Summer 2018 Kickoff

Sweet summertime…my favorite time of the year! Wanted to take the time to update on the goings-ons within the past month.

Finished off my 9th year of teaching with our choir musical and 5th grade talent show.



Then Mike & I flew out to Boulder, CO to watch the Ironman with our Big Sexy Racing team. It was a blast, just as I expected it would be.


I do have to say, there are so many amazing people who participate in this sport! Got to meet new friends along with two pro triathletes Rachel Joyce and a Craig “Crowie” Alexander!





I also loved spending time with Chris & Erika McDonald and their adorable kiddoes…


After the Boulder trip I hopped right into swim lessons, which I’ve enjoyed teaching for the past 14 years (I can’t believe it’s been that long?!!).


I’ve also been living up the freedom of summer break spending time with my girlfriends hanging at the pool and the beach of course!






Also have been trying to get back into triathlon training. I have signed up for 2 sprint tri’s this summer, the first being the Harlingen Triathlon Festival in mid July, the second Tri Girl Sprint also in Harlingen in August.



In other exciting news, I’m SUPER close to being an official Orangetheory coach! I’ve been practicing shadowing and coaching small blocks, and Mike has also let me coach a couple of entire classes myself (with his supervision, of course). It’s a bit overwhelming but I know that with more practice it’ll get easier.



The dogs have been good too! Blake has literally grown like a horse and he’s learning to get along with his brothers and sisters.



So there’s some updates for now! Looking forward to the 4th of July next week (one of my fav holidays). Will prob try to make my way out to the beach that week and of course enjoy some delicious grilled goods. Anybody doing anything special for the fourth?




Spa Girl Tri 2018

Last weekend my mom and I participated in the Spa Girl Tri in San Antonio. This was my second time participating in this race (I first did it back in 2013), and my mom’s first time. It was held at the beautiful JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. I was excited that we were actually staying at the resort, so we would be able to fully enjoy it.

hill country spa

We made the 4.5 hour drive up to San Antonio and got all checked in. The race check in actually had a very nice expo, and my mom and I got matching Pura Vida bracelets. We got all our swag, which included a t-shirt, lunch box, and stemless wine glass. Not to mention we got a peek at the GORGEOUS medal!


spa girl 1

Once we had dropped our bikes off we made our way up to the hotel room and wasted no time changing into our swimsuits to go enjoy the pool for a little while. It was a gorgeous late afternoon and we just took in the beautiful resort as we laid out by the pool with our drinks.

That evening we had dinner at a sports bar-type restaurant at the resort, then turned in for an early wake up call.


Since we were staying at the resort and our bikes were already racked, we really didn’t have to get up at such an ungodly hour. I think we were down at transition about 6:00am.

spa girl morning

Got all the gear set up, then headed to our start meeting point. We were herded together by our approximate 100m swim times. I had picked the same as my mom because we were going to try our best to swim together, but with the 100’s of ladies participating, we weren’t sure if it would work out. I figured I’d have her start before me and then I’d come up and swim beside her as much of the way as I could.

spa girl start

Once we started lining up and walking to the lazy river, we seemed to be moving pretty quickly. Whereas, 5 years ago I remember waiting almost an hour in line before I got in for the swim!


The swim portion was “supposed” to be 400m, but I honestly think it was at least 150 short. Which was fine by me! The current was going so strong because of all of the swimmers before I got in, that I really didn’t even need to kick at all, I pretty much just rode the wave! It was fun! I wasn’t able to stay right with my mom because of swimmer traffic, so I figured I’d just wait for her when I got out. She did awesome! So proud of her!


Transition was so far away from the swim, and we walked the whole way with my dad next to us. Once I got into transition, I enjoyed taking my time getting my bike gear on. This race was so laid back and chill; there was no sense of rushing and urgency because it was just a race to complete.

The bike was actually a little hilly and also a little congested with all the participants, but I made it through okay. When I got clear road, I took advantage of riding as fast as I could; it felt so great! I miss riding my bike!

spa girl bike

Before I knew it, I was done and headed back into transition.


spa girl run

The run was a 2 mile out-and-back and I was interested to see how I’d do since I’ve only been running at Orangetheory and not outdoors. DANG, the run was hilly! I hadn’t remembered how challenging the run course was from the last time! I even had to walk a little bit up a steep one, but that was only because I felt like I was running and landing weird with one of my feet.

spa girl finish line

And then there it was, the finish line! I was super excited to get that gorgeous medal around my neck! My mom and I went through the finish together & I can’t wait to see our official finisher pics.

spa girl finish

spa girl medal

We enjoyed the delicious fruits, quiche, chocolates, and mimosas out on the yard. It had been such a gorgeous overcast morning; ideal racing weather.

spa girl after

The rest of the afternoon was spent around the pool and tubing the lazy river. So much fun, and I’m so grateful to spend time with my parents.

by the pool

That evening we went to an outdoor dinner with live music and the band was so good! They played covers of John Mayer and Amy Winehouse in “easy listening” style. I loved it.


