Friday, February 26, 2010


Hi, my name is Michelle.  I think I may have a shoe problem.....

I think I've known this for awhile.  Every where I look, I see running shoes (there are 12 pairs there.....I'm not sure if I found all of them).  My old trainers, my new trainers, my old racing flats, my current racers.  The shoes are taking over my closet and my garage not to mention the quantity is really annoying Michael.  But I like rotating my shoes between runs and I NEVER have a hard time deciding which ones to wear. Does this mean I have a shoe problem?  Is it wrong that I have speedlaces on my tool-around-town retired runners?

But all of these shoes have a story.  Usually fun stories.  The green zoots?  Those were my racers last season and I had some GREAT races with those, not to mention some memorable track practices.  The blue KSwis K'ona's?  Yep, wore those in Clearwater and the Denver Half.  Love 'em.  The green trail shoes?  I will always love those ones for the great trip down and up and down and up the Grand Canyon.  There are shoes I use in the gym (to be fair, they started as trainers but the quantity of blisters demoted them to gym shoes), brand new shoes I haven't even worn but they were $50 so who can turn a deal like that down?  The pink shoes that are just too big for me to wear (if anyone needs a cute pair of pink trail shoes size 8 low miles, let me know!)  The new all weather ones and of course, another pair of pink shoes.  There's a missing shoe in there too but I have no idea what happened to the match.  Funny thing is?  Or the real sign of a problem?  I have another pair of racers and trainers coming soon......and they are sure to be my new favorites!

Hi, my name is Michelle and I LOVE running shoes!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Right Thing

A quick thought on ethics today.  Here's how I try to live my life....the golden rule.  Do to others as you would have done to you.  This rule almost always applies (hey, I used to work with lots of lawyers so I can't ever state something without putting the "disclaimer" word in - almost, typically, usually, generally etc.) in almost all situations, personal and business.  Would I like it if someone did that to me?  What are the consequences?  Could I live with myself knowing that I potentially screwed another person?  Even if I'm mad as hell, the rule always applies.  Focus.  Take a deep breath.  And do the right thing.  

I am now confronted with a former colleague that is just not doing the right thing.  In fact, he is stealing!!!  I can't even begin to describe my disgust over this situation.  You go from thinking that an individual is good although misguided and then discover that person is downright bad.  Evil even.  Or just plain crazy.  All of the above.  And certainly not living by the golden rule.  

While this situation is being dealt with, here's what I am hoping for.  Karma.  What comes around goes around (or the other way around).  It's not my behavior that will lead to consequences for this individual.  He will have to answer for his own behavior.  To himself, his colleagues, his higher power, etc.  And good luck to him with that.  Stealing for goodness sakes.  STEALING! And taking advantage of others.  Holding other peoples property as hostage.

A good friend asked me today what I have learned from this situation, and I'm just not sure.  What have I learned?  Maybe nothing.  Maybe everything.  But what this situation has done is cemented what I am about.  What I would do in a situation.  What I have done.  And I would never take the path that this individual has taken.  I live my life and I do right by myself and by others.  Integrity.  And I would never put anyone in the situation that this person has.  I can go to sleep every night knowing that I have put my best out there: in training, in coaching, in friendship, in parenting, in love.  And that's just the way I want to be.  

So, I have put this post "out there".  Take it for what you will dear readers.  It's kind of funny (not), but I have been relatively uninspired lately to post or maybe I just don't have that much to say right now.  But this.  This demanded attention. It demanded thought at the keyboard.  I am a somewhat private person (yes, I know, I blog!!) and this blog was a tool for me to just let go and write.  About silly things.  About training.  About racing.  About my family.  And now, about things that just piss me off.  Take it for what it is dear readers....and I promise, next post will be much more lighthearted!!

'Nuf said. 

I love wikipedia:

The Golden Rule is an ethical code that states one has a right to just treatment, and a responsibility to ensure justice for others. It is also called the ethic of reciprocity. It is arguably the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights, though it has its critics.[2] A key element of the golden rule is that a person attempting to live by this rule treats all people, not just members of his or her in-group, with consideration. The Golden rule appears to have anevolutionary basis, see Reciprocity (evolution).

Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म <11px-Loudspeaker.svg.png> kárma kárman- "act, action, performance"[1]Palikamma) in Indian religions is the concept of "action" or "deed", understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called saṃsāra) originating in ancient India and treated in HinduJainSikh and Buddhist philosophies.[2]

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Little Skiers

My hubby and I always agreed that we wanted to raise skiers in our family.  We didn't know if our kids would be boys or girls but it didn't matter.  We wanted them to grow up loving skiing as we had.  I have been skiing since moving to Colorado when I was 6 and have literally grown up driving up I-70 looking at the space ship house and that first fabulous view at the Buffalo lookout.  My parents put me in lessons for years.  Of course, they wanted me to learn but they wanted to ski too!  I remember taking the ski bus up in high school on Saturdays (when there wasn't a swim meet) and I also remember setting up my course work at CU so that I could ski Mondays and Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays) during the winter.   I also remember resenting the fact that I had to work on Fridays in the corporate world after graduating and missing out on powder days.  So I started calling in sick to work.  Every Friday.  May explain why I got fired.  Oops.

