5 Lies of Exercise

What confusion do you face as you prepare to face your short-term or long-term health and fitness goals? Here are the 5 lies of exercise that I allowed to sabotage me for years. Lie #1: There is no sense starting an exercise program at your age. It doesn’t matter if you’re 30, 35, 40, 45, or beyond, this lie is brutal. As each year passed and I remained sedentary and unhealthy, I felt like I had less and less of a chance to return to a life of fitness, let alone reach any sort of goal. And I was right. But it had nothing to do with age and everything to… Read more »

Litchfield Triathlou: Olympic-Distance Triathlon

As I write this late race recap for the “Litchfield Triathlou”, I’ve got three triathlons under my belt. Two were sprint-distance races, which is generally something like a half-mile swim, a 15-mile bike ride, and then a 5K run. The first one went fine; I loved it! The second one, the Chicago Triathlon, was no small feat. In fact, it was not fun at all. You can read my race report here if you’d like to know more details, but the biggest problem with that race was that I had some kind of attack (panic, asthma, allergy to the lake… Read more »

Chi Tri 11

Chicago Triathlon

The Chicago Triathlon!? WOW! I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post when I said I had two more triathlons to do in the next six weeks. I’ve been in the midst of my last ten-week term of grad school, changing jobs and training at work, and training for a longer-distance triathlon. I guess sometimes it’s hard to write about being fit and busy when you’re living it. But, since tomorrow is the Litchfield Triathlou, my first Olympic-distance tri, i figured I’d better post a recap of the Chicago Triathlon I did two weeks ago. First of all,… Read more »

triathlon training schedule, olympic triathlon, triathlon training program, fit and busy life

Six Weeks to Go: Two More Triathlons

Two more Triathlons! I’m in the final six weeks until my first Olympic-distance (aka International-distance) triathlon. The Litchfield Triathlou is on September 11th, and on my way there, I’ll be picking up another sprint-length tri on August 28th, the Chicago Triathlon. FYI: Sprint distance is usually .5-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride, and a 5k. The Olympic distance is usually a 1-mile swim, a 30-mile bike ride, and a 10k. Some courses are a bit shorter, but those lengths are in the ballpark. Last week, my training partner Stacy and I drove two hours to the Chicago lakeshore to take an… Read more »

Top five tips to keep your fitness focus when life gets off course.

Keeping your Fitness Focus When Stress Hits

I haven’t written much in the past two weeks, and I can’t get into a lot of specifics, but I’m facing some things personally that have made my life even more busy. Not only busy, but pretty traumatic for me and my loved ones. My first thought was, “Well, is this it? Is this when I give up on my fitness goals?” I mean we all have a limit to our fitness focus, right? And, as I saw when my triplets were born, the sort of life-changing circumstance I’m facing kind of asks a person to reorder priorities and reconsider any time and money investment… Read more »

no-guilt fitness, busy-life guilt, Fit and busy life no-guilt fitness nicole o'dell natalie balnius weight loss fitness example extreme weight loss, exercise for busy moms

No-Guilt Fitness In Your Busy Life

Before my triplets were born, I was very fit and active. I didn’t mind a few extra steps and often found ways to get some. We’d purposely pick the parking space at the back of the lot or take the stairs rather than the elevator. We’d always say, “Why not? We are not lazy people.” Well, in the years following the birth of my triplets, I lost that bounce in my step. I started circling the parking lot to find the closest spot. When I’d see someone headed to the row I was in, I’d wait if I suspected that person… Read more »

race report nicole o'dell stacy morse esprit de she triathlon race weight loss swim bike run naperville centennial beach riverwalk tri finisher sprint triathlon

Esprit de She Race Report

I love reading detailed race reports, so I write them as I like to read them. If you’d prefer something less wordy, here are some bullet points about the Esprit de She. Esprit de She is an awesome event! I did great–reached all my goals. The swim was harder than I expected. Cried at the finish line. Will do this race again and again. Now, if you want all the details about my experience here you go… Esprit de She This past Sunday, my friend Stacy and I competed in the 2016 Gildan Esprit de She triathlon in Naperville, IL. It… Read more »