Adventures for the Soul: Solvang & Santa Barbara

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Mine started out pretty fantastic. After celebrating my birthday on Friday night with the Bear and close friends, I woke up early Saturday morning for a mini triathlon with some of my Cal Tri buddies. It was a blast and great practice for open water swimming.


We may have gotten in trouble with the lifeguards for swimming outside of the buoys to a dock about 250 meters away from the shore.

20140524_114646-sTo our defense we asked if we could swim outside of the buoys… though we may have left out how far outside the buoys we planned on swimming! ;-) Totally worth it!

My Memorial weekend adventures didn’t stop there. On Sunday the Bear and I drove north to a little town called Solvang, a great little Danish community that was founded in 1911. 20140525_144052-sWe strolled through the town enjoying all the little shops and eating a  few Danish pastries…

20140525_144842-s… and pretending to be a Danish soldier!

IMG_3913-sAfter our trip to Solvang, the Bear and I stopped by Santa Barbara on the way home. As it turns out, every Sunday there is a Art Show right on the boardwalk.

20140525_165001-sThe Bear and I cruised the pier where we ran into this little guy…

20140525_163526-s… the Bear likes to take pictures of me taking pictures.

IMG_3950-sFrom the pier, we may have spotted the Little Mermaid walking on land.

20140525_162417-sAnd I finally got the Bear to pose for the camera!

20140525_163159-sOverall, we had a wonderful weekend! I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

One Year Ago Today…

… A girl started a blog called Chasing Raspberries. Little did she know that it would change her life. You see, this girl would go on to run her first 10k, two half marathons, a full marathon, multiple duathlons and a few triathlons leading her way up to training for a half Ironman.  All because of a silly little blog that this girl started a year ago today.

IMG_3118A year ago, a girl found this blog, and thought “I can do that!” She started to eat real foods. Foods that come from the earth without processed chemicals. She experimented with new recipes, and discovered what fresh tasted like again.


A year ago, a girl discovered what having muscles looked and felt like after she started going to a personal trainer. She gradually went from working out three times a week to six times a week. She completed a 50 push up challenge, flipped 300 pound tires, and learned to stand on her hands.


A year ago, a girl started to document her journey toward a healthy life. She started to run. Not because she particularly enjoyed it at first, but because it made her feel powerful and alive. She created new friends along the way, and discovered new sports like swimming and cycling.

IMG_5789_smA year ago, a girl discovered a new passion that would completely change her life forever!

A huge THANK YOU to all the Chasing Raspberries readers. I look forward to sharing another year of Adventures for the Soul with you!

Watermelon Lime Sprizter

It has been a long time since I posted a recipe on the blog. Frankly, I haven’t been cooking as much as I would like lately. With all the triathlon training I have been up to, preparing meals has been the last thing on my mind. Trader Joe’s is a life saver with their pre-made salads and grilled chicken.

20140502_155605-sFinally I made some time in the kitchen to create something ice cold and refreshing. Did I mention it’s been a hot beast here in LA? Lucky for me, watermelon is starting to be in season!


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Watermelon Lime Sprizter
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Serves: 4-6

  • Small seedless watermelon
  • 2 cups chilled sparkling water
  • Juice from one lime
  • ½ cup ice cubes

  1. Combine watermelon, the juice from one lime, and ice cubes in a blender.
  2. Once liquefied add the sparkling water, sitr and enjoy!


This recipe is so simple! The watermelon and lime are wonderful compliments for each other. This refreshing drink would is perfect for those hot summer nights.

20140502_155716-sRecently I learned that watermelon juice is a natural cure for muscle soreness too! Throw a little watermelon juice and water into a water bottle, and you are good to go on a long bike ride. Plus, watermelon is full of potassium so it doubles as electrolytes!

Have you ever tried watermelon juice? What’s your favorite watermelon recipe?

Tri Events Triathlon

On Saturday I raced in Tri Events Championship Triathlon and it was a blast! Bright and early the Bear and I arrived at transition where I met my California Triathlon teammates. I have to say this triathlon most definitely did not go as planned. There were signs that it would be an interesting race from the very beginning.

IMG_3432-s IMG_3437-sAll the photography is by the loving Bear!

IMG_3451-sWhere’s Jillienne?

The swim started on the north shore of Bonelli Park. I started out very enthusiastically and thought the swim went really well considering I haven’t done much open water swimming. However, after looking at my watch I actually swam almost twice the distance I was supposed to. As it turns out, it’s a good idea to stay as close as possible to the buoys! The swim took 23 minutes for .96 miles.

