Snow Balls and Snowmen

The First Snowball of the Year

(January 6, 1995)


I woke up at 9:01 am and my older sister came running into my room. “ It’s snowing, real big snow and it’s sticking. I got dressed and went outside to play. My sister made a snowball and then made a pile.

“Taylor, why don’t you make a wall like me, I yelled” “Ok replied Taylor. So we both made a wall and snowballs and there went the fight. Kenzie, my dog, came out. She loved snow so ate my snowballs.

“ I quit” I said, “because Kenzie is eating my snowballs!! Taylor said, “ Me too” We stopped. I decided to make a snowman. I got a bog ball of snow and started to build. Taylor went inside. In almost twenty minutes a three foot snowman was created and Kenzie loved the buttons and pepperoni

The Silliest Snowman

(January 1995)

I was walking around the neighborhood when there it was, the silliest snowman I ever saw. It was so cute! He had a hat with polka dots, spaghetti for hair, button eyes and pepperoni buttons. He also had a noodle for a mouth. He was so cute! He had a polka dotted scarf and socks. He even had brown shoes. Beside him was a sign, it read

Hi, my name is Harvey!! Harvey? That’s a nice name. I kept on walking. I stopped, turned around and Harvey magically winked at me. Ever since that day I always believe in snowmen and always believed in Harvey


Ryan Alea Young

Ok, I did correct a couple spelling errors. However, it was only a couple.

Ryan, I am sorry I never saw your potential. This is amazing!



Spread Your Wings

Ryan Spread your wings

Chasing Kona Daily Journal


This rain needs to go away or at least the weather forecaster’s need some more practice. I took Monday off from all training. Yeah! This is very hard for me to do: however, I was successful. Actually, I do need to plan on at least one full day off each week. After a day off, I am usually a little more motivated to insure my next workout is one of quality! My plan for Yesterday was to Swim in the morning, easy, which I did and ride for an easy hour in the evening. The rain prevented me from accomplishing my afternoon goal. I thought about running then decided an easy day would likely do me more good then harm. I have to confess; I am beginning to believe that less may be more so long as the less are quality workouts. During today’s fartlek run at lunch in 85 degree temperature; I had to work very hard on the downside of the pyramid to maintain tempo pace. I just want to go to sleep!
Yes, Kim I am listening to you!

Today’s Work Outs
Good morning. It is 4:00 am, time to get up. I am so grateful for an automatic coffee maker! It is the little thinks that make my days better!


Core Work-TRX 1 HR
10 Minute walk on Dreadmill
Planks 5×30
Atomic Knees 3×30
Side Planks 3×30 each side
Squat Jumps 10
Racer Leg Starts 10
Rows 10
Bridges 3×30
Elbow to Hands push ups in plank position 5

Lunch Time Run 45 Minutes Fartlek
10 minute warm up easy

1:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
2:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
3:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
4:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
5:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
4:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
3:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
2:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
1:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
Cool Down 5 minute Walk/Jog

1.5 Hour Group Ride Easy

Chasing Kona Weekly Summary 6/30/13

Chasing Kona Weekly Summary Journal

(Week Ending 6/30/13)



Weekly Metrics             Hrs       Y-T-D Hrs         Miles           Y-T-D Miles

Swim                                       2.5                    108.5                3.5                    165

Bike                                         5.5                    156.25              95.0                  2600

Run                                          3.5                    119.75              22.0                  800

Other/TRX                                2.0                    12.25   

Total                                        13.5                  397.0                120.5                3565

Races:     Completed 2 races in June

Raleigh Half Ironman 70.3:    1.2 mile swim/56 mile Bike/13.1 Mile run- Raleigh was a tough race.Heat Index 95 degrees Swam and rode well. Suffered on the run: Finish time 6:13- Middle of age group. As previously indicated, I run very well on short races, particularly sprints and internationals. It is the Half Ironmans that I need inprovement. What I find rather frustrating is I can hold a sub 8:00 pace for a key Half Marathon then drop to a 10:00 minute pace for the Half Ironman run. Hm! I need to  teach myself to run like a runner on the HIM. run portion!

                Rocketts Landing Duathlon:               2 mile run/40K Bike/10K run- Good race. Rain through out race. Ran very well, stayed controlled on bike. Placed 3rd in age group


Weekly Thoughts: Need to focus on quality workouts. Core work is beginning to pay off. I fill the difference on runs. Form is a little more vertical on run. Just feel stronger! Ok, I will need to begin regular long runs the day after long bikes and talk to coach about more Bricks! Oh Joy!!

4 races scheduled for July!

 7/13/13 Pohanka Sprint Tri

7/14/13 Pohanka International Tri

7/20/13 Tidewater Sprint Tri

7/27/13 Mascoma Man Half Ironman in White Mountains, Enfield, NH

My Coach says I am racing too much! I do not see the problem! Hee! Hee!

