About Me

I am a mother of three very hungry, busy boys. A Wife to a helicopter pilot and my most amazing support and sponsor of my triathlon lifestyle! I am the owner of Perseverance Multisport Coaching in Whistler, BC. I coach athletes competing in short to long course distance triathlons. I started racing triathlon in 2003 in my first sprint distance race and gradually worked my way up to the Ironman level racing. This past July, I completed my 9th Ironman Canada race! In 2009, My goal one day is to qualify for Ironman Hawaii World Championships and show my boys that with a lot of commitment, hard work and determination "Anything is Possible"! I hope that I can instill the love of sport and living life to its fullest every day to my boys and to everyone I am able to share my healthy triathlon lifestyle with!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My kind of get-a-way!

A couple of weeks ago I raced in one of the Vancouver Island Road Running races and was able to catch up with the folks from LifeSport. While waiting for results, they all talked me into coming down to Victoria for a little "mini training camp" weekend. I was, of course, all for the idea. Oh yeah! Bring it on... Putting it past the family and making it a reality was another thing. Easier said than done with this "working-triathlete-mom"!! It wasn't a for sure thing until Thursday afternoon when I found out from my buddy Sarah that her sister was willing to be my "home stay" for the weekend! Free accommodations!!! Yes!!! Thank you Sarah for asking your sister, and thank you, thank you, thank you Dani for opening up your home to me on such short notice to a stranger!!! Dani Rocks!

Friday morning, I am up at the crack of dawn to get kids ready for school and pack fast! I have to be in Victoria by 11:45 to swim with the Lifesport crew at noon!... I had such a great swim. I was a bit nervous and did not want to seed myself in a lane that was too challenging, so coach put me in lane 4. I ended up swimming better than I have been, and was getting a little more rest between my 100's than he wanted! Yay!! But! That was not the highlight! Lucy Smith appeared in my lane and was going after me. If anyone knows who Lucy is, they will know, I was peeing my pants thinking... "I'm leading the lane that Lucy is swimming in"! Check out her blog and all her athletic accomplishments over the last 25 years!!! She's one fast 41 year old!!! So at the end of the swim, Lucy gives me a "pat" on the head and says "Thanks for that, you made me work"!!!... Now, if only I could ride and run like her!...
Oh yeah, and check out the very important "post workout/race recovery bar"!!! Never leave home without it!

After our swim, I went out with Coach Bruce for a 3.5 hour base ride around Victoria. The weather was spectacular, and the ride was throughout the entire lower end of Vancouver Island! After the ride, I was treated to some famous smoked salmon, cream cheese, and red wine, at the Regensburg's home. Talk about recovery nutrition or what! Saturday we ran at Elk Lake in preparation for the insanely hilly Hatley Castle 8km run race we were about to do Sunday Morning.

Hatley Castle

Coach Bruce and I post race!
Coach gave me specific instructions on how to tackle the 8 km race today. I was to stay in zone 3 heart rate until after the hill at the 2.5 km mark to save myself for the 350 meter-16% grade hill that we had to climb shortly after. Man was I feeling my legs after the hills on this one. Apparently, people go out too fast and are walking by the time they hit the hill. I didn't walk, thank god! But, I would just get to the top, and the burn in my legs would slow me right down, and it took a few minutes to get the pace up again. This would be fine if the hills were to stop, but they just kept coming like that. Then at 6.5 km, we had 1.5 km of very steep downhill and then 500m again of another gradual climb to the finish line! Ugh!... This is where I counted 4 people passed me at the end. I so have to work on those hills!

Coach Paul getting his 8th place finish ribbon!

Coach Bruce on the podium as well!

Coach Dan's close up of his 3rd place 30:55!!! For Men 45-49

My 5th place for Women 40-44!! It doesn't help that one of the BEST runners in Canada is in my age category! Cheryl Murphy (1st overall female) in a big time of 29:55 (6 min/miles) Holy can that girl run! Yes, she is a mother and works full time too! I am not worthy!
Overall, the weekend was exactly what I needed! But, now back to reality and working early Monday morning will really send a shock back to my system!
Happy Sunday!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Finally 40!