But I digress.  The girls have been involved with Breckenridge Bombers for the last few years, it's a fantastic program (and I'm not being paid to say that!!) that pairs skiers with the same instructor for 6 Sundays during the winter.  Isabelle is in her 4th year of Bombers in Breckenridge this year and it is Charlotte's first year.  The coolest part is that they absolutely LOVE to ski! They can't wait to go up and visit friends in the mountains and get up and ski hard with them the next day.  Of course, the adults think it's pretty cool too.

Charlotte, Isabelle and Lauren gearing up for the day

Mommies having fun too!

Check out this video I took a couple of weekends ago.  These are my girls (and Lauren and Mia!).  They are like a posse.  Of girl skiers.  Boys beware.  These girls are going to chick you someday.

They have skied their first (and second) black runs and this weekend?  Yep, their instructor has decided they are ready for the T-Bar.  Huh?  T-Bar?  You know she's only 7 right?  But yep, they will be heading up....if I'm nearby I will take pictures.  That is a pretty important day in a girls life!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Where'd she go?

You could call it an accidental vacation from blogging of sorts.  But the problem is I have all sorts of things to talk about.  Funny thing is though, I have no time.  None. Nada. Zip.  Zero.  How did this happen?  This no time to blog thing?  I don't get it.  But then I look at what has been going on the last week and I wonder how it is I'm still standing.  Yes, I was sick.  But I started taking drugs and I took it easy on my workouts and it was all good.  But, throw in an outside ride, an anniversary, a ski day, Michael out of town for work, girl scout cookies, valentines day cards for the kiddos classes, Challenge homework (apparently Isabelle is smart and now has the HARD homework that I am still trying to figure out), girl scout meetings, cooking healthy dinners and breakfasts, snacks, athletes schedules, new athletes, laundry, laundry folding, dishes, cleaning the dirty house, and of course, my training.  Oh, and I'm heading up the Springs Friday for the USAT Symposium so all of this stuff has to be crammed in a few days.  Phew.  I get tired just looking at this all!  But great things are going on......I mean Isabelle has the HARD homework, how cool is that?!  We have girl scout awesome is that?!!  I'm heading to the Springs and will get to hear Johan Bruyneel speak on Friday, how cool is that?!  My training is gearing up again and I'm very excited about it, how cool is that?!  Michael and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary, how cool is that??!!  I rode outside for a few hours (even though it was cold), how cool is that??!!  And, a semi-powder day on Sunday?  Yep, that's cool too.  Stay tuned, fun times ahead!!!

Gotta go now.  I still have a run, reading, homework, class, bills, budget, groceries, cooking, appointment scheduling to do today:)  Oh yeah, the car needs gas too!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I hate colds.  I hate feeling less than ok.  And I really hate sinus infections.  Grrrrrr.  Especially because it has sidelined me from my first official coached week!  I was (and still am) sooooo excited to have an official schedule again after being on my own for the last several months.  Not that I was doing a bad job coaching myself, I just know that I need someone to tell me what to do or more importantly, tell me what not to do.

I went to the doctor yesterday for a completely different reason than what I left with.  WTF?  What I thought was a simple head-cold (that I only came down with on Sunday) had turned into a sinus infection by Tuesday.  WTF?  Clearly I am prone to sinus infections and I know this.  But I also know what I am supposed to do to prevent them when I have a cold.  Immediately start taking a decongestant (which I dislike because medicine makes me feel to funky but I do it anyway), nasal flushing, steam, fluids, and of course, the new ph tea courtesy of the new coach.  (btw, it's a new relationship and I'm just not willing to talk much about  But if you're curious, check out this PIC post)  I was on full sinus infection prevention defense!!!  

The score as of this morning if you're curious:
Sinuses = 5
Michelle's sinus infection fighting tactics = 0 

The sinuses were too much this time.  Oh, I'll get you next time just watch me!  Anywho, antibiotics have derailed the first week's plan and to be quite frank I am disappointed.  It's like getting ready to go back to school (I liked school so I was always excited to go back), having your backpack on and missing the damn bus.  And knowing you just can't get there today.  Or tomorrow.  Or probably even the next day. I know, I'm sick and I need to take care of myself.  But it was my first official week and I have been looking forward to this week, this start for the past month!

I'm trying not to whine.  I'm also going to try to get PIC to come over and make bagels with me.  That might make me feel better.  But truth be told, I'm in a pretty pissy mood.  Grrrrrr.  So here I sit, in front of the computer, drinking tea, taking meds, blowing my nose, and washing my hands.  And taking hot showers to steam all that crap out of my head.

Good news?  The antibiotics have kicked in, I just know it!  The dull pounding in my head is getting a teensy bit better.   And I will try to even up the score.  Coming at ya sinuses!!