
  • I’d rather have sex then floss…what was she thinking…lol
  • Chocolate chips pancakes for breakfast, great idea. Can I have bacon in mine as well. Besides I’ll go for a run later or before and will have earned them.
  • I still look good whether I get a full night’s sleep or was up all night having fun. If you don’t think so, you better run faster then me…lol
  • Don’t judge me, I still read Cosmopolitan. Redbook is boring. But I am guilty of reading Family Circle since I was 20
  • Does dancing on the bar at Cowboy Ugly in Vegas rank up there with being a Solid Gold Dancer?
  • I seldom wear makeup, unless you count lipstick and mascara. Most women are prettier without it at any age.
  • I like the “me” I am and I am foxy!
  • Yes girls in their 20’s are cute but women over 40 are beautiful!
  • Students today come in all ages, shapes, and sizes. No one has ever assumed anything when I’ve walked on campus and I did take a course this past summer.
  • It’s great being old enough to drink, not that I drink that much. I’m old enough and smart enough to realize that running at 6am on a hangover just isn’t going to cut it. Besides, I also know I can have a blast sober and I get to remember what I did the next day.
  • I live in my runners and do not feel like a traitor to stilettos. I never did enjoy wearing those things.
  • I preferred to swim at the beach, not tan, so my chest looks great
  • So what if the bands from the 70s and 80s are oldies they are all still on tour…lol. Plus I have friends in their 20s/30s that dig them.
  • Everything I wore in high school can be found at Value Village and is now back in style.
  • I never watched Thirtsomething.
  • I’ve lived a full life so yes much of it is a blur. How the heck did I get here.
  • As for tight mini-skirts. Thank you for dropping them off at Goodwill, I picked one up there the other day. :-)
  • My back is fine…now my knee, well that’s a different story.
  • Why on earth would I watch the Real Housewives and who needs a butler?
  • I love to swim, I’ll hit the beach and who cares what I look like in a swimsuit. Don’t look if you don’t like.
  • Forget flirting with the Cable guy, flirt with a cop and get out of a ticket or better yet a date…lol
  • Yes 21-year-old guys may look hot but I want a real man so will stick with over 40. They know what they want and usually don’t need training. They also look hot!
  • I’m glad there are no naked pictures of me at 30 or any age…who needs that surfacing on the Internet.
  • No tape or surgery for this face, I like how I look…most days.
  • My back is still fine.
  • Not only can I touch my toes, I can put my hands on the floor.
  • I’m not confessing what’s in my nightstand drawer, but it certainly isn’t and never will be wrinkle cream or Bengay…lol.
  • Ok, so I do have one of the days-of-the-week vitamin boxes. But so does my 13yr old.
  • The only turtle I buy is made of chocolate and nuts and that won’t outlive me as I will eat it probably before it gets home
  • I love my bad habits.
  • I don’t always remember actors names but then I had the same problem at 20. Besides as long as I remember my dates name, I think I’ll be just fine.
  • So what if I can’t drink like I used to, 17 beer in one night would be expensive anyhow.
  • 50? My next milestone birthday is 60 and that’s only a few months away. I plan to have a blast from now til I’m 6 ft under.
  • As for reading glasses, I’ve been wearing multifocals for many years. They look cute on me and with the new technology they look like regular glasses. Only time I need silly reading glasses is when I wear my contacts. :-)
  • Yes, I’ve been called “Ma’am” but heh, I address men as “Sir” and have always done so, it’s just manners, really has nothing to do with age.

Hope you had a good laugh reading. I had fun writing this. Age truly is just a number. Live your life to the fullest and don’t let a number or what people say you should be doing at a certain age deter you from being who you are or what you want to be. At 55 I started doing triathlons. I know athletes well into there 70s and 80s that still run and do triathlon. Only thing stopping you is you!

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Jan '14

They Say it’s My Birthday

Yup today I turn 59. 2014 is going to be a year to remember and next year I enter a new age group for races and triathlons…lol.


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Jan '14

2014 The Best is Yet to Come!

After a year of many changes, comes a year with many improvements and big goals. Yes lots in the works for 2014. My race calender hasn’t been completely set in stone but here’s what I’m putting on my schedule.

