Miles of Life ~ My life as a donut Kylie Donia

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Merry Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Hope you are surrounded by people you love!

All the best,
The Donia Family

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

I have been working on a new website, and it is ready to be shared! Please check out

And please let me know what you think. The blog is not yet moved over there, but will be soon. It’s not a super interesting site, but I’m having fun with pictures and my completely own blog and such. But I’m also not really a web developer, so I know some things in it might be odd or not work (so if you find one let me know).

the arrival of donutdogg

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Our family has grown to 3 as Mike and I adopted a dog this weekend! She is about 2 years old, and a German Sheppard/lab mix. Very very smart, very sweet. And very energetic!

We have gone for a walk

And this morning she went for her first run with me. A nice easy four miles on packed dirt (we know her host family and she had done some multihour hikes and still had energy, and after a long walk that didn’t phase her Mike and I decided she could try that). We got home, and it was time for more ball! 🙂 Yeah, she was good to go. Although I bet she is sleeping in her crate right now.

Like she did after lots of ball and playing on Saturday. I’m not sure who is more tired there… although it is a bit of a picture trick — I swear I wasn’t really asleep…. that time!

Welcome Gracie!

And just so she feels at home, she now has her own motionbased account 😉 (and gmail, cause you need an email address to get on motionbased…)

a different sore

Monday, July 14th, 2008

I woke up feeling like I had just done an IM or something. The bottoms of my feet felt almost bruised, my knee was achy, and my legs just felt generally heavy. It hurt to straighten my arms all the way, and I could have slept for a lot longer. It was a tough weekend… of moving. I got in zero workouts when the final packing and the loading and unloading of the truck stole all my time.

But my nice easy run this morning helped the legs, and I LOVED my walk to work. At my afternoon swim, although I could feel my need for sleep, the water felt great. And about 7 minutes on foot sure beats the 52+ miles of driving for a commute! And slowly we are getting the new place all set up.

PowerTap — using it and uploading to computer

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

For now I’m just riding with the PT and seeing what I see. While riding the PT is pretty easy to use — the buttons are easy to press in gloves, and once you get used to how they scroll through screens it becomes pretty easy to see the information you wanted to see. It is very much like a regular cycling computer (too bad I haven’t used one in years).

When it came to time to read the data, first things first: I wanted to know what would happen as I uploaded things since I have this fear of losing data. Even if I don’t yet know how to read the data.

So what I learned:

1. Plug the PT into the computer and upload it into the software that you have choosen. This does nothing to the information on the device.

2. If you hold both buttons down on the PT until – clr – is displayed, it will clear all the data on the PT. Do this only after you have the data, since it doesn’t just clear the display but also removes all the data.

3. There is no way to reset the PT display without also removing all the data: so if you want to do 2 rides back to back, you have to either upload to your computer and do a clr of the device (steps 1 and 2) or leave all the data in place and have a time and a distance that is the total of the rides still on it. So not my favorite solution, but I’ll get used to it.

Ok so on first glance the PowerAgent 7 software that comes with the PowerTap is a bit… well, sucky. It appears to break every workout up based on every pause. Bleck! A day later I noticed though that as you upload it you do have a merge option. Oops. So it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought. I’m still not sure if I like it, and I’ve heard such good things about CyclingPeaks that I downloaded the trial version of that to test out.

Again, CyclingPeaks was a tough program to figure out. But I think it is easier to use and has a better interface (and that’s probably just because that is what I’ve heard about it). However, it has issues with my computer. It doesn’t always correctly read my PT. I still am not sure why it sometimes can’t find it and then a second later can. This is on a Vista machine, so perhaps it has something to do with that.

What we did for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Ok so I haven’t been posting here a lot. Just so much of life going on — and work! So things are good, and here is a fun story of my Thanksgiving weekend with Mike. To see a pic fullsize just click on it. Enjoy!

It all started Thursday morning as we headed off to the airport to fly to the Bay Area to visit my (Kylie’s) family. We arrived with just enough time for a run down the street while Mom finished cooking (she never lets me help!).

