Observations of life, creativity, drive, and transition from a once-professional athlete and now-aspiring lifelong athletic human who gives a shit.

Journal

On Retiring from Professional Racing

Every morning for 10 months, I woke up to the sight of my elite racing kit that I hung on the wall next to my bed as a motivator after Achilles surgery. It was a visual cue that represented a

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Six Weeks of the Couch Life: An Update

  The scar from my heel surgery is looking good, the contours of the heel bone beneath are smooth, the achilles tendon is nice and mobile. 95% of the time I feel zero pain. I’ve spent six weeks as a

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Getting Comfortable

One Week Done I honestly can’t believe it’s been a week already since I had surgery. The next 11 weeks stretch out ahead in a way I can’t even let myself consider. I can’t think about how it will be

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An Unexpected Victory

Yesterday I got surgery on my Achilles area in a foreign country by one of the leading tendon specialists in the world, and today I am a new woman. Not just because he fixed a bunch of broken shit that

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The Next Step

It’s no secret I’ve been dealing with some achilles stuff for quite a while. Over two years to be exact. About six weeks ago I had a breakthrough. A very high resolution MRI read by Dr. Amol Saxena found that

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I miss my dad

I knew he would die the moment he was diagnosed. So when he did, two years later, after liver cancer did its work, it felt…appropriate. The death itself was messy. I watched him gasp for air, in a coma, supposedly

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Frank Fleshman: Obituary

April 9, 1955-May 15, 2015 Frank Fleshman passed away May 15th in the arms of his wife and two children, after a two-year battle with liver cancer. A casual memorial was held at the family home with his friends and

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Oxy Takes Me For a Ride: 5k Numero Dos

Oxy = Angst This 5k tonight at Oxy High Performance has sent me for a loop the past two weeks. As the days ticked by, I got more and more uptight thinking about it, culminating in Picky Bars staff meeting

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Back on Boylston

I’m back. Like a zillion other people who were here when the shit hit the fan last year, I’m here, in Boston. We all make conversation. We try to decipher how our experience lines up with the person whom we

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