  • Lots of training…lol. Gonna need it to make it through all these races.
  • Lose another 40 to 50 pounds. Starting year at 193, ending hopefully around 145.
  • Finish all the 2013/14 Calgary Roadrunner XC race series. I’m halfway there.
  • March – CRR St Patty’s Day 10k
  • April – Calgary Police Half Marathon
  • May – Airdrie Tri this Triathlon
  • June – Calgary Half Marathon
  •          – Underwear Affair 10k
  •          – Chinook Olympic Triathlon
  • July – IM 70.3 (run/swim, a friend is doing the bike)
  • Aug – Lake Chaparral Tri (Sprint)
  • Fall – TBD

I’ll try to keep you posted on how my training, weight loss and events are going but heh as the year gets busy you know me, my blog gets a tad ignored. Sorry…lol.

Hope you all have an amazing 2014. I plan to!!!

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Jan '14

What a Difference a Year Can Make

At the end of January 2013 I rode in Tri it Multisport’s annual Spin-a-Thon. I weighed approx 240 pounds(photo on left at bottom). Heh, I still ran, I still trained but there was a whole lot of me packed into those sweat pants and tech shirts. I didn’t like how I looked and I certainly wasn’t happy with how I felt.

Well a year later I’ve lost 47 pounds. Was it easy? Well it wasn’t really all that hard either. Most of it was willpower, as in not eating the whole damn bag of rippled chips…lol. There were a lot of changes through the year.

I lost most of the weight between January and June and then my life kind of went sideways so I plateaued for a bit. What’s this sideways stuff? Well my ex and I split up. He moved on and I moved out. Gonna leave it at that. I bought a new home and barely got settled when I lost my job. No worries I had saved for a rainy day and the extra time off to settle into my new life was a good thing. Nikky and I have nicely settled into a lake community where we can train for our triathlon and running events. We are both doing well.

Life as a single woman is definitely different. I’m slowly getting used to it and enjoying it for the most part. Dating well, the jury is still out on that one…lol. That’s a topic for a whole other post…lol. Late in the year I got myself back into gear with training and continuing the weight loss. Heck I even lost weight during Christmas…lol. It helped that I didn’t have to cook a big turkey for anyone. I actually spent a quiet Christmas day with just myself and the dogs. Nikky was at her Dad’s in Edmonton for the Holidays.

So here we are it’s Jan 2014. Today I decided it was time for the before/after photos. Only in this case it’s more like the before and midway as I’m still planning to lose another 40 pounds in 2014. The photo on the right was taken this morning. It’s the outfit I will ride in at this year’s Ultra Spin (sign up at www.tricommitment.com). Hope to see you there.


Jan '14

2014 Planning Calendars

For those who like to plan and track their training here are two logs I have created for that purpose. I’m a geek…lol. I use the LogStyle but have friends that prefer the Calendar Style

The Calendar Log – It is a calendar format with two tabs – one for planning and one for actual workouts. It has room for 3 activities. I have labeled as swim, bike, run for triathletes but if you do other activities you may relable. There is also a cell for comments. It provides weekly, monthly and YTD totals. Click link below to download the file.

The Log Style – It is more of a long list with 3 rows for each day of the year. The grey section on the left is your “planning” area. You can list up to 3 activities per day and indicated distance, time, etc. The Actual area allows you to record what you really did and track various stats, comments, even the mileage you put on your runners. The stats tab is a number of pivot tables that is you right click on each and select refresh data will update with your weekly, monthly totals for the activities you do. Click link below to download the file.

Got questions or spot any errors, let me know. These are only tools to plan or track your training, hopefully they will motivate you and keep you on track but that is all up to you. I hope you have an amazing 2014 no matter what you have planned.

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Jan '14

2013 A Year in Review: Big Changes

Warning, this is long, 2013 was a busy year. :-) Wow time flies when you’re having fun. While 2013 was a year of changes I did manage to end it on a fun note. But let’s start with all the changes.

Life’s Big Changes
By now for most it’s old news – I’m single again. After 17 years (15 years married), I’m once again single. Not going to go into the details. It’s over, he’s moved on and so have I.