Overall, a very fun and relaxing weekend. I would totally do this race again, and I think it’d be more fun with a big group of girlfriends.

In other news, the school year is winding down and I am up to my elbows in preparing for my Spring Concert (appropriately titled, “I Need A Vacation”) which is next week. After that, it’ll be smooth sailing until summer break starts!



BISD “Anyone Can Tri” 2018


As I was running the end of this race I realized this is the 6th time I’ve competed in the BISD Tri! This race is always dear to me because it was my first ever triathlon back in 2011. Another great thing about this event is that it is rookie-friendly and allows kids to compete as well.

This year we had some special kiddoes complete their first triathlons and tri-relays!


Cristina & Jeremy’s kids Mia, Isa, and Roberto


And Laura’s son Luke!

We were all SO PROUD of them and I know they have the “triathlon bug” too ;).

My “race report” for this tri will be short and sweet, as this race was a sprint distance- 400m swim, 13 mile bike, and 5k run.

I was one of the first people to arrive at the Aquatic Center to set up my bike and transition area. I was excited because this is the first triathlon I’ve done since the Harlingen Tri Girl Sprint back in August; I wanted to see how my body would feel and do. I was also happy to debut my TriWithJoy kit finally!


I forgot to pack my watch for this race, so I don’t know my times for any of the three sports. But this year there were no age group winners, it was just a “compete to finish” race. My swim felt good and helped get me energized and warmed up for the rest of the race. I will say that I passed about 5 people and never got passed by anyone, so I was happy with that :).



My mom also competed in the race as a swimmer in a relay and I was so proud of her, she did awesome!


Out of the water and onto the bike!


The bike route for this race is a little sketchy; only because there are several businesses and stop lights where drivers are coming out in front of us, so we have to be very aware of the traffic around us. It was a little bit windy, but nothing I haven’t dealt with before. I actually felt pretty strong on the bike and was running it back into T2 before I knew it!



I was VERY happy that it was a cloudy and overcast day. It really helped stave off the heat. Yes, it was humid, but since I was wet from my swim, I still kept cool. And I MUST SAY that my Orangetheory training made a BIG difference in how I felt on my run! Seriously, I felt like I could have run a 10k at this point and felt fine!


So that’s it! Another enjoyable race and I’m happy to kick of triathlon season 2018. Next one is Spa Girl in San Antonio, then Mike and I plan on signing up for Buffalo Springs 70.3 in June! Ahh!



Spring Forward!


Hey friends! Can you believe March is OVER already?! To me, it always seems that springtime flies by. Which is a good thing, because I am SO READY for summer break.

I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of tri training. After not having trained for one for about 7 months, I almost feel like I’m starting all over again. Although I have been religiously attending Orangetheory Fitness about 5x a week, I haven’t ridden my bike (outdoors or on the trainer) and am JUST getting back into my swimming. So yes, like a restart.


Next weekend is my first tri of the season! It’s our local BISD Sprint tri and I’m excited about it. It was the first tri I ever did back in 2011, and it’s always fun. Plus, this year there are no “places”, it’s just a race to get a finisher medal; which takes a little pressure off. I’m still going to try to do my best though 😉.

The next tri I’m signed up for will be special because my mom & I are doing it together. It’s the Spa Girl Tri in San Antonio & it falls on Mother’s Day weekend. Of all the sprint triathlons I’ve done, this one is my favorite. Not to mention the mimosas waiting at the finish line!

In other news, Mike & I added a new member to the family! We adopted little Blake over Spring Break & had quite a scare. He tested positive for Parvo virus, & needed to be hospitalized for 3 days.


He’s a fighter & he healed right up! Now he keeps us (& the other pups) on our toes. He’s quite a rascal but we’re in love with him!


I’m looking forward to Easter weekend. We have Good Friday off & I plan to take my bike out for a short ride. Then spend some girl time catching some rays at the pool. Anyone else have any plans for Easter weekend?



