Goals, goals, goals, goals!

Sitting in my living room, watching a movie while reading a blogpost from Nick Symmonds, founder of RunGum, I was compelled to think of all the goals and dreams and aspirations I had for 2017.   And while many did not happen, I could not have dreamt of where I am now.   And then, looking ahead to 2018 and my dreams and goals for the year that is beginning to unfold.   

My goals for 2018 include some lofty athletic endeavors:

— swim 26.2(cumulative) before Patriot’s Day (boston marathon day); 

— #BQat50 (I am training for Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon in July).  

— And enjoy the JOURNEY.   The process.   


After all, to train for and complete a marathon takes a great deal of commitment and dedication.   And a focus to detail.   

I have endured the frigid temperatures of Houston this week, and trained inside biking and treadmilling so I can run outside today.   

It is certainly about the Journey!  


Professionally, I aspire to remain committed to you and sharing in your adventures along the way.  

What are YOUR GOALS?   And how do you expect to achieve these? 

How can I help you SUCCEED


Things to Be on the Lookout for:  

— womens tri group and swim.   

— kids swim group

—OTTERS spring registration 

— Race Schedules 


I look forward to seeing you at the finish line! 

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The Levitate

When Brooks Running announced the name of their new shoe, the Levitate, I imagined little hoverboards inside the shoes.  

How else can one ‘levitate’?  In all seriousness, I was looking forward to receiving my pair to give these a test run.   

To start:  Sebastian, my youngest cat, loves the box!  And I couldn’t help but notice how blue the shoes are.  Putting these on my feet felt like slippers with laces….. very comfortable! 

 And off I went for an ‘easy 2.5mile run’, having skipped my run yesterday.   The run was actually after a challenging cycling class that I taught, so it was not as easy as I would expect.

As I began my run, I immediately noticed the cooshy feeling.  They supported my feet but had an extra spring to them.  

They are bouncy! 

I enjoyed the run as the shoe gave me a little extra push to be able to run a solid 2.5miles.  These are definitely going to be added to my training regimen.   I foresee using these on longer runs, if I am coming off tired legs or if I need to get through a longer run in a solid form.   

Visit Brooks Running to acquire your own pair.   Remember to Run Happy!  



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Announcing OTTER Tri Team




I am thrilled to announce the launch of the OTTER TRI Team!  

Visit:  ottertriteam.com for the most up to date information.  


After several hurdles related to changes and Hurricane Harvey, we are looking to begin with the bike and run segments:  

Saturday 23 September. 

Practices will be T/TH/SA.   On these days, practices will encompass bike and run skills and safety.  


At this time, we are only able to offer the swim progression in a private (up to small group of 3).   


Our practices will conclude for the winter months 15 October after the Try Andy’s Tri, and will resume in January for the 2018 season.  All levels and abilities are welcome.  


The following describes the team levels, fees and expectations.   




OTTER youth Tri Team 

Email:  ottertriteam@gmail.com to reserve your spot.  


OTTER youth TRI TEAM requires a non-refundable registration fee to hold your space.  This fee is $50 until 1Sept, and $75 after that.


ALL athletes are expected to compete as an OTTER and for the OTTER TRI TEAM.  


For this time period:  September – October we are offering training for $150/athlete.   There is the opportunity for 12 coached practices and race support at the races.   Rates will return to monthly/punch card rates in January.   

 Paper work and registration and team fees due prior to your child’s first practice.  

The Team Levels:   

GROUP I: (Developmental group)  6-10years

Two practices a week  — T/Th– 4:30pm, Sa– 3:30pm

This athlete is:  new to triathlon.

                       Is able to RIDE  (bicycle) safely without training wheels.

                       Can SWIM 25 yards freestyle, proficiently

                        Can WALK/RUN 1/2 mile


GROUP II: (Youth Performance)  7-10years

Two practices/week — T/Th 4:30pm; Sa –3:30pm

This athlete Has some experience in triathlon. 

 AND           Can RIDE 3miles with safe bike handling skills

                   Can SWIM 100yards Freestyle proficiently

                   Can RUN 1/2mile in under 6minutes.

                   Has Coach Approval. 