July: Speaking of moving on, I moved from NW Calgary all the way to the SE. I bought a place in a lake community so Nikayla and I could train for lots of triathlons (more on that later). We love our new home. The 4 of us (Nikayla, me & 2 dogs) are very happy here. It’s an all female house so lots of pink (for me) and purple (for Nikalya) throughout the home…lol.

Aug: The other big change, I’m currently on an extended vacation for the lack of a better way to put it. Hopefully 2014 my career will get back on track but for now I am taking care of me and oh yeah Nikayla. The extra time off was great for settling into our new home and getting Nikayla setup at her new school. She loves it here in the South – new school, new friends, life is good.

Also in August, not a change but went to a family gathering in Fernie BC to celebrate my Dad’s 80th birthday and their anniversary. It was great to see all the family. We splurged and a a nice room at a local hotel for Nikayla, myself and the dogs. Our mini vacation/trip was a lot of fun and it was great to see the rest of my family.

Summary: That’s if for the Major Changes in 2013. More then enough for this lady but I’m doing just fine. Life is good and while some of the changes were a bit of a blow to the ego, being a positive person I’m looking at the bright side and ending the year on a happy and lighter note. Lighter note as I managed to lose 46 pounds this year and made it solidly into the 100’s finally!!!

Concerts from 2013
April – Motley Crew
September – Concert at Cowboys with Papa Roach(no photos)
November – KISS

Events – Races & Triathlons
Losts of races, not so many triathlons. It was a slow year for my athletics, my knee was still giving me grief at the beginning of the year but by December it was much stronger perhaps because it had less of me to carry around.

January – CRR Nose Creek XC, my last time as race director for this event. Tri-it/Mito Canada Spin-a-thon where Nikayla was given a new bike and many other gifts to get her started as a triathlete. A big thanks to Mike (Chinook Tri), Ridleys, Bow Cycle and Tri it Multisport.
February – Crave Cupcake 5miler, lots of fun with cupcakes for post race food.
March – CRR St Patty’s Day 5k, a cold and snowy day but still had lots of funny. Nikayla ran it with a 4 foot frog on her back and won the best costume. What a kid.
April – Police 5k, as usual I had signed up for the half but my knee wouldn’t agree and I only did the 5k.
May – A busy month. Nikayls did her first triatlon in Olds and had a blast. I volunteered. We both did the Mother’s Day 5k with Nikayla kicking my butt of course. Nikayla and I coordinated the volunteers for the Calgary Marathon. On race day I ran the 10k and she helped out at the finish doing various things. Nikayla also did the Airdre Tri and did really well. At 12, she’s now also addicted to triathlons…lol.
June – I ran the Underwear Affair 10k as a female version of Paul Stanley from KISS, my theme “Let’s KISS Cancer Good Bye”. While I didn’t participate in the events at the Chinook Tri Weekend, both Nikayla and I were there to take photos on the Saturday/Sunday as well as volunteer on the Sunday. As always a fun event. Nikayla also did a KOS triathlon event.
July – Both Nikayla and I coordinated the volunteers for the weekend of IM 70.3. We also hosted an athlete – Anna Cleaver. It was great having her here, she was an inspiration to both of us.
August – We did two triathlons. We both did the Chaparral Triathlon. It was Nikayla’s first open-water swim, she had a tough time but made up for it on the bike and the run. We did the Strathmore Tri as a team, I did the swim, the bike and she made up for my slowness with a speedy run…lol.
September – We were both supposed to do Dino Dash 5k but it was pouring rain so rather then have Nikayla wait for slow poke me in the rain, I let her run on her own while I waited in the rain under an umbrella for her.
Oct/Nov/Dec – We both did the first 5 events in the 2013-14 Calgary Roadrunners XC series (River Park, Confed Park, Okotoks, Edworthy and Silver Springs). I also did the Eikeden Relay with my IM70.3 teammates and the Tri it 5k.

I ended December on a positive note by running every day as part of the Stride’s 3rd Annual Streak. The challenge was to run a mile every day. I ran a total of 143km which as I look back at 2012 was less then last year however, this year was more running and 2012 was more walking. I have big plans for 2014 but that will be detailed in my next post. Yes, there will be another post…lol.

