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Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook Comments Off on Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook

Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in #SomeNerve Challenge, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, parenting, running, Some Nerve, special needs, Women's empowerment

Dear Brave Ones – Oh how I’ve missed you! A spring of work, caregiving, and walking pneumonia kept me from writing and I’m just now finding my way back. I left The Nantucket Project at the end of our short-term agreement and will start freelancing again in the fall. In the meantime, I intend to catch up here on the blog – I’ve got stories to tell you and I hope you have stories to tell me! Tomorrow, Wednesday July 19 at 12 noon – 1 pm EST, I’ll be visiting the Heart Strides page on Facebook, answering questions about Some Nerve and facing fears. Heart Strides is a nonprofit organization that donates running shoes to moms of kids with disabilities, and their FB group provides a forum for much-needed encouragement and support. As a special needs mom who remembers when running errands and kids to doctors was the only running I did, I can see how Heart Strides shows caregivers that their physical and emotional well being matters, and how the can-do spirit that comes from running carries over into the hard work of parenting. I’m excited to get to know this group of brave moms and to answer questions about fears, goals, and (in my case) very...

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Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon 2016 – Team #SomeNerve battles crazy currents, hot temps. And a couch to 5K athlete is born! 2

Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon 2016 – Team #SomeNerve battles crazy currents, hot temps. And a couch to 5K athlete is born!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in anxiety, Bicycling, Courage, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, running, Some Nerve, triathlon, Trying new things, Water/Swimming

Well, that was unexpected! I thought the Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon would be straightforward: I’d swim a half mile in the Hudson River (yes, that sounds a bit crazy -triathletes are totally mental!) and then Kent would ride like the wind while I rested and cheered for Team #SomeNerve, and then I’d walk our daughter G through her first 5K as anchor to our Anker Family Relay. After doing the Westchester Olympic Triathlon at double the distance on my own last year I thought this wouldn’t be too bad. No drama, I told myself as I waited in my gold cap with the last wave of swimmers to enter. Get ‘er done. Ha! I should have known triathlons are anything but straightforward! After a promising start – the skies were clear, the water looked flat, my anxiety (ever since I almost drowned on a river as a teen I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with rivers) was under control with my Team in Training Swim Angel alongside, I was going my slow and steady pace hoping to not fall too far behind – something unprecedented happened. I started catching up to swimmers from earlier waves. There’s a purple cap – I won’t be last! Wow, there’s a silver cap, I’m rocking this! Hm, that next...

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How to Bike in the Rain-With 32K Friends! TD Five Boro Bike Tour Team #SomeNerve 2016 Recap 6

How to Bike in the Rain-With 32K Friends! TD Five Boro Bike Tour Team #SomeNerve 2016 Recap

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Bicycling, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, Some Nerve, Trying new things

When the weather report for the 42-mile TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2016 said “a total washout – rain all day and temperatures in the 40s” I was not happy. I have somehow, through training for 3 5-Boros and 3 triathlons since learning to bike 2 years ago with Bike New York Adult Beginner classes, managed to avoid cycling long distances in the rain. The thought of biking on wet and slippery roads while getting hypothermia made me want to fake a fever and call the whole thing off. But the 5 Boro is RAIN OR SHINE, my team is called Team #SomeNerve (WHY? WHY didn’t I call it Team #SOMEFAIRWEATHERNERVE?), and despite some cancellations a great number of BRAVE teammates checked in to say “I’M STILL IN!” So I went to work figuring out how best to weather the weather. I queried experts at Red Beard Bikes, Liv Cycling, Hastings Velo, and the fine athletes at the Women for Tri Facebook Group. Our hard earned advice: * Dress appropriately – Anti fog sunglasses and/or a visor under your helmet. WATERPROOF gloves, rain jacket, rain pants. In my case, “Water Resistant” Gloves = “Water Becomes Irresistible at about Mile 15” and Your Hands Will be Wet and Frozen. Wool (or...

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Don’t Think, Just Go: Facing 40 with a Spartan Race & America’s Got Talent – A Guest Post by @Miradorable 4

Don’t Think, Just Go: Facing 40 with a Spartan Race & America’s Got Talent – A Guest Post by @Miradorable

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Asian American, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, running, Trying new things

When I first met Karlene at an Asian Women in Business event, she seemed perfectly normal.  She’d ventured out in the Polar Vortex to see me speak about Some Nerve; I told her she seemed plenty brave already. I had no idea! It turns out she has an amazing “Facing Forty Upside Down” story, one that inspired me to try triathlon. I asked her to share it in a guest blog – I can’t wait to see what sparks she lights in YOU!  DON’T THINK, JUST GO Guest blog by Karleen Mirador Haines (@Miradorable) After you turn 27 or 28 when someone asks how old you are, you tend to forget. On my 39th birthday I was jolted, suddenly reminded: Oh crap, that means I’m “turning 40”. I moped for a bit, but quickly remembered some of the great things that kept me feeling young. Young enough to forget that the sun was setting, that my wrinkles were deepening, that I’d have to stock up on hair dye. Things like: running around to clean up after my husband, being a busy executive at a non-profit and an adjunct professor at the local college, having fun friends, recently losing some weight and parenting my 4 year old son. He embodied...

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TODAY 10 am – Sign Up Begins for TD Five Boro Bike Tour – Join Team #SomeNerve for an Epic Ride! Comments Off on TODAY 10 am – Sign Up Begins for TD Five Boro Bike Tour – Join Team #SomeNerve for an Epic Ride!

TODAY 10 am – Sign Up Begins for TD Five Boro Bike Tour – Join Team #SomeNerve for an Epic Ride!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Bicycling, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, Some Nerve

TODAY 10 am –  TD 5 Boro Bike Tour Signup begins! Join Team ‪#‎SomeNerve‬ for an epic day on May 1, riding 40 miles, no cars, up through Manhattan and Central Park, down the FDR (the FDR!), across the Queensboro Bridge, the Verrazano Bridge (and 3 other bridges), the BQE, and with incredible views of the city and to the sound of live bands and cheerleaders. Don’t delay – this event will sell out! Register online and message me to join Team #SomeNerve. Pics/stories from 2015 and 2014! “Definitely the highlight of 2015.” – Jason B. “Joining Team #SomeNerve took the amazing experience of the TD Five Boro Tour and amped it up to 11! I had so much fun riding with your team and being able to help support some of the riders…and the pride on everyone’s faces at the finish festival was so rewarding. I can not wait to do this again next year with the team.” – Big Joe “What a perfect day! I started out riding with Jason and Angie, quickly got separated from them, met up with Joe and Ed after Astoria Park, and finished the last stretch with Marco. Thanks goodness for the bright yellow shirts so we could find each other.  I liked the variety of riding alone...

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