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Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook 0

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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And she’s off…R’s First Kids Triathlon! 8

And she’s off…R’s First Kids Triathlon!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Bicycling, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Favorite Posts, Kid milestone, running, triathlon, Trying new things

10 yo R completed the Zoot Westchester Kids Triathlon 2016 in Rye, NY this fall – I took some time to write the race report because, well, you’ll see. There was much to report! Enjoy. For as long as I can remember, R has been running away from me. Slap slap slap, the sound of her sneakers and laughter floating on the breeze. The imprint on my body from the most recent vigorous hug a reminder that as much as R was here a minute ago, now she’s off. Seeing what’s around the bend. R sometimes gets held up at the start of new things. She was afraid to go into the swimming pool at first. She took several early spills off her bike followed by swearing she was quitting forever. But once she gets going, she keeps going. Never mind that she’s five years younger than her big sister G; R would set her sights on catching up to her at full speed. “I want to do a kids’ triathlon!” she declared after watching me finish the Westchester Olympic Distance Triathlon last year. It would mean a lot of swim and bike practice, but she was up for it. I was thrilled to share my love of the...

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Remembering 9/11 with the Tunnel2Towers 5K Comments Off on Remembering 9/11 with the Tunnel2Towers 5K

Remembering 9/11 with the Tunnel2Towers 5K

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Courage, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Natural Disaster/Violence, running, Some Nerve

Today marks 15 years since the collapse of the World Trade Towers and the beginning of the War on Terror. I can’t think of an event that captures the enormity of the loss and the bravery of first responders like the annual Tunnel2Towers 5K Run & Walk, that retraces the steps of firefighter Stephen Siller, who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel wearing 60 lbs of gear to get to the World Trade Center where he died when the South Tower fell. Team #SomeNerve participated in 2014, along with 25,000 firemen, police, armed forces, and their families and supporters (see post below). I hope you’ll consider joining the event (this year on September 25, 2016) or donating to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. There is nothing more humbling and ultimately life affirming than seeing so many brave men and women who are willing to die to protect us. It calls us all to live as fully and as courageously as we can. Reposted from 9/30/2014 Learning from the Bravest of the Brave – Team #SomeNerve Runs Tunnel2Towers Honoring 9/11 First Responders, by Patty Chang Anker On September 11, 2001 firefighter Stephen Siller ran (wearing 60 llbs of gear) through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to get to the World...

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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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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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What I found at the Westchester Olympic Triathlon 15

What I found at the Westchester Olympic Triathlon

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Bicycling, Courage, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Failure, Firsts, fitness, running, Some Nerve, triathlon, Trying new things, Water/Swimming

Dear Family, Friends, Supporters and Especially Donors: I’m teary as I write this. I finished the Westchester Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday. For the first time in my life, I swam .9 mi in open water…then biked 25 hilly miles…then ran 6.2 miles. In a row. In typical Patty fashion, however, it was not straightforward. “Patty, it couldn’t go smoothly, because it’s you we’re talking about,” Kent said after all the celebrating. “There had to be drama.” And so there was. It all started off beautifully. My friend Penny (who does triathlons to “mix it up” during marathon training) drove us to Rye at 5 am to set up. It was dark and chilly but I was wide awake. Awake, but not entirely with it. Kent snapped the picture below two seconds before the horn went off. My swim angel, Ellen (in the plum cap, looking at me) is saying “Er, you may want to put your goggles on.” The race began at sunrise – could there be a more auspicious start? The water was pretty flat close to shore and for a while Ellen and I swam comfortably behind the pack, but then we reached the end of the pier where it was less protected and quite choppy...

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