Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve

I can't believe it's the end of 2008.

The question that everyone is asking these past few days is 'What are you doing for New Years? Any big plans?'

My answer? Nothing. By myself. And I couldn't be happier about it.

I've been there and done the parties, the clubs, the weekend getaways, and I find that I rarely have a good time. Everything is overpriced, everywhere is super crowded, outdoor activities are cold, people are drunk, and when midnight finally hits and you can go home, there are no cabs. No thank you!!!

I much prefer to stay in, have a nice dinner, watch tv, curl up in front of the fireplace, and likely fall asleep way before midnight.

So right now my planning for New Year's consists of looking for a good recipe, going grocery shopping, and getting out my best sweats!

Happy New Year everyone. Have a wonderful New Year's Celebration, no matter what you plan to do.


Monday, December 29, 2008

I'm Back

It's been a while since I posted and I've been a busy girl.

First up - my trip to Mexico... was most excellent. The resort I went to - Grand Palladium White Sands - was amazing, good vegan friendly food, beautiful grounds, a jacuzzi tub in our bathroom, and a spa. With a fully equipped gym and a beautiful swimming pool. Need I say more? We spent a lot of time at the spa. Did a few swim workouts, the pool was longer than I'm used to, I would estimate about 30 metres. Once day as my friend and I are sitting by the pool in the spa and a girl comes over. She's getting ready for a swim. She is wearing a speedo type bikini (as opposed to my little stringy number!). She pulls out a cap. It has the US flag and her name on it. Ok, this girl is serious. So I start chatting with her and we're trying to figure out how long the pool is. She tells me that she can usually swim a 25 metre pool in 13 strokes, and this one takes 16 so it must be around 30-35 metres. Ok, I was still back at 13 strokes. Wow. So I think that I'll try drafting off her... not a chance. I made it about a 2 strokes before she dropped me. Sigh... maybe one day if I practice lots and lots! Anyway, Mexico was a great vacation and I was sad to come home. But once I got home, I didn't have too much time to think about it because ...

Training started! My training plan with my new coach started December 1. I love love love having a coach. It is so motivating and exciting to have someone else who cares about my workouts, will answer my questions, and listen to my feedback. The first 3 weeks were dedicated to working on form, which I especially need for running. There is also a core strengthening component, which I haven't focused on in the past. I am noticing a big difference with the core workouts - I think they have already helped improve my swimming and I can feel my core engaging when I'm running.

Now that the vacay is over and holidays are just about finished, I'm looking forward to focusing on my training over the winter months.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Off Season

I find triathlon off-season hard.

On one hand you want to rest your body from all you put it through over the past 8-10 months. On the other hand, you get the itch to train. You want to keep in shape. You miss the weekend routine of swim and bike on Saturday and long run on Sunday. You miss working out with your tri-friends.

I find as soon as I can't go outside to ride any more, I get these cravings (not sure how else to describe it) to go riding. Especially when driving on the roads I would usually ride on.

But I just try to remind myself that this is the time to relax, and to do things that I don't usually do in the summer because of training.

I have decided to get a coach this season. I'm so exicted about it. Yes, it's expensive, but I think it will be worth it. I want to see what I can accomplish in triathlon. I'm going into my 4th summer of racing triathlons so I'm over the beginner hump. Now I have to get better, push myself and see what I can do.

I start my coaching in December, so this is my last few weeks of 'off season'. I'm planning to make the most of it, enjoy my week in Mexico, get some rest in (as hard as it is to do) and then start prepping for the 2009 season on December 1.

I can hardly wait.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Things that never fail to amaze me at the pool...

I am part of a tri swimming club at my local leisure centre. I've been a member for a few years now, and it's pretty good. We share the pool with the aqua-fit ladies, so we have 3 lanes in total for about 15 people (if everyone shows). The ability levels of the group range from intermediate to advanced. There is another class for beginners. Most of us are triathletes.

Here are the things that amaze me about the class or more often the people in the class:

1. Ego guy. This guy has an ego. He wants to swim in the fast lane. Even though he's not fast. Even worse, if you get behind him, he will not move and let you pass. This has been going on for a long time. Drove me nuts. One day it was just Ego guy and me in the lane. We became friends (ie he talked about himself and I listened). Anyway, Ego guy has been away for a while and it turned out that he hurt his knee quite badly and could not swim. He is on the mend now, and it seems his doctor gave him the ok to start swimming again. So... one might think that after not swimming for oh about 2 months and having a bum knee that he might choose to swim in the slow lane, or perhaps the medium lane if he was feeling particularly optimistic. Nope. He beelines for the fast lane. Why? He's Ego guy, that's why.

