Jun 28

Cory Morrow & Django Walker 5k Fun Run and Walk


Please note, you may still enjoy the concert if you do not run the 5k. You must still purchase a ticket though. All children under 12 are FREE!.

When: July 5th. 5K at 8:30am
Concert and Rudy’s BBQ begin at 6pm

Where: Lake Cliff Country Club.

What: 5k fun run and walk plus an evening of Rudy’s BBQ and concert by Cory Morrow, Django Walker and John Arthur Martinez (BBQ and concert begin at 6pm at Lake Cliff Country Club

Cost: Only $35. That’s right–$35 (Free for children under 12) gets you a 5k run, free Rudy’s BBQ and a ticket to see Cory, Django and John live in concert! Hell, even if you hate running, it’s worth it to see these guys play.


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Feb 28



By Elizabeth O’Brien


One of our main objectives as human beings is to reach a state of well-being—a state in which we are deeply comfortable in our own skin. To do this, we must become more fully congruent. What does this mean? 

Being congruent means embracing our true self and projecting it into the world. When what we are feeling on the inside—emotionally, psychologically, spiritually—does not match what we are projecting on the outside, we are in an incongruent state. When we are incongruent, there is a “disconnect” in our sense of self. We are operating from a false self, a persona that does not truly represent who we are. 

This is not a natural, healthy way of being. When we adapt too much to those around us, taking on their belief systems and behaviors—trying to be the person others expect us to be—we betray ourselves. Inevitably, we become conflicted and confused, and this ultimately leads to depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety, in turn, can lead to a dysfunctional cycle of anger, frustration, procrastination, addiction, toxic relationships, unhappy careers and disappointing, unfulfilled lives. 

Surrounding ourselves with people we like and admire, who are reciprocal in relationships and who are striving to “self-actualize,” is key. Choosing work and play that suit our talents, strengths and natural inclinations is another way to become more congruent. Finally, working to transcend our demons—our self-defeating thoughts and behaviors—is another.

Admittedly, all of us must at times conform to certain norms and rules of professional and social etiquette, depending upon the situation. We have a professional persona and a social persona. We also have a more intimate persona. And then we have our deepest, vulnerable self whom no one, except perhaps our families or closest loved ones, sees. 

The goal should be working toward an integration of self that incorporates our true self into those other required “adaptations” of self—adaptations that are genuine but scaled-back, less exposed versions of ourselves.

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Jan 27

New Years Resolution

Last summer I stood in a green bikini on a warm beach and stared at a spit of across the water, just before the horizon.  The island across the channel looked beautiful to me.  White sand, a few palm trees.  Behind me, toxins rose from melting plastic over open fires.  Sounds of a cock-fight, a baby cried, I heard the rough bark of a disturbed mutt. The water looked more inviting, the distant island: Utopia.  I pulled my snorkel mask over my eyes and waded into the water.  Feet, ankles, knees, and then a dive.  I swam.


The shallow turquoise turned to teal, turned to olive, turned to murk.  Kelp gave way to coral to farther from the shore I swam.  And I, with my mask, swam until I could only make out vague shapes on the bottom. Here, I stopped and lifted my head from the water.  I felt tired, and I thought, I must be close to that next island.  I looked towards the horizon. Utopia looked hardly any closer than when I had first stepped into the ocean.  A tinge of dread wriggled through my body. I felt the current and the splash of the waves against my arms. I turned towards the melted plastic and the discontented dogs.  The next island appeared in the distance as a shimmery beach lifted out of the ocean by blue-green chop. The distance was further than I had thought. 


I treaded water between the two islands were in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. My body tossed like nothing by currents that I could not see. I cried out. I yelled.  I raised my arms and kicked my legs and screamed, but no one could hear me.


Sink, or swim, but the only way to my Utopia was stroke by stroke.


So I swam. Each stroke, a deliberate decision to press forward.  I pushed back gulps of fear and thoughts of quitting with paddles. Long, Long, Hard-Hard-Hard. Breathe. I kicked harder, driving the fear from my head with a burn in my thighs.  Long, Long, Hard-Hard-Hard.  Breathe.  I focused on the stream of bubbles plumbing from my nose. I had to make it to that island, I decided. 


On any given day, the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions. Thirty-five-thousand opportunities for change, to pursue our own Utopia. This month, many of us look towards the future with hopes for growth and becoming, in some way, better than we were before.  We see resolutions and commitments as ways to ensure doubt improvement: The Silver-Bullet Solution To A Better You!  A deep channel, conquered with one, shiny, Resolution Bridge.  If only there was such a thing.


After two hours of swimming against the current, I stood on that Utopian beach and stared back across that channel.  I looked at the approximate spot where I had stood earlier that day. The distant beach looked pristine, inviting, with white sand and a few palm trees.  The ocean danced, sun glistening jewel-tones on the tiny peaks of wind-blown faces.  And I thought to myself, how far away that island seemed. And that there was no going back.


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Jan 02

Hump Day

              Hump Day.  I had trouble getting in to my car this morning and then I spilled a splop of freshly Vitamixed green juice onto my leather console.  Fantastic. I dragged my sleeve through the mess, cursed –out loud because it was that kind of morning- and drove to work.  Things were not looking good, and to make it all just a little bit worse, I could feel how cold the seats really were through the fabric of my jeans.  And my legs.  Oh boy, were they sore from yesterday. 

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Dec 31

Ultimate Direction WINK Hydration Pack Review


Ultimate Direction WINK Hydration Pack

Ultimate Direction WINK Hydration Pack

Ultimate Direction WINK Hydration Pack Review

I trail run and mountain bike a great deal and have battled bouts with dehydration in the past. I even spent time in the medical tent getting IV fluids at the end of a Half Ironman. Because of this, I now ride and do long runs with a hydration pack as self-encouragement to drink.  If I drink, then the pack gets lighter and I stay hydrated. Win-Win.  My regular hydration pack was recently out of commission as I was waiting for a replacement tube so I took the opportunity to test the Ultimate Direction Wink Women Specific Hydration Pack during a 100K endurance mountain bike race.  The men’s version is called the Wasp.   Not to ruin the punch line but I have NOTHING but positive things to say about the pack, so read on.

I am a creature of habit so embracing new equipment can be a challenge but as soon as I put on the Wink – I knew this was going to be good.  The shoulder straps were very comfortable and it had 2 straps (chest and a lower one) to keep it in place.  It fits more like a vest than a typical back hydration pack. The Hydrapak reservoir holds 70 oz/2L and was super easy to fill without spilling all over the place.  The spill factor has been a problem in the past with other hydration packs that will go unnamed. You lose half your water before you close the reservoir. Not the case here.    

I tested the Wink during a 9 hour (100K) ride and was not bothered by it at all. It weighs 1lb 4 oz. , when empty.  Even after 9 hours, my back did not hurt and best thing—I stayed hydrated and was able carry everything I needed (gels, tubes, CO2 etc).  Super impressed!  I recommend it and assume that the men’s version performs just as well. 

A few of my favorite Wink highlights:

  • 2 front mesh pockets for easily accessible gels while riding/racing
  • 2 front zippered pockets (also easily accessible)
  • 2 adjustable straps on front (sternum and lower near waist)
  • Multiple back pockets and bungee system to hold extra stuff 
  • Stays perfectly in place and doesn’t move around while riding
  • Women specific version is designed for shorter torsos (me!)


Go check it out and get it here and it sells for $89.95.  Well worth it!  Look for another review of the BRAND SPANKING NEW Ultimate Direction Hydration ultra-light vests that were designed by world renowned ultra-runners.  Cannot wait!

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