Single now, so I’m trying to get out. Yes that means dating, so like most singles today, I joined a dating site. Wow, that’s a different experience. Way too much to talk about in this already long post so I’ll leave it for another time. I go out now and then – dancing at Ranchmans, movies with friends and even checked out a club on 17th…lol.

I donated a toy to the Christmas Toy drive at Melrose and managed to win myself a turkey dinner with the gang at Kool 101.5. That was a lot of fun. I even won a $200 gift card for Golftown…Cool. That was my only turkey dinner through the holidays. Nikayla was at her Dad’s (in Edmonton) for Christmas so didn’t see the sense in making turkey dinner for one, so I had a pork chop and salad.

I ended the year at a Single’s Masquarade Ball at Jack Singer. It was a lot of fun. I got called Cinderalla a lot because of the very formal gown I wore…lol. This Cinderella wear’s running shoes under her gown, not glass slippers…lol.

Flickr Collection – Photos from 2013

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Dec '13

101 Things about the Pink Chick

Note: Edited and republished in 2013I liked this idea, so I borrowed it too. Thanks Jon and Mark. However, I had so much fun with it I had to do 101.

1 I was born on the east coast of Canada in a small town called Sackville, NB
2 I have lived in almost every province in Canada.
3 I camped so much in PEI as a kid, I feel like I lived there.
4 Lobster is my favorite food. I could eat a dozen in one sitting.
5 My favorite vegetable is Asparagus
6 I hate Peas and Beans
7 My favorite ice-cream is almost anything with nuts in it.
8 In a pinch I will eat vanilla and add my own nuts.
9 I once ate porcupine, my dad told me it was rabbit.
10 I like fishing
11 I once caught about 30 mackerel while deep sea fishing off the coast of NFLD.
12 My favorite subjects in school were Math, Physics, Art and ummm boys.
13 In grade 4 I won a $100 for top math student in the province.
14 I was a Brownie and a Girl Guide
15 I was a goalie for the soccer team in Junior High
16 I was on the track team for high jump
17 I could jump my own height – 5′ 2″
18 I was also on the team for distance running.
19 I won 2nd place the first year, 3rd place 2nd year and 5th in my final year.
20 I was a cheerleader.
21 I had one line in our school play that won the provincial title.
22 I was on the school girl curling team
23 Our team won the provincial title in 1972
24 We tied with Quebec for last place in the Nationals held in Winnipeg
25 I’ve lived through a nasty hurricane.
26 I have seen a tornado whip through the city I lived in.
27 I felt the office building shake during a mild earthquake.
28 I love to watch lightening flash – it both fascinates and scares me.
29 I prefer to watch disaster movies than to be in them. :-)
30 I didn’t learn to drive until I was 27.
31 I learned to ski the same year.
32 I even took up slalom racing and was 2 seconds shy of my gold.
33 I went to Disneyland.
34 I had to ride every roller coaster ride, even though I am terrified of heights.
35 I lived on the 29th floor and would not go out on the balcony.
36 I took one year University and quit at 17.
37 I was taking honors Math and Physics.
38 In my 30s I went back to school for Accounting – part-time.
39 I got bored and in my 40s I switched to Computers – I finally graduated.
40 I have worked in Retail – Department Store and Grocery
41 I was a short order cook when I was 17
42 I was a file clerk
43 I was an accountant – general, accounts payable and payroll
44 I was even a surveyor in a copper mine for a year
45 My legs were in the best shape that year – too bad I wasn’t running back then.
46 I was a computer operator – WANG and IBM (Yes I am that old?lol )
47 I remember punch cards.
48 I wrote DOS batch files?remember those.
49 I almost wrote a software book?.my partners jammed out.
50 I was a Senior Business Analyst
51 I was also a Software Support Analyst and loved it.
52 I love working with people and helping them with their computer problems.
53 I am a geek
54 I have several web pages
55 I like to pretend I am an artist.
56 If I could do it over again I would be a cartoonist.
57 I am also crafty – Just don’t call me Martha Stewart.
58 I once met and partied with Charlie Sheen. He asked me out, I turned him down…lol
59 I also met Martin Sheen.
60 I also met Stephen Schnetzer – he played Cass on Another World, soap fans will remember him.
61 Yes I watch soap operas – Young & Restless and Days of Our Lives.
62 I prefer dramas to comedies.
63 My favorite car is a late 60s Mustang.
64 I once owned a ’75 Mustang.
65 I totaled it in a snowstorm.
66 I don’t like to drive in snow.
67 I have 3 grown children – 1 son and 2 daughters
68 I have 3 grand children – 1 by the son and the other by 1 daughter
69 I remarried July 1998. (in 2013 we separated, divorce will be final in 2014)
70 We got married at the “tree” on a drag race strip.
71 I love to watch drag racing – NHRA rocks!
72 My ex-hubby nicknamed me “Miss Nitro” after I inhaled too much Nitro at a race.
73 I have also been called “Sunshine, Smilie, Sunrise, Sunset and Dusk.
74 I collect heart things and pink things.
75 Another nickname is “hearts_r4me” or “Hearts4” for short.
76 Someone once counted over 300 heart things in my house. (I’m sure I have more now)
77 I am sure I have more than that now.
78 My bed has hearts carved out in it. (it’s now my granddaughter’s bed)
79 I am a pack rat.
80 I am trying to break that habit – “Garage Sale” anyone?
81 I love to dance
82 I have taken Jazz and Hip-Hop.
83 I can’t break dance, but I used to be able to do the moonwalk.
84 Once won a 2-step polka contest for the fastest and best couple.
85 Once one as the funniest polka couple as well.
86 Even won a twisting contest.
87 Got 2nd in the Limbo – ummm something got in the way. :-)
88 My most recent nickname is “Pink Lady”, acutally more recently “Pink Chick”.
89 Pink is my favorite color, especially Neon Pink.
90 I am running again after many years and I love it.
91 I ran marathon – it took 8 hours.
92 I ran anther – aiming for 6 hours but it was too hot and I finished in 7:27, still a PB…lol.
93 I listen to almost any kind of music.
94 My favorite song to run to is Eminem “Lose yourself”?.I just loose myself in the music and I am there.
95 I am a “red head” – okay well sort of.
96 I am left-handed.
97 Except when I golf – but I suck at that anyway.
98 I wear glasses and occasionally contacts.
99 Someday I wanna get my eyes fixed but I am chicken.
100 I refuse to grow up or old.
101 I will be 59 on January 24, 2014.