GROUP III (Youth Performance)  11-15years

Two – three practices/week with the opportunity to participate in longer rides with the pre-elites.

T/Th 4:30pm; Sa 3:30pm

This athlete has triathlon experience (more than two races). 

                     Can RIDE 6miles

                     Can SWIM 200yards freestyle proficiently

                     Can RUN/WALK  1mile

                     Has Coach Approval


PRE-ELITE  9-13years

Two – four practices a week.  T/TH — 4:30pm; Sa –3:30pm

This athlete is Advanced or Experienced triathlete.

                     Can RIDE 6miles in a group

                     Has advanced bike handling skills 

                   Can SWIM 300yards proficiently

                     Has swum in open water

                     Can RUN 1/2mile in under 4minutes

                     Can RUN 2miles without stopping

                     Has Coach Approval.


Satellite Team 

This is for those athletes who want to be an OTTER, but are unable to participate in practices.  

Registration fee:  $50 until 1Sept; $75 thereafter. 

With weekly training schedule:  $75/month.

No training schedule has no additional fee.



The OTTER TRI TEAM website is currently under construction.

 If you are interested in starting your training now or for more information about the OTTERS, 

please contact Coach Meg:  Ottertriteam@gmail.com 










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Starting the Day on Offense

The alarm goes off and the day is underway!  The cats have been walking across me for an hour, and the phone has a million messages waiting for me.   I start the day playing defense.   And I rarely get caught up.  The day is defense or a reaction to everyone and everything around me.   


At GAIN X this year, Wade Gilbert discussed starting the day on OFFENSE.


After the conclusion of GAIN X we were asked what we learned and what changes we made in our coaching.  I reflected on the details of the week, and the point that resonated most with me, was making time for me and being able to coach from a position of offense and not defense.  


How does one do that?  How often does the day start before we do, and we spend the day, week, month chasing after the events with little to no control over the events.  

I afterall am guilty.   I have five boys, of the feline persuasion and there are mornings that I am running at a pace I cannot maintain to manage the trouble they have created.  

I am guilty.  I put myself last.   I chase things in the pursuit of making money to pay my bills, instead of making choices that will impact my professional endeavors and those goals I want to achieve.   

I am guilty.  I wake to the alarm on my phone, and immediately check the drama that is occuring in the world.  

As a result, my day is reactionary and not decisionary (my word).  I am not making choices;  I am making responses.  


In this, I realized I have many half-started projects, half-read books, and no focus professionally.  

SO, my focus has been to start my day on OFFENSE.  In order to do this, I have changed ——-  


– I am stepping outside my comfort zone to meet and greet people who are doing what I want to do.  i am asking key questions for direction so I can learn from their path.  

– I have requested a mentor through USA Triathlon’s mentorship program.  It will be nice to be held accountable.

– I am finishing those half-read books.   I have a reading/podcast checklist.  I have booked these as appointments, so I can read, listen amd learn. 

– I am concluding my day with Yoga amd stretching.  I want to learn more about this discipline and it is helping relax so I can sleep. 

– I still sleep with my phone in my room (for safety, as I do not have a land-line), but I put it on DO NOT DISTURB and I do not check the details until after I have eaten. 

-I block time out of the day to read, write, prepare for coaching and do business administration. 


And through this……. I feel better, more confident, more capable of handling all the curve balls tossed my way.  




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Houston Kids Triathlon


The weekend of 21 & 22 May brought some excitement.   

The kids I was able to coach completed a triathlon.   For many, it was their first.  Congrats to them!   

Here are some pictures from the event:  



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Learning something New

One of my newest and youngest clients is a younger sibling of two kids I coach.   J wants to participate in tri….. and as the youngest, wants to better his brother and sister.    I wamted to share this clip, because he is learning to do a flipping turtle, amd is laughing in the process.  



It is a reminder that training, while challenging needs to be fun.  


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A seemingly quiet morning quickly turned into organized and loud chaos!  Saturday morning, I participated in my first GOTR 5K. 



 And what a treat it was…….. this 5K was unlike any other I have participated in.  This event was a celebration of the journey the girls had taken in empowering themselves to learn about themselves and relationships and to train for a 5K.  