Happy Training!


Chasing Kona Daily Journal 6-29-13

Connection To Faith

Hammer trail run

Today’s Work Out- Long Run Day- 2 hours
Location: Beaverdam Park, Gloucester, VA
Very Hilly trail run-Mostly single track
Running in the rain!

Today’s Thoughts

This ultimate workout provides me peace
This peace transcends all physical discomfort
Instead replaced with a natural connection
This is my bridge between humanity and faith

The long run has always been my cure
Learning to Run from Within
I wait until nature’s drugs take control
Running is no longer a conscious effort

It is at this time I am transformed
I am part of the forest
I open my mind to all the beauty around me
Softly, I speak to her

 My Angel silently nudges my heart

I am Free!

Chasing Kona Daily Journal-6-28-13

Weakness, What Weakness?

Ryan Diving

Today’s Work Out

AM: 10 minute warm up -walk
TRX Core work
Planks-5×30 sec
Atomic Knees-3×30 sec
Side Planks- 2×30 sec each side
Squat Jumps-10
2 Leg Racer start-10
Rows 12 Reps

PM: Lunch Time Run
Run Short Tempo
10 Minutes easy run
20 minutes 5k pace perceived effort
5 cool down

Today’s Thoughts

One of my daughters Ryan’s favorite quotes, as her short life was evidence of what it takes to be a champion: “My ambitions far exceeds my talents” Ryan was never the most talented collegiate swimmer: however, her work ethic and attitude enabled her to be successful. A couple of years ago I stopped by the UNCW pool for a work out. It always makes me feel like Ryan is with me when I swim in lane 6. Anyway, I was glancing around the pool, on a bulletin board where the coaches, make informal notes keep track of splits, key times, etc. I noticed a list of relay split times. I noticed Ryan’s name on a couple of coach’s entries. I was amazed and certainly my eyes now blurred by tears. Ryan’s relay split times were always faster than her individual split times. I always thought this, but now it was in black and white. When ever she swam for the team, she always gave it a little extra. She was always able to dig down a little more when not for selfish reasons. Her ambition, not her talent help propel the UNCW swim team to the 2006 CAA Champions podium. Wow! So her I am 1588 days later and I have taken on what appear to be an unrealistic goal, to Qualify for the big Island. Talented I am not so I guess my ambition and work ethic will need to lead the way. Where do I begin? I think I will begin by a look at my strengths and weaknesses as a triathlete. My weakness is where I must work. I know the answer here. I am very comfortable in the water, though not the fastest: however, in my age group I am usually in the top three out of the water. The same holds true with my Bike. I am very comfortable on the bike; though I need to work on a little speed. My real weakness is running after the swim and Bike. I have speed, but I am caving on the run. I need to learn to run like a runner on the marathon portion. Perhaps it is training or perhaps it is in my head! This must become my strength!

Rtyan Diving #2

Chasing Kona Daily Journal-6-27-13

Chasing Kona Daily Journal

(June 27,2013)

Ryan Newspaper

Ryan, You are always with me in the water!

Today’s Work Out

AM:     Swim 1.25 Hrs

            500 easy Free/Breast

            500 Kick with Fins-Free and Fly mix

            500 Easy Pull

            200 FR RP, 200 BR, 200 PL Strong, Repeat

            300 cool down

            3000 YDS

PM:     Off

Today’s Thoughts

 Go away rain! I just bought these new Mavic wheels and I want to play!

Kona Journal 6-26-13

Chasing Kona Daily Journal

(June 26, 2013)



Today’s Work Out

 AM:     TRX core work-45 minutes- 2 sets of below


            -Side Planks

            -Racer 2 leg jump starts

            -Atomic Knees



PM:     45 Minutes Moderate Run-Newport News Park




Today’s Thoughts

Very much still recovering from this weekends Duathlon in Richmond. As I started out at Newport News Park I was really not looking forward to the next 45 minutes. It is 92 degrees outside, my legs feel like bricks and I am waiting for the horse fly’s to draw blood. I intentionally left the watch and music in the car so I could just run easy with out distraction. I told myself to just enjoy the run with no pressure, run easy. The first 2 and a half miles were just that, easy run with heavy legs. I let my mind wander and began thinking Ironman Kona. Could I qualify?, probably not but I have nothing to prove, as I have already completed a couple Ironman’s and 150 or more other races. Why not go for it?  I have just hired a coach to become a better triathlete.   Decision made, I will take the next couple of years and see if I can make it to the lava fields! As I hit mile 3.5 a funny thing happened, my pace quickened, my feet landed directly below my hips and I was leading with my knees. I felt like a runner!


Go Team!