2. Fly guy. This guy is fairly new and joined our group in the last few months. First time I saw him, we were all swimming in the medium lane. Now, I'm not the fastest swimmer, I usually go between the medium and fast lane depending on who is there. But I could easily pass this guy in the medium lane. And as I did pass him for the first time, I got a whack in the back of the head. I didn't think much of it, until I was swimming towards him and he hit my arm with his arm. Hmmm.. being hit twice in one day - unusual. Until I stopped at the end and looked at him swim. It looked more like a bird taking off from the lake than someone swimming. His arms instead of lifting up and over, were extending out to the side of him. Result - he clotheslined anyone in his path. It got so bad that I had to dive under the water whenever I was passing by him because I was afraid to get hit. Luckily this guy doesn't show up very often or else I'd have a complete complex about swimming in the same lane.

3. I do whatever the heck I want girl: I have no idea why this girl comes to the TRIATHLON swimming class. She does not follow our workout. She just gets in the lane and swims whatever she wants. Breast, fly, back, whatever goes. Which is all fine and good for her, but what about the other people in the lane? Actually I'm not sure why the coach allows this, but not for me to say.

Lets just say the pool tends to be an interesting place!

Last 5lb boot camp:

I went bikini shopping yesterday and got a really cute brown and white polka dot bikini!! Yay, now I have 3 which should be enough for my trip. I have been really good with not eating bad foods, although my portion control could be better. As for working out...
Sunday - 10-11 k run (still recovering from the weekend before)
Monday - Swimming 1 hr 2000m
Tonight - Planning on 45 mins bike/trainer and 30 mins weights.

On another note, today is Remembrance Day so I have been thinking a lot about the sacrifices soldiers have to make when they go to war. I can't even imagine having to go through what they went through (or are going through). I am thankful for what they have done to make Canada the place it is today.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Going Shopping!

Today I'm going out shopping with T2. We are on the hunt for running tights, so we're starting the search at Lululemon. Now Lulu has some nice clothes, but I've always avoided buying anything there because it's so damn $$$. I love the look of their yoga pants, but I'm not really the type to wear them out and about, so I couldn't imagine paying $100 for essentially what would be house pants. However, word on the street is that they have some really nice pants that are suitable for running outside in cold weather. Now this I would pay $100 for. Priorities.

For the last 5lb boot camp, I realized my one flaw in my plan - I didn't weigh myself in the beginning. So how am I going to be able to measure if I was successful? Ach, no worries, the number on the scale is not what's important anyway, it's feeling like I'm in tip-top shape for the beach. Similar to being at the starting line at a race and knowing you've done your best to train for it. It's that confidence that you get mentally. Here is my progress from the past couple of days:

Food - good
Workout - 45 mins bike on trainer, 30 mins weights

Food - not so good. Went out to a really good funky bistro type restaurant. V. cool atmosphere. V salty food. Ate a lot. Vegan carrot cake at Fresh after, which was amazing (as usual) however does not qualify as low calorie. Oh well - definitely worth it - I loooove vegan carrot cake.
Workout - 42 min run before work. Running in the early morning is the best - haven't done it in a while and forgot how much I like the quiet morning stillness.

I'm off to shop....


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Wins!

I didn't manage to stay up to see who won the election, although Obama was winning when I went to bed. I woke up at 5ish and immediately turned on the tv and saw he won. I was surprised at how happy I was. Which is rather odd considering it was a US election. But what the US does has so much impact on Canadians, and I guess like everyone else I am feeling the effects of the mess that Bush has made. Anyway, enough about politics. Glad it's done and turned out well.

Happy to report I have been good in the food dept over the past couple of days.

Tuesday - 45 mins bike on trainer, 30 mins weights, upper body and abs (legs still sore)
Wed. 40 min run at lunch (it was beautiful and I ran in shorts). 1hr swim-2150m tonight.