My life is my perception

as happy quote

Happy TGIFriday!

I can’t believe we only have 12 more days of this month. I’m actually really enjoying the chillier weather we’ve been getting this winter. After a rather extremely warm fall, it’s a welcome change (to me, at least).

winter selfie

Things are moving and shaking in my life, but I like keeping busy. Orangetheory Brownsville has been doing well, and Mike is working hard. I’m very proud of him and all of his team. It’s a welcoming environment and a GREAT workout. In fact, I’ll be joining the 8 week Transformation Challenge starting at the end of this month, so we’ll see what happens with that!


I’ve also signed on to be a presenter with Younique makeup, and I’ve been having so much fun with it. Before joining, I always enjoyed watching Youtube beauty gurus transforming their faces with makeup, and always wished I knew how to do that and have the tools to try. Well, I’m no pro, but I’m trying to learn, and I’m having a blast. From filming short “tutorials” in my bathroom, to going “LIVE” on Facebook with Cristina during our “Mask Me Anything/Wine Not Wednesday”…it’s hilarious and a fun new journey.

fb live mask

I know the title of my post seems a little deep, but it only comes from these couple of quotes I came across that made me think, and really inspired me:

“The dream you’re living is your creation. It’s your perception of reality that you can change at any time. You have the power to create ‘hell’ and you have the power to create ‘heaven’. Why not dream a different dream? Why not use your mind, your imagination, and your emotions to dream ‘heaven’?”

Profound thoughts! Everyone have a JOYOUS weekend!


Another Auld Lang Syne

If you didn’t know, the song “Auld Lang Syne”, traditionally played at midnight on New Year’s Eve, loosely translates to, “For old time’s sake“…


As we bid farewell on 2017, I wanted to do a quick recap and update on life since I last posted. Mostly told through photos :).

2D22ACCA-114E-414C-BDE9-12ECBB71F710Sandie and I tracked and cheered on our friends Jeremy, Cristina, and Laura from Brownsville as they competed in Ironman Arizona over Thanksgiving break.


A9675428-4745-43B5-BAF1-3808090122EFThanksgiving dinner was at my parents’ house this year. Here is a photo with one of my favorite people in the world, my Grandma Jan.


AB687B9E-8A2B-4759-B1C0-031A7EC9E374Orangetheory Brownsville opened it’s doors, and you KNOW my friends and I were down for any themed workout. We also fill in the 5:00am class spots!



3B20A498-F1BD-46EC-AFBE-BCD8E0C1F301I was in full-swing concert mode the last couple weeks of school. Three nightly performances and a day of Christmas caroling around town! Honey, I was READY for break!




The OTF Member’s Christmas party entailed all of the coaches attempting a challenge which included a 2000 meter row, 2 mile run, and 100 burpees! Poor Mike was working his butt off while my friends and I enjoyed our wine. But he did it!



Christmas morning we enjoyed our cold front with some coffees on our back porch. Then we headed to my parent’s house for lunch and opening our stockings.



Even though we’re on break, we’ve still been getting our workouts in. But it’s so nice to be able to stop for a coffee and visit afterwards. Here we are at a very cute local coffeeshop called Juice Us.

Because Orangetheory Brownsville is just getting on it’s feet, Mike and I can’t make any major definite plans for 2018. We DID sign back on with Big Sexy Racing for 2018 (how could we not?!), and are trying to make a Colorado trip happen in late February, so we’ll see.

Happy New Year friends! Here’s to 2018!


San Diego Trip


Another new month! This is going to be an exciting one as our Orangetheory Fitness Brownsville will be opening! I’m so excited for this new chapter. I’m ready to become fitter, faster, and stronger!

otf studio

I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since we went to the Orangetheory Convention in San Diego, but I wanted to be sure to do a trip recap so I could look back on my memories later on.

otf with mike

This trip could not have come at a better time; this school year’s calendar gives us no breaks until Thanksgiving and I was getting antsy to get away for a little while. We flew out on Wednesday evening and arrived in San Diego around 6:45. Our taxi took us to our hotel, which was only about 3 miles from the airport, and Mike, Eddie, and Jaime got checked in for the convention. I was also able to check in and got my name tag and some nice swag bags too. There was a “glow workout” scheduled for that time, and those 3 got ready and went to the workout. I just hung out in the room and relaxed until they were done. We met up at the hotel bar and had some drinks and dinner and then hit the hay.

