Ironman Kona!

There has been a lot going on over here in Hawaii these past few months. Work. Travel for work. More work. I am currently here in Kona for the Ironman World Championships – not to race, but to get my Retul Bike Fit certification!   Yes! I’m now a Retul certified fitter and I’ve got to tell you that I love, love, love the knowledge I’ve gained. I can’t wait.

Oh Mio My!

I cannot wear a heart rate chest strap without some form of chafing, rawness, blood, and/or pain. I just don’t have the desire to torture myself to make it work. Yet there are no other options out there THAT WORK if you want to train with heart rate. And yes, I’ve tried the bra with the built in sensors in the bra band. Epic fail. Training with heart rate is.

Ride the Rockies 2014 : Pre-Trip & Gear List

As with any event, I was really ready to be done with the training for Ride the Rockies. Done. Over. No more. Our island is small, my dog needs a baby sitter, and it got hot. And I wore out all my cycling shorts. I was just done. So I was oh-so-happy to get to taper week and ship off our bikes to Colorado. That didn’t mean I was the.

Dropping the Hammer, pre-oral surgery

I have to get some serious miles in before my oral surgery tomorrow. I’m having a tooth yanked, a bone graft done, and (as if that wasn’t enough already) a titanium post put in. Does it have Di2? Full suspension? A power meter? For the prices I’m paying it could have all that! Oh well, they say once you got titanium you never go back…I took that a little far..

Ride the Rockies: Let the Training Begin!

I’m so excited that Henrik and I made the Ride the Rockies Lottery! It’s been on our list of things to do for years now and Honu Ironman 70.3 has always been in the way. Finally it has worked out and guess what folks? THIS IS NO JOKE. Let’s just look at the elevation for the week shall we? Those lines on the elevation map?  Those are in increments of.

Saddle Battle Part 3: Are you an Outie?

Back in 2011 I started my journey to find the perfect saddle.  3 years later I’m here to say that I’m still not sure I’ve found The One.  To read up on the journey, check: Saddle Battle Part 1 Saddle Battle Part 2 Many things have changed since I began my quest to find the perfect saddle.  I’ve changed bikes (of course!), riding style, riding goals, and have lost about.

Saddle Battle: Part 2 The One?

Part 2 was originally published in late 2011 on my Bike Friday Blog.  I’m bringing it up here so I can update my saddle adventures! I’m not going to say I found “The One.” I will not refer to my saddle as Neo. As much as I want to, I guess you could say I’m “saddle shy.” heh. But after MONTHS of agony on the bike (ok, that’s a little.

Saddle Battle: Part 1 The Quest

I originally wrote this back in July of 2011 on my Bike Friday blog. I’m bringing it over here so I can update my Saddle Battle Adventures! When it comes to my Queen Victoria, I do not skimp on gear. This includes chamios cream, riding knickers (thanks TdF for the lingo!) and saddles. Ahhh…saddles. Bless you folks with the luck of just stumbling upon a saddle and going “saddle issues?.

New Gear: Rain Poncho!

I’m a banana on a bike! No, I’m just trying to stay dry in the heat and humidity of Hawaii! Years ago I dropped a LOT of cash for a Carradice Rain Cape and within 2 years the thing had delaminated and was useless. Typical Hawaii issues. I loved the concept though! Loved the openness below you as your ride. Loved the bright screaming yellow. Loved that it kept my.

Review: Smartphone tracking apps

I’m a Garmin Gal.  I have been since I started geocaching almost a decade (!!!) ago.  The Garmin eTrex unit was pretty much the only choice out there.  So I have a history with Garmin.  It works, it has its quirks, it does the job…most of the time.  So when I started the Swim, Bike, Run thing, Mr. Van Tiki suggested I go with a Garmin Forerunner and I did..