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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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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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2016! Mark Your Calendar for Some Fear-Facing Fun Comments Off on 2016! Mark Your Calendar for Some Fear-Facing Fun

2016! Mark Your Calendar for Some Fear-Facing Fun

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, Some Nerve, triathlon, Water/Swimming

All right, my fear-facing friends – it’s time to get out those brand-spankin’ new 2016 planners and save dates for some life-changing, life-affirming fun! Join me: Sunday, January 10, 2 pm Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine, Rockville Center, NY – Kick off your new year right – I’ll be leading a discussion with Jennifer Paolicelli of Aquabilities with Jennifer (a fear of swimming expert) and TOC owners Carol and Peggy (brave midlife women entrepreneurs) about getting unstuck, overcoming obstacles and achieving your goals in 2016. Tuesday, January 12, 10 am – Online Registration Opens for the 5-Boro Bike Tour! – If you want to join Team #SomeNerve as we bike the Big Apple on May 1 (of course you do! Over 40 of us each year in 2014 and 2015 have donned bright yellow shirts and biked 42 miles across the greatest city on earth) you must register with Bike New York beginning January 12 and select Team Some Nerve – don’t wait, the event will sell out. And email me (patty@pattychanganker.com) so I can add you to my roster. Sunday, May 1 – The TD Five Boro Bike Tour – For those who registered (remember to register-see above!), get ready to have an unforgettable day! Pics/stories from 2015 and 2014 at...

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How to Think Outside the Box 9

How to Think Outside the Box

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Aging gracefully (more or less), Courage, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Becoming Boring, Fear of Change, Fear of Failure, fear of rejection, fitness, midlife, Public Speaking/Stage Fright, Relaxation, Some Nerve, travel, triathlon, Trying new things, Writing

“Think outside the box” is advice you often hear. But what if you’re STUCK in a box, a routine, a view of yourself or how others view you? Options for doing things differently may seem like too much effort (“That could be hard, and it might not work”) or just plain ludicrous (“That’s just not me!”). It can be easier to decorate your box and make it more comfortable than ever by sticking with what you know and calling it self-awareness. How many times have we said “I don’t do that,” end of discussion, thereby tying up the box with a bow? I was a master box-builder. I did what I was competent at (career, family) and what I had to do (housework). Outside the box meant outside my comfort zone, which meant the possibility of failure, and as the child of Chinese immigrants, failure = falling into an endless black abyss, SO WHO THE HECK WANTED TO GO THERE? But IN the box, was fear, restlessness, children who wanted to run free, and once I slowly let them, there was me yearning for something more. When I started Facing Forty Upside Down, I started with baby steps, learning to dive into a pool, to do a handstand, proving that I...

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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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On the Eve of a Big Day, A Heartfelt Thank You 1

On the Eve of a Big Day, A Heartfelt Thank You

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Courage, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Firsts, fitness, Some Nerve, triathlon, Water/Swimming

Dear Family, Friends, Supporters and Especially Donors: My clothes are laid out, the bag is mostly packed, tomorrow at 4 am I’ll be up and on my way to the Westchester Triathlon, my first Olympic Distance event. And I will be taking you with me. This race (.9 mi swim, 25 mi bike, 6.2 mi run) is the culmination for me of a year and a half of learning how to swim, bike and run in a crowd. I’ve trained in cold, heat and humidity, in the morning, evening and at high noon. I’ve worked out in the pool, ocean, gym, track, trail, roads, and you know what? I’m ready. I’ve gone from thinking I’d lost my mind to believing that I’ve found true strength, a story I look forward to writing and speaking about soon. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me and donating toward my training. I wrote each donor’s name on a lei that I will wear during the run to the finish. And thank you for sharing your Some Nerve stories of courage (especially those from the mouths of babes, see Hazel & Pearl’s stories below). Your awesomeness will fuel me as I go non-stop for 33.1 miles tomorrow! Hazel’s...

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