About Me

I was never really good at sports when I was young.  In fact, I was always scared to be picked last in PE class.  Dancing...uh no - coordination = 0.   Soccer, Tennis, Softball - I tried them all.  I could hold my own, but good...not really.  Then came the trip that changed my life forever. When I was a junior in High School, our chemistry teacher offered some of us a chance to backpack on the John Muir Trail. And I got to go.

I loved backpacking.  And what I discovered was that I was pretty good at it.  I actually beat a lot of the boys up the mountain passes.  Speed and coordination was not my forte, but during that trip I had discovered that I had endurance.  And a lot of endurance to boot.  And so started my love for endurance sports.

When I got back from the trip, I wanted to keep in shape so I started running - like 1 to 2 miles.  I joined track in High School and did the 2 mile (very slowly, but heck, at least I was out there doing it).  

When I was a freshman in college I really started to run more, my longest being 30 minutes.  Then the longest was 45 minutes and then 1 hour.  One day I decided to run to Santa Barbara City College from Goleta, CA.  I made it.  2 hours of running and I was in love.  I really didn't know what I was doing back then - heck, I don't think I even owned a running bra.  I just loved running.

A few weeks later I saw an ad in Runner's World for the Big Sur Marathon.  I signed up.  I "trained" (I think I ran 2 hours 2X or something).  A few weeks before the marathon I was at home from college visiting my parents.  I was in my bedroom and I overheard my mom talking to my aunt.  I heard her say "Lena signed up for this marathon race, but no one really thinks she is going to do it".

WHAT?  I don't think anything had ever motivated me more in my life than hearing those words.

Well....I did do it and I proved everyone wrong. I did it in 4 hours and 34 minutes.  I really loved that race and I wanted to do more.  I did San Francisco marathon a few months later and did the exact same time - 4 hours and 34 minutes.

I did a few more marathons after those 2, but eventually every marathoner wants one thing - BOSTON.  I tried a few times, but kept getting injured while training.

Then I started Triathlon training because another goal of mine was the Ironman.  I really never, ever thought it would be possible but it was always in my thoughts.  I joined a Masters Swimming Club and got a bike.  I biked, swam and ran for about 6 months with my friend Candice.  I think we competed against each other a bit which really pushed me.  We both had our workouts up in our cubicle at work and compared all the time.

After that 6 months of triathlon training, I was signed up to run the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon.  I had no idea what was about to happen...no idea and no expectations.  But I made Boston!!  3:38!  Woo Hoo.  My dream had come true.  I ran Boston in 2001 and got my PR of 3:32.

A couple years later in 2002 I completed by first Ironman (Vineman) and did a second in 2003 (Florida).

Then marriage and kids.  Now I am trying to relive my youth :).  I want to do another Ironman as well as some ultra running events.  Trying to juggle it all with kids is hard.  But I do really love a challenge.  I started this blog because other mom blogs really helped motivate me to try training for an Ironman and let me know it is possible.  I hope I can return the favor and inspire a mom to go for her dreams.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours! I wish I had discovered triathlon before the kiddos, but it is what it is. Good to know that I am not the only one trying to juggle it all!

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