Desert Challenge Games (cont.)

Well I don't have much more to report about the Desert Challenge Games other than that I was very pleased with my performance. I felt I went into the race in the right place mentally and things came together exactly as I had hoped. I was stoked that my two PRs came after a full day of sitting outside in the 96 degree weather. I was well hydrated and it sure paid off. I'm looking forward to trials in June in a matter of weeks now.

Desert Challenge

I am not sure how many "die-hard" blog readers I have yet... but for those of you who just cannot wait for the full report... Desert Challenge was a spectacular meet for me. It was H-O-T, but even in that AZ heat, I managed to come away with two PR's (personal records) and very respectable times for all my other events too. I was very pleased with my performance. Our races were combined, meaning I ran with people in my division (T53) and people in the division above mine (T54). I finished second in all of my races, first in my classification. My times were...

Power of Thinking

It is amazing to me how much the power of thought can influence your actions. This can be a good thing, or a bad thing. It is something, as an athlete, that we all KNOW exists, but it is another thing to experience it. Let me share a story...

Blood, Sweat & Tears

That title seemed appropriate for my most recent trip to Georgia. It all started off with a track meet, Champions Meet. It was the first track meet of the season, I was coming off of a strong week of training and was really looking forward to the meet. Things did not go quite as I had hoped, my times were off and I had hoped to fare better. But, I've got other track meets to get some good times at. Challenging meets always help to keep you in check and to remember that you still have work to do. I was happy with my 200m time, it was 32.55.

Spring Break Training

I spent spring break here in Champaign training with my teammates. It was so nice to finally be able to train outside again. Everything seemed to be in place last week, my arms felt good & training was excellent. I always love those training days when everything just seems to be working. It's a hard feeling to describe, but as an athlete you know it when it happens. Everything just sort of clicks.

Training and such

It's been awhile since I posted, so here's my latest update. Things have been a bit frustrating the past couple of weeks as far as my arms/injury is concerned. Things had been going well for a while, but I seem to be having some setbacks again. It really is a vicious cycle.... I get the treatment I need, I see results, I'm good for about 3 weeks and then I find myself back at square one. As you can imagine, this is frustrating. Thankfully, I have some outstanding ATCs and the ART doc that I see in town who have been great at helping to manage the situation.

Gasparilla Race!

Hello! I am writing to you from Tampa, FL. I am pleased to let you know that the race went really well. I was off on my targeted time by a bit, but since it is the first race of the season and our first time on the road in a while I am happy with the results. I finished 4th for the women. Diane Roy took first, Shirley Reilley took second and my teammate Jess Galli took third. There was over 40 wheelchair racers here, which is an excellent turn out given this is the revival of this race, it hadn't been in existence for over ten years.

Tampa here I come!!!

Hello everybody -

And Paralympian of the Year goes to.... Jessica Galli!

My apartment finally got water back! Yay for that. I am thankful to my friends Amanda and Ed who let me stay with them during that fiasco. It was so nice to get to spend some time with them. They are in the process of adopting their daughter and usually between their schedules and mine we rarely get to spend time together, so this was certainly nice to get caught up and share stories and laughs.

Training @ the Olympic Training Center

I have neglected to make a posting in a while so I thought I would update you all on what I have been up to. It has been an interesting past few months dealing with the injury that caused me to pull out of the Chicago Marathon. I have seen what seems like every doctor under the sun, there was a time when I was averaging 4 doctors appointments per week. I ended up flying down to Atlanta, GA to see a specialist at the Shepherd Center. The good news is that we think we know what is going on and I'm finally making progress on getting better.

Chicago Marathon

Today was the Chicago Marathon. I chose not to compete today. As some of you know, I have been dealing with an injury since getting back from Brazil. Because of this, my training lately has been modified and therefore it did not seem wise to tackle my first marathon. But, there is always next year! I still went up to cheer on my teammates and it was a fabulous weekend. Thanks to everybody who has been supporting me! Results for my team can be found:


I’m not really a “blogger”, but some important things have happened today which I felt the need to reflect on, and decided to share. As of today, Chief Illiniwek will no longer perform at athletic events on the Urbana-Champaign campus after this season’s last men’s home basketball game in Assembly Hall on February 21. This is huge news. As a member of this University community, I felt the need to express my thoughts.