PS – 102 I do not wear pink all the time….*wink*

Nov '13

Lampshades aren’t just for wearing…lol.

A little project for decorating my new home. The blue lampshade just didn’t go with my new decore. It had to go.


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Oct '13

Happy Halloween

Ok, I’m cheating…lol. I’m changing the publishing dates as I catch up so it looks like I posted this stuff on time.


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Oct '13

Oct 20 – CRR Confederation Park XC – Relay

Yup, another weekend of racing two days in a row. Mind you, at my pace, not sure one can really call it racing…lol.

The Confed Park XC is also a relay. For this one there are 3 legs of the same distance. Actuall each team member runs the same route. Again you can have 1 to 3 members on your team as long as the route gets run 3 times. It’s a loop through Confedration Park that’s a bit better then 3k long and involves 2 creek crossings. For those not wanting to get their feet wet, there is a bridge altnate at both crossings.

For our team “Powered by Pink” it was myself, Nikayla and her friend Kylie. So the old fart, me with two 12 year olds, great. Because I”m slow and Kylie was new, they let the three of us start together and would add our times together rather then us going one after another.

It didn’t take long before I was left behind by my team and everyone. Actually my knee bugged me so much that I’m pretty sure by the time I got to the finish some teams had all three members finished. Oh well I do this for me and for fun, not to win. As far as the creek crossings go, I did skip the first one, taking the bridge. At the second crossing however, there are way more spectators so not wanting to look like a chicken, I jumped right in. I nearly wiped out but managed to remain upright. A big thanks to Kathy T for these great photos…lol.

As with all of the races in the XC series, soup & cookies are served after. I had brought two soups – a hamburg tomato one and chicken noodle. Nikayla baked some of her awesome cookies. We had a great chat with our running buddies before heading home.

Oh yeah, my time sucked so bad the two 12 year olds have kicked me off the team so anyone looking for a slow poke runner next year, let me know…lol.

The best thing about back to back racing is soaking in the jetted tub after.

Photos available on Flickr
Race Results

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