• blog post,  training & racing

    Die Burger Cycle Tour wrap-up

    To most, this is just photo of me on my bike, riding along some arb road, doing some arb cycle race.  But I remember the exact place where this pic was taken.  I know exactly how I felt.  I dared not look around or speak to anyone.  The only thing on my mind was the fact that the stomach cramps were back, and so began my plea to the universe: Pleasepleasepleaseplease don’t let me poop my pants… Having received special permission from my office to ride Die Burger Cycle Tour, I was a little concerned when my tummy expressed its general unhappiness by refusing to hold onto any kind of…

  • blog post,  training & racing

    Let the games begin!

    “Sooooo babe, how’z about going to Beaverlac next weekend?” Da Husband looks at me hopefully. “We could… but that means I will miss my second training ride and I have a lot of catching up to do…” “Maybe I could go with the kids and give you some me-time?” And so begins the give-and-take (but mostly taking) of having committed to a race that I’m severely under-qualified for.  I mean, I only started running last year, completed my first half marathon this year, I can barely swim, I’ve only just recovered from severe anemia and related health issues that took me out of any kind of training for three months,…