Still TRI'ing! 2012!!
Old Colony Olympic Triathlon - July 8, 2012
Run to the Border Half Marathon
CRYSBROWN1 is a SparkPeople Motivator!
Hello there & welcome to my Sparkpage!
I started this Sparkpage to chronicle my journey as a WANNABE TRIATHLETE & now I can proudly say I AM A TRIATHLETE!
However, if you have somehow stumbled across my Sparkpage with the impression that you would find an elite status or even a solid age grouper triathlete that perhaps could share their wealth of knowledge, expertise & know-howï¿½
PFFFFF, sorry to disappoint but I am not *quite* that kinda triathlete!
I am the type of TRIATHLETEï¿½
* Whose only goal in the swim is NOT to drown or get bitten/eaten by sea creatures
* Who just NOW bought a respectable road bike & if I get to say ï¿½to your leftï¿½ to *maybe* 2-3 people & actually PASS themï¿½I think that it is a respectable bike leg!
* Who thinks that running is the most fun thing ever EXCEPT when trying to hack it after swimming & bikingï¿½itï¿½s ainï¿½t pretty!
Although I know that I am not winning any prize money or qualifying for Kona anytime soon, I am soooooooo proud of how much I have accomplished thus far. However, this success did NOT come easy for me...
Sometimes I come up with some ridiculous ideas, so back in 2008 one day I just decided...ï¿½I wanna be a triathlete!ï¿½ Well there were just a *few* problems with that...
#1. I couldn't run - I'm talking not even for 3 minutes!
#2. I hadn't ridden on a bike since I was probably 10 years old & I wouldn't necessarily classify that as "competitiveï¿½ either...
#3. Swimming - yah right! I didn't swim unless you count the doggie paddle which probably doesn't count as a legitimate swim technique
Although all of the steps to become a triathlete seemed very daunting to begin with I had the motivation to get started. Then I found Spark & things really took off! I LOVE Sparkpeople! I know that it is because of Spark that I was able to achieve all of my fitness goals. The Sparkfriends that I have *met* have been soooooo supportive during my journey!
This was the first area that I "learnedï¿½ on my journey to become a triathlete. Mainly because I was told that this was the easiest part to learn that requires the least amount of equipment. I was never a runner my WHOLE life but in October of 2008 I began the Couch to 5K program & never looked back! After I graduated the program I tried my first 5K in March 2009 & I've been hooked on road racing ever since. Running has now become my first love & racing is an adventure that never gets old for me.
I'm not kidding when I said that my idea of swimming initially was the doggie paddle. I had absolutely no idea how to swim with my head submerged in the water until September 2008 when I joined I began swim lesson at the Y. Of course with swimming I thought it would be just like running, you go there, put in the time & magically you are a swimmer...WRONG! Swimming is so bizarre! It'ï¿½s one of the only sports that the more effort you put in the worse you perform. I am a sinker & putting all that energy into kicking about frantically in the water had me going no where, slowly too! Then I started private lessons in September 2009. It took awhile, a lot of effort & PATIENCE but eventually I learned how to swim! One caveat with this whole "I learned to swim thang"...I am incredibly SLOOOOOW but I'm working on it!
Biking was just something that I never really did. I didn't even own an official bike when I started this process to become a triathlete. Biking thus far has been a big game of trial & error. I've gone through a mountain bike (superslow), hybrid (slow) & an old road bike from 1972 (still slow) until finally I got it right, sucked it up & bought my new road bike, Mercedes! I think I finally got the hang of it & I'm working on getting faster & faster with each race!
* My Master Plan
Step 1 - Complete a 5K-DONE 3/21/09
Step 2 - Complete a 4 Mile Race-DONE 8/2/09
Step 3 - Complete a 5 Mile Race-DONE 8/9/09
Step 4 - Complete a 10K-DONE 9/12/09
Step 5 - Complete a Duathlon-DONE 10/25/09
Step 6 - Complete a Half Marathon-DONE 3/21/10
Step 7 - Complete a Triathlon-DONE 6/27/10 (Sprint), 6/18/11 (Oly)
Step 8 - Complete a Marathon?? - DONE 5/5/13
The BEST benefit to training for a race whether it is a 5K, marathon or a tri is that you trick your body into shape! You *think* that you are training but really you are putting in tons of exercise. I've lost over 10 pounds since I started this process & I feel like I'm getting close to being in the best shape of my life. By focusing on athletic events/challenges instead of obsessing about the scale, you will definitely see results!
RUNNING PERSONAL RECORDS -aka- Braggin' Rights...
5K - 24:05
10K - 53:04
Half Marathon - 1:51:29
20M - 3:04:45
Marathon - 4:06:05 (Long Island Marathon)
Second Marathon - 4:08:35 (Vermont KeyBank Marathon)
Third Marathon - 3:53:26 (Baystate Marathon)
Fourth Marathon - 4:07:11 (Cox Marathon)
Fifth Marathon - 4:05:39 (Atlantic City Marathon)
1st Duathlon - Wrentham Halloween Duathlon - 1:40:04
1st Tri - Oh My Goddard Triathlon - 1:22:48 (.25/11/5K)
2nd Tri - SheROX Triathlon - 1:42:23 (.5/12/5K)
3rd Tri - Bayside Triathon - Less than1:41:00 (.5/12/5K) No Chip!
4th Tri - Berkshire Y Triathlon - 1:56:42 (.5/14.5hills!/5Khills!)
5th Tri - Fairfield Tri - 1:38:58 (.5waves!/10M/5K Too HOT!)
1st Olympic Tri - Pat Griskus Tri (0.5/22.7/6.2) - 3:10:39
2nd Olympic Tri - Lowell Tri (1/22/6) 2:53:23
3rd Olympic Tri - Park City Mossman (1/25/6.2) - 3:09:35
6th Sprint Tri - Mayflower (0.33/10/3) - 1:19:43 inaccurate distances
7th Sprint Tri - Ocean Community Tri (0.5/16/3) - 1:46:06
4th Olympic Tri - Old Colony Triathlon (1M/25M/6.5M) - 3:10:09
5th Olympic Tri - Lake T OlyTri (1M/25M/6.2M) - 2:59:39
6th Olympic Tri - Wheel & Heel Tri (1M/25M/6.2M) - 3:25:59
Current Goals *
- Remain consistent with training
- Stay injury free
- Clean up my diet
Currently Training for a MARATHON - 5/3/15 Cox Marathon - Providence, RI
Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 Plan
- I am 35 years young
- I am the mother of two perfect boys
- I work full time
- I live in Rhode Island
- I like to exercise & like races
- Lost the last 10 lbs of weight after baby in 2008
- Finished couch to 5K & is discovered that I enjoy being an athlete
Quote That Motivate Me To Keep Running
"Mom, I never strike out the next game" - DS#1
"SUPAfast" - DS#2
"Mom,real athletes don't blame other people" - DS#1"
"Chance follows design" - Joyce Carol Oates
"Take it to failure" - Billy Blanks
"Your body will do what your mind tells it to do" - My co-worker, variation of Mind Over Matter
"To see results it is about the sum of all things... make everyday count!"
Secrets of Success
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172 days ago
Ok! Warriors it is! I'll try, not too good at costumes :) Btw, I'm fighting flu since Saturday, so not going to be peak race for me!! So I'll put my number here, no prob, and you just text me with yours. We'll figure it out from there. 304-641-5429
323 days ago
Hey there ~ sorry for the late reply! So, we're 2wks away..do you want to plan to meet at the race site? And you mentioned costumes... Any thoughts? I'm going to find something, even though it will be totally muddy, preferably non flammable :)
332 days ago