I'm reading Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes... that guy is hard core. I'm near the beginning where he is doing the Western States 100 mile endurance run. I can't even fathom doing that. There is a graph showing the elevation profile of the race, and it looks like a heart rate machine in a hospital for someone with an erratic heart rate. Also on the graph is the profile for the Boston Marathon, and Heartbreak Hill is barely distinguishable. Wow. That really put it into perspective for me. Anyway, I'm enjoying the book, it's really inspiring to read about Dean and his mental and physical strength.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Last 5lb Boot Camp - Day 1

Yesterday was the first 'official' day of my Last 5lb Boot Camp.

Food - I'm happy to report, no junk food eaten! Except that I was desperately hungry at 4:30pm before leaving the office and didn't think I could make it home without eating something, so I ate a Clif Bar I had stashed in my desk. Not technically junk food, but not something I like to eat unless on a long ride!

Exercise - Swimming. 1hr, 2000m. It was a hard swim because I was still sore from the Half Marathon on Sunday. But glad I went because I think it helped loosen up my muscles a bit.

In other thoughts, I'm actually pretty excited to hear about what happens in the US election. I think it's more because I'm sick of hearing about it than actually caring who wins. Well, maybe that's not true. I'm rooting for Barack, but I think it will be closer than the polls predict. I guess time will tell, and hopefully by tomorrow we will know!


Monday, November 3, 2008


Last week I was in Orlando for a work conference. It was a great conference, but tiring due to events from 7:30am to 10:00pm. Food was a big issue. Even though they asked about food preferences (vegan was a choice). But alas, it was like pulling teeth to get a vegan meal, and even then it was not well planned, usually rice and veggies. For 5 days. And yet it would have been so easy... leave the cheese off the salad at the buffet and instead put it on the side. Also have some chick peas on the side. See? Easy. But instead the waiters often looked at me like I had two heads when I asked for something without any meat, fish, cheese, milk and eggs. Ah well, I'm trying to put it behind me and just be happy that I'm home and once again have control over my meals!

I also ran a half Marathon on Sunday. It was a pretty good race, hilly and challenging, but I just couldn't pull it all together. I finished 6 minutes off my PB that I ran the same time last year. Just makes me realize that I need to put in some good training in order to run really well, I can't just wing it, especially after a tough week (and a bad diet). So I was all ready to sign up for the new Women's Half Marathon in Toronto on May 31... however it is SOLD OUT! Already. And it's just the beginning of November. Wow. I guess it's good that so many women are out there running, but I'm still a bit disappointed. Luckily, there are many half-marathons in and around the Toronto area, so there will be something else I can do for sure.

Finally, I have booked a trip to go to Mexico the week of November 22. I'm sooo excited. I'm going with one of my girlfriends, and I haven't been down south with a friend in forever. I'm looking forward to sitting by the pool, relaxing, reading, eating, and dancing! Of course this means that I need to get in tip-top bikini shape. So I have dubbed the next 3 weeks 'Last 5 pounds boot camp'. Yes, it's after the Last 10 pounds bootcamp on tv which I love. The thing is I eat well for the most part and I exercise so there isn't a clear and easy way to do this. But, I have a plan. ..
1. Absolutely no bad food (ie leftover Halloween candy)
2. Continue exercising with an added emphasis on muscle building (abs, pushups, squats lunges etc)
3. Try to cut back on portion sizes (as I tend to eat a lot - probably because I need it when I'm training heavily, but don't cut back as much as I should when it's off season)
4. Drink lots of water (within reason - no hypoaptremia (sp?) for me)

I'm going to try to keep myself accountable by posting on this blog as to whether I'm keeping to my plan. Hopefully 3 weeks from now I will be feeling 100% confident about hanging out by the pool in my bikinis!


Sunday, October 19, 2008


Today T2 and I went into Toronto to help out at a waterstation for the Toronto Marathon. Our allotted volunteer time was 10:30 - 2:30pm. Which posed a dilemma because we also had to do a 20 long run. So the dilemma was whether we should do the run before or after. Before, we would have to get up painfully early for a Sunday, but then the run would be done. If we did it after, we could take our time in the morning, sleep in etc, but then we would have to come home after and run. Thankfully, we chose to do the run at 7am, before heading downtown.