IMG_3482-sThe transition from swim to bike went smoothly. I knew I was behind because everyone else had already left with their bikes.

IMG_3508-sI tried to make up time on the bike, but the hills got me. I maintained a 14.4 mph pace for a total of 1:08 minutes for 16.4 miles. Not my fastest, but also not my slowest for a hilly course.

IMG_3533-s IMG_3593-sThe transition from bike to run was… interesting. When I put my bike on the rack, the entire rack fell down!!! Luckily I caught it with my arm, preventing damage to several $3,000 triathlon bikes.

IMG_3611-s(Calling for help as I was holding up the rack!)

A nice gentleman helped me fix the bike rack, and then I was off on my run. The run was slower than I would have liked.

IMG_3662-sMy brick training was at a faster pace than I ran on Saturday. I stopped to walk up two different hills, but I couldn’t pick up the pace. It was all I had in me on Saturday. I finished 5 miles in 50 minutes.

IMG_3874-sI am always learning something new in each triathlon race. I look forward to using my new knowledge to my advantage at the Tri Events Triathlon next month!

Sweat Pink Ambassador

Big news! I am thrilled to announce that I am now a Sweat Pink Ambassador!  I had the privilege of meeting Jamie, one of the lovely founders of Sweat Pink, when we ran the Ragnar Relay together last month. After speaking with Jamie about the community, I just knew I had to be an ambassador.

Jamie and her cousin, Alyse, co-founded Fit Approach (the parent company of Sweat Pink) to create a sisterhood of fitness minded women. Fit Approach is a place where women encourage each other to become their best self. I think their Mission Statement speaks for itself:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

We sweat pink.

I am so happy to call myself a Sweat Pink Ambassador and look forward to being part of this wonderful community of strong women!

Turning Ironman: Silverman 70.3

Now I have really lost my marbles! Last week I signed up for Ironman 70.3 Silverman!!! It took everything I had not to announce it on IG immediately after signing up for the race!

994648_461681107275153_1389799161_nAll signs have been leading to Ironman 70.3 for a while now. I wanted to wait until after my HB Triathlon to sign up, but that was canceled so I decided to take the plunge anyways. My original plan was to do a lot of shorter triathlons, but I decided it’s never too late to go big! Instead, I will be racing two Olympic distances before this half Ironman in October.


Obviously I am very excited for this race, but I am so, so nervous too. You see… Silverman isn’t your average triathlon. The bike course has over 4,000 feet of elevation gain. These virgin bike legs are in for a rude awakening when training starts in July. Climbing will have to be name of the game. I’m afraid, very afraid!

On the bright side, I will probably PR at every Ironman 70.3 after this one! My friends over at California Triathlon seem to think I can handle this race, so I’m rolling with it. Life is going to get interesting very soon!

Have you ever done a 70.3 distance triathlon? Any advice on surviving?

HAPPY Fit Foodie Friday #4

Welcome to Fit Foodie Friday! During this series, I will share my trials in eating clean and staying active during the week. You may even find a health goal pop up from time to time. Feel free to join in on the fun!

Fit Foodie Friday

It’s Friday! I am so HAPPY! It’s been a long week, so I’m looking forward to an active weekend. The thing I love most about getting outside and doing something active is that you forget about all the worries of the world. Whether I am swimming, biking, or running, it puts my mind at peace and I always feel HAPPY after the endorphin high. I love a little zone-out time to get my heart rate pumping. 


I am very HAPPY to inform you that I got my coffee addiction under control. It’s no longer an afternoon requirement. Instead, lately I have really been loving homemade deli salads.
imageI combine baby kale, spinach, and chard with cucumber, bell pepper, onion, deli meat, and sometimes hard boiled egg. I top it off with a mustard dressing which I made by mixing spicy mustard and water together. It’s really the simplest recipe out there, yet soooo delicious!


Hopefully you still HAPPY to read about my triathlon training. It seems like my life revolves around triathlon at this point and it’s only going to get worst!

My training schedule still looks there same with a few minor changes:

Monday – AM Swim + PM Recovery Run/Strength
imageTuesday – Track Intervals

imageWednesday – AM Swim + PM Brick Training
image(California Triathlon is big on the power of the unicorn. An adult male wore these socks to Brick on Wednesday!)

Thursday – Tempo Run

Friday – AM Swim or Strength/Run
imageSaturday – Long Ride + Run (10% of the ride distance)

Sunday – Rest Day

That’s all for now folks! Have a HAPPY weekend!