The next day we woke up still on Texas time, and I was dressed and ready to head out for a run by 7:30am. I had packed my running shoes, belt, and Garmin  because I knew the weather would be gorgeous for running, and I had my half marathon coming up in a couple of days. I’m so glad I took the time to run and explore because I got familiar with the area, and took note of places I’d like to go visit.

san diego harbor

As I expected, my run felt amazing, and before I knew it, I was 4 miles out! I turned around and headed back to the hotel to finish a satisfying 8 mile run.


I headed back inside and Mike & his crew were already at their sessions. I showered, got ready, and figured out what I would do with my day ahead.

As I had been running, I noticed flags going up around the San Diego Harbor for an Extreme Sailing event. I thought that would be cool to experience, and I knew the location wasn’t too far, so I got an Uber and headed that way. When I arrived several tents had been set up as well and bleachers facing the water, but there weren’t too many people around. I asked someone when it would begin and was told this was a “soft opening” day and that the actual races would take place the next two days. I got myself a delicious chicken gyro wrap from a food truck and a craft beer and looked over the schedule of events.

sailing lunch

I noticed that a kite surfing display was going to begin soon, so I found a nice patch of grass and settled in to watch.

cruiser ship

As more and more surfers got out on the water, it was such an amazing sight to see. They looked so calm and relaxed and made kite surfing look easy (and I’m sure it absolutely isn’t)! Bucket list to try out for me.

kite surfers

I decided to start heading back to the hotel and figured instead of getting an Uber, I’d rent a bike. Great idea, because I had a blast cruising back and stopped to take several pictures.


Near the giant Midway ship was the amazing “Kissing Statue”. I had always liked that famous photo and to see this giant statue was insane!

kissing statue

Got back to the hotel and touched base with Mike. He had one more session left to attend, so I hung out in the room and started getting ready for our party that evening.

It turned out that our party was actually held on the Midway Museum ship. That thing is HUGE! Also, I got to experience just how many people were here for the convention, over 2000!

midway museum

To close the party off was an orange fireworks show.

otf fireworks

Rode a pedi-cab back to the hotel and passed out for the night.

I slept in a bit the next morning and decided to book an Orangetheory class at a studio nearby. My instructor was very welcoming as well as motivating. The class was fun and kicked my butt!

I had to make a decision on what I would spend my last day in San Diego doing. When I had researched previously, visiting the La Jolla sea lions looked like something I’d enjoy. I called an Uber and had him take me about 15 miles out to La Jolla Beach.

When he dropped me off, really didn’t know where to go. I took a little walk up and down the beach boardwalk and it was a little chilly and drizzling.

la jolla beach

I realized this was not where the sea lions were and did some Google map research to find that they were at the La Jolla Cove, which was a 2 mile walk from where I was. I decided 2 miles isn’t too far, and started my walk.

I didn’t realize this walk was uphill a lot of the time, and that I’d be walking along a busy highway for about a mile! Oh well, adventures….FINALLY I made it to the cove. I knew I had arrived by the smell….haha.

la jolla cove

But boy was it beautiful. I was blown away.

la jolla birds

la jolla cliff

I climbed out onto the bluff to take some pictures but still hadn’t spotted the sea lions. Then I heard them! So excited, I found my cutie pies! They are hilarious to watch. They reminded me of my wiener dog Billy!

san diego seal

with sea lions

I was so glad I had made the trip to La Jolla, that town was beautiful. The homes around the area were absolutely incredible. I got lucky with my Uber driver back, and older gentleman who took me around for a little guided tour.

la jolla homes

Got back to the hotel and hung out with Mike for awhile. He asked if I wanted to go and see the last big Orangetheory event, the “Dry Tri”. What a sight to see! Hundreds of extremely fit people doing an impossibly insane workout: row 2000 meters, 50 burpees, about 300 reps of body weight exercises, and then sprint a 5k on the treadmills. Good Lord.

dry tri
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That evening was the Awards Banquet. We got all dolled up and headed to the ballroom. This party was so over-the-top. Delicious food, great live music, and an MC that sounded exactly like Justin Timberlake, I swear.

otf awards dinner

otf group

A wonderful end to an amazing trip. I love San Diego and can’t wait to go back!

When we arrived home on Saturday, we picked up our race packets and proceeded to run the Brownsville Historic Half Marathon. Let me tell you….humidity at it’s finest! But we had an awesome crew representing OTF thanks to Ownway Apparel!

otf run group