When I woke up this morning, before I even got out of bed, I could tell it was cold. My house was chilly (14C to be exact) and when I looked at the thermometer outside, it was a 0C. Yep, that's what I call freezing ;o)

So out came the hat, gloves etc. I managed to refrain from the thermals because I knew I would be hot if I wore them, but it was very tempting. Met T2 at the corner, and we were off. What a beautiful morning! We caught the sunrise, and even managed to see a fox (or maybe it was a coyote?) in a field. I love early morning runs.

So 20k done by 9am, and then we headed downtown. Our water station was at 40k, which anyone who has done a marathon knows is a tough spot. As a runner, you're exhausted, ready for it to be over, and at that point 2k seems like an awfully long distance. So we did our best to cheer people along, help them out, give them encouragement etc. It was such a great experience and I'm really glad I got the chance to do it. I have always appreciated people that come out and help on race day and finally I was able to do it myself.

By the time I got home at around 3:00pm, I was exhausted. So I've been dragging my ass around trying to get things done, but have not been very successful. After a fully packed and thoroughly enjoyable weekend, I think it will be an early night for me!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Thanksgiving Monday

Today is Thanksgiving Monday, so it's a holiday from work... yay!!!

I decided to go out for a ride since it was an absolutely fabulous day. It was amazing, one of those rides you want to go on forever. I went by myself, so spent a lot of time thinking... about things I am grateful for, about the summer that just passed, about the upcoming winter, about training... all sorts of things that fill your mind when out for a 2 hr solo ride. At one point I rode past a bunch of wild turkeys on the side of the road - enjoying their Thanksgiving as well. Here are some pictures I took while I was out...

In total I rode 43.5k in about 1hr 50 mins.

Once I got home, I hung out in my backyard for a while and soaked up some more of the gorgeous weather.

This has been a great long weekend! I only hope we can enjoy some more nice weather before the cold fall and winter set in.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!

Here in the GTA, we've had amazing weather all weekend, and tomorrow promises to be just as nice. I'm still a little under the weather, but thought I'd go out for a run this morning to see how it felt. I had 18k in the schedule, but after about 3, I knew it wasn't going to happen and turned around. So about 6k for me, but better to listen to the body, right?

I had Thanksgiving dinner with my immediate family last night. None of my fam is veg, but they're used to making lots of veggies for me, and then usually I have some sort of mock-meat instead of turkey. This year was a bit different... because I'm now vegan, I couldn't have anything with butter/margarine in it, so everything had to be made without then added in at the table for those who wanted it. (I know - Earth Balance, but unfortunately I was out, and no where around here sells it). And I forgot my 'chicken' at home, so I ended up throwing together a stew with diced tomatoes, chick peas and potatoes, which turned out okay. Let's just say the meal overall was less than inspiring, so when I got home today I decided to make myself a nice vegan Thanksgiving dinner.

I made Lemon Dijon Tofu and Potatoes which I found on Vegan Dad's blog. I have seen so many recipes there that I want to try, but this was my first one, and it was amazing.

Yes, that's steam coming off the food! I didn't want to wait for it to cool down to take the picture because I was dying to try it!

I used sweet potatoes, since I had them, and a little less dijon and more lemon than called for in the sauce. The recipe called for quite a bit of dijon, and sometimes I find it can be overpowering. Next time I make it, I will try using the full amount, as I think it would be really good.

My Lemon Dijon Tofu with Potatoes turned out really well, and I have leftovers for tomorrow as well. Now that's what I call Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


1. I'm still sick. It still sucks

2. No working out. I had to run a block outside today cause it was raining and I didn't have an umbrella. Thought my head would explode. Didn't think speedwork would be a bright idea. Also, missed swimming on a technicality - it got cancelled, which is excellent timing because A. I'm sick and B. now we will have a make-up session at the end. It's great when things work out like that.

3. Got 'the box' today. Another wonky parsnip. I would take a picture and post it but I'm in bed already. Lots of yummy veggies. Except the dandelion which got tossed... again.

4. Today was the first 'competition/top 20' episode of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Love that show. It was good - there is a really high level of talent here in Canada. Can't wait to see how it progresses as the weeks go by

5. Ummm... going to bed now. Good night.


Monday, October 6, 2008

WAAAAAH - I'm Sick

I hate getting a cold.

Luckily it doesn't happen too often.

