More than a race: 100+ reasons to smile

In the 16 years since McFarland organized its first sprint triathlon not too much has changed—and that’s intentional according to McFarland Aquatics Director Katie Heiser. “Our focus isn’t on numbers or growth,” she says. “It’s about the people in our community.”

With a strong foundation, it’s easy to stick to your roots. Three main aspects of the McFarland Family Festival Sprint triathlon include: it’s local, it’s about families and it’s doable, says Heiser.

... Please read the rest of my article featuring our local sprint triathlon coming up Sept. 16-17th. Unfortunately the print version in the newspaper left out the information box with dates, prices, distances and how to sign up. I've requested the online version be updated.

Overall, this was one of my favorite pieces to write. It's a pleasure combining my background in journalism with my passion for triathlon.


- Name 3 great things about your favorite local fitness event!

- Name 3 things to smile about on race day!

A smile on race day can do powerful things.

photo by me: bikes lined up ready for the youth triathlon 2010

Hot Pepper Moments - Handling If-then's

Our son Elias rubbed his eyes last night after handling hot peppers in the garden... not good. It was terrifying.

Ken and I got his face under the running water in the kitchen sink and then his whole body in the shower. It was scary and stressful and thankfully Elias is ok.

I wrote about the experience on my GOTRIbal blog. GOTRIbal is an organization created to empower and connect women through the journey of endurance sport.

Please check out my post and let me know what you think of GOTRIbal Ambassador and three-time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington's advice for handling if-then moments as an endurance athlete.