We were done running just in time, but our family dinner was still cold. And for the best of reasons. Before sitting down my mom, her boyfriend Dennis, my sister Becky, Mike, and I took dinner to my grandparents who weren’t up for a big group meal. It was great to see them happy as it has been a tough year for them.

Back home, our dinner involved my mom, sister, and I reliving stories of childhood (of course lots of giggling resulted).

The next day Mike and I headed out on another run. Although we said we’d be back in around 2 hours, it ended up being about 4! First there was the hike up to the trails – about half a mile and 700ft of climbing.

Once up the hill we visited the old Nike site where missiles were set up during the Cold War, where there is a great view of Mount Tam.

Then it was off down the trails for a loop we found as we went.

It took us through forested areas

and right along the water

We don’t always get to run together (he’s much faster) so this was a special treat.

(Looks like the embedded youtube videos aren’t working… so go watch it there)

We saw some deer, and Mike found…

… a snake! Which he proceeded to throw down the trail at me

Mike kept stopping and posing, and like magic a girl would appear beside him!

And sometimes he’d stop for other reasons

In the end it was 12.5 miles, about 3700 ft of climbing, and a whole lot of pictures and fun. Oh, and then we also got to do that fun hike back down to the house.

Then it was off to the stores where my mom was getting us Christmas presents since we’ll be in Canada for it this year. We came away with fun holiday bike socks, and I got a pair of pants I’m proud to say are smaller than I remember wearing since I moved from the girls to the women’s department! Yay tris 🙂

Saturday we went for another run right along the ocean.

(Looks like the embedded youtube videos aren’t working… so go watch the second one there)

After that we were handed off to my Dad and stepmom, Wendy. And between eating and watching football we went out for a great walk on some trails around their house.

I don’t think it could have been a better weekend. Some awesome runs, great food, lots of relaxing, and getting to see all of my family.

And then we just had to catch an early flight home on Sunday, and head straight to the good ol’ hockey game. It was an exciting match, with the Ducks finally getting a lead (3-2) with not much time left, and holding off the Kings during a 6 on 3 power play for the last minute and a half of the game!

It’s hard to get back to the daily grind after that!

a note to those on blogger

Friday, August 10th, 2007

I promise I will try to catch up someday… I can no longer read journals at work that are obviously blogs (sites like blogger, LiveJournal, etc). But I will someday log on at home again! Miss you!

I’m in…

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

for the Woodlands 101 in November. Any other takers?

starting a well-earned rest week

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

It’s finally here… recovery week! And just in time! My legs feel well-worked, and I’m getting to that overly-tired-when-the-alarm beeps feeling. And I had 3 great weeks, being right on with my 16 mile run each week, a nice long bike each weekend, and quality and consistency during the week! Well this weekend was my longest bike ride ever: 115 miles, and again I smoked it (17.4 mph avg!!)! Although I was trying to chill through it since my legs were heavy going in. Oh well they get this week to recover 🙂

I’ve been doing great on the food front — lots of good meals this last week. Any time when my recent past includes sushi, tilapi, steak, pesto, spinich & crasin salads, and ice cream have to have been good!

And I am tired this week, and in need of some strenuous doses of ice and rest, with a bike or swim, and maybe another easy run, thrown into the mix.

gals of slowtwitch training camp

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Ok, so I’m not really a trifuel trader… I actually post on trifuel, but very rarely on ST. However, the gals training weekend is in my backyard (about 1.5 hours away) so I decided to go. I’m there now — it’s Thursday (yesterday) through Sunday. Up in Valermo where Dan Empfield (of Slowtwitch and QR and tribike fame) and Mark Montgomery (who was a pro) have a great setup of housing and training routes and food and everything we could need.

Lots of girls and bikes and exercise… So far a run yesterday, a bike this am, a swim this afternoon, and some possible plans for a run this evening. And Emilio DeSoto (of DeSoto tri clothing) bought us all lunch. He brought some clothes stuff and we get to check it out later.

Oh and on my ride today my bike was still having chain issues and hopping a bit. Emilio was able to fix it though! He said it sounded like it could be a tight link or one slighly off (since it was a new chain and new cassette) and by just putting lateral pressure on it fixed it, and it was great the rest of the ride! So the ride was good.

Good times 🙂