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It all started with an email

September 12, 2011

This weekend I was just hanging out after my long training sessions making a plan of attack on how much of Mama Vera’s homemade spaghetti sauce when I received a few strange emails.  First was one that went like this “This looks so cool!  You must be so excited.”  I found this odd as I wasn’t exactly sure what it was referencing.  I hadn’t done anything particularly noteworthy to date except ordering that 9am post training burger.

SIDE NOTE: I spend most of the week working on the computer, so I try to spend my weekends away from technology.  I know I shouldn’t as this would be the prime time to update my blog, photos, etc.  But if I did that when would I get to Mama Vera’s sauce? or loads of training? 

Ok back to the email.  Then I noticed another email with the subject line “I will be very complimentary.” from one of my swimming mentors.  Now things seemed really odd.  I thought further investigation should be conducted.  I set aside the tomatoes and garlic and booted up my computer.  It suddenly became clear what all the fuss was about.  Open Water Source is doing a webinar regarding Women in the Water and low and behold my name was listed!  Weird, exciting, odd, humbling, etc all at the same time.  After reading about what looks to be an amazing webinar, I was up to speed.

Tune in Saturday 17th – 2pm PST/4pm CST/5pm EST/10pm London time. Here are the details:

Honestly based on the women that are listed from Penny Palfrey and Diana Nyad – LONG distance pioneers to 5k and 10k Olympians,  I think the hour will go very fast.   Also based on the listed company, I’m sure that any mention of me will be quick.  Don’t get me wrong any mention at all is pretty fricking amazing, so I’m very excited and honored to be included. 

I know that I’ll be tuning in to see what they say.  Heck it may even require another weekend boot of the computer to share my post webinar thoughts.  OH GEEZ, the pressure 🙂

By the way, Mama Vera’s sauce turned out very well and should help aid in my carbo loading obsessions.

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EPIC 5 – Outside TV trailer

August 15, 2011

I know I haven’t posted for a while, which may make some of you think that I’m somewhere in Siberia.  Not so…and I’ll explain that story later.  I’ve been doing some local events in Portland and then my annual trek to Ketchikan Alaska for the Pennock Island Challenge.  In the meantime, here is the trailer for the Outside TV documentary on EPIC 5.


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Wheelchair Rugby and a woman possessed!

July 18, 2011

I've never claimed to be remotely talented at land sports.  In fact, I pretty much shun all land sports and only do them as they are a necessary evil for cross training.  Oh sure growing up, I played volleyball, softball, basketball and dabbled in track for 2 weeks until I understood that all you did was run.  Mostly I spent my time trying to find the most comfortable position on metal folding chairs or hard wooden/metal bleachers.  (Note:  my extensive research has lead me to believe that there is no such position and we should bow down to our parents, siblings, etc that endure these things all in the name of support)  All these memories came flooding back as I met the wheelchair rugby coaches.  (more…)

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EPIC 5 – Red Bull Webisode 5

July 1, 2011

And the last installment of Josef Ajram's Redbull EPIC 5 webisodes.  I'm totally in this one.  Ok it is only as I give Josef a hug, but still.

Amazing accomplishments by all athletes that participated.

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EPIC 5 – Red Bull Webisode 4

June 23, 2011

This was a rough day for Josef and he just did what he needed to do to get through.  Amazing athlete!

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EPIC 5 – Outside TV articles

June 20, 2011

EPIC 5 Challenge news keeps being discovered or maybe I'm finding time to read up on the event…finally.    Leah Garcia did a good job of getting the sound bites off regarding the effort that all athletes were putting in.   At least I think they are called sound bites, eh what do I know about news reporting. 

Anyways, take some time to enjoy!

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EPIC 5 – Red Bull Webisode 3

June 16, 2011

Webisode 3 from EPIC 5.   The wind that was Molokai.   The girls aren't featured in this one at all.  However you get to see how the challenge is beginning to affect all the athletes, us included.

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EPIC 5 – Red Bull Webisode 2

June 10, 2011

Here is webisode 2 of EPIC 5 with Josef Ajram.   If you watch when the swimmers are in a group heading out.  You will see one swimmer out front with no wetsuit arms…that's me.  I'M FAMOUS!  Ok not really.  .

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EPIC 5 – Red Bull Webisode 1

June 9, 2011

I don't know if I mentioned that during the EPIC 5 event in Hawaii there were two film crews there to make documentaries.  One was the Red Bull crew to focus on a documentary about Josef Ajram.  The other is to make a documentary for the Outside TV network. 

Obviously Team Nike wasn't the focus of the Red Bull documentary and I imagine that we will have little exposure on the Outside TV one as well.  However, I thought I would still share as it does show the event and the amazing athletes (including us) that were there.  Oh yeah, the Red Bull one is also in Spanish, but I think you will get the idea.

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Gibraltar Strait – Post swim celebration

May 27, 2011

I may have mentioned but we are staying in the coziest and most wonderful place in Tarifa.  Casa McCallion and the proprieters are amazing.  We have come to really know them and they have become part of our swim story.  Kath and Eddie and their dog Willis, named after Prince William, came down to the harbor to see Billy, Elizabeth and I off on our adventure.  When we returned, they were at the house cheering and smiling.  They didn't care if we had completed the task or not.  As Eddie says "it is about making the attempt."  Kath had spent the day making us a celebratory cake.  I mean seriously if you come to Spain to swim the Strait or just come for a holiday, this is the place to stay!

They understood we would be tired so they let us rest and recooperate.  At 4 pm, we were down on their patio with cake and Cava to celebrate the swim.  Besides Kath and Eddie, Pauline and Marvin joined in the festivities as well.  Before we knew it 4pm became 9pm and it felt like only minutes.  It was a wonderful evening sharing stories with new and old friends.  I couldn't have asked for a better night.  To cap it off, Kath let us raid her kitchen and take all of her leftover Indian curry.  HOLY SMOKES it was/is amazing.  We had a little leftover, but we didn't return any of it as we are hording it.  Elizabeth and I are determined to bring the recipe home.

I know that I went to bed emotionally and physically happy.  Thank you to Kath, Eddie, Pauline, and Marvin for making our celebration night such an amazing one. 

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