I know, I know, it has been exactly a week since my 40th, but this is the first time I have sat down since!!!! Thank you so much to everyone that called, sent cards, emails, surprise visits at my work (Trish & Sandy came with wine!) and helped me celebrate the BIG 4-0!!! To celebrate my birthday this year.... I WORKED! Yes, woo hoo! Day shift at the hospital. Thankfully, it was only 7-3pm and I was able to go home and hang out with my Mom and Dad, Shawn, and my boys! They were great. The boys decorated with lots of 'black' and we dined on Gramma Connie's famous Ribs for dinner. Oh yeah, and lots of wine and chocolate cake. What more could a girl want!...

To commemorate my last 40 years, I sat down and made a list of 40 very special memories that I have and am so thankful for. It is long, I hope you enjoy!
  • Saving my brother, when he fell off a bridge into a creek, when he was four.
  • At nine years of age, moving to Saudi Arabia, and living there for the next 7 years.
  • Flying for the first time, First Class, on a 747 jet airplane from Houston, Texas to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
  • Travelling in a VW Van with my brother, Grandma Gamracy, and parents for a month in Europe.
  • Climbing the "Leaning Tower of Pisa" with my grandma.
  • Walking in the tunnels and mazes where the Romans kept the lions and slaves in the bottom of the Roman Colosseum.
  • Touring the Vatican, seeing the Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo's paintings on the ceilings.
  • Floating in a Gondola down the canals of Venice.
  • Standing under the Eiffel Tower.
  • Driving by the 'Arc de Triomphe ' at least 5 times while my parents fought over directions in Paris, France. Yes, we did finally get out of the van and walk around the monument.
  • Climbing inside the Pyramids of Egypt.
  • Climbing up to the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
  • Touring China with 27 other 15 year old teens for a month.
  • Hiking "The Great Wall of China".
  • Seeing the life size "Terracotta Soldier Army" in Shi Huangdi's tomb in China just after they opened it to the public in 1984.
  • Having a "Roman Candle" war across a lake with Chinese teens just after they celebrated their Chinese New Year.
  • Snorkeling with my friends in the Persian Gulf.
  • Getting my driver's licence on my 16th birthday!
  • My first date with Shawn, October 18th, 1986!
  • My high school Graduation! (It was all about the dress!!)
  • Going to the "U2" concert in 1987!!!
  • Spending 72 days at sea as a deck hand on a 50 foot Salmon Troller boat with an 'all girl crew' and bringing in a record 75,000 lbs of Salmon! It was the most brought in ever by a freezer boat! Ha! Girls rule, boys drool!
  • Graduating from Nursing School with honors!
  • My wedding day, July 3rd, 1993!
  • Our honeymoon to Hawaii (Jan 1994) and taking a pregnancy test the morning after we arrived.... It was POSITIVE!
  • The pregnancy and birth of Jordan Shawn!
  • My second pregnancy and birth of Nathan Brian!
  • The third pregnancy and birth of Braydan John!
  • Helping my best friend (Sarah Graham) deliver her second child Gabe!
  • Attending the wedding of Kurt and Misty (my brother and his wife) Just love her!!!
  • When we surprised the boys and told them we were going to Alaska and took them to Disneyland!
  • Competing in my first sprint distance triathlon!
  • Spending time with and caring for my Grandma and Grandpa Stirling before they passed away.
  • Taking our boys to Maui in December 1994!
  • Moving our family to Vancouver Island!
  • Qualifying for and racing in the Age Group World Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2005!
  • Completing my first Half Ironman in Oliver, BC in 2005!
  • Completing my first full Ironman in Penticton, BC in 2006!
  • Chosen as a "Home Grown Hero" and being featured on a BC Lottery ticket!
  • Attending Shawn's younger brother's wedding to Kyla in Sept 2007! Absolutely love her too!!!
OK, so maybe I have a few more than 40 memorable moments... One being our trip to Vegas last year with Shawn's parents to celebrate Shawn's 40th birthday and our family vacation to Arizona!
Here's hoping I have another 40! more memories to share in the next 40 years!!!