It’s not what you think

I was walking my dog Lisa in the neighborhood and I said hello to a woman who was walking toward us.

She just ignored me and looked down.

I thought she was so rude! Everyone in my neighborhood is so friendly, we always greet each other as we pass. At the very least with a wave and a smile.

As we got closer to each other she focused on my dog and said that she missed her golden retriever who recently died and that my dog had the same mannerisms he had.

I immediately felt horrible for thinking she was rude when clearly she was grieving.

She was so sad she lost her dog, but so happy, in a not so obvious way, to see Lisa.

We ended up having such nice conversations about how special goldens are. The entire time we talked she was watching Lisa sniff and move.

Then Lisa raised her paw to hold her hand. A classic golden move. I thought she was going to cry.

She was such a sweet person and not at all the person I judged her to be.


I’m sure it never crossed Lisa’s mind to judge her.

And that’s why goldens are the best.

I forgot how to swim

I wrote this three years ago when I was training for my first triathlon and I’m finally publishing it. I’ve come a long way in my swimming since then. This is where I wish I were swimming, not where I actually swam.   My big breakthrough finally happened in mid March when Coach Christine told…

Trail running at Solitude

This post was written two years ago, just getting around to publishing it now. My family and I are spending July in Utah My husband floats in and out since he still has to work, but my son and I are lucky enough to stay here all month. It’s been great to escape to heat…

MTB clinic for women in Park City

Changing Bike Tire

Last week I had my first ever mountain biking clinic and so far I love it. The Mountain Biking for Women Clinic is taught through Park City MARC. The small class meets four times over two weeks and is taught by Jessica Moran, who I met for the first time last year during one of…

Foam rolling at Airrosti

Foam rolling

I was recently reminded of the importance of foam rolling. Again. Christine, my Team In Training coach, told me and my fellow teammates to foam roll to prevent injury while training for the Cap Tex Tri last year.¬† When I complained of knee pain she reminded me again. I have been a slacker with my…


Friends it’s that time again, time for me to a break from blogging.   I’ll see you again when I’m refreshed and revitalized. In the mean time enjoy this beautiful picture of the Rail Trail in Park City ,Utah.

Blue Norther Duathlon

Blue Norther Duathlon

This past March I completed the Blue Norther Duathlon at Texas Lutheran University with some of my Team in Training teammates. We ran 3.1 miles, rode 14 miles and then ran 3.1. I have never done anything like this before. Usually I just run 5K’s; to do two in one day and then bike was…

Skipping Practice

Bike practice |

My Friday night was spent drinking wine, laughing and hanging out. I ignored the fact that I had practice with my fellow Team in Training teammates the next morning. I did not put my bike rack on my car, put my tire pump in my car or mentally prepare for practice as I do most…

Training and nutrition

Thrive, Vegan nutrition guide

My triathlon training has been moving along pretty nicely. I’m happy to report I had some progress with my swimming. Nothing to jump up and down about; but some small progress. For the past few weeks I have been working on getting my nutrition right. I was feeling very tired after my workouts and sometimes…

Some practices are better than others

Team in Training, Swimming

I just got back from swim practice and I’m feeling a bit down. I had no idea that I didn’t know how to put my face in the water and breathe. It turns out you can forget how to swim if you haven’t done it in decades. When I got to swim practice this morning…

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Hi, I'm Neven I live in Texas with my husband, son and dog. I was once a foodie, but now I eat a simpler diet. I blog about exercise, travel and how easy it is to eat healthy no matter where you are.