But when it does, I'm miserable.

I try not to take drugs because I think they only stop the bad stuff from making it out of my body. My body produces snot for a reason, and to take drugs to dry it up - counterproductive. However that being said, there are certain times where drugs are a necessity. Like when on the train. You should see the dirty looks that are thrown when someone is coughing on the train - they could kill. Or if it's necessary to come into work. I try to work from home when sick (and am happy when other people do the same). Not sure why people think it's somehow respectable or something to be proud of when they show up to work sick. No one else wants their germs...ewww!

I never know whether to work out or not when I'm sick. Some people say to sweat it out, others say rest and let your body focus on getting better. I've gone both routes, and I don't think one is better than the other (for me). However, it does feel crappy to work out when you're sick.

So tonight I'm going to ditch tri club swimming, curl up on the couch and watch tv all night . That's the one somewhat good thing about being sick - you have an excuse for doing nothing!

Fingers crossed that this one goes away in record time.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Box

This year for the first time I signed up with a farmer in my area to receive a box of organic produce once a week. My friend and I decided to go halvsies on it, figuring that neither of us could use the whole box in a week (and to tell you the truth, I have a hard time using half the box). So for the entire summer it's been like Christmas once a week when we get the box... we open it up, look inside and marvel at all the produce. Generally we get kale, swiss chard and beets every week. Plus whatever else is in season: leeks, green onions, red onions, garlic, cabbage, carrots (mmmm... fresh carrots are the BEST!!), squash, and the list goes on. One thing that has been included a lot is dandelion... I swear that I tried my best to figure out what to do with it, even tried it in a soup, but I just don't like it. So it's the one thing that goes from the box to the compost every week. I wasn't quite sure what to think when I pulled this out...

Well actually, I thought a few things:

1. What the heck is it? (then determined it was a parsnip)
2. Why would the farmer send this out to one of his customers... heck if my farm produced it, I would keep it top secret :-o
3. Maybe I can make vegan octopus salad with it?

Still haven't decided what to do with it, so it's resting comfortably in my fridge right now. I'll be sure do a follow-up blog about what became of it.

I think we're coming to the end of our run with the box (as it's all grown on an organic farm closeby, so there's nothing really available over the winter). I have to say, I'll miss it a lot, but it will give me another thing to look forward to next spring.

Changing topics, today I went out with my friend (same friend I share the box with, I'll call her T2 for the sake of this blog) for an 18k run. It was cold this morning, got down to 5 degrees celcius last night, so I pulled out the tights, jacket and gloves (oh what a sad day when you pull out the gloves). We took a somewhat new route - somewhat new because we ride our bikes on this route quite often, but we have never run it. And it was a totally different experience (aside from the obvious differences of biking vs running). There were so many things that I noticed that I have never seen while on my bike... houses, ponds, fields etc. The run turned out to be entirely enjoyable, and partway through I even took off the gloves ;o)


Thursday, October 2, 2008

My Next Big Race - Timberman 70.3

I just signed up for Timberman 70.3 Woo hoo!

Timberman is in August 2009 in New Hampshire. It will be my third IM 70.3 race. I love doing the 70.3 distance... it's a serious race with some serious training required, but still allows for a normal work schedule and a bit of a social life. Yes, sometimes it's challenging to fit in all the training, keep the house clean, mow the lawn, go to the hairdresser, run errands etc. But that is cancelled out by the long weekend rides in the country, being able to eat all the food I want (while still maintaining my girlish figure!) and spending time with my tri friends. I live for that stuff!

There is something inspiring about signing up for a race... there is now a goal, sitting out in front of you... encouraging you to work towards something.

And on that note, I'm heading out for a run ;o)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I just got back tonight from a business trip to Chicago. It was my first time there, and I have to say... I loved it! What a great city. I had heard that Chicago had great architecture, but never really gave it much more thought. Once I got to see the city in person I really understood what a difference it makes.

I got the chance to visit two great vegan restaurants while I was there - The Chicago Diner and Karyn's Cooked. Both were excellent, and my sister, who is not veg, thought they were great too.

