Beware the Ides of March.

March Clip Art #5183

Today may not have been a great day for the mighty Caesar but around here its a pretty good day.  I may even have a Caesar Salad and I promise to not stab the dressing in the back in frustration when I can’t get the darn safety seal off!  Not only the Ides of March but St. Patricks day is also coming up. This week is coming up green.

Another bright spot is that it snowed!  Well….okay maybe it was just a skiff but it gives me hope that we just maybe will get one more good snow before it all melts away.

St. Patty’s run is this weekend but its going to be way to cold for me to wear my new awesome INKnBurn Lucky Charms 2 skirt. I might just wear it anyways over a pair of fleece tights because its so awesome.  I will just have to dig out a green pullover to finish off the look and a hat, some kind of awesome hat.

So Green and awesome!

It is also an amazing week here at work.  Arctic Science Summit Week 2016 is being hosted here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Hundreds of amazing Arctic Researchers, NGO’s, Industry, Government, and academia, from all over the globe are here along with the Arctic Council Senior Officials meeting.  The whole campus is abuzz with excitement! Even our former fearless leader came from Vienna to participate in this incredible collaborative summit.

It is ramping up to be extremely busy and I am trying to get ahead of everything in the  next three weeks before I leave for Kona!  I cannot wait to enjoy the sun and tropical island.  Midterms are next week and the Sonot Ski Marathon is the weekend after that. Whew a lot is going on and time management is killing  me right now.

Ive been good about keeping the workouts in other than swimming.  The pool schedule here is too crazy over spring break for me to manage. And indoor cycling gets harder and harder.  Being in San Diego last month really made to long for being out on the open road with my trusty Wendy (my Cervelo P2).

one hour feels like ten


Thankfully I have Friday off to catch up on school and midterm work….And I hope to get in at least one long run this week!




Musings of the Long Run…

Weekends are the only time I have the ability to do my long runs.  The workweek is too crowded with work, coaching, school work, and my volunteer commitments to do more than about 60-90 minutes TOPS.  Therefore I save the long run or the long bike for the weekends.  Which in turn eats up sometimes up to half my day, from preparing – doing – recovery.  There has to be a better way, that or I need to be organized. Doing anything in the winter just takes so much work to get ready. But I have my IceBugs running shoes, which are the best thing since sliced bread, and my trusty InkNBurn Healing Mandala Pullover to power my run.

Long run Saturday had  me doing the big 12’ish mile loop that starts at my house.  Just me the road/trail/path and my trusty Icebugs.  No music no distraction.  With no music to distract me the long run turns into a 2+ hour marathon of so down right wacky internal dialogue and possibly the singing of classic show tunes 🙂

Icebugs are the BombDiggity

I am pretty sure that I solved the mysteries of time travel. All thanks to the great scientific theories that I learned watching Men in Black III the night before 🙂  So I figured out a way for me to also go back and time to 6 grade to tell myself that running is a good thing and you should do more of it….well obviously that didn’t actually work out as I finished out my run at a very slow 12 mm ‘ish pace 🙂  Maybe I just need to watch more time traveling movies to figure out the right way.  Maybe that one with Gerard Butler where they use a fax machine to go back in time…..HMMMM I wonder where the heck I am going to find a fax machine?!?!?

Then that kinda phased into thinking about fax machines…then that lead to printers….then boom thinking about 3D printing myself a fancy new bike and all the fun things that you could do with a cool 3D printing. Then I realized I am way to poor to even think about the printer or new things.  Saving money for a trip is sucking all the fun out of my shopping habit!

I pretended that instead of being 23 degrees outside and snow that it was 78 and sand.  I have no idea how the heck I am going to deal with the heat and humidity of LavaMan Triathlon in Kona next month. I am going to be so unacclimated.

The plan was to do the full 12 mile loop but I kinda pooped out at about mile 8 or so.  The bike path on that part of the road was all torn up and the snow was lumpy bumpy from all the snow machines that ride on it.  Yeah….way up here in the arctic we don’t call them snowmobiles, but snow machines.  Go Figure. I always thought a snow “machine” made snow not rode on top of it!

I guess all in all it wasn’t the worst it could be considering Im still technically in hibernation for winter.

InknBurn – Healing Mandala!

Here is to hoping the the next run being even better!



Oh Happy Day! Do the Happy Dance!

Oh Happy Day! Do the Happy Dance!

I am very happy to announce that I have been chosen to represent the most awesome fitness clothing line in the USA.  INKnBURN.  How awesome is that?  Being an INKnBURN Ambassador is a incredible experience and I am super grateful for the chance to promote a made in the USA brand.
This brand embodies all of the things that I love.  Mixing art, colour, and imagery on amazing quality made clothing that is comfortable and stylish.  INKnBURN makes me feel amazing.  I’ve tested it out on bike rides, ultras, running, and skiing and it has never let me down.  I always get amazing feedback each time I wear one of these amazing pieces.  For the first time I have wanted to represent a brand, normally a brand is a brand but in this case the amazing designs and the quality coupled with the amazing team who work hard in So.Cal designing all the way to producing each an every piece are amazing. I had the pleasure of visiting the INKnBURN studio just a few weeks ago with my So.Cal friend. They were working hard to get out many new garments (PI Day, Lucky Charm, Club items) but we were still treated like royalty! We must have been there for 2 hours trying things on and talking about what we loved about the designs!  And if they didn’t have our size or style on display she happily looked in the warehouse to see if they had it in stock. It was amazing experience! I got to see up close all of the amazing current designs and they are all so much more amazing in person!
Awesome front entry art!
Colour is a big part of my life and how can you look at this amazing INKnBURN Miko tights and arm warmers and not feel uplifted and strong?
I can feel the uplifting vibes from this “retired design” tank called Flutter combined with the current Chameleon Sports Skirt?  I can feel the fluttery wings of a butterfly lifting me up!
I challenge each and everyone of my athlete friends to try at least one piece. With so many amazing and different designs there is always a new design to choose from and one that may just be that special piece that “speaks and whispers” to you from afar! One piece and you will be hooked. I promise 🙂  So now head over to and getting shopping!