SUP on Maui!

I just found the video from my first ever Stand Up Paddle (SUP) session, just a month after landing here on Maui. Suzie Cooney, whom I had met the day before, was the perfect person to introduce me to Maui and SUP. I blogged about it HERE and HERE. Here is the video. (I am in the white and tan striped suit).

It would be a while until I got back on a board (more financial than anything), but I did have the opportunity to partake in some fun. Back in May, Keely and I participated in a Fun Paddle for the Olukai Ho’olaule’a Race weekend. I blogged about it HERE. Here is the video from Ocean Paddler TV. Keely is right behind the announcer in the beginning, getting her board ready, and I follow right behind her. Thankfully, they didn’t get me the many times I fell off my board!

It was a great time hosted by amazing people, and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to join in it all. It was definitely a good bonding experience for my daughter and I! Thanks to Olukai and to Suzie Cooney, who turned me on to SUP.

Kick it

Realizing I REALLY need to kick my butt in gear, get a dang goal, and get back in shape. I am not getting younger, that’s for sure. Suggestions on any upcoming events? Something to get addicted to for a while that I can fit into a crazy schedule?

What’s SUP? ME! In a bikini!

I was very fortunate to get to do a free stand up paddle (SUP) clinic with Suzie Cooney on November 13, 2010. It was my birthday gift to myself to indulge in this early morning. It was fantastic!! I blogged about it HERE.

What an awesome day with awesome women!!

Well, there is supposed to be video of the event, but it hasn’t gone up yet. There ARE quite a few photos though, and I am in lots of them. I am usually on the left side, the only one in a white bikini. What can I say? It makes me look more tan. There is even a good one of me holding the board. I look somewhat fit! SEE HERE

Suzie is now in Costa Rica. Must suck, huh?

I really admire what she does and how far she has taken what she loves to do. She has managed to expand her business through following her passion, not the dollars. I am sure the dollars are coming, but I can tell that isn’t her main concern. She really loves to help people and has had her share of injuries she battled through.

I will certainly share the video once it’s up. Excited, even if I look silly!

Need a New Drug

Okay, maybe not a new drug, but it caught your eye. I really need a new focus, which is like a drug to me. When I have a big goal, and I am determined and focused on achieving it, then I am hooked.

I will be getting back in shape. I am running again, learning to climb, riding just a bit, and totally wanting to get strong and lean again. I am such a gym rat at heart. I am not sure if I should shoot for a figure competition in the future, or maybe start off with a half marathon and better climbing fitness, with a competition a year down the road…. that sounds doable.

Half Marathon in October, plus a climbing goal….like a trip where I need to be strong. Oh yeah….the plan is starting to form. I just need to find a race, a training partner, and carve out the time in my schedule. Oh, and I need to drop about 10 lbs. Ouch. It is doable. I did it before. 12 lbs in less than 3 months, from flabby to fabulous. I can do it again. When you have looked like this before, you want it back.