We had a bit of a hard time getting to The Chicago Diner - I had written down from the website that you could take the subway to get there and get off at Belmont station. There were a few more instructions that I didn't bother to write down (heck, who needs all the instructions?!) So, we hopped on the subway, got off at Belmont and tried to find our way to the restaurant. Using one of those free maps you get at the hotel. But something wasn't right and we couldn't find it. I won't go into details (I've blocked the memory) but eventually we figured out that we got off at the WRONG Belmont station, there was another one on a different line. Ok, in our defence, why would a subway system have more than one station that's named the same thing? Why not Belmont East and Belmont West? But I digress. We eventually got to the restaurant and it was well worth the wait. Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera, so I can't illustrate our meals, but everything we ordered was excellent (salads, Middle Eastern Plate, wings, and vegan carrot cake to top it off) and by the end we forgot our ordeal in getting there.

On another night we went to Karyn's Cooked. It too was really good! We started off with a salad, then we shared two entrees, the spaghetti and meatballs and the Buddha bowl. Both hit the spot! The only thing I can say that disappointed me a little were the meatballs - I was expecting a TVP-ish meatball, but they tasted more like falafels. This threw me off a bit, but none the less I enjoyed the dish.

I love going to new cities and checking out the vegan restaurant scene. I don't usually eat out a lot, so it makes eating out for days at a time something to look forward to.

If you ever go to Chicago (and I think everyone should at some point!) I would highly recommend checking out some of the great vegan restaurants the city has to offer.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Why Vegan?

One of the first things people usually ask when they find out that I'm vegan is "how long have you been vegan?" and then "why?" So I think it's only fair that since we're still in the 'getting to know you' stage, that I answer those questions.

I started out as a 'non red meat eater' 16 years ago. I was a teenager then, and I can't honestly say I remember clearly why I started. I think it was a combination of thinking that it was healthier and being a teenager (and thus prone to 'phases'). I'm pretty sure my parents thought it was a phase. But I kept it up, and started reading more and more about vegetarianism, and the reasons that people become veg. And eventually, I decided to cut out fish and chicken and become vegetarian. It was pretty easy...eating dead animals just wasn't for me. I never crave meat so I don't find it difficult to resist food or dishes with meat in them. That was 11 years ago.

Over the past few years, I have been slowly moving towards a more vegan diet. I haven't bought milk, eggs or cheese for my house in years (well except for the time last summer when I was training heavily and had this bizarre craving for eggs - but that's a story for another post!). However, I did eat dairy and eggs when I was out... not a lot, but I also didn't worry about scanning ingredient lists or menus to make sure there was no hidden dairy products. My way of describing it was that I wouldn't drink a glass of milk or have scrambled eggs, but I also wouldn't pass up a piece of cake that was made with milk and/or eggs. That worked for me for a while.

But this summer I dated a vegan guy. Wow, how great it was to have someone to go out with to veg*n restaurants, and who liked to cook vegan food. And slowly I found myself scanning for dairy products in labels and then avoiding those products. After not eating dairy/egg products for a while (but not yet 'officially' vegan) we had a party at work with my favorite strawberry shortcake with white chocolate whipped cream icing (I loved that cake)... I debated with myself whether to have cake or not, and finally I caved and had a piece. And you know what? It did not taste good. In fact, it was kinda gross. Probably more because I was thinking of the reasons why I shouldn't be eating it then the actual taste. And so I discovered that I no longer wanted to eat cake with milk and eggs. I could now call myself vegan.

Of course there are many other reasons why I'm vegan, for example health, environment and animal rights. I used to avoid the whole animal rights argument because although I knew cruelty existed, I simply didn't want to deal with it. But I just can't turn my back on it any more. What it comes down to is that if my cat had to live in those conditions and was treated that way, I would be absolutely horrified and devastated (not to mention angry as hell). So why should any other animal be treated that way either?

Anyway, now you know all about how long I've been veg*n and why, and I feel like we're better acquainted already ;o)


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First Post!

I stumbled upon the world of blogs about a year ago. Love it. Love reading about other people's lives, what they're going through, what they're doing... I feel like they're my friends. I've always been a lurker - just reading, never commenting or writing about myself. I've thought about starting my own blog for a while, even joke about it with one of my friends... whenever an interesting situation comes up one of us usually comments "see if I/you had a blog this would be a good post". Now I've done it...

So as of right now the plan is to talk about my triathlon training, my vegan lifestyle, and pretty much anything that comes up in my life that is worthy of writing about.