I am Dawn Anderson...

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Me being silly at the Pocahontas Run Like a Girl 4-mile run today.

The event was an awareness and fundraiser for the HERA Foundation, an organization working to fight the devastating effects of ovarian cancer. Follow the links, educate yourself, and make a difference. I’ll be passed out over here on the couch. #tired

Hey y’all!

Wow, where did May go?! I have to say, I was not well prepared for how much time triathlon training would take. I feel I haven’t done much other than work, gym, sleep, repeat. Nonetheless life is all about balance, right? And I plan to get back to some balance including filling this space.

Quick synopsis of the past month: started a 16-week swim focus training plan, failed my beginner’s swim class and have to repeat it, completed my first 5K with some co-workers & had a blast, immediately signed-up for another race, spent the last week and a half fighting a serious bout of seasonal allergies with no working out, ran too hard on Sunday and possibly re-injured/injured my hips.

That last reason is why I’m home early with time on my hands today. May was also full of lots of eating out and lots of convenience foods which is not good for me or the husband. That ends to-day. Tonight is about some serious kitchen time: cleaning, meal prep, maybe some baking …

Here is my dinner meal plan for the rest of the week:

  • Tuesday: his (cheese) & hers (tofu) roasted vegetable penne
  • Wednesday: grilled turkey chops, quick kale, cornbread, black eyed peas, tomatoes
  • Thursday: teriyaki tilapia/tofu, rice, sauteed string beans, grilled pineapple
  • Friday: leftovers
  • Saturday: veggie pizza
  • What’s on your menu this week? Any good go-to dishes?


    So this happened…


    I spent a few days afterwards feeling sick to my stomach wondering “what had I done?” But I’m over that now and into week 2 of my 16-week training plan. I’ll post more soon (maybe a vlog post?) but just wanted to check into the world and let you know I’ve picked my sport!

    Looking for a sport


    How are you doing? It has been a minute since I’ve been in this space. I went into serious hibernation mode for the entire winter! But alas, Spring is here and I’m coming up for air and sunshine 🙂

    Me? I’ve been okay. I had a pretty heavy bout of fatigue (for no diagnosable reason) for most of the winter. Possibly SAD. Possibly CFS. Who knows… I’ve been feeling pretty good since the end of February so that’s a plus. I was already fighting the I-don’t-want-to-go-to-the-gym-or-workout bug before that, but this last instance put me on my butt for weeks on end. I was still walking to catch the bus for work and taking the stairs on occasion, but outside of that I maybe was working out once per week. Shameful. My weight has been floating around 160 lbs all winter as well. Not bad, but not heading toward my goal weight either.

    A very smart athlete I know told me at the beginning of my fitness journey to pick a sport. She said that at some point I would get bored with what I was doing and I would need something to train for. As the saying goes – she ain’t nev’a lied. I tweeted the other day that I needed a sport. Another friend (also a very smart athlete) replied, half joking I’m sure, “triathlon!”. What?!

    That’s crazy talk, right? Well, I have to admit that at the end of 2011 I had checked out the Pink Power Sprint Triathlon and was intrigued. It appealed to me for many reasons – it’s all women, you don’t have to know how to swim, only male volunteers (!), and the fact that it combines 3 different things – that could keep me interested! I actually started Couch-to-5K training at that time in an effort to see if I could choose Triathlon as my sport. Well, that ended abruptly in May. After a run one day I had hip pain like you wouldn’t believe. When it didn’t resolve itself I went to the doctor to have it checked out. The result? A crooked pelvis. My right hip had dropped AND was tilted forward. The prescription = the end of my running career. 🙁

    Last week when the triathlon bug was put in my ear, I was back at the Pink Power Sprint site checking it out. Then I quickly went down the rabbit hole of the internet looking for information, tips, stories about others who have gone from just working out regularly to becoming a triathlete.  I can’t swim. I haven’t run since May of 2012. I have a little bike experience (it’s been my equipment of choice for cardio at the gym since 2011). Considering a triathlon would be crazy, right?! Well, I might not be crazy but I’m damn close. Last Thursday I started swim class.  Yesterday was week 1, day 1 of couch-to-5K training again. Friday I have an appointment with my Chiropractor to see if my hip is going to cooperate. My plan is to up my exercise routine through April and see if I completely fall apart. If I don’t, I’m thinking I may commit to tri training. That’s a scary (but exciting) thought!

    My workout plan for April:

    • Monday – yoga; week 1, day 1 C25K; ab work
    • Tuesday – swim class
    • Wednesday – strength (full body); week 1, day 2 C25K
    • Thursday – swim class
    • Friday – strength (full body); week 1, day 3 C25K
    • Saturday – REST (normally spin class but I’m being a road-dog for Nicole Lee Designs this week!)
    • Sunday – spin class (normally rest day)

    I’m open to any and all comments, tips, tricks, thoughts regarding triathlons that you may have. And if anyone wants to join in on the fun of possible training or training, I’m down with that too!

    In the interim, I’ve been talked into participating in the GLOWRun 5K on May 11th with a group of co-workers. Have you all heard of this? Basically its a rave with some running thrown in. It looks like a complete and total blast – and you know I’m ALWAYS ready for a good party! 🙂

    What’s been up with you?

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