And we had a party!!! Running through downtown Houston, we celebrated.   Wearing capes and tutus with glitter in our hair, we stomped and sang and ran.  We cheered for each other as we ran!   This could not be compared to any other race I have done.  

It was amazing!  

And while I may not be able to coach a team next season, I have committed to serving and supporting this program in the future.  Whether I serve as an adelaide, or partner as a sole mate, I will continue to support GOTR


Can’t wait until Fall?  GOTR Houston is running CAMP GOTR.  Registration is open.   



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Happy Easter!


He is not here!  The tomb is empty!  He has Risen!  


Happy Easter!  


Without Christ, we would not have many of the Holidays we celebrate.  

Without Christ, we would not be able to have communion with God.  

He has Risen!  He has Risen Indeed!  

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TriKids Training


TriKids Training in conjunction with the Houston Kids Triathlon is now at its half-way mark.   

I am thrilled for the rest this weekend as we have time-off for Easter.  Upon return next week, there are four weeks before race day! 

We are beginning the countdown with practice turning to transitions and a mock-tri the week before the race.  


As I am overseeing the practices with my team of coaches at the Weekley YMCA, I have some insights to share as parents are preparing through the final weeks, and looking ahead to other races.   


 – BE Certain your child can swim.  Many of the kids come to trainings at the YMCA not being able to swim, or maybe being able to swim a little bit.  We do provide swim lessons outside of TriTraining, and help kids be race ready BUT they need to have the ability to swim before they consider competing.   One hundred meters is the swim distance for the Junior division at Houston Kids Triathlon. If your child can only swim 50feet, it is not going to be a pleasant experience.   I think it might be more traumatic for a child to be pulled from the race because he cannot complete the swim, than waiting until next year to compete when they can swim 100yards.  


-Biking without training wheels.  In the same thought process as knowing how to swim, your child needs to compete without training wheels.  We have had several children arrive who are still learning to ride a bike.  In the Junior division, the bike segment is 3 miles long.   That is a long way to go if one does not know how to ride.  


-Your child needs to become independent.   It is challenging to encourage you the parents to empower your child to try on her own.  To learn how to dry off and put shoes on after swimming.   And yet, your children manage to figure it out.  The reality is the athlete has to do this for herself.  On race day, only the athlete is allowed in transition.   Trust that your coaches are teaching your children to be independent by extending the empowerment to practice.   In allowing your child to practice, she will learn the easiest ways to transitionand excel on race day.  

-We meet once a week for seven weeks for an hour.  The majority of training is up to you and your child.  Training plan/guides were provided.   If you are not working with your child by biking, running and swimming, you are not helping in the goal achievement.   Completing this race can be fun if your child is prepared for it.   

-Understand that TRIATHLON is not an easy sport for spectators.  You will not be able to see your child do every part of the race.  Unlike basketball or soccer, the race is on a course in which you cannot see the entire route from one location.   Some races prevent spectators from being at certain locations, or insist that you remain at a certain location until all the athletes have passed.  Choose your locations wisely.   A great place to see your child is in transition.   Or at the finish line.  This creates a great opportunity for your child to share what you could not see.  


-Have a preset plan after the race to make it easy for your child to find you.  Choose a location.  Wear fun t-shirts.  Carry baloons.   There will be many people at the race.   Make it simple for your child to find you.  


The purpose of the HKT is to not only expose kids to a new sport, but to create movement in the quest to defeat childhood obesity.   Get your child involved safely by ensuring he can perform skill sets before registering for the race.  Then your coaches can train your child to have the best race ever.  


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Crazy Little Ideas in My Head……


As I was having a conversation after cycling class this morning about triathlon, a crazy little idea came running through my head………

Brace yourselves!  


My idea is to train for a half-iron or 70.3miles from the perspective of a non-tri and share with you the good, bad and ugly of racing and prep.  I will talk to many different, experienced and less-experienced individuals about training for their first (or next race).   I want you to understand the passion for triathlon and racing.   


Save the Date:   We are headed to either British Columbia or Hawaii in June 2018.  (I have not yet decided where I want to compete. Ideally, it would have been StCroix, BUT the last running of the race is next month).  

Will you join me?   This can be an awesome destination race!  And I am inviting you to take this journey with me.   


Please reach out for more details.   

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